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Sail Loot Podcast 048: Neil Davies Sails to Cuba and Works Remotely for Sailing Money
Neil and his wife, Janet, left England and moved over to the United States in 1989. Neil’s job as a Civil-Environmental Engineer brought them and their 2 daughters over to the Atlanta, GA area. Neil does consulting engineering work for his current firm in order to save up some sailing money and do some part-time cruising with Janet and the rest of his family.
Neil and Janet had their son, their third child, and did some sailing on Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona while living in the Atlanta area. S/V Midnight Sun II, a 1997 Hunter 42 Passage, was located at Sunrise Cove Marina on Lake Lanier when Neil and Janet purchased her.
Part-time sailing and cruising adventures on S/V Midnight Sun II started when the Davies family moved her to the Atlantic Coast in Brunswick, GA – by truck and trailer – and started sailing her South.
In this episode of the Sail Loot Podcast we discuss how Neil is able to take some longer vacations, and do some part-time, remote work from S/V Midnight Sun II in order to keep some sailing money in the cruising kitty, enjoy life in the Pensacola, FL area, and be chairman of the Pensacola to Havana race!
A Few Things You’ll Learn about Neil Davies, S/V Midnight Sun II, and working remotely for some sailing money in this episode:
- Where Neil, and his wife, Janet, are from and why they came to the United States.
- Where Neil and Janet bought S/V Midnight Sun II and how they got it to Pensacola.
- How their allowed to take some part-time, extended sailing vacations while maintaining jobs at an engineering firm and a nurse.
- The type of consulting engineering that Neil is able to do remotely.
- How they are able to stay connected remotely.
- Purchasing Midnight Sun II and how much she cost.
- Becoming the Chairman of the Pensacola to Havana Race.
- A little history of the Pensacola to Havana Race.
- The sponsors of the Pensacola to Havana Race that help keep the….
- Entry fees quite low compared to other events going to Havana
- Sailing on S/V Night Sky in the race.
- Winning the only tag-team boat award in the 2015 Pensacola to Havana race.
- The dis-masting of S/V Midnight Sun II in the 2015 race.
- Coming home and switching to S/V TraSea.
- Dealing with insurance and the costs of fixing S/V Midnight Sun II.
- April 7th deadline to sign up for the Pensacola to Havana race with Sail Libra.
- Some sailing trips that they’ve taken on S/V Midnight Sun II since fixing her.
- Future cruising plans.
- Enjoying the Pensacola, FL sailing community.
- Sailing with a dog.
- And much more!
Links and Resources from this episode:
- S/V MidnightSunII blog
- S/V Midnight Sun II YouTube Channel
- Midnight Sun II Videos
- Pensacola to Havana Race Website
- Satori Foundation
- The Community Foundation of NW Florida
- The Andrews Institute
- Visit Pensacola
- The Jerry Pate Company
- Weather Routing Inc. (WRI)
- Technology Associates, INC.
- Sail Libra
- Pensacola Yacht Club
- Point Yacht Club
- Bear Point Harbor Marina
- Lanier Sailing Academy
- Sail Loot Podcast 031: Peter and Jody from Somewhere Warm and Sunny Down Where The Coconuts Grow
- Have Wind Will Travel
- Hannah Graham Photography
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