S2E33: Sailing in the age of climate change—w/ John Kretschmer, author and sailor

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Sailors rely on wind patterns and currents to make decisions about the expeditions they take, tracking weather patterns along the way and adjusting their route as necessary. But climate change has made winds less consistent and weather patterns less predictable. How does that impact sailing?

John Kretschmer is the President of John Kretschmer Sailing and the author of several books about his voyages at sea, including his latest release, Sailing to the Edge of Time: The Promise, the Challenges and the Freedom of Ocean Voyaging. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, John joins Ross to explain how he came to love boats and books, describing how sailing facilitates deep and powerful intellectual discussion.

John weighs in on how climate change has impacted the way he plans and conducts passages, offering insight on how the trade winds and the Gulf Stream have changed in the last 30 years. Listen in to understand how sailors cope with volatile weather and find out how climate change has influenced the expeditions John is planning for 2021 and 2022.

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Resources:

John Kretschmer Sailing

John's books

John’s Celestial Navigation Workshop

Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum

Voyage of the Liberdade: A Journey from Brazil to America in a Hand-Built Boat by Joshua Slocum

Books by Wendell Berry

Heraclitus

Odysseus

Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

Cornell Sailing Publications

Windy.com

The Terror by Dan Simmons

The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier

Wanderer by Sterling Hayden

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