Top 10 Sailing Blogs to Look Out For in 2021

Sure there are plenty of blogs… all kinds, lifestyle, travel, fashion, beauty, sailing blogs and everything in between. There are some people overtaking the internet with a channel and a camera. Every day there are millions of people following influencers’ experiences, daily routes and recommendations online through blogs, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media outlets.

The importance here as ever echoed by the salty journals team is what are you putting out there? Is it quality for the right reasons? People choose to watch YouTube videos before purchasing an item for reviews or recommendations, they use blogs to research destinations and experiences. What goes out there into the big wide internet has an influence no matter how many followers or likes there are.

 Sailing blogs are a great source of information and wanderlust. With the help of these seasoned salties you can learn the ropes or dream about that next adventure. The team at Salty Journals have selected some of the best vlogs out there. Putting the excellent team at Sailing La Vagabonde aside for a moment (yes they are excellent, inspiring and highly entertaining), we thought we would share with you a selection of our favourites.

Top Sailing Vlogs:

1. Swell Voyage

Captain Liz is a Californian surfer, Environmentalist, Captain and Author.

Swell Voyage is owned and managed by Liz, who is surfer and environmentalist from California. Liz studied environmental studies and competed in surfing competitions for her college team, upon graduating she began working as a member of the crew on several different boats.

She soon became captain of her boat, a 40ft boat which she named Swell. In 2006 she left California and embarked on a life-long dream surf exploration. She has since sailed over 20,000NM to Mexico, Central America, and the South Pacific. Her sailing boat is powered solely by wind and solar power.

Patagonia Books approached Liz and offered her a 3-year book deal, in which she wrote over 100,000 words based on true stories of her adventures, challenges, weather, and different cultures.

Her book is certainly worth a read and it is well worth watching her very useful sailing blogs or just dream through and follow her journey on Instagram.

2. Wind Traveler

From Land to Sea to the Tropics with Three

‘From land to sea to the tropics with three’ This pretty much sums up Brittany, Scott, Isla, Haven and Mira’s story.

Wind Traveler was created by Brittany and Scott who decided to set sail for a ‘life less ordinary’ in September 2010. They sailed down the East Coast and onto the Caribbean, where they stayed in Grenada. In March 2012 they had another surprise in the form of a little girl Isla. They decided they needed a bigger boat so sold their old one and brought a bigger one.
In March 2014 their family grew once again when they had twin girls Haven and Mira. After a short stint on land, they took to the waters again and returned to the Caribbean. After spending some time at sea they decided they wanted to settle down a little and brought a day sailing company called Aristocat Charters.

Their blog is filled with sailing blogs, tips and tricks, guides to the Caribbean and sailing with children and as a family.

3. Sailing Nandji

Australian Couple Traveling the World one YouTube Video at a Time.

Sailing Nandji is one of the most popular YouTube sailing blogs and was created by an Australian couple who brought a yacht (Nandji) and began living full time on it in 2016. They also have a dog onboard.

They have since traveled over 12,000NM around the Pacific and Australia. Along the way, they have used their blog to showcase their adventures, create weekly YouTube videos and how-to guides. They use their YouTube channel, Instagram and blog to document their life at sea, they have also written a book about their adventures.

You can check out their channel here.

4. Sailing Tranquilo

20,000 Nautical Mile Sail Around the World

In May 2017 Sailing Tranquilo (Fi, El, and Aiden) set sail on a 20,000NM (36,000km) around the world trip, they set sail on their 46′ yacht and documented their preparation and journey through sailing blogs and Instagram.

Sailing Tranquilo has lots of travel guide, sailing guides and useful tips on their website and their Instagram page are filled with inspiring photos and their YouTube channel gives viewers an insight into their journey.

5. SV Delos

Brian Embarked on an Around the World Sailing Trip and his Friends Along the Way

In May 2008 Brian Trautman set off from Seattle, to embark on an around the world trip on his boat Delos (53ft Mel Super Maramu), with no intentions of becoming a YouTuber or travel blogger. He just wanted to take a trip across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand. When he reached New Zealand he was wishing for more so embarked on a trip to Australia and so it began.

Somewhere along the way, SV Delos (Sailing Vessel Delos) was born.
SV Delos has become a very popular travel blog and with sailing videos, travel guides, sailing guides a store and more. Delos and it’s crew have traveled to over 45 countries, 70,000 ocean miles and produced over 200 YouTube Videos. They are one of the most well know sailing blogs in the world, being approached by journalists and large companies wanted to make their journey into a tv show.

The crew has changed over the years but Brian is still aboard, crew members have come and gone, some with the intention of a short trip on the boat but ended up staying. The crew holds contests to find new crew members and crew members have turned the blog into a business with writers, businessmen, and photographers all becoming part of the crew.

6. It’s A Necessity

Husband, Wife & Two Kids Sailing Around the Virgin Islands and Set Up Base in Mexico

Husband and wife Eben and Genevieve always wanted to travel the world and after 11 years of marriage and two kids, they did just that.

They set sail on their 41ft Morgan Necesse which they spent 11 months giving some TLC and began to travel the Virgin Islands and Caribbean. After 7 years abroad they decided to sell their boat and made landfall in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico where they are planning to build a house for themselves and one day they hope to return to boating with a catamaran this time. Their blog is filled with useful articles regarding traveling with children, stories, advice and travel guides.

7. Sailing Britican

Successful CEO Who Gave up Corporate Life for a Life on the Ocean With Her Family

Kim Brown was once a successful CEO living the corporate life when she decided to leave that all behind to buy a dream yacht and sail the world with her husband Simon and daughter Sienna.

The name Britican comes from the fact that Kim is American and her husband Simon is British. They purchased a 346 Moody named Selene and set sail from England on a world adventure.

Their blog shows their life onboard, destinations they have traveled to and how-to guides, through 400+ sailing blogs and articles, a member area, videos on their YouTube channel and images.

8. Sailing Totem

A Family Who Sold Everything to Travel the World.

In 2008 Behan, her husband and three children sold everything and moved onto their 47ft sailing boat, to travel around the world.

Their blog follows their journey, with detailed guidance and how-to guides to follow along with. Unlike other sailing blogs they also offer coaching and guidance with embarking on a sailing trip or creating sailing blogs, through their company The Cruising Sailmaker.

In April 2018 they completed a circumnavigation of the world.

9. Where The Coconuts Grow

In search of surf, sun, sand and serenity

An American couple Jody and Peter set sail on their 1980 Whitby 42ft Ketch named Hey Jude, after the dream of a ‘life less ordinary’ became a reality, after moving on from the corporate world. They have been sailing ever since.

In 2017 their family grew and along came a new boy in the family – Brig. They are still sailing around the world with a baby in tow and dog Betsy. They are now expecting another amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their blog showcases their adventures, stories from their trips as well as tips and tricks for sailing.

10. MJ Sailing

An American couple sailing the world with their young son

Americans Matt and Jess discovered sailing as a hobby in 2008, and they were hooked, soon they purchased a boat. In 2010 they brought a bigger boat, a Sabre 34 Targa.

They saved up and in June 2011 they sold their house, moved in with family and in August 2012 they set sail from the US and have since traveled to the Bahamas, Cuba, Central America, South America and they have crossed the Atlantic twice. Like our other sailing blogs, they have plans to return to dry land anytime soon.

Their blog includes tips, guides, travel destination guides, and how-to videos.

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