Transatlantic Passage #12. Catch a Wahoo and Land Ho! Arrive in St Lucia after 22 days at sea.

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Ep116 – In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we continue our Transatlantic Sailing Passage series. We cover days 19 to the end of the passage (Day 22). We catch a Wahoo. We finally get some wind and really see how fast this Catamaran can really sail when we have decent winds and we make Landfall in St Lucia where we have a welcoming party with balloons, horns and champagne. This is the conclusion the the Transatlantic Series. There is a playlist on my Youtube channel called Transatlantic Sailing Passage, so if you missed any episodes and want to start the series from the beginning, I suggest you watch that playlist. Here is the link to it: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL05m1JiLmWT-LyiQKiPk9hAxLjN_bXFPN

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Transatlantic Passage #12. Catch a Mahi Mahi. A satellite burns up in the night sky for us to see.

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Ep115 – In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we continue our Transatlantic Sailing Passage series. We cover days 15 to 18 of the passage. We finally get some wind. We catch a Mahi Mahi and we watch a Satellite or other space junk go flaming across the night sky for us to watch in awe. It was the most amazing once in a lifetime sight. We break the 500 mile to go mark so we use that milestone to have a celebration.

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If you are interested in any of the Camera Gear I use or the Mavic Pro I use as my drone, you can go to the following Amazon links. If you purchase anything after going through this link, it helps support the channel by giving us a few shekels and it doesn’t cost you a thing.

Panasonic GH5
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Panasonic GH4
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Canon G7X mark ii:
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Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2rgAGLv
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GoPro Hero5 Black
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Azden SMX-30 Shotgun (Mono/Stereo) Mic
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Transatlantic Passage #11. Swimming In The Middle Of The Atlantic and Sushi from our 1st Fish.

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Ep114 – In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we continue our Transatlantic Sailing Passage series. We cover days 13 and 14 of the passage. The wind dies so much we have to drift in the middle of the Ocean. We take this opportunity to swim 800 miles from the closest land and where the depth is 7000 feet. We have a Spinnaker block that is squeaking so loud it is driving us crazy so Paul goes to the top of the mast to try and fix it. Plus, we catch our first fish, a tuna, and we make a delicious meal of sushi and breaded fillets out of it. It was a great few days of laughs and beautiful weather with a few perfect sunrises and sunsets. Now if we could only get some sustained winds the passage would be perfect. We are falling farther and farther behind schedule.

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You can follow Dave and Alex’s travels on their blog, Sailing Banyan at www.sailblogs.com/member/Banyan

If you are interested in any of the Camera Gear I use or the Mavic Pro I use as my drone, you can go to the following Amazon links. If you purchase anything after going through this link, it helps support the channel by giving us a few shekels and it doesn’t cost you a thing.

Panasonic GH5
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2qvEsNC
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2rgzeJ0
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2rgFiBp

Panasonic GH4
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2sUqxSY
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2sfo2wL
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2s3gZFq

Canon G7X mark ii:
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2qvbmy8
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2rgAGLv
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2ry99pF

GoPro Hero5 Black
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2sUiC86
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2tdv9Tz
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2td2QEL

Azden SMX-30 Shotgun (Mono/Stereo) Mic
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2s2UeBd
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2tdsn0C
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2s2VeoX

Mavic Pro Drone
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Transatlantic Passage #10. Dolphins visit and Thanks Giving Dinner at Sea. Ep113

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Ep113 – In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we continue our Transatlantic Sailing Passage series. We cover days 9 through 12 of the passage. You will see that a bird flies into our boat and hits me in the head. We have a massive pod of dolphins swim at our bow for longer than I have ever seen and we try and make our lone American, Dan, feel at home by making a Thanks Giving Dinner on board with all the fixings. It was a great few days of laughs and beautiful weather with our first perfect sunset. Now if we could only get some sustained winds the passage would be perfect. We are falling farther and farther behind schedule.

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You can follow Dave and Alex’s travels on their blog, Sailing Banyan at www.sailblogs.com/member/Banyan

If you are interested in any of the Camera Gear I use or the Mavic Pro I use as my drone, you can go to the following Amazon links. If you purchase anything after going through this link, it helps support the channel by giving us a few shekels and it doesn’t cost you a thing.

Panasonic GH5
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2qvEsNC
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2rgzeJ0
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2rgFiBp

Panasonic GH4
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2sUqxSY
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2sfo2wL
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2s3gZFq

Canon G7X mark ii:
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2qvbmy8
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2rgAGLv
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2ry99pF

GoPro Hero5 Black
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2sUiC86
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2tdv9Tz
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2td2QEL

Azden SMX-30 Shotgun (Mono/Stereo) Mic
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2s2UeBd
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2tdsn0C
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2s2VeoX

Mavic Pro Drone
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Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2E6Lxi4

T.P. #9. Mavic Pro drone footage of a moving sailboat? Scary trying to land it back onboard!

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Ep112 – In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we continue our Transatlantic Sailing Passage series. We really wanted to get some epic drone footage of the Bluewater 50 Catamaran under sail in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Taking off and getting the footage was easy. I have hand caught the Mavic Pro many times on land and I figured that it wouldn’t be that hard for me to pilot the drone to someone onboard who could hand catch it. Boy was I wrong. Between the downward sensors having to be turned off and the drone relying solely on the GPS to judge its height, the drone was going up and down a few feet at a time all on its own.

The front sensors would sense the boat so it would not get close enough to hand catch so I had to fly it backward towards a moving boat and close enough to hand catch it all while the Mavic was moving up and down and the battery low warnings were flashing on my screen.

As the battery was almost dead, I finally was able to successfully get it on board but not without having a few heart attacks along the way.

It was by far the hardest flying I have ever had to do with my drone and on more than one occasion the drone almost hit something and would have flopped into the water and gone to a watery grave. Watch this episode to she how we did it and what lessons we learned.

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You can follow Paul and Sheryl’s TV and DVD series at www.DistantShores.ca

You can follow Dave and Alex’s travels on their blog, Sailing Banyan at www.sailblogs.com/member/Banyan

If you are interested in any of the Camera Gear I use or the Mavic Pro I use as my drone, you can go to the following Amazon links. If you purchase anything after going through this link, it helps support the channel by giving us a few shekels and it doesn’t cost you a thing.

Panasonic GH5
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2qvEsNC
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2rgzeJ0
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2rgFiBp

Panasonic GH4
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2sUqxSY
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2sfo2wL
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2s3gZFq

Canon G7X mark ii:
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2qvbmy8
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2rgAGLv
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2ry99pF

GoPro Hero5 Black
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2sUiC86
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2tdv9Tz
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2td2QEL

Azden SMX-30 Shotgun (Mono/Stereo) Mic
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2s2UeBd
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2tdsn0C
Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2s2VeoX

Mavic Pro Drone
Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2DRAj1s
Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2E6Lxi4

1000 Miles down. New Crew? Spinnaker Sailing for the first time.

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Ep111 – In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we continue our Transatlantic Sailing Passage series. In this episode we cross the 1000 mile mark and we are boarded by a bird that really wanted to be our new crew. He just wouldn’t take no for and answer. The winds were so light that our usual wing on wing sail plan, that we have been using, wouldn’t work so we decided to break out the Spinnaker that the owner had on the boat.

We made sushi for the first time with store bought fish and it was so good we got really motivated to start fishing. At this point of the trip we had not started trying to fish by dragging a line but after this day we did and we caught Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Dorado in upcoming episodes

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You can follow Paul and Sheryl’s TV and DVD series at www.DistantShores.ca

You can follow Dave and Alex’s travels on their blog, Sailing Banyan at www.sailblogs.com/member/Banyan

Transatlantic Passage #7. Get to know the Crew. Distant Shores, Sailing Banyan. Expectations Met?

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Ep110. In this episode of Cruising Off Duty we continue our Transatlantic Passage Series. We are 1/3 of the way across the Atlantic Ocean. I interview the crew and see what their thoughts are so far. Did they have concerns before starting this 3 week passage? What were their expectations? Have their expectations been met?

You will you will get to hear what well known Sailing TV personalities Paul and Sheryl Shard. Many of you know them from their TV sailing adventure series Distant Shores which has had 11 season and can be seen in 42 million homes. You will also hear from Sailing Bloggers Alexandra Palcic and David MacDonald from Sailing Banyan. Also photographer and travelling companion on my trip through Spain, Dan Krughoff will let you know his feeling on this once in a lifetime opportunity to do an Ocean Passage.

Hopefully you enjoy getting to know the 5 people I spend 3 weeks with crossing the Atlantic Ocean as much as I enjoyed the time I spent with them.

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You can follow Dave and Alex’s travels on their blog, Sailing Banyan at www.sailblogs.com/member/Banyan

Transatlantic Sailing Passage #6. 1/3 across. Highlights. Is the Passage meeting my expectations?

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Ep109 – In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we continue our Transatlantic Sailing Passage series. I am taking you along with me in this VLOG style episode. By the end of this episode we are done Day 6 of the passage, which should have been around 1/3 of the way across. I interviewed the crew and asked them a bunch of questions about their expectations of sailing a Catamaran across the Ocean and what their highlights are so far and if the passage has matched their expectations. You will hear my answers to those questions at the end of this episode.

I recorded all the Cinematic clips with a Stereo Shotgun microphone so if you listen with headphones, it will give you the immersive stereo sounds of sailing along along with me in the middle of the Atlantic on a 50′ catamaran.

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You can follow Paul and Sheryl’s TV and DVD series at www.DistantShores.ca

You can follow Dave and Alex’s travels on their blog, Sailing Banyan at www.sailblogs.com/member/Banyan

Transatlantic Sailing Passage #5. Sailing at 17 knots. Immersive sights and sounds of the passage

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Ep108 – In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we continue our Transatlantic Sailing Passage series. I am taking you along with me in this VLOG style episode. I recorded all the Cinematic clips with a Stereo Shotgun microphone so in this episode I will not be adding music to the sailing footage but will let you listen to the immersive stereo sounds of sailing along in the middle of the Atlantic on a 50′ catamaran with me.

I highly suggest you listen to this episode with headphones on to get the full effect.

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You can follow Paul and Sheryl’s TV and DVD series at www.DistantShores.ca

You can follow Dave and Alex’s travels on their blog, Sailing Banyan at www.sailblogs.com/member/Banyan

Transatlantic Sailing Passage #4. Hard to Live and Sleep on a Moving Sailboat? Ep107

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Ep107 – In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we continue our Transatlantic Sailing Passage series. I am taking you along with me in this VLOG style episode. I will show you what it was like to live, and more importantly try to sleep, on a sailboat that never stops sailing, motoring, moving and making noises. We start doing our watches where we have to be On Duty at the helm for 4 hrs at a time covering the 24 hr day. In between those watches we have to do all our cooking, cleaning, eating and sleeping. None of that was too difficult except (for me) the sleeping.

Some people who are not borderline insomniacs and who are not light sleepers, who are woken by the slightest noise, may not run into the trouble I did. With the non stop motion and unknown noises coming from a sailboat under sail, I found it really hard to fall asleep and stay asleep. Because of that, for the first few days I felt like I was a walking zombie. Always tired but never quite able to fall into a deep prolonged sleep.

This episode cover this first “getting use to the boat” period. The good news is, with time even I, once tired enough, could shut down and fall asleep for short Naps. Add enough naps together and YOU CAN ACTUALLY FUNCTION.

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