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RECYCLED: Yves Gelinas is a French-Canadian single-handed sailor and inventor of the Cape Horn wind vane, the simplest, most robust, and most elegant solution for self-steering on an offshore cruising boat. Yves invented and perfected the gear while circumnavigating nonstop via the Great Capes in his beloved Alberg 30 Jean du Sud in the 80s. During that voyage, he filmed Around the World with Jean du Sud, which quickly came to be considered the greatest sailing movie ever made. Yves still builds the Cape Horn units himself from his workshop in Quebec & still sails Jean du Sud, most recently voyaging to Martinique in 2015.

Quick note - this episode was first recorded for my Two Inspired Guys show way back in 2013. The other guy you’ll hear is my friend and co-host Ryan Briggs. At the time, Yves was in Quebec, I was in Sweden and Ryan was in Pittsburgh, so it was a truly international interview! I hope it still stands up!


You can join us on Isbjorn for a taste of ocean sailing - go to 59-north.com/offshore to see our full calendar. We’ve got just three spaces left for all of 2017, on our final passage of the year in the Baltic in August. Then, options are open for our Arctic passages in 2018! Hope to see you on the high seas!

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And finally, don’t miss our new podcast Sailing Stories, hosted by Lee Cumberland & narrated by Duncan Hood. I’m super excited to say that the show’s been a hit from day 1! Season 1, which will run for a total of 12 weeks, features the audio rendition of the book Brave or Stupid, a story of two Swedes who set out to circumnavigate on a whim and a wine-fueled handshake. If you haven’t discovered Sailing Stories yet, make sure to start from Episode 1. Tales from the high seas, told week by week.

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