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Get This Week’s Good Jibes with Jim Hancock

This is Good Jibes Episode #12, and this week we’re casting off with San Francisco Sailing Science Center president and founder Jim Hancock. This episode covers everything from crossing an ocean to inspiring the next generation of sailors! Listen in as Latitude 38 publisher and Good Jibes host John Arndt chats with Jim about how to turn your passion for sailing into both your favorite hobby and your career.

Jim grew up in a boating family, would build models of sailboats as a child, and in 1999 embarked on a voyage from California to Australia. Hear what goes into sailing around the world, how the San Francisco Sailing Science Center aims to inspire and where the idea came from, why the Bay Area sailing community is so special, and why sailing is one of the most fun and valuable things you can do.

Jim Hancock
Jim untied the dock lines and turned left.
© 2021 Jim Hancock

Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • When did Jim first go sailing?
  • What inspired him to start the Sailing Science Center?
  • Does he still sail recreationally?
  • What makes the Bay Area sailing community special?
  • How long did Jim take to get to Australia?
  • Where is he in the lifespan of the Sailing Science Center?
  • What is the biggest barrier to people going sailing?
  • Short Tacks: What is Jim’s racing-to-cruising ratio?

Check out the episode and show notes for more details.

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