Is that LAND I smell on the horizon? (Sailing La Vagabonde) Ep. 138

Woah, we just had a squall We just got that in time hey Got the headsail all the way in What has happened here mate We took you away last week to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with us as we reached the halfway mark. We’d been at sea for seven days and we’d covered thirteen hundred and eighty six nautical miles Which is an average of about 200 nautical miles a day We had some good winds. We also landed our first fish I cannot believe that that just happened Im reading this book it’s called, ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ It’s about this indian lady who studies plants and it’s kind of like she’s celebrating the relationship between Plants and humans, and how we kind of need each other and like this give-and-take kind of thing Which is funny that my hair and the fish incident happens? Yeah it’s just funny that I was reading this book and I was like you know giving something out to the ocean not that the ocean really needs hair, but it was I think more the idea, an then we got a fish, so.. But anyway, it’s a really beautiful book about plants and stuff, ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’. Highly recommend it What has happened here mate? Just listening to Ray Charles, spilling my wine everywhere. Took his first sip for the day, and this is the result And we just hooked a marlin. Good work Your dad would be very disappointed in you That wasn’t my finest moment it’s on your nose I should be a lot madder at you I think we should be concentrating on what I saved. That’s what I think Na sorry about that ran to get the camera and yours wound up in the sink exactly yeahhh I’m an idiot too Im very relieved What a waste of wine, well actually, mine wouldn’t have happened unless yours happened, so this is still all your fault This is Riley’s last white clean shirt so, decided we need to make it socially acceptable to wear, because I don’t think I can get this out with bleach It doesn’t smell like a brewery, which I thought it would It’s a big pink it’s a bit pink yeah. I don’t know if I should be running the pony tail I know I was just thinking that That’s a real summery look you got there. It’s a bit pink Elayna. You’ll be right Well the starboard engine is vibrating, like a lot, so we think there’s something caught on the prop, but can you Put it in forwards and gun it Whoa whoa, not gun it, gun it. Just go two four two five All right now neutral I can hear this, “waa, waa”, and I’m pretty sure it’s to do with the prop. Put it in reverse Then neutral Turn it turn it off I’m just gonna stick the GoPro in the water to see if I can hold it still enough so that we can have a look and see if somethings caught around the prop because there’s water in the bilge a little bit more than usual, nothing to worry about.. But I’m a little bit concerned So, from the GoPro footage that Elayna took before you can see that, it’s It’s all but shut, like, I guess it could go just a little bit closer but.. I’ll have to have a muck around with it. I’m not gonna… We could turn around into it and I could dive in and snap it shut But I don’t think it’s I dont think it’s too big of an issue. And the water ingress that concerned us when we first opened. I just turned off the bilge And there’s just there’s this much water in there, which that’s also not an issue Gracias de nada Okay, so the vibrating propeller shaft. Earlier that morning we’d hooked a Marlin an event that you’d think we would be crazy not to film But that’s a perfect example of the things that we miss when there’s just the two of us out here In the process of pulling down the sails Trying to reverse up on it and a Marlin doing circles around the boat the line must have gotten tangled around our prop which I Had thought about earlier, but dismissed there was nothing more that we should attempt whilst out here But that would be a job for the future in calm water I’m just putting new line on, so if and when we get the big fish.. We’ll be able to snaffle him Its not supposed to do that I think that people will probably be confused because I’ve been doing stuff like Winding fishing rods in and mucking around with the Watt&Sea and if it feels okay I’ve been doing stuff. I’ve been like I said before if I feel like I can do this, ill really only be doing This much But then there’s been times when it’s been quite painful like last night Elayna. Yeah You had to like put me in bed hmm and I was lying down. I couldn’t get comfortable, then I had to stand up again and All we wanted to do was watch ‘True Detective’ and it was too hard So and that’s the sort of stuff that you’re never going to get on film Yeah, I guess I’m explaining the other side of it Cuz you’re you guys are going to see me winding in fishing reels and doing that sort of stuff There’s also the other side of it, which we haven’t been filming which is Why we’re still pretty concerned so yeah Thats the situation at the moment 300 nautical miles from the caravan and my coconut oil has finally started to melt which means it is getting warm my friends. Oh Yeah, oh, yeah Do that again, we’re starting to lose our marbles thats like the plant off Jumunji Yeah, open and close it. Do you remember that scene? It is high time we got back to land I agree We are going to drop the main and put out just the headsail and head directly downwind That is because the swell has built to probably.. they’re saying three and a half and then in the middle of the night about four meters, which isn’t huge but We’re just getting enough forwards momentum with just the swell that heading off on an angle and getting it on a on a corner and Rounding up all the time and doing stuff like that. We’re just we’re doing between eight and Ten and a half just heading directly downwind So we’re just going to do that for the next Probably couple of days also in the middle of the night it blows up from 20 to 25 And yea, we’re just gonna take it really.. not slow, but conservative So we’re a day from arriving to Antigua yeah, can’t believe we’ve been out at sea for so long like the days of just gone So quick apologies if it appears as if I’m being a little inattentive i’ve got one eye on the instruments here Yeah, we just had a squall come over and this wave got us side on it’s the first time this has happened and the whole wave splashed over the side of the boat and Like we healed over quite a bit. It like kicked the back end of the boat around It wasn’t like a dangerous way, but it was pretty it was big, and it was loud and things went flying I don’t know it some of you will definitely know when Admiral Ackbar yells out. It’s a trap and I yell that out when there’s a squall “its a squall!” and Elayna doesn’t think its very funny Yea I haven’t seen it so but anyway Haven’t seen any sea life on this trip, which is pretty unfortunate, but kind of Understandable given the wave size like it’d be pretty hard to spot some dolphin fins or a whale fan in this swell But I would have really loved to see a big pod of dolphins Or a turtle or something we did get that mahi-mahi, which was the only sea life that we’ve seen, but yeah I just started to see Birds, there was a bird chirping outside this morning Which was nice to go out and have a look so there is signs of land I would say I haven’t smelt land yet. I reckon I reckon I will keep my nostrils open I can smell it no you cant I can smell it from a thousand miles away I’m just amazed at how comfortable it is in today They’re saying It’s not at the moment, but they’re says on the weather report four to four point two meter waves and we’re just.. its just easy Cruising along under reeved, eating the squalls up Really? yea over here just after i said there was no sea life Just as I said we were sad to have not seen any real sea life we had two whales come and visit the boat But they were pretty shy we didn’t really get to see them, marked or identify them, but they cruised around the bow of the boat for a little while and yea, it was exciting All right, yeah, well, I might say goodbye, but honestly Thank you so much for arranging all that, you know we couldn’t have done it without you mate Thanks mate, thank you very much all right chat soon, bye So that was our friend from Australia, and he’s been organizing for a specialist to meet us when we arrive in Antigua Which is.. He’s been talking to the yacht services girl there yea theres a lady at yacht services who’s teed it up so all we have to do we get there is called the lady. She’s gonna take us to help Thanks Davey we’re gonna see straight away if Riley’s spine is Is a bit messed up and I was gonna say it’s hard for us to Like we it’s hard for us to capture this on film, but basically for the past two weeks we’ve been at sea, well since the accident There’s not a day that we don’t sit down and kind of go down each each Outcome like if his neck is damaged if it’s not if you need surgery permutation Elayna You know the boats in the Carabbean if we can’t sail it, we’ll have to get someone to sail it out of the hurricane belt like we’ve just been going through all these different scenarios in our head and it’s really hard for us to get that on film. It hasn’t really left our mind. But anyway.. It’s good to know that there is help waiting Woah, we just had squall and we had to run outside We just got that in time got the headsail all the way in before we got drenched what’d it get up to? thirty two dinner’s on its way, and it’s our last sunset its a windy old night, just getting the sunset before dinner Winds are starting to pick up and I just checked on the radar, and you can see here, this is all rain So we’re just gonna cop the right-hand side of this squall I guess Here it is. Just got 26 “its a squall!” The roof is leaking Thats where we stuck the satphone antenna out, so I can’t exactly shut that And everything drips on my stove, and then I got to dry it before I can use it its the last night I’m allowed to whinge “oh i dont like it when you both make me cry its just how it feels” Oh there are my clothes I was hoping to dry. Add that one to the list Go to bed I cant, I cant sleep “Oh I cant sleep Riley” I can’t sleep because the donkey slaps are so hardcore right now that every time you you’re just about asleep You get a whack right on the bottom, and it sounds like I’ll whack you on the bottom in a minute It sounds like a gunshot We’re nearly there although I joke about the Not sleeping thing as if it’s kind of funny, but like after 14 days at sea and only getting like you know two hours sleep a night if I’m lucky it adds up and like it’s so hard on my brain like I’ve been getting headaches this whole time I Haven’t slept a wink at all for the past 24 hours and I’m running just so on nothing, you know I’ve got no energy my brain is freakin hurting and I’m having a meltdown and we’re only like I don’t even know how far away we are, I cant even think Its 20-25 miles or something and yeah, I can certainly vouch I know you haven’t slept in the last 24 hours ive seen you other crossings haven’t been this bad but No sleep just keeps getting worse and worse out here like I just can’t sleep You’ve been getting Worse as the years go on with sleeping Now whats happened? I spilt something on the floor Oatmeal everywhere Oh I made you laugh didn’t I I’ve changed the words to Sugarman by Rodriguez to our really basic Spanish that we know necesito tranquilo It really made me laugh, thank you Next week we arrive in gorgeous Antigua, so be sure to join us as we finally get some answers You


  • Todd Townsend

    Sending good vibes for neck and sleep issues. Happy to hear the Rodriguez shout-out. I am from Michigan and Detroit is my homeport.

  • Lol what is this character named that Riley is emulating at 15min?? Anyone knows? I remember it from childhood. Is it some sort of muppet??? ITS SOO funny.

  • Good 🌸🌸

  • The best t-shirt ever OMATS!!!


  • All these people advising this drug or that, melatonin, etc… Best way to get sleep on passage (some have already hinted at it) is to slow the boat. Better yet, heave to at night. Cats are fast, but horribly noisy and jarring. They're getting there in half the time of the old mono. Could heave to for eight hours, every night, and still get there quicker on the cat. Everyone sleeps, and you sleep much better with less worry about the danger of hitting boat-destroying objects at speed. One channel I really like is Cruising LeaLea. They are in no hurry on passage, and heave to every night.

  • SiskkuTheAlfa98

    I loved the mention of Star Wars

  • Have you tried Melatonin for the sleeping? Also have you been checked for sleep Apnea? That can have some pretty far reaching effects (most of which you have mentioned) and can be managed with a sleeping mask and positive pressure air!

  • how do u use ur iPhone out at sea? do u have reception

  • The hair! I was shocked you cut it in the last episode, and didn't know if it made you look younger or older, but it definitely makes a positive difference (in my opinion!).
    Loving the videos… keep up the great work!

  • Nothing wrong with pink, mate! Or as we call it @T-Mobile, "MANgenta!" Those "gun shots" are under the bridge deck, true? How often are they and conditions?

  • Love the nod to Sixto!

  • Whats the name of the book? Braiding Sweetgrass? I have used reference headphones and still can't pick it up….

  • Your mind is tired from the stress but your body isn't. When you can't sleep ,wear yourself out physically with jogging in place situps what ever you can. Also try reading pleasant and or funny books. Read yourself to sleep.

  • For years, Ive been working on writing my first book. Only to keep getting sidetracked by life. Last year my computer was stolen and I lost everything and had to start over, luckily I had quite a few notes here and there to piece it back together. Life hit again and set me on a new course, I grew up on the water and my book is about sailing. So, I looked for pages on sailing and saw your post. I felt inspired, so I bought a 44.7 foot Catalina and will proceed to get her ready. Im 25 in September and that is my goal to have her in open water before then. Cheers, hope to see you out there

  • 14 days with only 2 hours sleep? Sounds like the first year of new parent life…
    My beautiful daughter kept us awake for almost 18 months…
    Nothing in life is free and the best things cost the most to you. ..
    All worth it, am I right?

  • Cliff Charpentier

    Try melatonin pills. I take three once in a while to guarantee a good night sleep. You become immune to the effect right away but can work for a few days in a row.

  • I subscribed

  • Why a triangle?

  • wascally wabbit

    tie dye with wine have ta try that sometime

  • 10:30 Riley, you need to get Elyna in front of a TV to watch some Star Wars!

  • "it's a bit Pink, Elena"
    -"You'll be alright"

  • Chad Yarborough

    Best episode ever
    The humor and humanity that you two share with each other is inspiring

  • How could Elayna not have seen Return of the Jedi?…Gobsmacked..

  • Ellen Mccarther Sailed round the world, single handed several times. She also moaned about not getting enough sleep… 😉

  • If you smoke catnip you will have the best night sleep you ever had. No matter what, I reccomend this if not being able to sleep is still an issue for you

  • Shirt actually looks pretty cool lol.

  • Debbie Slabaugh

    You guys need to be verified on @Youtube Unreal that you are not right now. Keep up the fantastic work / videos!

  • Amazing booty thank you 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Aye, ya smell land where there be no land. Melville.

  • Put a bit more pressure on the line when ur spooling up big reels

  • Englishman inFrance

    I've been contemplating saying this for ages and have resisted, But Eleyna, you have a seriously hot bikini bum 🙂

  • Just for anyone watching this now, pouring boiling hot water straight onto a red wine stain will get it immediately out. 🙂

  • Damn that shirt turned out sick

  • somos personas, necesito estar tranquilo. greetings from Argentina. I hope you were here soon!!!!

  • Clean up your lines it looks like a complete mess every time you show the cockpit

  • How would you not know if a marlin got ur line caught in the prop? It would of stripped off a lot of line and cut it and lost the fish..

  • melatonin supplements?

  • You two are so lucky to have each other…..youre living a dream life to say the least. I love the videos, you two are just perfect. Happy sailing!

  • just wondering where your brown and white bikini is from? its gorgeous!!

  • Gerhard van Tonder

    I love you guys. You guys are so real.

  • You should make a version of that shirt for your online shop so we can all get a feel of what it's like to be Riley.

  • How did we not see his finest moment? You should place a Camera in the kitchen that’s not in your hands,good lord.

  • I’m not a sailor and don’t own a boat but u can always put cameras anywhere other than the person that holding it!

  • Put a camera in front of your face at all times and then we will see what’s going on!

  • I don’t really think that they are looking for people to help them, comes to her sleeping!

  • she should smoke some weed for sleep problems

  • I love this one.Such flow.

  • DID ELAYNA SAY SHE HASN'T SEEN STARWARS!!!!!! Well I was gonna become a patreon, but now i'm not so sure…

  • not sleeping cause gotta be aware to stay alive . lol. sailing at night . hope gps warns you all islands and shallow spots and reefs … no sleep is for survival on passage , at sea . just fall off the boat and no ones gonna find you . lol. normal .. you need self sailing rig or lock in place and take naps and shifts … i'd shit my pants in ocean plus waves crashing over the boat ,, you don't know where dangers are .. if nature hits you just right you in trouble or weak part gives way . brave man .. i need a sea canoe pod with sails if ship goes down .. lock my self in if ship dies or sinks .. imagine they float with foam so should be good .. i would hardy sleep .. get off track to far longer at sea and bad things . lol.

  • keep reading . put you to sleep . lol.

  • musicsuxnowadays

    Im not trying to be crass, but she has the butt of a champion!!!!!!!

  • 15:35 kinda like having a little baby eh' Elayna? hope you're getting more sleep with Lenny.

  • Riley, perhaps you may have realised that you'll "feel" a change in the weather coming in your neck?!

  • New sub, and Patreon, Riley please don't sexualize shots of Elayna, this is not why your almost 3K Pats follow your channel. Hopefully this was a bad and random choice. Its ok to apologize

  • excellent idea! Auction off all wine spill at seas captured on Camera!!! I'm in!!!

  • Oh I was wondering of the outremer had enough bridgedeck clearance. It looked like too little space between bottom of the bridgedeck and the water. This is probably only an issue with enough wind and waves but still kind of surprising.

  • You made a pretty good job of that t shirt!

  • Francesca Davis

    Not sure if you have tried but sea sick meds like Drummamine knock me flat during crossings.

  • Melissa Edberg

    Where are your swimsuits from?

  • No damn way!!! When he spilled on his shirt I was like what an untapped market, wine tie dyed t-shirts and then she made it. I'm kind of having a mind blown moment here, woah 😲

  • So I'm curious, I know the baby is coming because it's been spoiled by recommendations 🙁 but were you guys really not aware yet because I don't know if I'm just hyper aware that it's coming but there has been the concepcion place on the map, then Elayna writing Atlantic Baby on the dry erase board, then Riley did that close up of her belly on the deck and I think I've heard 2 other references to a baby that I can't remember. If you guys weren't aware by this time there was some major foreshadowing happening in your lives all around you. So cool 😊

  • "It's a squall" with a Star Wars reference.. LOL, awesome.

  • True men where pink 😀😀

  • I'm a big Ray Charles fan…his version of America is awesome….glad your neck and left arm are better. Texans and Aussies do not wear pink…just sayin…ha!

  • cody satterfield

    "I think we should be focusing more on the wine I saved" a wise man upon La Vagabonde!

  • you should rock the pink!

  • Set up a HAMMOCK in boat sway with boat and sudden jolts… also a good recording of the nighttime forest with a light rain or crickets… trust me… it works

  • If I was in the middle of the Atlantic and the sun was out, I would have zero clothes on.

  • I don't know how open minded you are but cannabis makes me sleep like a baby every night. I smoke it right about 7:00 PM and by 9:00 PM I am crashed-OUT all night. Thank you:).

  • 56 straight days at sea for me 🙂 Ok so I was in Navy but that kind of counts right?

  • I’ve spent the past 4 days binge watching your videos after you showed up in my recommendations. Just realized today I hadn’t subscribed yet so went ahead and hit that button today! You all are living the dream!

  • I know this is a old video. I just found y’all and am making my way through. If you see this, I struggle with insomnia. I’m 29 and it’s just been getting worse every year. I used to take melatonin and drink sleepy time tea at night but that stopped helping. I now have a prescription for trazadone. I try not to take it every day because I don’t want to have to up the dose if I get used to it but after a few nights of hardly any sleep I’ll take one so I can get a good nights rest. You might look into it.

  • I think pink's your color!

  • Your hair looks great

  • Mary Ann Lammersen

    Does anyone know the title and author of the book referred to? Can't make it out due to my inability to understand the accent. Sounds like a good read.

  • When Riley went to the front of the boat to see the whales it looked like a scene from a movie! 😯

  • Elayna you mentioned reading about plants and indirectly i thought of one of my favs! Have you read the Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver? You would love it I think esp now that you are a mother. There is a sequel to it called Pigs in Heaven. Its fiction…her characters are perfect and I know you would relate to them!

  • Love Riley's pink shirt!

  • Elayna needed a hammock

  • Get some temaze a light sleeping pill you would still wake up if something wrong


  • It's a squall!! xD that's perfect

  • I see you hair wrapped up elaina. How did you do that? Can you show us

  • I love those bird sound effects, they're so relaxing <3 If I could, I would definitely use them in my own videos haha

  • Mythical authors write about such things all the time. 🦉🦁

  • It seems that the longer you're at sea the loonier you two get! This was a fun episode to watch. 🙂

  • Elayna your hair shorter is so pretty! You look so much older! I think we are roughly the same age! I’m loving your videos! ❤️

  • You guys should be on Netflix

  • mohammad golfaridan

    most of the damages in body will be sensors by feel so you really dont sense any pain or something but if you go to doctor they will say it is damaged

  • love the star wars reference

  • I love it how you made his shirt “socially accepted”

  • Where did the name La vagabond come from? Anyone know?

  • Bobby Williamson

    You BOTH are absolutely hilarious. The Image of the angle of the hair cut cracked me up!! super fun every time i watch…y'all are superstars for real!

  • Real men whare Pink‼️

  • Mate, pink is actually the most masculine color. Look into it. Don’t believe the hype

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