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On the Wind Sailing

'On the Wind,’ is THE podcast about offshore sailing, where professional sailor & journalist Andy Schell interviews sailors from around the world to discover what inspires them in an effort to inspire you! Andy has interviewed everyone from legends like Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, to tech gurus like Nigel Calder, boat builders like Magnus Rassy (of Hallberg Rassy), inspirational family sailors like Totem, YouTube stars SV Delos & Andy's personal favorite, Arctic sailor and octogenarian Bob Shepton. Thanks for listening & hold fast!

Apr 28, 2020

#290. Jeff Thayer is a physicist, and back in the Space Shuttle days, studied and designed lightning defense systems for NASA to protect the Shuttle and other NASA rockets while they sat, vulnerable, tall metal objects on the launchpad in otherwise flat Florida. Jeff is also an avid sailor, and couldn't help but get in touch when he heard Andy talking about lightning on the podcast. Guest host August Sandberg dives deep with Jeff on the physics of lightning at sea in this very interesting and technical discussion.


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