53 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

    • Wilderness
    • 4.9 • 62 Ratings

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.

    Ronnie Simpson // From Fallujah to Fiji with Many Ocean Miles In-between - Ep. 53

    Ronnie Simpson // From Fallujah to Fiji with Many Ocean Miles In-between - Ep. 53

    Ronnie Simpson was badly injured when hit by a rocket propelled grenade in Iraq. After coming home he discovered sailing as an exciting new way to explore the world. Since taking to the water, he’s raced solo to Hawaii, lost a keel at sea, biked across Asia, and set up sailing and surfing clinics to help other wounded veterans. Today he lives in Fiji where he’s running a board and sail shop called Mamanuca Board Traders.

    • 47 min
    SV Avocet: Chris & Marissa Neely // A Talented Young Couple Refit a Beautiful Old Boat - Ep. 52

    SV Avocet: Chris & Marissa Neely // A Talented Young Couple Refit a Beautiful Old Boat - Ep. 52

    Chris Neely grew up sailing on San Francisco bay, but met Marissa in the mountains where he taught her to sail on Huntington Lake. Not long after graduating college the two bought a 1979 Cheoy Lee 41, SV Avocet, which they are taking time to extensively refit in preparation for sailing far afield. Follow them on Sailing Avocet, their popular and beautifully produced video series on YouTube documenting the work they’re doing.

    • 45 min
    Tor Johnson // The Challenges and Dangers of Sailing Photography - Ep. 51

    Tor Johnson // The Challenges and Dangers of Sailing Photography - Ep. 51

    Tor Johnson first set sail as a child in the 1970s, cruising across the pacific with his parents and older brother and sister. It was during these travels that a friend gave him a camera, hooking him on photography. Today his photos appear on the covers of magazine such as Cruising World, Yachting World, Sail, and Sailing. Tor and I talk about the challenges and dangers of capturing unique images of boats, waves and more. You can see Tor’s work at www.tjhawaii.com.

    • 46 min
    Martin Machado // Making Art on Boats from 26 to 900 Feet - Ep. 50

    Martin Machado // Making Art on Boats from 26 to 900 Feet - Ep. 50

    Martin Machado is a visual artist who finds inspiration form the sea and the people who work it. His paintings and drawings reflect the stories, landscapes and people he encounters when he sails his small boat in the California Delta, or spends six months at sea aboard a 900-foot container ship, or squats in an old cannery with other salmon fisherman in Alaska. We had a fascinating conversation that touched on everything from pirate attacks to painting landscapes. Check out Martin’s artwork at MartinMarchado.com

    • 36 min
    The Franz Family // Cruising Mexico in a 68-foot, Aluminum Boat - Ep. 49

    The Franz Family // Cruising Mexico in a 68-foot, Aluminum Boat - Ep. 49

    Patrick and Tara Franz, and their son Everest, started sailing about five years ago after moving to the Bay Area. It wasn’t long afterwards they started thinking about living aboard and cruising to distant destinations. The boat they've chosen for the journey is a 68-foot, Britton Chance designed aluminum racer from 1971. The Pandemic has added another element to cruising, but the Franz family continues to travel and enjoy their adventure. You can read their latest updates at svpandion.com.

    • 40 min
    John Arndt // 33 Years at Latitude 38 - Ep. 48

    John Arndt // 33 Years at Latitude 38 - Ep. 48

    John Arndt is the owner and publisher of Latitude 38, the magazine that is fairly synonymous with sailing in the Bay Area. John started selling ads for the magazine in 1987 and in 2016 bought Latitude 38 from founder Richard Spindler. John also started, and has championed, Summer Sailstice, an event close to the summer solstice that encourages sailors across the globe to get out on the water any way they choose for a day of sailing.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

rootsmusic ,

Diverse and fascinating interviews, really inspiring and well done!

This is a truly well done podcast - beautiful stories , interviews are smart and interesting and thoughtful - highly recommended!

BillyBobV in Nor-Cal ,

Nice podcast about more than just SF Bay

This podcast has been part of my inspiration as I’m starting “my sailing career”. I’m looking forward to getting into the Bay once I’ve figured things out on the lakes

Gpullen ,

Great Questions and Awesome guests!!

Thank you Ben for coming to California and starting this journey. I have spent the last two weeks listening to your podcasts from your first to the last. I love what you’re doing. Your questions are always on point and help those of us who so badly want to get on the water but feel landlocked. You have shown me that there are many ways in which to get on the bay without paying large sums of money.

Keep up the good work and hope to see you out on the bay.

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