Last week, the lovely Franz Amussen from MedSailor.com interviewed me – Franz came across the Zizoo.com article about the top ten sailing blogs, noticed I was one of them and then fired an email over to ask if I’d spend some time talking with him. (Read Zizoo’s article here: Top 10: Sailing and Travel Blogs)
My response to an interview was ‘of course,’ although I must admit I was a bit nervous
Why can I talk to anyone in a calm fashion but when it’s going to be recorded and available to hundreds or thousands to I feel nerves? (I’m such a scaredy cat!)
Anyway, there was nothing for me to be scared about – Franz is a great guy, And..
MedSailor.com is a great resource – especially if you prefer audio!
On the website you’ll find over 50 incredible interviews about the areas around the Mediterranean. You’ll find information on Greece, Italy, Spain Turkey, Croatia, French Canals and invaluable content on chartering a boat, anchoring, recommendations and lessons learned.
You’ll also find a variety of audio products that will help students prepare for the US qualification system: Bareboat Cruising Certificate (ASA 104), Basic Costal Cruising (ASA 103) and Basic Keelboat Certification (ASA 101). The products on offer are all audio based so if you like listening (rather than reading or watching), or perhaps have a long work commute AND want to gain more knowledge this might be the perfect learning option for you.
I don’t live in America anymore, but I believe you need the ASA 104 prior to chartering a bareboat (for a sailing vacation). A bareboat is a boat that you sail yourself to destinations of your choosing. Other sailing vacation options are to hire a boat and a skipper or doing a flotilla holiday. A flotilla holiday gives you the option to hire a boat, sail it by yourself however sail amongst several other boaters.
When my husband and I went on our first sailing vacation, my husband went on a 2-day sailing course in England offered by SunSail, a sailing vacation organization. After the 2-day course, we were able to join a flotilla. If we wanted to do a bareboat charter, there was another course we would have had to take.
We enjoyed flotilla vacations so much that we never tried the bareboat option!
Flotillas are a great way to see new places (the company organize the route), meet new like-minded people, and enjoy being a newbie sailor. Furthermore, flotilla companies often give the sailors one free night to go anywhere they want. It’s a great way to get started in sailing.
But I digress. Let me get back to the interview!
Franz asked me about all sorts. He enquired about how we got started, where we sailed last year (we did over 3300 miles!), where we’re going, what wintering in Marina di Ragusa, Sicily was like, information about mitigating the VAT sales tax, getting around the Med, cooking, homeschooling, the impact of our travels on my 5 year old daughter, my scariest sailing experience and MUCH MORE. The interview lasted almost an hour…
And talking to Franz was quite a lot of fun.
Before you link over to Medsailor.com’s website, a couple notes – the interview starts off with what sounds like a movie audio clip. At first, I wondered if I was listening to the right podcast, but after the clip, Franz talks about a leak in his cabin and an interest he has in angel investment. After about five minutes, the interview with me starts. If you want to fast forward five minutes, you’ll get right to the interview!
So…here’s the link to Franz’s website. When you arrive at the website, simply click the play button under the title, “Sailing in the Mediterranean Episode 55 Sailing Britican with Kim Brown” or click on Podcast: Play in new window. If you’d like to be notified of Franz’s latest interviews make sure to subscribe to his podcasts through iTunes.
Let me know what you think of the interview 🙂