Gerry Fitzgerald: Antartica, Sailing the 98 Hobart, Hostage in the Solomons
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Gerry Fitzgerald is your consummate mariner. We dive into a lifetime of sailing on the ocean; from Queensland catamaran racing, to Antarctica expeditions, being boarded by hostile natives in the Solomon Islands, competing in the fatal 98 Sydney to Hobart Race, sailing an 1,800 ton tall ship out of Sydney Harbour and exploring the worlds seven oceans. Gerry has a lifetime of maritime sailing stories to share.

Gerry’s experience, wisdom, advice and observations are second to none and no one is better equipped than he is, to offer marine safety and training courses, a passion he has turned his hand to, in recent years and he starts to spend more time on land, after decades sailing worlds seven oceans.

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Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond
Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond
Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Episode 242 Loucas Gourtsoyannis 2
This Email lead to these Interviews with Loucas Gourtsoyannis I am recommending are keen to chat to you. I met them both on our journey from Croatia to Spain. The first one is Loucas His email address is +30 693 711 0878 His Website is: Loucas runs a sustainable cargo sailing business delivering Food sourced from local farmers In Greece to other Countries to enable them to survive.  This is my limited understanding but he is fascinating and lovely.  The Captain Loucas Gourtsoyannis is steering the Aegean Cargo Sailing Voyage. He is trained as mining engineer in Greece and PhD in Metallurgy in Montreal, Canada. He has worked in Canada, Greece and Belgium in research, technology, innovation and industrial standards. In the last 7 years he lives on the sail boat Pelago in Greek waters and sometimes around European seas, rivers, lakes and canals. Jaci ----------------- If you would like to support the Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Podcast there are several ways! 1 Become a Patreon 2 Become a Sponsor 3 Buy my Sailing Audio lessons Past Podcasts may now be found HERE If you have ideas for future podcasts or comments please drop me a note! and PLEASE rate my podcast in iTunes and perhaps write a note. Here is the link Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Costal Cruising Certification Lessons for the ASA 103 Exam over 9 hours of Audio Instruction to help you get ready to go sailing and also to prepare you for the written portion of the ASA 103 written exam. If you're interested in my sailing instructional audio series here are the links: Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Keelboat Certification Lessons for the ASA 101 Exam Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Coastal Cruising; Lessons for the ASA 103 Exam Sailing! Learn To Sail: Bareboat Cruising Certification Lessons for the ASA 104 Exam Sailing in the Mediterranean Website If you would like to be a guest or have suggestions for future episodes or if you would like Franz to be a speaker at your Sailing Club or fundraiser please feel free to contact me. ©2020 Franz Amussen all rights reserved
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Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food
Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food
Koen van Seijen
106 Eric Smith on why regenerative agriculture is a neglected climate opportunity for the Grantham Foundation
A dive deep into regenerative agriculture and investments in agroforestry, virtual fencing, biochar, microbes, and remote sensing with Eric Smith, Head of the Neglected Climate Opportunities at the Grantham Foundation. ----------------------------------------------------- Join our Gumroad community, discover the tiers and benefits on Other ways to support our work: - Share the podcast - Give a 5-star rating - Or buy us a coffee… or a meal!  ------------------------------------------------------  Imagine having complete freedom along with a large portfolio meant to focus on the neglected climate change opportunities in the world. Learn what the Grantham Foundation is doing with it! More about this episode on Find our video course here: ----------------------------------------------------------- For feedback, ideas, suggestions please contact us through Twitter @KoenvanSeijen, or get in touch through the website Join our newsletter on The above references an opinion and is for information and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for investment advice. Support the show ( Support the show (
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The Farmers Weekly Podcast
The Farmers Weekly Podcast
Farmers Weekly
Thieves target farm dogs, 'economic shock' for family farms, all AHDB levies now face levy vote, lamb prices up (again), £2m food export campaign, Labour farm policy review, & Fieldwork Book Club
In this episode, we investigate how criminal gangs are stealing farm dogs worth thousands of pounds – and selling them on the black market. As Defra secretary George Eustice confirms that all AHDB sector bodies will now face a vote  on their future – we ask how exactly will the ballot work? Family farms face an 'economic shock' as direct payments are phased out, says the Labour Party – but what does leader Keir Starmer propose instead? On the markets, lamb prices are on the rise gain. Trade and industry secretary Liz Truss unveils a £2m export campaign for British food and drink – but will it benefit farmers or just food processors? And we find out how an online book club is bringing hundreds of people together to discuss the future for food, farming and the countryside. To join the Fieldwork Book Club, email Special guests include *Liz Truss (*Secretary of State for International Trade), *Luke Pollard *(Shadow Defra secretary), *Will Bevan*, (shepherd, Gloucestershire), *Aled Davies* (NFU Cymru adviser for Carmarthenshire), *Adam Bedford* (Fieldwork Book Club), *Sarah Morris* (FieldMouse Research), *Carolyn Steel* (author). This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with FW livestock reporter Michael Priestley.
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The Storm Skiing Journal and Podcast
The Storm Skiing Journal and Podcast
Stuart Winchester
Podcast #39: Granite Peak, Wisconsin GM & Marketing Director Greg Fisher
The Storm Skiing Podcast is sponsored in part by: Mountain Gazette - Listen to the podcast for discount codes on subscriptions and merch. Helly Hansen - Listen to the podcast to learn how to get an 18.77 percent discount at the Boston and Burlington, Vermont stores. Who Greg Fisher, General Manager and Marketing Director of Granite Peak, Wisconsin Recorded on Feb. 22, 2021 Granite Peak sprawls across a ridge on 700 vertical feet. All photos courtesy of Granite Peak. Why I interviewed him Because in the ski snob chain of dismissiveness, the West looks down on the East, the East looks down on the Midwest, and the Midwest ignores them all. They’re too busy skiing. The Upper Midwest is home to one of the most well-defined, ingrained, and passionate ski cultures in the world. The sheer volume and variety of ski areas in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota is a testament to this, and among them are some of the most unique ski areas in the country. Mount Bohemia, perched at the top of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, delivers one of the wildest ungroomed lift-served ski experiences in the nation. Minnesota’s Lutsen is big, cold, and endless, with the region’s only gondola – which connects two peaks and rises all of 308 vertical feet. And while the Midwest is dotted with 200-foot bumps with nine chairlifts and an impossible anthill of frenetic youngsters, Granite Peak is not one of them. It has 700 vertical feet of terrain set on a broad ridge and served by three high-speed lifts that barrel up the mountain. And it’s not done growing yet. To learn more about this regional gem and see where it may be headed next, I wanted to talk to the person in charge of it all. Fisher, masked up and out in the snow. What we talked about Mount Snow in the ASC and early Peak Resorts days; bringing $17 St. Patty’s Day lift tickets to the Northeast; beer fixes everything; Ohio skiing; Midwest night-skiing culture; opening the bar and the slopes until well after midnight for college students; North Conway is the Northeast’s best ski town; the Peak Pass lands and it was kind of a big deal; how the pass fared against the Epic and Ikon passes; the brilliance of the Drifter Pass, the now-defunct Peak Resorts pass for broke-ass twentysomethings; reaction to Vail buying Peak in 2019; moving back to the Midwest to take the top job at Granite Peak; the ski area’s supercharged lift and snowmaking infrastructure; Charles Skinner, the owner of the largest ski areas in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and his track record of building Midwest monsters; the rabid Upper Midwest ski culture; Granite Peak’s 7-year-old snow reporter; the skibum life of a general manager’s son; what’s up with all the reindeer?; the vision and status of Granite Peak’s expansion; MTB trail development; why a gondola would make sense on a 700-vertical-foot hill; why the glades from Granite Peak’s old trailmaps disappeared from their current one; future night skiing expansion; an update on the Indy Pass partnership and how the pass is growing aggressively in the Midwest; base lodge modifications; Midwest boot-up culture; and Covid ops modifications that may stick around after the virus fades. Airing it out at Granite Peak. Why I thought that now was a good time for this interview Because Fisher is in his first year as head of the ski area, guiding it through Covid and setting it up for what should be a booming future. The resort’s expansion plans appear to be gaining momentum after a previous effort dead-ended. This ambitious project would further anchor Granite Peak as a flagship Midwest destination, a ski area that can legitimately eat several days of skiing and substitute for a trip to the Rockies. The ski area is also wrapping up its first year as an Indy Pass partner, a huge win for the pass and one that helped establish it as the Midwest’s go-to ski frequency product. This was a good time to confirm that that partnership would continue, discuss expansion, and look toward the end of pandemic skiing and start to imagine what that could look like. The oldest chairlift at Granite Peak was installed in 2001. Why you should go there If you only hit one ski area in Wisconsin, this should be the one. Among the forest of kinda small and kinda underwhelming and kinda outdated hills poking out of the state’s countryside, Granite Peak soars, big and modern and fast, flush with glades and the kind of interesting and varied terrain alien to so many Midwest hills. While 700 vertical feet is small in most regions, it is titanic in the Midwest. After Granite Peak, the next largest vertical drop in the state is Mount La Crosse, at 516 feet. Vail’s Wilmot is just 230 feet. The ski area is one of five in Wisconsin on the Indy Pass, making it a no-brainer stop on an upper Midwest ski tour. Along with sister ski area Lutsen, in neighboring Minnesota, this is one of the finest ski areas in the region, and with three high-speed lifts – all of them less than 20 years old - accessing 100 percent of its terrain, the resort is one of the most well-appointed in the nation. Additional reading/videos Lift Blog’s inventory and history of Granite Peak’s lift fleet One of the best ways to track Granite Peak’s evolution is via these historic trailmaps The latest Ronan Report: COVID-19 & Skiing Podcasts: Author and Industry Veteran Chris Diamond | Boyne Resorts CEO Stephen Kircher | Magic Mountain President Geoff Hatheway | NSAA CEO Kelly Pawlak | Berkshire East/Catamount Owner & Goggles for Docs founder Jon Schaefer | Shaggy’s Copper Country Skis Cofounder Jeff Thompson | Doppelmayr USA President Katharina Schmitz | Mt. Baldy GM Robby Ellingson | Alterra CEO Rusty Gregory | NSAA Director of Risk & Regulatory Affairs Dave Byrd | Schweitzer Mountain President and CEO Tom Chasse | Ski Vermont President Molly Mahar | The Storm Skiing Podcasts: Killington & Pico GM Mike Solimano | Plattekill owners Danielle and Laszlo Vajtay | New England Lost Ski Areas Project Founder Jeremy Davis | Magic Mountain President Geoff Hatheway | Lift Blog Founder Peter Landsman | Boyne Resorts CEO Stephen Kircher | Burke Mountain GM Kevin Mack | Liftopia CEO Evan Reece | Berkshire East & Catamount Owner & GM Jon Schaefer | Vermont Ski + Ride and Vermont Sports Co-Publisher & Editor Lisa Lynn | Sugarbush President & COO Win Smith | Loon President & GM Jay Scambio | Sunday River President & GM Dana Bullen | Big Snow & Mountain Creek VP of Sales & Marketing Hugh Reynolds | Mad River Glen GM Matt Lillard | Indy Pass Founder Doug Fish | National Brotherhood of Skiers President Henri Rivers | Winter 4 Kids & National Winter Activity Center President & CEO Schone Malliet | Vail Veterans Program President & Founder Cheryl Jensen | Mountain Gazette Owner & Editor Mike Rogge | Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows President & CMO Ron Cohen | Aspiring Olympian Benjamin Alexander | Sugarloaf GM Karl Strand – Parts One & Two| Cannon GM John DeVivo | Fairbank Group Chairman Brian Fairbank | Jay Peak GM Steve Wright | Sugarbush President & GM John Hammond | Mount Snow GM Tracy Bartels | Saddleback CEO & GM Andy Shepard | Bousquet Owners & Management | Hermitage Club GM Bill Benneyan | Powder Magazine Editor-in-Chief Sierra Shafer | Gunstock GM Tom Day | Bolton Valley President Lindsay DesLauriers | Windham President Chip Seamans | Sunday River GM Brian Heon | Waterville Valley President & GM Tim Smith | Get on the email list at
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