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Good Jibes #72: Dr. Paul Heineken on Championing the Next Generation of Sailing

Welcome back to Latitude 38’s podcast, Good Jibes! Each week, you’ll hear stories and tips from the West Coast sailing community on cruising, racing and just plain sailing. Cast off, laugh and learn, and become a better sailor. Hosted by John Arndt, Nicki Bennett, Ryan Foland, and the team at Latitude 38 — the sailing magazine for West Coast sailors since 1977.

This week’s host, John Arndt, is joined by Dr. Paul Heineken to chat about sailing, windsurfing, kiting, winging, and giving back to the next generation of sailors. Paul is a lifelong competitive dinghy sailor, windsurfer, and supporter of junior sailing. He’s a former commodore of the St. Francis Yacht Club, has served on the Board of Directors of the Treasure Island Sailing Center, and has been a volunteer coach of the UC Berkeley Sailing Team for many years.

Good Jibes Paul Heineken
Learn why Paul came to the West Coast, and how he started kiting.
© 2023 Paul Heineken

Hear how to transition to windsurfing and the like, raise a family passionate about sailing, and start an event in a new sport; how we can make sailing more available, and what’s next for Treasure Island.

This episode covers everything from winging to raising a sailing family. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear:

  • How was Paul’s experience on the Princeton Sailing Team?
  • What’s the difference between sailing on the West Coast and on the East Coast?
  • When did Paul transition to windsurfing?
  • How did Johnny and Erika become world-class sailors?
  • What’s next for the St. Francis Yacht Club?
  • Are a lot of kiters shifting to winging?
  • How do you serve as a good commodore of a yacht club?
  • Short Tacks: Why should people sail?

Learn more about the Treasure Island Sailing Center at

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