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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 2021 Sailing Plans-Join Me!

    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond 2021 Sailing Plans-Join Me!

    Summer Sailing Season 2021 and Crew Call

    In this podcast I outline my plans for the sailing from the northern Adriatic to Spain with information on crew openings.



    Write me if you have any information on boat yards in Spain where I can store my boat or if you're interested in joining me for part of the summer  sail







    If you have suggestions for future episodes please write me a note. franz1 at medsailor dot com

    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





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    Sailing! Learn To Sail: Basic Keelboat Certification Lessons for the ASA 101 Exam Exam over 7 hours of Audio Instruction to help you get ready to take the written exam.

    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.



    ©2021 Franz Amussen all rights reserved



    Tags, Sailrite, DIY

    • 14 min
    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Kivanc and Daniel of See Bee Sailing

    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Kivanc and Daniel of See Bee Sailing

    I have a great interview with Kivanc and Danielle of See Bee Sailing

    Kivanc and Danielle Aslaner from the Bay Area California, who just bought their dream boat in Croatia, quit their jobs and are about to live full-time on their boat and start sailing the world.



    Kivanc is originally from Istanbul and had an interest in sailing and the nautical lifestyle from a young age. While he was growing up in Turkey, sailing was a sport mostly for those well off and seemed inaccessible. His time and attention were also focused on other things such as finishing his education. Fast forward 10 years later to California where he discovered the benefits of belonging to a sailing club. OCSC (Olympic Circle Sailing Club) in the Bay Area opened up the world of sailing in an affordable way, while offering courses taught by top-notch sailing instructors. After Kivanc received a number of sailing certifications, Danielle decided to take a crew class so she could be of more help to Kivanc on the sailboats they chartered in the club and understand the sailing nomenclature better. After the crew class, things started to click with Danielle around understanding basic sailing principles and how things functioned on the boat. Within one year, Danielle jumped all in and completed nearly all the sailing courses offered by the club, including Coastal Passage Navigation. She even started a woman’s only sail group with another sailing pal from OCSC.



    Over the years as Kivanc and Danielle grew into their sailing hobby their priorities shifted. Both had established careers in high-tech but they craved something more out of life. After doing a number of destination charters around the world, they developed a taste of what it would be like to liveaboard a sailboat. The decision was made 6 years ago to start saving for a sailboat and take a 2-3 years sabbatical from work to experience living aboard and exploring part of the world while sailing. The plan was to start in early 2020 but then the Covid pandemic hit and they were stuck at home an extra year. Danielle even quit her job right beforehand. Instead of being down about this unexpected delay, a lot of soul searching happened and they made the decision to go “all in” with their sailing adventure when they could eventually depart from America. Instead of the original 2-3 year plan, they now have no plans to return to America and will keep sailing as long as it’s enjoyable and as long as the money lasts.



    Kivanc and Danielle bought their dream boat a 45’ Elan Impression in Croatia at the beginning of 2020, right before the pandemic. They named her Sea Bee a combination of their two shared hobbies – beekeeping and sailing. She has been patiently waiting in a marina for their return – which is about to happen at the end of April, 2021.



    Kivanc, Danielle and I talked about their adventures in buying a boat in Croatia to go cruising with. Kivanc goes into great detail about this in his YouTube video which is below:



    https://youtu.be/aZc5kjFyybo



    If you have suggestions for future episodes please write me a note.   franz1 at medsailor dot com

    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





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    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Zach Grant of Sailrite

    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Zach Grant of Sailrite

    Learn about Sailrite with Zach Grant

    In this episode we Learn about Sailrite with Zach Grant. Sailrite is a podcast sponsor and in my opinion, a great company. They produce lots of free Sailrite YouTube videos for the DIY sailor. I talked to Zach today for the first time before I always talked to his father Matt Grant a couple of years ago so it is great to catch up again with this great company.





    If you have suggestions for future episodes please write me a note. Use the contact form at the website medsailor.com

    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





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    Sailing! Learn To Sail: Basic Keelboat Certification Lessons for the ASA 101 Exam Exam over 7 hours of Audio Instruction to help you get ready to take the written exam.

    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.



    ©2021 Franz Amussen all rights reserved



    Tags, Sailrite, DIY

    • 46 min
    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond aboard Sail Dauntless

    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond aboard Sail Dauntless

    I enjoy getting to know Jim and Judy Brown and we discuss their Yacht Dauntless and what is like to be a charter business owner, Captain and Crew



    https://www.saildauntless.com/ is their website







    * Length: 52′, beam 15′ draft 6′

    * US Coast Guard Documented Vessel

    * engine Yanmar 80 hp diesel

    * Generator

    * AIS

    * Electric Winches

    * Hydraulic Swim Platform

    * Total sails = 3

    * Dingy 10′ seats 5



    * Outboard 15 hp





    * Life Raft – offshore rated



    * CE Rating A13, B16, C16









    The Captain – James Brown 



    * Veteran Coast Guard Ocean Rescue

    * Licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain – 50 ton masters

    * 8 years deep ocean experience

    * Sailing since early childhood

    * Passion for the ocean

    * Former Cubmaster





    * STCW certified in first aid, CPR, firefighting and sea survival

    * 6,000 nautical miles sailed on Dauntless



     











    The Chef / First Mate – Judy Brown



    * What started as a food journey to improve my health has become apassion for making great food and serving it to others. The Italian in me loves to help make people happy with a beautiful meal that satisfied the pallet and the soul.

    * How fun to taste the fresh, local fare in the comfort of your own private yacht, surrounded by crystal clear water and your favorite libation in-hand!

    * I’ve been sailing since I was a teenager at Girl Scout Camp Tekakwitha in Hampton Bays, NY. We can’t wait for you to come and enjoy our new yacht with us!

    * STCW certified in first aid, CPR, firefighting and sea survival

    * 6,000 nautical miles sailed on Dauntless







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    If you would like to support the Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Podcast there are several ways!

    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

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    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Chris Axelson pt. 5

    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Chris Axelson pt. 5

    This episode is part 5 of  of the ongoing story 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 ele...

    • 50 min
    Sailing with Loucas Gourtsoyannis Pt 5

    Sailing with Loucas Gourtsoyannis Pt 5

    This Email lead to these Interviews with Loucas Gourtsoyannis

    I am recommending are keen to chat to you.

    I met them both on our journey from Croatia to Spain.

    The first one is Loucas



    His email address is infosailmed@gmail.com

    +30 693 711 0878



    His Website is:



    https://www.sailmed.org/aegean-cargo-sailing-in-the-media



    Loucas runs a sustainable cargo sailing business delivering Food sourced from local farmers In Greece to other Countries to enable them to survive.  This is my limited understanding but he is fascinating and lovely.  The Captain Loucas Gourtsoyannis is steering the Aegean Cargo Sailing Voyage. He is trained as mining engineer in Greece and PhD in Metallurgy in Montreal, Canada. He has worked in Canada, Greece and Belgium in research, technology, innovation and industrial standards. In the last 7 years he lives on the sail boat Pelago in Greek waters and sometimes around European seas, rivers, lakes and canals.



    Jaci



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    If you would like to support the Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Podcast there are several ways!

    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.



    ©2020 Franz Amussen all rights reserved

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