Sailing blogs to stoke your inspiration
Looking for sailing blogs to stoke your wanderlust and inspiration? With the advent of sailing vloggers and #InstagramSailing there seem to be fewer sailors dedicating themselves to writing travelogue narratives. While there are hundreds of sailing blogs, many of them are now defunct (the writers having completed their trips or just stopped documenting them). The following sailing blogs are the ones that caught our eye this year. These are people who are currently sailing, or who are just starting out on their trips. What they have in common: heartfelt story-telling, exotic locations, and mind-blowing adventures. We hope you enjoy.
Can you think of a new sailing blog (travelogue narrative) that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments so we can include it in our next roundup.
The solo sailor: Yacht Fathom
Thom is sailing around the world solo on his Vancouver 28, Fathom. He left in May 2016 and is currently in Madagascar. Thom’s exciting tales and spectacular photography make for a lively read. We recently interviewed him about the top pieces of gear for sailing solo round the world.
The galley gourmand: Sailing the Bakery
Emily shares vulnerable reflections on her transition to the liveaboard life, interspersed with foodie photos galore (see Emily’s recipes for Poached Rhubarb Cream Pie and Flax Challah Braids). Emily, her husband Kai, and their daughter Reverie are sailing the world on their Saga 43 sailboat.
The renegade: Art of Hookie
Allan quit corporate America at the age of 36 and set sail on his 22-foot sailboat with 14 cents to his name. A self-described “minimalist in maximalist’s clothing” he’s on a quest to live life in to the fullest by living simply aboard his boat. Introspective and poetic, Art of Hookie reads like a journal, a refreshing change from ultra-curated travel blogs.
Animal lovers: Vet Tails
Join Dr Sheddy and Captain Joel as they navigate the oceans and provide free veterinary care aboard SV Chuffed. In addition to their blog (where cute animal photos abound!) they have a Youtube sailing channel.
Kids aboard: A Family Afloat
Josie, Christian and their adventurous kids set sail from Sausalito, California, to sail around the world. From creating routines and homeschooling to diving in remote Pacific atolls, this blog is a testament to the fun of being a family afloat. If you’re looking for more family blogs, be sure to check out Sailing Totem’s (another amazing blog) extensive list of family sailing blogs.
Fiona McGlynn is an award-winning boating writer who created Waterborne as a place to learn about living aboard and traveling the world by sailboat. She has written for boating magazines including BoatUS, SAIL, Cruising World, and Good Old Boat. She’s also a contributing editor at Good Old Boat and BoatUS Magazine. In 2017, Fiona and her husband completed a 3-year, 13,000-mile voyage from Vancouver to Mexico to Australia on their 35-foot sailboat.