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Episode #57: Ben Shaw on Launching Out The Gate

This is Episode #57 and we’re casting off with this week’s host, Nicki Bennett, and Ben Shaw, Host of Out The Gate. Out The Gate is a podcast about sailing and adventure on and around San Francisco Bay – and it was a huge inspiration in the creation of Good Jibes.

Ben Shaw

Ben has been sailing since before he could walk–thanks to his parents who were crossing oceans in small boats back in the 60s and 70s. As a professional journalist, he’s worked as a reporter on Capitol Hill, produced television and radio for National Geographic, and written for multiple sailing rags (including Latitude 38). Ben grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and in his 20’s he refurbished a 1969 Allied Luders 33, Baggywrinkle, that he cruised from the eastern seaboard to South America and back. He’s currently working on refitting Dovka, a Hallberg Rassy 352.

Hear how Ben was introduced to sailing at a very young age, why he decided to start the podcast, what he’s learned doing 100+ episodes of the show, the invaluable sailing community, and his future boat projects and sailing plans with his family.


This episode covers everything from starting a sailing podcast to the best parts about sailing in the Bay Area. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • What does Ben do professionally?
  • How did he start Out The Gate?
  • Does he edit the podcast himself?
  • What’s next for Out The Gate?
  • Will Ben homeschool his daughters when they set sail?
  • Where are he and his family sailing when they take off?
  • When did he end up in San Francisco Bay?
  • Short Tacks: What’s his favorite upgrade he’s done so far?

Check out Out The Gate wherever you listen to podcasts and learn more at and Instagram @OutTheGateSailing.

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

Show Notes

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