Weems & Plath has signed on as the long-term "Presenting Sponsor" of the sailing podcast On the Wind, hosted by professional sailor and yachting journalist Andy Schell and produced by 59 North, Ltd.
The Annapolis-based company has informally supported Andy Schell and his wife Mia Karlsson in their offshore passagemaking business for years; the new agreement, which goes into effect January 1, 2017, continues and formalizes that support.
“I got hooked on this great podcast during my commutes,” said Weems & Plath President Peter Trogdon, “And we at Weems & Plath are excited to help facilitate the creation of the show.”
On the Wind is a casual, long-form audio interview show where Andy sits down to chat in-depth with sailors from around the world, for about an hour at a time. Notable guests have included pioneering cruisers Lin & Larry Pardey and Donald Street; the late Volvo Ocean Race skipper Magnus Olsson; revered yacht designer German Frers; Vendee Globe sailor Bruce Schwab; America’s Cup hero Gary Jobson; photographer Rick Tomlinson; and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Since September 2013, On the Wind has released 173 episodes, which in turn have been downloaded nearly 1 million times. The show publishes weekly on Tuesdays and is free to listeners, who subscribe online or through a smartphone app.
“We’re in the Wild West in terms of the medium,” said On the Wind host and producer Andy Schell. “Peter is an early adapter and caught onto to the podcast technology very quickly. He’s one of our biggest fans. Like the nearly 10,000 weekly subscribers we now have, Peter gets it.”
To learn more about On the Wind and see the details of Weems & Plath’s support, go to 59-north.com/podcast.