Jamie and I have been writing about and photographing the places we visit on our website, followtheboat, since we moved onto s/y Esper just before Christmas in 2006 (brrrr, it was cold living in a boat yard “up on the hard” in Bodrum that winter). But it doesn’t stop there: our second series of podcasts is coming out weekly, right now.
When we began our six month voyage from Turkey to India at the end of 2009, we knew it was going to be eventful: dangerous coral, inhospitable countries, treacherous seas and murderous pirates lay ahead. We wanted to do more than write about and photograph our experiences. Being huge fans of BBC Radio 4 and its eclectic mixture of programmes, we thought it might be interesting to document our own adventure in a series of podcasts. So we bought a voice recorder, the kind of piece of electronic wizardry you see reporters on the telly shoving into the noses of the unsuspecting public, and learnt as we went along.
The result was a series of 30 minute programmes telling our eventful story. Jamie edited the episodes as we progressed, uploading them whenever we had internet connection; they are a genuine and immediate mix of excitement, sadness, fear, tears and laughter. Now the whole six month series is available as a free podcast. So, if you would like to know what it is like to anchor along the seldom-travelled coast of north-east Africa, how it feels to sail at night across an ocean, and what a mayday from a ship at sea being boarded by pirates sounds like, now’s your chance.
We’ve recently started a new series documenting our travels around India. We visit the tourist favourites and get off the beaten track, from Kerala and West Bengal to Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan to Sikkim.
You can download all the podcasts for Series 1 (Turkey to India) and the first of our Series 2 (India) directly from followtheboat. Look for us on itunes too, where you can subscribe to receive automatic updates for our current series.