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13 December 2013

The Cynical Sailor Speaks On The Sailing Podcast

Well, the Cynical Sailor himself didn't actually speak on The Sailing Podcast as he was busy working in Scotland. But I did. The sidekick. The one who writes this blog. The Pollyanna, glass-half-full "yin" to Scott's cynical "yang" or "yang" to his "yin". I'm not sure which, but you get the idea.

If you aren't familiar with The Sailing Podcast, you should definitely head on over and see what it is all about. Scott has been a big fan for a while and first discovered the site when he saw they had an interview with Webb Chiles (the guy who has circumnavigated five times and was the first person to go around Cape Horn solo). Scott was keen to be able to hear what Webb had to say as he had previously "met" him through some email exchanges about a boat in New Zealand. I've checked the site out as well now and it is a really great resource to hear stories about sailing and cruising, as well as the voice behind people's blogs and books. There is a great interview with David Anderson from The Sailing Podcast on Sail Far Live Free which is worth checking out as well to learn more about David and his passion for sailing and podcasts.

So how in the world did this madness happen? Scott emailed David to say that he thought it would be great to hear a podcast from someone who is new to cruising or in the process of getting ready to cruise full-time. And guess who he suggested - me. But of course, he forgot to mention to me that he had emailed David. I think I've told you before that Scott is a crafty little devil and it pays to keep an eye on him. But it is so much harder to do that when he is in Scotland and I am in New Zealand. So surprise, David said yes, let's interview Ellen and then Scott "confessed" what he had done.

If you listen to the podcast, I ramble a lot and talk about some really random stuff and I can't stand to hear the sound of my own voice. Do I really sound like that? So I would really understand if you skipped over our podcast and checked out some of the others. From people like Webb Chiles, or Teresa Carey & Ben Eriksen at Sailing Simplicity, or Paul & Sheryl Shard from Distant Shores TV, or Bill & Judy Rouse from S/V BeBe, or Mike Sweeney from Zero to Cruising, or Jamie & Behan Gifford at S/V Totem. And the list goes on and on. Some really big names in sailing and cruising and then there is, well, me. Go figure.

However, despite the fact that I'm not the world's best interviewee, it was a fun experience. David is a really nice guy and I enjoyed chatting with him immensely. If you want to have a listen, you can find a link here to download the podcast.

And don't worry, Scott will pay for setting me up to be interviewed. Oh yes, he will pay. 

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