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Episode #3: Chuck Hawley Describes His Offshore Sailing Adventures and Lessons

This week’s host, Ryan Foland, is joined by Chuck Hawley to discuss being a first-timer, safety tips, and the joys of sailing. Chuck was Chairman of the US Sailing Safety-at-Sea Committee, has sailed over 40,000 miles on a range of vessels and worked for West Marine for over 30 years. Hear how to approach your first offshore race, why it’s okay to be intimidated, how to find your community of sailors, West Coast vs. East Coast sailing, and how Chuck turned a depressing race into a joyful journey. This episode covers everything from Chuck’s storied sailing career to getting your captain’s license.


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

  • Where did Chuck’s passion for sailing come from?
  • Do you ask questions when sailing with elite sailors?
  • What is Chuck’s favorite sailboat make and model?
  • Do you need a sailing resume?
  • What is Chuck’s longest voyage at sea?
  • How do you start sailing more?
  • What would Chuck tell a powerboater to convince them to try sailing?
  • Tack or Jibe: Cruising vs. Racing?

Learn more by checking out the Safety-at-Sea Committee or emailing Chuck at [email protected].

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What is Good Jibes with Latitude 38?

Welcome to the world of sailing through the eyes of the West Coast Sailor. Each week, hear stories and tips from West Coast sailors on the topics of community, cruising, and racing. 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!

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

Show Notes

On the Outside Looking In
When Max Ebb was invited to judge at the "Classic Boat Review" he realized he was old enough to remember when those boats were still in production.