Jon Wilson’s passion for the preservation of wooden boats has inspired generations of boat builders, boat owners, and boat dreamers. When he launched the first issue of WoodenBoat magazine in 1974 he had no idea how the effect would ripple out into the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of readers on every continent. Jon subsequently expanded the reach of the magazine through book publishing and by establishing the WoodenBoat School and WoodenBoat show, Professional Boatbuilder magazine and Hope magazine. Self taught and self made – guided by mentors who “appeared” just as he needed them – Jon Wilson will leave an indelible mark on the boating world and beyond.
Hank Easom, a San Francisco bay area legend in the boating community, has been sailing and racing for over 70 years. Watch this 8 minute preview to get a glimpse of bay area history through the stories of this amazing yachtsman.
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Ramblin' Jack is one of the original American raconteurs. Arguably one of the biggest influences of modern popular music alive today, he has been dubbed the father of Bob Dylan, the inspiration for Mick Jagger, the quiet muse for musicians who have filled our collective life-soundtracks from Johnny Cash and Bruce Springsteen to Kris Kristofferson and Beck. With over 40 albums under his belt, this two- time Grammy-Award winner has been performing folk music for more than half a century. In 1998 Ramblin' Jack was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton.
Ramblin' Jack was born in New York City in 1931. His adventures began by running away at fourteen to join the traveling rodeo where he was exposed to a life of music by a rodeo cowboy who played guitar and recited poetry. He eventually befriended and toured extensively with Woody Guthrie, the legend who wrote, “This land is your land”. Later it was at Guthrie’s bed side where Jack met a young Bob Dylan.
He has been shaped by trucks, horses and the sea and has traveled the world in pursuit of these passions, making music and collecting experiences along the way. His tales are funny, poignant, perfectly timed and rich with detail. To hear Ramblin' Jack tell a story is to be witness to an unmatched master of the art. In this portrait Ramblin' Jack is given the time and space to simply do what he does better than anyone – tell stories. It is in these narratives that a rich collective experience unfolds before us. You will be moved by a life lived and a man still searching.
What the heck does he have to do with Life on the Water? Stay tuned to find out.
At the age of 89 Ron MacAnnan exhibits the vigor and tenacity of someone decades younger. An unassuming man who accomplished things that others said could not or need not be done. Command gunner on B 25 during World War II, an engineer who built damns and bridges when the war was over. He now focuses his energy on his 82' sloop “Pursuit” – a mahogany over steel beauty that Ron works on 6 and a half days a week and sails her sporadically with a group of friends. One of the most beautiful sailboats near and far, Pursuit is just as unique as its owner and their stories intertwine.