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.
Sid Shaw // Shipwrecked in the South China Sea - Ep. 84
In 1967, my father Sidney Shaw was shipwrecked on a small reef just south of Vietnam while sailing aboard an 87-foot steel schooner named Dante Deo. The crew of seven, including a young child, were attempting to navigate the reef strewn South China Sea when they struck the Bombay Reef. Over 50 years later, my dad’s memories of the disaster and survival are still vivid as he recounts the story.
Bianca Bahman & Fernanda Schlender // Shipwrecked in Indonesia - Ep. 83
When Bianca Bahman and Fernanda Schlender, two Bay Area women decided to go on a surfing trip in Indonesia together they had no idea what kind of adventure they were in for. The small boat carrying them to the island resort where they were to vacation hit a reef in the middle of the night, forcing the two to take charge of the situation and fight for their lives. The two share the harrowing tale with me. Bianca also wrote the story up for the December 2020 issue of Latitude 38.
Erden Eruç // Rowing The Pacific On The Way To Everest - Ep. 82
Erden Eruç is an accomplished ocean rower who is the first person to complete a solo circumnavigation by human power and the first to row the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. In the spring of 2021 he launched his boat from Crescent City with the goal of reaching Asia and climbing Mount Everest. He stopped in Hawaii to fix some gear and better time his crossing. That’s where I caught up with him before he departed on the next leg of his adventure. During his crossing , he’s partnering with the Ocean Recovery Alliance to raise awareness about plastic in the ocean. He’s currently in the Pacific and you can track his progress at westboundrower.com
Ryan Foland // Good Jibes: A New Sailing Podcast from Latitude 38 - Ep. 81
Ryan Foland, together with John Arndt, the Publisher of Latitude 38, recently launched a new sailing podcast called Good Jibes. The podcast, hosted by multiple members of the crew at Latitude 38, features stories and tips from west coast sailors and is focused on community, cruising, and racing. Ryan and I talk about the show’s origins and where its headed. Ryan grew on the water in Southern California and spent most every summer anchored off Catalina Island.
Sid & Rebecca Shaw // Cruising Together for Over 50 Years - Ep. 80
My parents, Sid and Rebecca Shaw have been sailing together for over 50 years. Starting in the 60s as a newlywed couple aboard their 33-foot ferro-cement ketch and then later aboard their 35-foot Hallberg-Rassy, they cruised all around the world. We talk about how they got into cruising and what kept them at it. From learning to sail in Florida to a near sinking in St. Thomas, they share stories from their time together at sea.
Lin Pardey // Stories from a Lifetime of Sailing & Advice for Getting Out There Now - Ep. 79
When Lin met Larry Pardey in Newport Beach in 1965 he was just starting to build Seraffyn a 24.4-foot Lyle Hess designed cutter. The two quickly became inseparable and went on to sail more than 200,000 miles together, circumnavigating twice. Together they wrote twelve books on sailing and inspired many would-be cruisers with their “go simple, go small, go now,” philosophy. Larry passed away in 2020, but Lin continues to sail, and she shares in this interview sailing stories from the past and the present, including an inspiring tale about the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors.
Interview w Joe Balderrama
Perfect questions, insightful and articulate responses, stories (terrifying stories!) and a real respectful sense of the place in sailing history held by the Singlehanded Sailing Society.
Thank you to both of you.
The only trouble with this show is that when I listen to it, I start hearing the sirens calling me to the ocean, and I’m liable to run out and jump on the nearest boat.
Carry on, Mr. Shaw.
I live in the Bay Area and started sailing here after living in Florida all my life. It is awesome to here everyone’s stories about the bay and to learn more about the Bay Area sailing spots. Love the approach Ben takes with his guests.