40 episodes

San Francisco Bay is beautiful body of water. But it can be a challenging place to sail, row or swim. I'm Ben Shaw, a lifelong sailor and adventurer. But my sailing career on the West Coast is just beginning. In this podcast I pick the brains of those who know the local waters. If you want to hear some good adventure stories while learning more about sailing on and around SF Bay, this is the podcast for you.

Out The Gate Sailing Benjamin Shaw

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San Francisco Bay is beautiful body of water. But it can be a challenging place to sail, row or swim. I'm Ben Shaw, a lifelong sailor and adventurer. But my sailing career on the West Coast is just beginning. In this podcast I pick the brains of those who know the local waters. If you want to hear some good adventure stories while learning more about sailing on and around SF Bay, this is the podcast for you.

    John Kretschmer // Philosopher, Professional Sailor, and Epic Storyteller - Ep. 40

    John Kretschmer // Philosopher, Professional Sailor, and Epic Storyteller - Ep. 40

    John Kretschmer is a philosopher sailor and a great storyteller - in the vein of Bernard Moitessier. As a sailor he’s logged more than 300,000 offshore sailing miles. He’s taught thousands of people about ocean sailing, imparting his knowledge in person and through his writing. He’s the author of At the Mercy of the Sea, Flirting with Mermaids, Cape Horn to Starboard, and most recently Sailing to the Edge of Time - which just last week came out as an Audio book. I sat down with John when he was in town to speak at the St. Francis Yacht Club.

    • 58 min
    Rich Jepsen // Matching a Love of Sailing with a Passion for Teaching - Ep. 39

    Rich Jepsen // Matching a Love of Sailing with a Passion for Teaching - Ep. 39

    Rich Jepsen found his life’s work at age 14, when he was allowed to take a small boat out sailing for the day by himself. Eight years later he got his first gig teaching sailing, and he’s continued that work to the present. He was an owner, operator and CEO of OCSC Sailing School in Berkeley for over 30 years. Today, while still teaching sailing and leading sailing trips around the world, he’s also Vice President of U.S. Sailing. In 2017 Rich received the Timothea Larr Award for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of sailor education in the United States.

    • 51 min
    Schwarzman & Rucker // A Family of Four Circles the Pacific in a Year and A Day - Ep. 38

    Schwarzman & Rucker // A Family of Four Circles the Pacific in a Year and A Day - Ep. 38

    In January 2018, Caitlin Schwarzman and Jason Rucker set sail with their son Arlo and daughter Alma, from Alameda for a year-long adventure through the Pacific. Their boat Debonaire is a 44-foot double-ended wooden ketch - and is the sister ship to a boat Caitlin went cruising on with her parents in the 1970s. We discussed getting themselves and their boat ready for the trip, the adventure itself, and how it brought them closer as a family. You can find their blog at: www.ayearandaday.net

    • 52 min
    Elana Connor // Part 2: Finding Yourself, Alone, in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean - Ep. 37

    Elana Connor // Part 2: Finding Yourself, Alone, in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean - Ep. 37

    In part two of this two part interview, Elana Conner talks about sailing solo across the Pacific: what made her think she could accomplish it in the first place, what lessons she learned after she got out there, and why it’s made her feels more like herself than ever. We talk weather, electronics, and the frustrations of sailing in the wrong direction. Follow and support Elana at www.peregrinasails.com

    • 30 min
    Elana Connor // Part 1: From Foster Care to Sailing Solo Across the Pacific - Ep. 36

    Elana Connor // Part 1: From Foster Care to Sailing Solo Across the Pacific - Ep. 36

    As a child, Elana Conner lost both of her parents and spent her school years in foster care, hoping from family to family. She struggled, but managed to finish high school and then college. She learned to sail in San Francisco, less than a decade ago. But personal difficulties and strong mentors convinced her she needed to follow her dream of circumnavigating on her own boat sooner rather than later. She recently sailed across the pacific solo, arriving in New Zealand a little over a month ago. In this first of a two part interview, I speak with Elana about the challenges she’s overcome and how she learned to sail. Follow Elana at https://www.peregrinasails.com/
    Here are ways you can support children in the foster care system:
    First, and most basic, when folks shop on Amazon, choose to shop at https://smile.amazon.com/ and choose a local foster care org or CASA chapter. For every purchase made, Amazon will give money to your org, and it adds up quickly!
    Foster Hope is the New Zealand base foster care organization Elana talks about in our interview - https://www.fosterhope.org.nz/
    Together We Rise — https://www.togetherwerise.org/team-building/ — They have a number of programs, including opportunities for corporate team-building projects (like assembling bikes and skateboards, or backpacks).
    Become a resource family in SF to foster or adopt a child from the foster care system: https://sfcaresforkids.org/foster/
    SF Foster Youth Fund — http://www.sffosteryouthfund.org/what-we-do/ — they provide funding and/or scholarships to allow children in foster care to have access to activities beyond the basics, like music lessons, summer camps, etc.
    CASA in California— https://www.californiacasa.org/ — CASA stands for Court-Appointed Special Advocate, and there is a CASA program in almost every district in the country, as well as a national advocacy organization. People who are interested in becoming a CASA go through a multi-month training and are sworn-in at their local court.
    Finally, here is an additional list of ways to help foster kids: http://www.fostercoalition.com/help-foster-children
     

    • 31 min
    Lauren Moody // The Frustrations and Joy of Refurbishing an Old Boat - Ep. 35

    Lauren Moody // The Frustrations and Joy of Refurbishing an Old Boat - Ep. 35

    Lauren Moody fell in love with the sea when she served in the Navy aboard an aircraft carrier. But it wasn’t until after her deployment at UCSC that she got into sailing, on boats that were a little smaller. After moving to the San Francisco area a decade ago, she built a community of sailing friends at the Travis Marina. It was there she first laid eyes on Intrepid, a Bob Perry designed Islander Freeport 36. It was in bad shape, nearly sinking at the dock. But it took some time for her to convince the owner to sell. Now she’s putting much time and effort into bringing the boat back to Bristol condition, doing all the work herself and learning much along the way. You can read about her accomplishments at SailingIntrepid.com

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

Rah138 ,

Love the Podcast, but bad experience with Sun Powered Yachts

Hi,

It’s been a couple months since I’ve listened to your podcast but have enjoyed it, especially the Randal Reeves and Tony Gooch episodes. I can’t remember if I learned about Sun Powered Yachts from you or someone else, but since they are being promoted by your podcast I wanted to warn your listeners about them and relate my experience. I didn’t order solar panels from them (wrong size) but did order everything else I needed for my set-up. It was more expensive than the vast majority of other companies offering the same items, but Lyall gave me good advice and I was happy to pay more because if that. However one of the three orders never arrived. The USPS tracking info said that it was delivered but the box must have been too big for my mailbox and I assume it was left outside. Whatever the case, I never received it. As a Bay Area resident that does online shopping frequently, items have gone missing before. However, never has a company refused to replace the items or refund the money. I thought I was doing a fellow sailor some good by supporting his operation. Sadly, the experience has left me feeling that larger and legit companies are the ones I should order from. I ended up buying cables from Amazon for half the price. If you live in an urban area with the potential of someone swiping items from your porch, think twice about ordering from Sun Powered Yachts.

dan marina bay ,

Great pod cast

As someone who sails I really enjoyed it

Bird addict 3620 ,

These stories make me long to sail

As a new sailor - and as a woman sailor I’m looking for stories of sailors in the Bay and especially stories of women out on the water.

Out the Gate tells these stories of modern sailors the people, the boats, the places, in a way that you can be a little salty, a lot salty, or not salty at all and enjoy.

I love that you are featuring women on the water and can’t thank you enough for sharing their stories.

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