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Episode #7: Brendan Huffman on Prepping for a Major Race

Welcome back to Latitude 38’s new 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, Ryan Foland, is joined by Brendan Huffman to chat about how he prepared for the Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race from San Francisco to Hawaii. Brendan is a US Sailing Certified Instructor at UCLA’s Marina Aquatic Center and has raced to Hawaii seven times. Hear how to prepare and take safety precautions for a giant race, what to do if you wipe out or get thrown overboard, how to eat and sleep during the race, debunking sailing superstitions, and the emotions that come with casting off for a long journey and then finishing to friends and family in beautiful Hawaii. This episode covers everything from safety precautions to good meals.


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

  • Is there something special about sailing by yourself?
  • How do you prepare for the Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race?
  • What safety requirements are there for the race?
  • How do you eat and sleep on a major race?
  • Why are bananas supposedly bad luck on sailboats?
  • What is the story behind the belt buckle?
  • Will Brendan do the race again?
  • Tack or Jibe: What is oil canning?
Brenden SHTP
Brenden catches a selfie while crossing the Pacific in the Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race.
© 2021 Brendan Huffman

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

Show Notes


Your Ears Will Thank You
Hear about what to do if you wipe out or get thrown overboard, how to eat and sleep during the race, debunking sailing superstitions and more.