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Online podcast set sail by sailors Posted On 07 May 2021

An international sailing magazine and podcast has been launched, as two local sailors go all hands on deck

 

The podcast comes as the first anniversary of Ocean Sailor Magazine arrives, created by Dick Beaumont, chairman of online yachting magazine, Kraken Yachts. Beaumont hired his friend and fellow sailor and journalist, Dick Durham, to be editor of Ocean Sailor Magazine, and the two are now starting a podcast together.

Dick Beaumont and Dick Durham are perfect for one another because they were both brought up on the muddy banks of the creeks of the Thames Estuary. Durham grew up in Leigh and Beaumont in Benfleet. Beaumont moved to the area in the 90’s and now lives in Old Leigh.

Mr Beaumont has said: “It was a no brainer really. He’s a very experienced yachtsman and an excellent yachting journalist with years of experience. From my own experience of being interviewed by him, I know he isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions and delve into the root of a story.”

Editor Dick Durham has said: “It was a great opportunity to provide useful and important, unbiased information without the restrictions placed on traditional media by the big advertising budgets of modern boat builders. Once I’d grilled Dick Beaumont and realised his commitment to building what I too considered proper blue water yachts, I was happy to nail my colours to his mast. Dick assured me that Ocean Sailor Magazine would stand independently from Kraken Yachts and would be focused on providing good in-depth information about live-aboard cruising and the skills and equipment that are needed for sailing the world.

“Unsurprisingly I was not the only one to throw my lot in with Ocean Sailor Magazine. Just six months after our first publication, a very notable American authority on ocean sailing, John Kretschmer, also pitched in and gave his support on the other side of the ‘pond’ and many other well-known and experienced cruising sailors have followed suit and we now have more than 3,000 subscribers from more than 80 countries around the world.

“The USA now has even more subscribers than the UK, with Australia and New Zealand not far behind. International interest is growing so rapidly that we are now considering publishing the magazine in Spanish, German, Italian and Russian, so sailors whose first language isn’t English can enjoy Ocean Sailor too.”

Now, having passed the one year anniversary of Ocean Sailor Magazine, the two are hosting a podcast together, along with a guest speaker, to discuss a wide range of sailing topics, including climate change’s impact on voyaging under sail, piracy and guns on-board, and the psychology of ocean sailing.

Mr Durham has said: “The pandemic has restricted many companies’ ability to expand, but Ocean Sailor has proliferated throughout and with the new podcast we hope to expand further and entertain, inform and amuse sailors while they are landlocked and beyond.”

The pod cast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify and the Ocean Sailor Magazine and Kraken YouTube channels. Website: https://oceansailormagazine.com.

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