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In this episode I interview Neil Fletcher. Neil learn to sail later in life and in this episode he tells his story of chartering with the Sun sail flotilla in Croatia several years ago. He gives us some good information of anchorages, restaurants, and a good analysis of the service he got from the charter company and the flotilla sailing experience.

I always enjoy getting e-mail from my listeners feel free to contact me by using the contact form at the website. Also if you are studying for the ASA 101 exam I have some audio lessons are available in iTunes, Amazon, gumroad, and at the website. There is a link in this post to purchase those lessons.

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In this podcast I start out by answering three different letters from listeners. One of them deals with how to go about sailing with me so I go into that in quite a bit of detail. Then I answer some questions from other listeners. Finally I talk about the Cycladic island of Siros.

I always enjoy getting e-mail from my listeners feel free to contact me by using the contact form at the website. Also if you are studying for the ASA 101 exam I have some audio lessons are available in iTunes, Amazon, gumroad, and at the website. There is a link in this post to purchase those lessons.

If you need to contact me just use the contact form at the website medsailor.com

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In this episode I address a couple listener questions and clarifications then I move on to the main body and subject of this episode which is a sample of the ASA 103 series that I’m working on right now.

I always appreciate listener comments if you have thoughts or if you would like to be interviewed please contact me by using the contact form at the website.
If you are studying for the ASA 101 exam consider my audio lessons as a part of your study material!
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I share a great interview With Jack Andrys.Jack and his family chartered sailboat from Sun sail along the East Coast of Italy near the Bay of Naples. In this interview Jack recounts the adventures that he had including a throttle mishap with the charter boat. He talks about visiting the islands of Ischia, Ponza, and one other island which turned out to be his favorite port of call.

Below are some photographs and information that Jack chose to share with us:
Saturday June 28 2014
Arrive from Rome into Naples by train then a car and ferry transfer to Procida arranged by Sailitalia, 3 hours on the train, 20 minutes in the car and 30 minutes on the Ferry.
Pick up Sunsail Cyclades 39.3 (Beneteau) Sampai from Sailitalia office at the Procida base located Bay of Naples. The group had 4 adults, my wife and I, my wife’s parents, and our 3 children aged 9, 7, and 6. No prior sailing for the in-laws, and only a couple of days for my wife and kids around Seattle.
– Skipper’s paperwork and payments of Insurance deposit
– Move onboard store away personal items and food (by crew)
– Have lunch on shore at Procida
– Check boat paperwork and wait on Sailitalia staff to confirm boat check list and skippers briefing
– Ready to sail that night but based on our experience we decided to stay onboard but stay at the dock.
Photo: Procida taken from the ferry.
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Sunday June 29 2014
Breakfast onboard Sampai, top off water tanks untie the lines and leave port by 08:30 heading for a short sail to the Island of Ischia.
– Sailed south out of Procida in light winds and decided to get use to the boat and perform some tacking and jibing over the next hour but lost all three adult crew members to mild seasickness with two of them hanging over the side feeding the fish.
– Decided to head to shore at Ischia and anchored just north of the Castle Aragonese, at which point my wife and father in-law jumped overboard for a swim, after which I took the crew by dinghy to shore for lunch in the Village of Ischia.

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At anchor and gone for a swim

– After lunch a few dinghy trips back to the boat and everyone was ready to give sailing another go, and we headed downwind sailing north. At this point in my mind I knew that I could always pull into one of the 4 ports on the northern coast of Ischia for the night if the crew became unwell again, but my intension was to get to the island of Ventotene about 23NM away.
– Everyone was enjoying the downwind sail and so we decided to head west for a 4 hour sail to Ventotene with the intention to tie up on the old Roman port. It was a great sail as we reached in about 15 to 20 knots of wind but toward the later stages we had a stern quartering swell that started to make the trip a little less comfortable for the previously ill adults. So I took over the helm so as to try and smooth things out as much as possible. It was the furthest most had ever been from the coast in a small boat, the sky and water were blue and it was a wonderful afternoon.
– At about two miles out I started the engine so as to be well prepared, but!

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Getting towed in to the old Roman Port Ventotene

Monday June 30 2014
Ventotene
– Small craft warning and repairs

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Tied up bow in outside Enrico’s restaurant Ventotene (Sampai is the middle boat)
Tuesday July 1 2014
– Finish repairs Ventotene sail to Ponza for an overnight anchor in one of the bays on the West side of the Island.

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Afternoon sail back to the Island of Ponza and stay in harbor in the town of Ponza

 

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My wife and I at our favorite harbor at Ventotene

 

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Sailing in the Mediterranean Episode 37 Interview with John Quinn

October 29, 2014
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I share a great interview I had with John Quinn. He talks about traveling in Europe Turkey and Israel in the late 60’s. John lives on through his work and in a little part with this story that he shared with me. I always appreciate comments please feel free to contact me using the contact […]

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Sailing in the Mediterranean Episode 36 Cyclades pt 3 Paros

October 20, 2014
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In this episode I acknowledge some listeners letters and discuss some thoughts relating to their questions. I then go on to discuss some technical problems and solutions I’ve had on my boat. It seems that listeners like to hear details about problem-solving so I’m trying to address this as I tell stories. Please feel free […]

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Sailing in the Mediterranean Episode 35 Cyclades Pt 2 Paros

October 9, 2014
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The Audio Quality is not up to snuff on this episode.  It was recorded while driving my old truck and there was quite a bit of background noise. I want to thank all my listeners for their comments and positive reviews in iTunes. As a result of one of these comments I have put together […]

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Sailing in the Mediterranean Episode 34 Cyclades Pt 1

October 6, 2014
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I want to thank all my listeners for their comments and positive reviews in iTunes. As a result of one of these comments I have put together a 7 hour 6 min. 16 lesson audio course to help students prepare for the American sailing Association Basic Keelboat Certification commonly referred to as the ASA 101 […]

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Sailing in the Mediterranean Episode 33 Saronic Gulf Greece

September 28, 2014
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In this episode I talk about my new upcoming sailing audio lesson course, and then move onto sailing in the Saronic Gulf region of Greece. Thanks for listening and feel free to drop me a note if you have any ideas comments or suggestions Poros Corinth Canal

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