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Skip Novak

A conversation with a modern-day sailing legend

Skip Novak

A conversation with a modern-day sailing legend
In this fascinating one-hour episode - Skip Novak will reminisce - from growing up in the Midwest - to becoming one of the most respected experts in high latitude expeditions.

Skip Novak is one of the most respected personalities in our sport and a noted author, television personality, and public speaker. His awards include the prestigious Blue Water Medal from the Cruising Club of America and the Tilman Medal from the Royal Cruising Club (UK). Skip's home base is South Africa where he manages his world class adventure charter business - running his two high latitude expedition sailing vessels of the same name.

From ocean racing to extreme high latitude sailing expeditions, Skip Novak has covered more sea miles than almost any sailor on the planet. His four Whitbread Round the World campaigns and co-skippering of a giant catamaran in the globe girdling nonstop event: "The Race" are highlights on his racing resume. But in recent years it is his voyages and adventures in high latitudes both on mountain tops and on the water that have achieved acclaim and many honors. From ice climbing Antarctic peaks to racing nonstop around the planet on a 100' French catamaran - get ready for some great stories!
What Do You Want to Learn From Skip?
  • What it was like navigating a racing boat through icebergs in the southern ocean in the days before GPS and satellite communications
  • His experiences sailing with famed musician – Simon LeBon of Duran Duran
  • Putting together a maxi Whitbread program from the Soviet Union – just as the walls came crashing down
  • What it takes to stay safe and warm sailing 600 miles across Drake Passage from Cape Horn to Antarctica?
  • How to manage a sailing team in extreme conditions
  • Skip’s philosophy of boat rigging, set up and operation for extreme high latitude waters
  • What color is the best iceberg ice is for your drink
  • What it is like to live on a sailboat with your young kids in Antarctica for a full season filming a BBC special on the Penguin Post Office
  • How you can sail with Skip on one of his extreme charters
In this show you will learn about:
  • How kites work as ultra-efficient sailpower
  • The different equipment, specialties and competitions that have evolved
  • How hard is it to learn?
  • The best way to learn
  • Safety considerations
  • Kiteboarding and the Olympics
 
Harriet and “TL” each started out in the sport in a pretty traditional manner – yacht club junior sailing programs. TL made it to the pinnacle of the sport as a member of the US Olympic Team, Harriet was a rising star in the marine industry as editor for Yachting Magazine. But all that changed after they married – they decided to pursue the path less traveled – cruising – which ultimately led them to giving back – in a very big and important way.

In this episode of Inside Sailing we will follow the path of these two stars of our sport, through the early years to their first little cruising boat, to adventures and a life criss crossing the Pacific that ultimately landed them back in the North Atlantic on a new boat – a much bigger cruising boat – with two hulls. That catamaran became their home base as they explored the Caribbean – and ultimately became inspired to create “Hands Across the Sea” a non profit dedicated to raising the literacy levels of Eastern Caribbean children.
In this show you will learn about:
  • How kites work as ultra-efficient sailpower
  • The different equipment, specialties and competitions that have evolved
  • How hard is it to learn?
  • The best way to learn
  • Safety considerations
  • Kiteboarding and the Olympics

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The Honeys have fit more into one lifetime than most people could do in ten

The Honeys have fit more into one lifetime than most
people could do in ten

Meet Stan Honey

Stan is one of the best offshore navigators of his time - winning around the world races, setting records around the planet - including the 24 hour speed record in both multihulls and monohulls.

Stan is a 3-time Emmy award winner for technical innovation in sports television including the first-down-line for football, K-Zone for baseball, and LiveLine for the America’s Cup.

Stan is an Inductee into the US National Sailing Hall of Fame and is a US Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.

Stan was was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame with over 30 patents to his name.

Stan was an early pioneer in the world of vehicle navigation and GPS.
Learn more about Stan >>
 
 

Meet Sally Honey

Sally excelled in the high-performance 505 class dinghy as a skipper for over a decade winning international and national level events against mostly all-male teams.

Sally spent time as an anti-war activist in Japan before attending the University of Pennsylvania, eventually getting a Masters in Literature from Stanford.

Sally started a career in the sailmaking industry, eventually owning several industrial sewing companies of her own.

Sally is a Two-Time Martini and Rossi (now Rolex) Yachtswoman of the Year (1973 & 1974).

Sally has served on US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Committee 2011-2020 (current chair).

Learn more about Sally >>

Meet Stan Honey

Stan is one of the best offshore navigators of his time - winning around the world races, setting records around the planet - including the 24 hour speed record in both multihulls and monohulls.

Stan is a 3-time Emmy award winner for technical innovation in sports television including the first-down-line for football, K-Zone for baseball, and LiveLine for the America’s Cup.

Stan is an Inductee into the US National Sailing Hall of Fame and is a US Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.

Stan was was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame with over 30 patents to his name.

Stan was an early pioneer in the world of vehicle navigation and GPS.
Learn more about Stan >>
 

Meet Sally Honey

Sally excelled in the high-performance 505 class dinghy as a skipper for over a decade winning international and national level events against mostly all-male teams.

Sally spent time as an anti-war activist in Japan before attending the University of Pennsylvania, eventually getting a Masters in Literature from Stanford.

Sally started a career in the sailmaking industry, eventually owning several industrial sewing companies of her own.

Sally is a Two-Time Martini and Rossi (now Rolex) Yachtswoman of the Year (1973 & 1974).

Sally has served on US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Committee 2011-2020 (current chair).

Learn more about Sally >>
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Meet ILLUSION

Peter’s focus in this episode will be to Stan and Sally’s experiences with their beloved classic Cal 40, “Illusion” – a 40 foot fiberglass production sloop from the early 1960’s. From racing to cruising, the Honey’s have put tens of thousands of miles on their beloved sloop, which is currently sheltering in place in Newport, RI where she was supposed to be preparing to win the Newport to Bermuda Race.

More information about Stan and Sally’s Cal 40, “Illusion” and their upgrades on their website.

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