In this premiere episode, I have a crazy idea to sail alone around Florida to the Miami International Boat Show to launch the podcast…and talk to cruising mentor, former bodyguard to Evel Knievel, and all-around-bad-influence Bob Bitchin.
I’d been reading Latitudes & Attitudes for a while, followed later by Bob’s books Letters from the Lost Soul and The Sailing Life. (And more recently, Biker to Sailor: The true story of Bob Bitchin.)
[NOTE: Bob’s book page is old school http, not https…so your browser may give you an “insecure site” error. But unless yer gonna go to a boat show, this is about the only way to get Bob’s books these days.]
And, like so many other folks…it ruined my life.
When I decided to write a book called How Not To Sail, I contacted Bob and asked if he needed a column for his magazine. (Which, as some of you know, was called Cruising Outpost from about 2013 until now…when it’s back as Latitudes & Attitudes. More on that in Episode 2: Control.)
“No thanks, we have that covered,” was the answer. “But with your audio skills, you should talk to Dan at Pyrate Radio.”
So I did…and I’ve been doing a Saturday show called The Captain Billy Shine Show on Pyrate Radio
since May 2018. [Update: from May 2018–May 2019]
[Below: Pyrate Radio’s Dan Horn, author Wayne Stinnett, me, and Bob Bitchin.]
Anyway, when I finally circled back to do this podcast, I could think of no better guest than Bob to be in the first episode…check it out! (BTW, I recommend subscribing (FREE) on Apple Podcasts if you are reading this on an iPhone, iPad or Mac.)
…but Episode One starts with a splash. Just click one of the little player thingies below this paragraph to hear for yourself!