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A fun and relaxing talk with members of the waterfront community in and around Newport, Rhode Island. Learn about some great organizations, entrepreneurs and interesting characters. Sometimes beer is involved.

A fun and relaxing talk with members of the waterfront community in and around Newport, Rhode Island. Learn about some great organizations, entrepreneurs and interesting characters. Sometimes beer is involved.
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A fun and relaxing talk with members of the waterfront community in and around Newport, Rhode Island. Learn about some great organizations, entrepreneurs and interesting characters. Sometimes beer is involved.






Barbara Lloyd - former New York Times sailing and sports journalist

My guest for this episode is former New York Times columnist Barbara Lloyd. Barbara covered Sailing, Skiing and other sports, as well as writing a gear column for the New York Times. But Barbara has humble roots here at home with the Newport Daily News. It was at the Newport Daily News where she began as a cub reporter. Barbara honed her skills covering the America’s Cup races and interviewing sailors, including Ted Turner and Dennis Conner. Her nomadic lifestyle, free spirited nature and...


Denis and Allie - Mr. Badger & Co.

My guests for this episode are Denis and Allie of Mr. Badger & Co. Mr. Badger is their 41’ Concordia yawl. We recently got together and cracked open a few beers while they shared their tale of how they came to own Mr. Badger. But that wasn’t the only tale. Denis boasts an impressive sailing résumé and both are well traveled. It’s a wide-ranging chat that covers: sailing the Greek islands; an unsuccessful attempt at purchasing a schooner; sailing a Carriacou Sloop thousands of miles;...


Anne Vandromme-Hood - Yacht Insider's Guide

My guest in this episode is Anne Vandromme-Hood. Anne is a partner and leading force behind the publication, Yacht Insider’s Guide. Originally from Paris, she spent much of her time sailing out of Brittney with her family on a variety of boats. Anne is also an avid windsurfer who brought her gear along with her as she pursued crew positions on charter yachts. Her time spent working professionally on yachts lead her from crew, to chef, to shoreside management in Martinique, and now a...


Joe Cooper - Joe Cooper Sailing

My guest for episode 15 is Joe Cooper of Joe Cooper Sailing. Joe arrived to the podcast straight from coaching a high school sailing team - still half decked out in his drysuit. Joe was born in Sydney, Australia, and learned to sail just to the north in an estuary with similar characteristics to that of our Narragansett Bay. Joe has over 60,000 miles at sea and crewed for Australia in the 1977 and 1980 America’s Cup. He also has over 30 years as a sailmaker under his belt. Joe runs Joe...


John Fulweiler - Admiralty Lawyer, Captain, Sailor, Author

My guest for this episode is John Fulweiler. John is an attorney who specializes in Maritime and Admiralty law, but he is also a licensed US Coast Guard Captain; a former towing and salvage captain; a sailor and an author. John has written about the Jones Act as well as a book about a harrowing tale of survival when a local man falls off his boat. That book is called ‘A Swim’ and is available on Amazon. Learn more at


Hank Kniskern - Former Chairman, Newport Waterfront Commission

In this episode I speak with Hank Kniskern, former Chairman of the Newport Waterfront Commission, about the proposed changes to the mooring regulations in Newport Harbor. There have been two public meetings, and a first reading by the Newport City Council addressing the changes. There are passionate positions held by both current mooring holders, and those on the waiting list. Hank explains the process and the approach the waterfront commission has taken, as well as some examples of how...


Fair Leads with Jess

Episode 12 features a talk with Fair Leads owner Jess. Jess produces custom hand made dog leashes and collars out of all marine grade materials. She's made and shipped over 3000 of them around the world. Jess is a marine scientist who also boasts an impressive sailing history covering over 40,000 miles in nearly every ocean, and she's the former Executive Director of the Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry. You can learn more about her products by visiting


Antique Yacht Collection with Greg and Alana

I had a blast talking with Greg and Alana of the Antique Yacht Collection in Newport, RI and Mystic, CT. They are a young, energetic, fun and ambitious couple who have a really cool vibe. They are entrepreneurs in the yacht charter and yacht management scene in southern New England. Their business has been featured in The Wall Street Journal's travel section, and they are the recipient of the 2018 Trip Advisor Award of Excellence.


Onne van der Wal

My guest for this episode is Onne van der Wal. Onne is a world renowned marine photographer based in Newport, Rhode Island where he also has a gallery that features his work. His photography has appeared in most of the top sailing magazines, boat brochures and the patagonia catalog. Onne is a member of the exclusive Canon Explorers of Light program which is home to some of the most influential photographers in the world. Learn more at


Patrick Abrecht - Sail on Hope San

In this episode I speak with Patrick Abrecht who, along with his wife Monika, own and operate the classic Alden yawl 'Hope San'. You can charter Hope San for a sailing adventure on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. Patrick's story begins in his native Switzerland and takes us to Newport, Rhode Island through the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) and then on to their purchase and restoration of Hope San. Learn more about their operation at or follow them on...


Fred Roy - Herreshoff S Boat

In this episode I talk with Fred Roy, owner and sailor of a 1930 Herreshoff S Boat. We learn about the restoration of his boat named Surprise, and what it's like to own and race an old wood boat. Fred goes into detail about what makes the S Boat unique and how some of Herreshoff's design features continue to stand the test of time. We learn about the regattas and activities scheduled for next summer as they celebrate the S Boat class 100th Anniversary.



In this episode I talk with John Hirschler, owner and entrepreneur behind Sightsailing of Newport. John gives us a great look into how he first got started taking people on sailing tours of Newport Harbor and Narragansett bay, his vision for his company and how he grew the business over the years. See his fleet at


Dock Steward Stefan Nassaney - Newport Yacht Club

In this episode, I talk with Stefan Nassaney. Stefan is the Dock Steward at the Newport Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island. He gives us a glimpse into his world of juggling boats, members and the boating public at an active waterfront club. We also talk about his large Siberian Husky, his favorite Magma Grill and a unique skiff he’s in the process of building.


Kim Hapgood - Sail Newport

In this episode I talk with Kim Hapgood, Program Director for Sail Newport. Kim shares with us all of the programs and initiatives in which Sail Newport is currently engaged, fills us in on the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race stopover, and shares an entertaining story about retrieving a wedding ring in a box that went overboard.


Dave McLaughlin from Clean Ocean Access on Trash Skimmers

In this short excerpt from my talk with Dave McLaughlin at Clean Ocean Access, he explains the effectiveness of the Trash Skimmers at removing marine debris. Dave also gives us a brief history of how they were conceived and developed.


Dave from Clean Ocean Access

In this episode, I speak with Dave McLaughlin. Dave is the Executive Director of Clean Ocean Access. Clean ocean access is a non-profit environmental group that works to promote a healthy ocean that is free of marine debris and water that is safe for all, as well as ocean activities and a shoreline that is accessible to the public. You can learn more and get involved with Clean Ocean Access by visiting their website at


Capt. Kent on being a Confident Captain

This morning I sat down with Capt. Kent Dresser founder of Confident Captain, a professional training and education company based in Rhode Island. We learn about his company and his experience on everything from small recreational boats to commercial tugs in New York. We talk seamanship and what it's like to be boarded by the Coast Guard for the first time after 28 years on the water.


Capt. Eric and Save The Bay

In this inaugural episode I catch up with an old friend - Capt. Eric - from Save The Bay. We talk about the mission of Save The Bay and his role there. We also talk about environmental stewardship for the boating public, and reminisce about some waterfront characters we both got to know working on Newport harbor (Rhode Island, USA). Oh and we have a beer and share a few laughs.