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Episode #19: Roy P. Disney on His Favorite Races and Sailing Idols

Welcome back to Latitude 38’s podcast, Good Jibes! In this podcast, we’re bringing you the world of sailing through the eyes of the West Coast Sailor. 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, Ross Tibbits, is joined by Roy P. Disney to chat about his favorite sailing memories and people. You’ll recognize the name, but you may not know Roy has been sailing since he was walking – including basically every major Pacific race since his first Transpac in 1975.


Hear his advice for aspiring racers, how to get a handle on big boats, the coolest boat he’s ever sailed, his top sailing idols, and making history with the speed record in the Cabo Race.


This episode covers everything from Roy’s top racing thrills to lessons from his father. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • What was it like to sail with his father?
  • How did his father learn to sail?
  • What awards does Roy have?
  • How was the 1975 Transpac?
  • Where did the name Pyewacket come from?
  • How did this year’s Transpac go?
  • What advice does Roy have for aspiring racers?
  • Tack or Jibe: What is the #1 thing he wouldn’t do on a boat?

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Check out the episode and show notes below for much more detail.

Show Notes

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