028 Trailer Sailer Cruising with The Radonic Family – Part 1


Ed Radonic and their Macgregor 26M

Ed Radonic and their Macgregor 26M

In this episode, we feature part one of our interview with the Radonic Family about their extensive trailer sailer cruising.  We have some more unusual sailing news and our product of the week will help you battle bugs.

Intro Chat

  • We have been on shore the last few weekends, but had some fun meeting up with our local listeners and newly ASA101 certified sailors Colby and Stacey for Colbys birthday.  We also celebrated Brandy’s 20th High School Reunion.
  • Our next trip is over the Labor Day weekend to the Hammock Beach Resort and Marina in Palm Coast, Florida.
  • We are attending the Annapolis Sailboat Show October 6-9.  Let us know if you are attending and we will find a time to meet everyone.
  • We watched the Olympic Sailing races , congratulations to US Sailor, Caleb Paine, on winning a bronze medal in the Finn class.  Steve exchanged emails with Olympic commentator, Gary Jobson about the RSX sailboard races.  Gary even covered the question Steve asked in the live Olympic coverage!
  • Steve heard from his high school friend, Rocque, in Chicago who just completed his second Chicago to Mackinac race.  This year they had some rough weather.  Twenty boats left the race with damage and one boat sank after losing its rudder post.   See the picture below from Rocque’s satellite weather, the yellow area on the right is Lake Michigan.  You can see the storms coming from Wisconsin.  Rocque said they got knocked down in 40 knots of wind, but they only sustained “cruiser damage” which happened when the microwave came lose and flew across the boat.   They finished the race in fifth place in the cruising class.  Rocque sails a 36ft. Island Packet Estero


  • We released our video on our $200 boat air conditioning system.  We got some great comments that highlighted some security issues we did not consider.  Give it a watch and comment with any recommendations.
  • Steve read this article on the UK program that started charging consumers seven cents for each plastic grocery bag which resulted in a 90% reduction in plastic bag consumption in one year!   Steve decided to implement our own program at home to motivate us to stop using plastic bags so we started the “Bags to Boat Fund.”   We owe $1 for every plastic bag we use.  The program has been a success and we have only used seven bags in the first month.  The downside is that we only put $7 in the boat fund.  We may change the program to add to the boat fund for each bag we avoid.   Send us your ideas!

The Sailing Rode Leukemia Fundraising

Brandy was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009.  She is one of the lucky survivors as her cancer has been treated so far by a great drug therapy.  That drug did not exist a few years before she was diagnosed and her prognosis would not have been as good before research created the drug therapy.

In 2010, we created a crazy boating event called Lake Conway Wipeout that we eventually turned into a charity event. We ran the event for 5 years and raised over $30,000 for leukemia research. The event grew too large to manage safely so we ended it in 2014. Here are a couple videos on the event.

Lake Conway Wipeout 2014 from ASofCFL on Vimeo.

We are asking for your help to support the annual fundraising for Leukemia and Lymphoma research.  It only takes a couple minutes and a few dollars make a big difference.

Click Here to Donate to The Sailing Rode Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team

You can also join our team and do your own local fundraising and participate in the LLS Light the Night Walk in October.  All the details are on the site.

Also please consider registering to be a potential bone marrow donor at BeTheMatch.org   The second most common Leukemia is called AML and those diagnosed are not as lucky as Brandy.  AML patients currently has only a 25% chance of living five years from diagnosis.  Many die before they find a bone marrow donor.   You could easily save a life, please register to be a donor today.



Ed and his crew, Thomas and Alexander (Alexander is off watch)

In part one of our interview with the Radonics, they talk about their start in sailing and cruising on their Macgregor 26M trailer sailer.

  • The Radonics are based on Lake Ontario near Toronto Canada and they cruised extensively around Canada, New York, and Nova Scotia.

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Check out the Radonic Family sailing blog here.

Sailing News

Product of the Week

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Thanks for listening and all your support!  We wish you fair winds and hope to see you on the water soon.

–  Steve & Brandy

The Sailing Rode / The Sailing Road

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  1. FirstMorris October 9, 2017

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