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has more traffic than the US Navy's YouTube channel? Delos' skipper Brian Trautman started sailing a Catalina 22 on Lake Washington in Seattle in the early 2000s, and began dreaming of a long-passage cruise. In 2008, he purchased a 53-ft Amel Super Maramu ketch, and quit his tech job a year later. He set sail for New Zealand with his younger brother Brady and girlfriend Erin. Eight years and 240 videos later, Brian and his tribe have become the most popular sailing channel in the Internet universe. What makes SV Delos number one? They do all the basics well: regular and reliable posts, quality videography and editing, good music and interesting locations. Perhaps more important are the people. Delos generally runs four to six crew, the core of which is Brian, Brady, and Brian's Swedish girlfriend (since 2011), Karin Syrén. The remaining crew rotates, and since their original passage, there have been more than 50 different participants, some of whom won a slot through Top row from left: The core crew of 'Delos': Brian Trautman, his younger brother Brady and Karin 'Kazzatron' Syrén. the "who wants to be a Delos Middle row: 'Delos' has seen some serious sailing in her almost 10 years of cruising. Bottom row from left: The pirate?" contest. The variety people featured in 'Delos' are just as interesting as the places, which (bottom right) are spectacular. has created interesting group quickly sample the channel. It's easy to dynamics, but the soft-spoken Brian entertainment, these videos enable you start at the beginning, as YouTube allows keeps it from degrading into cheesy to live vicariously through the crews in you to sort by date from oldest to newest. melodrama. (Rumor is that Brian has a unique way, as opposed to professionBut most channels have evolved, and the declined multiple reality TV offers.) ally produced shows. The crews are not newer content is much improved. Of the sailing vlogs, SV Delos focuses actors and the YouTube platform allows on the realities of sailing. The crew you to connect through comments and Sailing SV Delos have tackled some challenging passages live broadcasts, and to enter contests to What can you say about a vlog that including the southern Indian Ocean join the crew for a few weeks. The thing to know about sailing vlogs is that they're working hard for their success. The rule of thumb is that it takes approximately an hour of production time for every minute of published video. For YouTube sailors, it's likely that shooting and editing video has taken over a portion of their cruising experience. Some of the most compelling footage comes from dramatic and often stressful situations, though having a camera in people's faces during big seas or broken rigging may not be appreciated or safe. In fact, it's apparent that some of the most trying situations don't make it into the posted videos. Here's a summary of the top sailing vlogs. Most of these videos are between five and 15 minutes long, so viewers can March, 2018 •

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The March 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.