YOUTUBE / SAILING LA VAGABONDE
Drones have dramatically upped the quality of self-produced YouTube sailing channels.
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THIS ROW / CAPTAIN RICK MOORE
Sailing La Vagabonde Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, an attractive couple from Australia, met in Greece the summer of 2014 shortly after Riley purchased a Beneteau Cyclades 43 in Italy with plans to sail the Mediterranean. Both were amateur sailors. Elayna said that, "After spending a few weeks onboard, I realized how little Riley actually knew about sailing. But I was happy to learn with him, make mistakes and work to figure things out." Riley added: "The two big events were buying the yacht and meeting Elayna. I won't go into too much detail here; suffice it to say that I love her more than anything. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me. She can sail to windward at, like, almost 30 degrees and can hold her own in five-meter swell and gale-force winds. One helluva boat. Elayna is also good." La Vagabonde has sailed across the Atlantic, through the Caribbean and Panama Canal, across the Pacific and on to New Zealand. "We've suffered terrifying storms, pirate scares, financial breakdowns, equipment failures, water shortages, and other ‘interesting' mis-
THIS ROW / GONE WITH THE WYNNS
(episode 107) and rounding the Cape of Good Hope. The boat has been fully knocked down five times, has visited remote locations such as Chagos, an uninhabited atoll in the Indian Ocean (episode 88), and St. Brandon Shoals (episode 117). They've also been boarded and robbed three times in their 70,000 miles of travels. Brian is a confident and prepared skipper and has an impressive ability to make repairs at sea and in remote ports; Delos has published several technical videos related to repair work on the Amel. As of early 2018, Delos is on the eastern coast of South America.
THIS ROW / SAILING LA VAGABONDE
YOUTUBE SAILORS —
Top row from left: The incredibly charming and talented Elayana and Riley of Sailing La Vagabonde. Middle row from left: If you ever wondered what Captain Ron would look like in a few years, Captain Rick Moore might be the answer; sailing in the Caribbean with young crew keeps his channel competitive. Bottom row from left: Nikki and Jason Wynn have their own unique and engaging charm.
haps, but we wouldn't trade living on the sea and traveling wherever the wind takes us for anything," Elayna said. Elayna had previously traveled through Australia in a psychedeliccolored van and started creating and posting videos as an artistic outlet and
a means to keep her family and friends updated on her adventures. For her, documenting La Vagabonde was a normal part of traveling. Although there's the occasional extra crew, most episodes focus on Riley and Elayna and the people they meet. They're both charismatic, and Riley has a mischievous sense of humor. Elayna is a talented musician and will occasionally grab her guitar and entertain the crew — and the viewer. A frequent question posed to Riley — as well as most of the YouTube Sailors — is how can a young person afford to purchase an ocean-capable yacht and cruise full-time? Riley, who was 30 when he bought the original La Vagabonde, worked on offshore oil rigs and in the mines of Western Australia. In 2016, after Riley pitched the benefits of being associated with one of the world's most popular sailing vlogs to the French catamaran builder Outremer, they worked out a deal to purchase the 45-ft model at a reduced price and
The March 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.