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This is about cruising Sailing in the Mediterranean but we do venture outside of the Mediterranean as well. The topics intended to be covered are about the cruising lifestyle and cruising sailor. Sailors, dreamers and armchair sailors should enjoy the great stories that are told. We will talk about sailing adventures, sailing tips, sailing gear, chartering and charter bases, local knowledge related to specific geographical areas in the Mediterranean and interviews with fellow sailors.If you have sailing stories to share or information valuable to sailors then please contact me.

Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Franz

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This is about cruising Sailing in the Mediterranean but we do venture outside of the Mediterranean as well. The topics intended to be covered are about the cruising lifestyle and cruising sailor. Sailors, dreamers and armchair sailors should enjoy the great stories that are told. We will talk about sailing adventures, sailing tips, sailing gear, chartering and charter bases, local knowledge related to specific geographical areas in the Mediterranean and interviews with fellow sailors.If you have sailing stories to share or information valuable to sailors then please contact me.

    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Chris Axelson pt. 2

    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Chris Axelson pt. 2

    This episode is part 2 of a 2 part interview with Chris Axelson

    Chris Axelson and his family decided to take the plunge and go sailing in the: treacherous Covid Plandemic waters of 2020. Against all odds he is able to live the dream this year when the rest of us are sitting stuck in our homes because of this Plandemic Covid crisis.







    Chris and his family Homestake Lodge a Ski Touring Lodge in Montana here is a link to his webpage



    http://www.homestakelodge.com/about/







    About Homestake Lodge



    A history of our lodge



    Chris and I bought the property in August of 2007 and began rough work on the ski trails. We lived in a camping tent until the middle of October when we got our Yurt put together and assembled. We thought we were living the good life when we moved into the yurt. We planned to run the ski operations out of the yurt during our first winter, and try to get as many trails established as possible. We worked sun up to sun down cutting trails, mowing, stumping, etc. Christmas Eve we moved into our cabin, and got the yurt set up for the ski season and our customers. We were officially open for business.



    January of 2008 we started construction on the lodge which was completed by November of that year. This allowed us to the run the ski business out of the lodge for the 2009/2010 season, and we picked up the yurt on a trailer and moved it out to the meadow to get ready for a ski-in/ski-out overnight destination for guests. The yurt has been our most popular overnight accommodation so far. Guests enjoy skiing out and pulling their gear in a sled, firing up the wood stove to keep them warm, and the coziness of a yurt with 2 sets of bunk beds, a futon, and a small kitchenette.



    The last few years we have worked diligently to add more ski trails and improve the ones we already have in place. Chris and I have cut about 70% of the trails ourselves, and the remaining 30% were established roads or trails already in place when we bought the property. When we bought the property, no buildings existed. We added a lodge, barn, cabin, house, and yurt. Our future plans in expanding include waiting to see which overnight accommodations are most popular and either build 1 or 2 more cabins or yurts.



    We have a snowmaking system which has been a great success. It is a small system, but it allows us to pump water from our pond below the lodge and get an early snow pack on our learn-to-ski area. This sets it up for the season in great shape.



    Life at Homestake Lodge is wonderful and peaceful and full of constant work that we enjoy. We have to force ourselves to take time off once in awhile because there is a never ending list of projects to be done. We love every bit of it-even the shoveling of cow patty's off the trail once the cattle leave for the season!



    Our lodge is completely off-the-grid. We rely completely on our solar PV panels for electricity and solar hot water panels and wood stoves for our heat. See more on that below.



    Sustainability



    One of our major goals in the design and operation of Homestake Lodge was to minimize our carbon footprint.



    For us, "going green" and living "off grid" was a new concept. We had to do a lot of our own research as well as talking with people that know this industry.



    Electricity and Heat





























    Homestake Lodge now has a grid-tied solar power system (summer 2014). What you read below is more like history.



    The electricity here at the lodge comes from the power system in the barn. The photovoltaic (PV) panels are on the roof of the barn and supply electr...

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond with Chris Axelson pt. 1

    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond with Chris Axelson pt. 1

    This episode is part 1 of a 2 part interview with Chris Axelson

    Chris Axelson and his family decided to take the plunge and go sailing  in the: treacherous Covid Plandemic waters of 2020. Against all odds he is able to live the dream this year when the rest of us are sitting  stuck in our homes because of this Plandemic Covid crisis.







    Chris and his family Homestake Lodge a Ski Touring Lodge in Montana here is a link to his webpage



    http://www.homestakelodge.com/about/







    About Homestake Lodge



    A history of our lodge



    Chris and I bought the property in August of 2007 and began rough work on the ski trails. We lived in a camping tent until the middle of October when we got our Yurt put together and assembled. We thought we were living the good life when we moved into the yurt. We planned to run the ski operations out of the yurt during our first winter, and try to get as many trails established as possible. We worked sun up to sun down cutting trails, mowing, stumping, etc. Christmas Eve we moved into our cabin, and got the yurt set up for the ski season and our customers. We were officially open for business.



    January of 2008 we started construction on the lodge which was completed by November of that year. This allowed us to the run the ski business out of the lodge for the 2009/2010 season, and we picked up the yurt on a trailer and moved it out to the meadow to get ready for a ski-in/ski-out overnight destination for guests. The yurt has been our most popular overnight accommodation so far. Guests enjoy skiing out and pulling their gear in a sled, firing up the wood stove to keep them warm, and the coziness of a yurt with 2 sets of bunk beds, a futon, and a small kitchenette.



    The last few years we have worked diligently to add more ski trails and improve the ones we already have in place. Chris and I have cut about 70% of the trails ourselves, and the remaining 30% were established roads or trails already in place when we bought the property. When we bought the property, no buildings existed. We added a lodge, barn, cabin, house, and yurt. Our future plans in expanding include waiting to see which overnight accommodations are most popular and either build 1 or 2 more cabins or yurts.



    We have a snowmaking system which has been a great success. It is a small system, but it allows us to pump water from our pond below the lodge and get an early snow pack on our learn-to-ski area. This sets it up for the season in great shape.



    Life at Homestake Lodge is wonderful and peaceful and full of constant work that we enjoy. We have to force ourselves to take time off once in awhile because there is a never ending list of projects to be done. We love every bit of it-even the shoveling of cow patty's off the trail once the cattle leave for the season!



    Our lodge is completely off-the-grid. We rely completely on our solar PV panels for electricity and solar hot water panels and wood stoves for our heat. See more on that below.



     Sustainability



    One of our major goals in the design and operation of Homestake Lodge was to minimize our carbon footprint.



    For us, "going green" and living "off grid" was a new concept. We had to do a lot of our own research as well as talking with people that know this industry.



    Electricity and Heat





























    Homestake Lodge now has a grid-tied solar power system (summer 2014). What you read below is more like history.



    The electricity here at the lodge comes from the power system in the barn. The photovoltaic (PV) panels are on the roof of the barn and supply elec...

    • 58 min
    Neil Fletcher Sailing the Baltic pre 2020

    Neil Fletcher Sailing the Baltic pre 2020

    Neil Fletcher Sailing the Baltic Pre 2020







    In this episode Neil tells us of his sailing adventures sailing the Baltic



    https://www.sailingarcturus.com/



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    1 Become a Patreon

    2 Become a Sponsor

    3 Buy my Sailing Audio lessons

    Past Podcasts may now be found HERE

    If you have ideas for future podcasts or comments please drop me a note! and PLEASE rate my podcast in iTunes and perhaps write a note. Here is the link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sailing-in-the-mediterranean/id566678892?mt=2





    Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Costal Cruising Certification Lessons for the ASA 103 Exam over 9 hours of Audio Instruction to help you get ready to go sailing and also to prepare you for the written portion of the ASA 103 written exam.

    https://gumroad.com/l/PvOYK

    If you're interested in my sailing instructional audio series here are the links:

    Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Keelboat Certification Lessons for the ASA 101 Exam

    https://gumroad.com/l/Eiig

    Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Coastal Cruising; Lessons for the ASA 103 Exam

    https://gumroad.com/l/PvOYK

    Sailing! Learn To Sail: Bareboat Cruising Certification Lessons for the ASA 104 Exam

    https://gumroad.com/l/bwXh

    Sailing in the Mediterranean Website

    https://www.medsailor.com



    If you would like to be a guest or have suggestions for future episodes or if you would like Franz to be a speaker at your Sailing Club or fundraiser please feel free to contact me.



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    • 1 hr 28 min
    In Memory of Larry Pardey

    In Memory of Larry Pardey

    Larry Pardey

    This week I heard about the passing of Larry Pardey and I wanted to share some of my thoughts about his effect on my life.



    Here is a link to the New York Times obituary



    Larry and Lynn Pardey have had a direct impact on my life and he will be missed.



    I'm glad that Lynn is still in good health and actively involved in the sailing community.



    Below is a link  to a YouTube video of the self steering wind vane which Larry designed and I copied and used my boat



    https://youtu.be/IP9ppE7F8WQ



     



     



     

    • 14 min
    Valeria Sulima

    Valeria Sulima

    This week I I deviate away from cruising sailing to delve into the world of commercial shipping with a discussion with Valeriia Sulima



    Before the interview Valeriia a shared this information with me:



    "Bullet points as promised about myself:



    - I was born in the industrial city of eastern part of Ukraine called Dnepropetrovsk. No one from my family had any connection to the sea or the shipping industry.

    - I studied in Kiev, then I moved to Moscow where I pursued a law degree and simultaneously studied another legal program in Ukraine (distanced education). I did my masters in London and Moscow. In total I have 4 diplomas (2 bachelor degrees and 2 master degrees). As you can see I didn't follow the career path of a lawyer.

    - My first acquaintance with the shipping started with the favourite book of my father called "Two Captains" written by Veniamin Kaverin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Two_Captains) and continued with numerous internships in London.

    - I came to Hamburg in 2014 for the internship at the Tribunal of the Law of the Sea.

    - 2015 started to work for the exclusive agent of the Portuguese Registry (Madeira) called European Mar GmbH. Last position Sales Representative.

    - Aug 2019 joined a startup called Closelink (platform for purchasing marine lubricants, matching suppliers with shipowners) as Business Development Manager for Mediterranean and Russian speaking countries.

    - In 2019 became a president of Youngship Hamburg, an NGO dedicated to building networks and sharing knowledge among young maritime professionals (https://www.linkedin.com/company/youngship-hamburg).



    - Aug 2020 working in a business development team of a German marine insurance broker - Döhle Assekuranzkontor. My responsibilities involve expansion of the customer portfolio and creation of social media marketing strategy.



    - About me: Ballroom dancer (winner of the World Championship in Beijing in 2010), marathon runner (Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris in 2017, 42.195 km), fine art auction’s alumnus (Christie’s Art Business School in 2019), street art hunter and podcasts lover."



     



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    1 Become a Patreon

    2 Become a Sponsor

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    Past Podcasts may now be found HERE

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    Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Costal Cruising Certification Lessons for the ASA 103 Exam over 9 hours of Audio Instruction to help you get ready to go sailing and also to prepare you for the written portion of the ASA 103 written exam.

    https://gumroad.com/l/PvOYK

    If you're interested in my sailing instructional audio series here are the links:

    Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Keelboat Certification Lessons for the ASA 101 Exam

    a href="https://gumroad.

    • 40 min
    Phil and Carole Quirk of "Southern Cross DQQ" Pt 2

    Phil and Carole Quirk of "Southern Cross DQQ" Pt 2

    This week is part 2 of the interview with Phil Quirk on his adventures sailing from Southern CA to Sri Lanka you can read more at his blog!



    Richard Dauben, Phil and Carole Quirk

    https://www.sailblogs.com/member/southerncrossdqq



    "Rich is a lifelong sailor who sailed his previous boat Cerita, a Beneteau 411, down the west coast of Mexico and Central America, through the canal, and up the western Caribbean to Savannah, Georgia. He is now eager to sail south and then west from California to explore the South Seas. He is an avid guitarist and loves to sing. eMail address is rdauben@sbcglobal.net Phil Quirk is a lifelong sailor who looks forward to sailing the South Pacific and hopefully further. He is an excellent saxophonist, is learning the base, and is working on his harmonies. Carole Quirk is the mother of three boys and has experience playing classical piano. She is relatively new to sailing but hopes to assimilate well to the cruising lifestyle."



    "Southern Cross is named after the CSN song about sailing to the South Pacific. DQ+Q is the name of the above musical trio who hope to sing their way along as they sail and meet sailors and musicians around the world."



    If you have suggestions for future episodes please write me a note

    Please Consider supporting the podcast in Patreon

    Want me to go sailing with you? Then contact me!



    If you have ideas for future podcasts or comments please drop me a note! and PLEASE rate my podcast in iTunes and perhaps write a note.



    link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sailing-in-the-mediterranean/id566678892?mt=2





    Sailing! Learn To Sail: Bareboat Cruising Certification Lessons for the ASA 104 Exam Exam over 8 hours of Audio Instruction to help you get ready to go sailing and also to prepare you for the written portion of the ASA 104 written exam.

    https://gumroad.com/l/bwXh

    If you're interested in my sailing instructional audio series here are the links:

    Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Keelboat Certification Lessons for the ASA 101 Exam

    https://gumroad.com/l/Eiig

    Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Coastal Cruising; Lessons for the ASA 103 Exam

    https://gumroad.com/l/PvOYK

    Sailing! Learn To Sail: Bareboat Cruising Certification Lessons for the ASA 104 Exam

    https://gumroad.com/l/bwXh

    Sailing in the Mediterranean Website

    https://www.medsailor.com



    If you would like to be a guest or have suggestions for future episodes or if you would like Franz to be a speaker at your Sailing Club or fundraiser please feel free to contact me.



     



    ©2020 Franz Amussen all rights reserved

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