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Video: 6 of the best heavy weather sailing videos

  • Harriett Ferris
  • June 18, 2017

Watch our pick of the most dramatic heavy weather videos

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This first video of heavy weather sailing is our from our Storm Sailing Series with Skip Novak . It was probably the most ambitious project Yachting World has ever undertaken: to head for Cape Horn with high latitudes doyen Skip Novak to make a series on Storm Sailing Techniques . Here is one of our most popular videos, rounding Cape Horn in Storm Force 10 conditions…

Hallberg Rassy are known for being heavy, sturdy, seaworthy boats.  This video shows Hallberg Rassy 48 Elysium in heavy weather off Cape Gris Nez, northern France in 2014. The yacht seems to be handling well, able to use a Raymarine lineair 7000 autopilot depsite the conditions.

This compilation is from the BT Global Challenge round the world race, a crewed race westabout the prevailing winds in one-design steel 72-footers. It took amateur crews upwind through the Southern Ocean from Cape Horn to New Zealand and from Australia to Cape Town. This footage shows some of the weather they experienced and what the crews endured – and watch out for some footage of the race leaders fighting it out under trysail during a severe storm in the Cook Strait in New Zealand.

Single-handed sailor Berthold Hinrichs sailing in Hinlopenstretet. It is the 150km long strait between Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet in Svalbard, Norway and can be difficult to pass because of pack ice.

A fun compilation video of sailing in strong breeze including 2 wipeouts, 1 dismasting and 1 guy going for a swim…

Our last example comes from popular YouTube channel Sailing SV Delos , as the crew tackle a 50-knot gale on the crossing to Madagascar. Skip to 8:00 for the stormy stuff:

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The Best Sailing Videos on YouTube - Our Favourites!

You may not actually be sailing or boating right now but these videos and clips are sure to entertain your nautical side. As we said, this is our list, but if you think we’ve missed something special let us know and we’ll add it on!

Ready for some entertainment? One, two, three, here we go…

Incredible offshore sailing video from the Volvo Ocean Race

There is no doubt that the introduction of drones for onboard reporters in the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race changed the viewing dynamic of the race forever. Suddenly you could follow the crews beyond the marina and spectator boats right out into the middle of the ocean. 

Drones enabled us to capture never-before-seen aerial footage that moved audiences from spectators to feeling like members of the crew. To anyone who has ever flown a drone, we think you can appreciate the skill of flying from a boat on a heel like this, going that fast with that much water coming over the deck, onboard reporters we take our hat off to you. 

Here we watch some of their most epic moments in what is, without doubt, one of the most impressive Sailing Videos we’ve ever come across on YouTube.

Impressive video of Vendee Globe Boats sailing around the Kerguelen Islands

With the incredible support of the French Navy and French television TF1, a team of two people spent forty days onboard a frigate helicopter carrier in order to shoot Vendee Globe boats rounding the Kerguelen Islands. Here we see this rare and epic sailing footage.

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Video of Alex Thompson performing the most amazing skywalk

This video combines two of our favourite water sports - sailing and kitesurfing.

What if you kite surfed behind the Hugo Boss Vendee Globe boat, attached yourself to a wire and hoisted yourself up to twice the height of your mast before ripping the cord and floating back down on your kite?

We think even the most adrenaline-fuelled individuals would take their hats off to this particular stunt…

This video of a couple living on a self-sufficient sailboat for 10 years

Follow this extraordinary couple who have been living aboard their boat for ten years, sailing 83,000 nautical miles. Using wind and solar panels this couple, and their baby, can be off-grid for months at a time. 

Some people may also know them as SV Delos. The couple knew nothing about sailing before going on to live on their boat full time. 

Take the full video tour of the boat that lets them live a sustainable life on the sea or, if planning your own trip, check out our essential boat packing list . 

This footage of a drunk sailor being pulled off a reef in the Caribbean!

A list of sailing videos wouldn’t be complete without at least one boat fail video and this one is a good reminder to ensure you have the right safety equipment on board ! 

After a night sail back to Grenada in the Caribbean , Sailing SV Delos find a drunk sailor who’s run his sailboat up on a reef with all his sails out and engine on motoring even further onto the reef! Sounds too crazy to be true? Take a look at this…

Watch the guys from BoatUS cover the five outboard maintenance jobs most people forget 

We’ve covered important considerations for maintaining your boat before. In this video, Yamaha technician Sean Stahl of Annapolis Boat Sales explains to BoatUS Magazine's Lenny Rudow five outboard maintenance jobs that people forget about. 

These include replacing the fuel-water separator filter, checking the timing belt for wear, checking engine and bracket zincs, checking trim tab zincs, and removing the prop to look for a fishing line behind the thrust washer.

Awesome Video of Sailing a Superboat Crossing the Atlantic in Record Time

To quote “A Great Big Story,” - “Even the most daunting world records are meant to be broken.” 

And it was no easy feat. On July 22, 2016, Comanche—a custom-built, 100-foot racing yacht—set sail from New York to the southern tip of England. Precisely five days, 14 hours, 21 minutes and 25 seconds later, the Comanche’s crew shattered the world record, by more than a day. 

This video has it all; excellent helming , speed, resilience, teamwork, and the bravery to sail through bad weather.

Brave the high seas as we set sail on one of the most amazing and inspiring journeys ever to take place on film.”

Watch Sailing Nandji prepare their yacht for its first ocean crossing!

We love watching the guys as Sailing Nandji and we are well aware of the importance of proper preparation . In this video Bonita goes up the mast for the first time to take measurements for a new headsail, Yosh gets handy with some fiberglass work and the crew gets creative in the sail loft.

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10 Best Sailing YouTube Channels

10 Best Sailing YouTube Channels | Life of Sailing

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Daniel Wade

June 15, 2022

If you've been planning to join the Big Blue for a sailing escapade, then you've probably watched and drawn inspiration from numerous sailing YouTube channels that are available on the web. But which are the best sailing YouTube channels? Well, let's find out.

There are a lot of pessimistic individuals out there who are probably trying to dismiss sailing YouTubers and the massive audiences as another ascendancy of what might be referred to as the "couch-potato" society. Whatever your opinion on this matter, we strongly believe that sailing YouTube channels is an excellent and modern way of exposing our beloved sport not just to sailors but to other people as well. And unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard or even watched several sailing YouTube channels. But which ones are the best of the bunch?

You probably do not have much time to go about research for the best sailing YouTube channels. For this reason, we've made it our duty to ravage through, do thorough research, and present you with the 10 best sailing YouTube channels. This means that you can now easily watch the glorious sailing lives that these YouTube sailors share with millions of viewers.

So if you want some inspiration or a way of learning a thing or two about sailing, you've come to the right place. These sailing YouTube channels are beautiful, fun, and will teach you a thing or two about sailing.

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Sailing La Vagabonde

This is a sailing YouTube channel that's run by Australian video bloggers Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu. Founded in 2014 when the couple met in Greece, this sailing YouTube channel documents the couple's life aboard their sailing catamaran known as La Vagabonde.

This Australian couple has so far sailed over 90,000 nm across many oceans and is inspiring millions of viewers to explore living on the ocean as an alternative option. This lovely couple sustains its sailing lifestyle publishing weekly YouTube videos. Having received noteworthy media attention for sailing with Greta Thunberg from Virginia to Lisbon to raise awareness on Climate Change issues, the couple has attained patrons who are always willing to fund their travel and sailing expenses.

Onboard the La Vagabonde, they have established roles. Whitelum is tasked with taking care of boat maintenance and sailing logistics such as checking the weather and planning ahead of sailings while Carausu is tasked with cooking, cleaning, and editing the videos.

Subscribers: 1.47 million

  • ‍ Spearfishing a Deserted Island! (Sailing La Vagabonde) - Ep. 12
  • BOAT LIFE: Our Morning Routine Onboard
  • Our Tiny Home on the Ocean
  • Sailing Around the World (Sailing La Vagabonde) - Ep. 1 Intro & Sailing Turkey
  • TIGER SHARKS surround our boat. WE SWIM WITH THEM! 🦈 Ep.197

Sailing SV Delos

When Brian Trautman bought a sailboat 2008, he had never envisioned that he would be so immersed in it that it would become his home; a part and parcel of his lifestyle. More than a decade later, this sailboat has covered more than 70,000nm, visited over 46 countries, and helped in creating more than 200 YouTube videos.

As one of the original and the best sailing YouTube channels, Sailing SV Delos has become a sensation among sailors as it documents the travels and adventures of a lovely crew aboard the sailing vessel, SV Delos. The crew often includes the boat owner Brian, his brother Brady, Brian's wife Karin Syren, and crew member Alex Blue. The team also invites crew members to help with sailing, boat maintenance, cleaning, and, of course, filming.

Sailing SV Delos has always kept it real and chronicled several ocean passages including some of the most challenging and intense weather conditions such as a severe lightning storm that the crew had to deal with on their way to Madagascar.

With his experience as a former electrical engineer, Brian Trautman has been able to make several improvements to the boat to ensure that they remain environment-friendly whenever they sail. The crew has also contributed to several philanthropic activities such as giving $50,000 to charities and contributing to restoration efforts in Dominica after the island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

Subscribers: 581K  

  • ‍ Buzzed by the U.S. Coastguard Chopper
  • How long can we survive out here?
  • When STUFF BREAKS 😭 Middle of Nowhere
  • Birth of the Two Titty Yacht Club!

Gone with the Wynns

If you want a sailing YouTube channel that offers an unscripted tale of an eccentric couple who left their everyday life to become perpetual travelers and experience whirlwind adventures, you've come to the right place. Known as Gone with the Wynns, this sailing YouTube channel chronicles the adventures of prominent travel vloggers Jason and Nikki Wynn.

The couple started by chronicling their travel adventures by buying an RV and undertook an epic road trip in search of endless exploration across the country. They went around North America and even trekked around Alaska and admit that they'd have stayed there forever had it not for the fact that they suffer from what they term as incurable sedentary life phobia.

The couple then decided to sail around the world and have been on a sailing voyage of more than 10,000nm. The couple has always been inspired by their unparalleled desire to explore, grow, learn, and share their travel experiences. To them, sailing is far more surreal as it's almost akin to exploring the world as it was done in the 1400s.

Subscribers: 333K

  • ‍ Boat Tour - Custom Built Off-Grid Expedition Yacht
  • First Impressions of Big Boat Life
  • Daily Life aboard an Expedition Boat
  • BIG BOAT LIFE & Diving Into The Surf
  • SAILING THE WORLD WITH ONLY 6 MONTHS TO LIVE

Free Range Sailing

A lovely couple named Troy and Pascale, shares with the world their off-the-cuff voyage in remote Australia in their 30ft yacht named Mirrol. With their minimalist lifestyle, the couple has endeared itself to millions of viewers across the world who are always eager to see how they do more with less.

This couple has documented their simple life in some of the remotest locations in the world with the main aim of showing the rest of the world that self-sufficiency is the way of life. They show their viewers how to cruise around some of the remotest locations in Australia as they indulge in other activities such as fishing and adventure.

Subscribers: 92.5K

  • We're Sailing to the Kimberley!
  • LIFE ON A SMALL SAILBOAT Working, Cooking, Sailing & Exploring in our Tiny Home
  • Finding Fish 🐠 🎣🐟: It's Easy When You Know How
  • The Nude Latitude

RAN Sailing

If you've been looking for a sailing YouTube channel that has no fakery and no fuss, RAN Sailing is meant for you. This channel revolves around the incredible life of Johan Hammarlund and Malin Lof, an adventurous Swedish couple who were looking for a different and unique lifestyle.

Four years ago, the couple decided to sell everything they owned and set sail on its 1987 custom-built Beason aluminum sailboat. They've sailed to various destinations including their homeland of Sweden, Alaska, and Seattle. In 2019, the couple welcomed a daughter, bought a bigger boat, and continues sailing the world as a family.

They've also sailed the Pacific and have attracted even more fans across the world as they showcase an incredible Swedish lifestyle with no fuss. And despite the Coronavirus pandemic, they've assured their fans that they'll ensure that they never leave the couch as they set sail despite the current situation.

Subscribers: 103K

  • The Beginning Of An Adventure
  • Provisioning for an Ocean Crossing
  • Drama Aboard a Swan 60
  • A Crazy Or Perfect Boat? 6 Cabins In A 52 Ft Boat!
  • Getting Boarded At Sea

Tula's Endless Summer

You've probably wondered whether it would be possible to bring your lovely pet to your sailing escapades. Well, a young couple known as Billy Swezey and Sierra Groth have been showing that it's possible and very inspiring thanks to their Tula's Endless Summer sailing YouTube channel.

Their sailing adventure started in 2013 when Billy bought a dilapidated boat in an abandoned boatyard in New York and set about restoring the boat. Billy, who describes himself as a water bug, then met the lovely Sierra in Florida. Since then the couple together with their dog, Jetty, have been inseparable as a Dream Team and have shown the world that taking up sailing as a lifestyle is very possible.

This lovely family has sailed in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and other destinations on their Tula, as well as other boats. Bill describes himself as a jack of all trades who has been surfing, kiting, diving, paddling, and doing everything in the ocean. On the other hand, Sierra is a lovely girl who wishes she had the power of breathing underwater. And what about, Jetty the Gypsy? Well, this dog has seen and done a lot more than most people will ever do in their life.

In essence, Tula's Endless Summer is a superb sailing YouTube channel that vividly chronicles the life of a young and lovely couple going about their sailing escapades.

Subscribers: 132K

  • CROSSING THE Gulf Stream To West End (Grand Bahama)
  • How Much Does It Cost To Live On A Boat?
  • First Time on an Electric Foil (We Brought Our Dog!)
  • COAST GUARD INCIDENT..
  • She Was FEEDING SHARKS!!!

Sailing Uma

Neither Dan Deckert nor Kika Mevs grow up sailing and never dreamt of buying a sailboat just to cruise around the world. But soon after graduating, this gorgeous couple founded a successful architectural design-consulting firm as a way of earning a living. Fortunately, Dan and Kika soon realized that the rat race wasn't their cup of tea. They both had dreams of traveling the world and seeing for themselves of the earth was a beautiful place. Again, they had been inspired when a friend advised them not to buy a couch!

Having realized that the conventional life wasn't meant for them, the couple bought a sailboat named UMA even though they didn't know anything about sailboats or sailing. They had to Google their way out and restored their lovely boat to their liking. They came up with a 5-year plan to learn step by step before sailing around the world. The plan was to start with a small boat and learn how to sail on a lake before getting a vessel that they could use for their offshore adventures.

Despite the steep learning curve, this lovely couple had solutions to many problems during their sailing escapades and now is showcasing their sailing escapes in one of the best sailing YouTube channels around. So far, they've visited 22 countries, covered 18,358 nautical miles, and have incredibly used zero gallons of diesel.

Subscribers: 254K

  • Naked Night Dive + Exploring the Baths
  • BOAT TOUR: The Modern Interior of our 50 yr old DREAM YACHT
  • 5 Years Living offgrid on an ALL ELECTRIC Sailboat
  • Biggest Waves We've Ever Seen — DAY 10 / North Atlantic Crossing
  • HURRICANE SURVIVAL TACTICS (I Stayed on the boat)

Sailing Doodles

With one of the most-watched sailing YouTube channels on the internet, Bobby White and his partner Laura began their sailing escapades after Bobby suffered a medical scare in his late 30s. He was good-looking, had a flourishing career as a corporate pilot, flying the rich and famous around the world. He had suffered a stroke and his career was gone just like that!

After healing, Bobby sold everything he owned and bought a C&C 37-foot sailboat. Along with his two lovely dogs, he set sail from his native Texas to the Caribbean. He made the wise move to document his new life and that is how Sailing Doodles came to be. With his partner Laura, Bobby admits that chronicling their sailing journey on YouTube isn't as easy as many people think but it's certainly worth it to share and inspire others in a very cool way.

Subscribers: 289K  

  • ‍ No Bikini Needed
  • Sailing Miami Style
  • Beautiful Skipper - Sailing from Phuket
  • Who Needs Clothes on a Private Island?
  • Group Shower on the Isle of Capri

Whitespot Pirates

Who said that sailing was only a man's stuff? Well, if you've been thinking so, you might want to have a second thought. Nike Steiger has been inspiring girls all over the world to take up sailing. Through her Whitespot Pirates YouTube channel, she's been documenting her solo-sailing escapades after she bought an abandoned boat in Panama.

For the last 6 years, she's been sharing unscripted videos of her voyages in her 30-foot aluminum boat named Karl. In addition to keeping it real with her adoring viewers, she's comprehensively detailed the wonderful highs and cyclonic lows of her sailing life. To top it all, this is an award-winning YouTube channel that documents Nike's astonishing voyages.

Subscribers: 79.6K  

  • UNTIE THE LINES - A Weekly Solo Sailing Documentary
  • Crash! Boom! Bang! - UNTIE THE LINES IV
  • The Sailboat I bought is a COMPLETE DISASTER!
  • Arriving In PARADISE With My Sailboat. A DREAM come true!
  • Solo Sailing Cuba: I Am Not Allowed To Go Ashore

It takes a lot of guts to sell all your possessions and begin sailing around the world. While many couples cannot even contemplate taking such an action, it's exactly what Matt and Jessica Johnson did as soon as they realized that their life had become boring as a result of spending a lot of time in front of the TV.

But instead of taking up yoga or exercising, they decided to make a radical change by selling everything they had in their possession and began sailing around the world. Today, MJ Sailing is one of the most popular sailing YouTube Channels. This is a couple who left everything including their careers and took up a great hobby without ever regretting it.

Subscribers: 125K

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  • Our Bank Account After 5 Years of Cruising & a Refit
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  • Exploring the NUDE BEACH of St. Barth's!

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Learn How to Sail a Sailboat with Step-by-Step Video Instructions

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Sailing a sailboat can be a thrilling and rewarding experience, allowing you to navigate the open waters and harness the power of the wind. Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn the basics or an experienced sailor wanting to brush up on your skills, this video guide will provide you with valuable insights and knowledge. Here’s a breakdown of the topics covered in this video on how to sail a sailboat.

Introduction to Sailing a Sailboat:

In this section, you’ll be introduced to the world of sailing, including the joy of being out on the water, the feeling of freedom, and the unique aspects of sailing that set it apart from other forms of boating.

Basics of Sailing a Sailboat:

This section will cover the foundational principles of sailing. You’ll learn about the anatomy of a sailboat, including the various components such as the sails, mast, keel, and rudder. Understanding the basics of wind and direction will also be crucial, as it will determine how you navigate and control the sailboat.

Preparing to Sail:

Before setting sail, it’s important to perform safety checks to ensure everything is in proper working order. This section will guide you through the necessary steps to prepare your sailboat, including checking equipment, inspecting safety gear, and evaluating weather conditions to ensure safe sailing.

Launching and Hoisting the Sails:

Once you’re prepared, it’s time to launch your sailboat and hoist the sails. This section will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to properly launch your sailboat and raise the mainsail and jib for optimal performance.

Sailing Techniques:

Here, you’ll learn essential sailing techniques such as tacking and jibing, which allow you to change direction effectively. Understanding the points of sail and adjusting sail trim will also be covered to help you make the most of the wind and optimize your sailing experience.

Maneuvering and Navigation:

Navigating a sailboat requires skill and precision. This section will teach you how to maneuver your sailboat, turn, and change course safely. You’ll also learn about right-of-way rules and basic navigation techniques to ensure smooth and efficient sailing.

Safety Tips and Considerations:

The final section will focus on safety tips and considerations for sailing. Managing emergencies, proper use of safety equipment, and knowledge of local boating laws and regulations will be discussed to ensure a safe and enjoyable sailing experience.

By following the steps and guidance provided in this video, you’ll gain the confidence and knowledge needed to sail a sailboat effectively and experience the joy of gliding through the water powered solely by the wind.

Key takeaway:

  • Sailing a sailboat maximizes exploration: Sailing allows individuals to explore the seas and visit different locations, providing a unique and exciting experience.
  • Sailing a sailboat requires understanding of the basics: Knowing the anatomy of a sailboat, understanding wind and direction, and learning how to control the sailboat are key foundational skills for sailing.
  • Sailing safely is crucial: Prioritizing safety by performing checks, using proper gear, checking weather conditions, and following boating laws ensures a safe and enjoyable sailing experience.

Basics of Sailing a Sailboat

Sailing a sailboat is an exhilarating adventure that combines the power of the wind with the skill of the sailor. In this section, we will dive into the basics of sailing a sailboat and equip you with essential knowledge . Unravel the secrets of the sailboat’s anatomy, grasp the fundamentals of wind and direction , and discover the art of steering and controlling the boat. Get ready to embark on a journey that will make you feel one with the elements and master the art of sailing.

Understanding the Sailboat’s Anatomy

Understanding the sailboat’s anatomy is crucial for sailing. The parts of a sailboat work together for proper functioning and maneuverability on the water.

The main components of a sailboat include the hull , which provides buoyancy, stability, and structure. The keel prevents tipping in strong winds.

The rigging controls the sails with ropes, wires, and pulleys. This includes the mast , which holds the sails, and the boom , which holds the bottom of the mainsail.

Sails harness the wind’s power to propel the boat. The mainsail is larger and located towards the back, while the headsail is in the front.

Knowing how these components work together is essential for sailing. By adjusting the sails, steering, and using wind patterns, sailors control the sailboat’s direction and speed.

Fact: Sailboats have been used for transportation and exploration for thousands of years. Depictions of sailboats are found on ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to around 3000 BCE.

Knowing the Basics of Wind and Direction

Knowing the basics of wind and direction is crucial for sailing a sailboat. It helps sailors navigate and maneuver effectively. Here are the key aspects to consider:

1. Wind direction: Understanding where the wind is coming from helps determine the sailboat’s heading. Sailors use a wind vane or windsock to gauge wind direction accurately. This information is necessary for positioning the sails correctly.

2. Wind strength: The wind’s strength affects the sail’s position and the sailboat’s speed. Sailors can estimate wind strength by observing the ripples on the water or using an anemometer. This knowledge helps determine the optimal amount of sail area to use for better performance.

3. Points of sail: Sailboats can travel in different directions relative to the wind. The main points of sail include upwind (sailing against the wind), downwind (sailing in the same direction as the wind), and reaching (sailing at an angle to the wind). Understanding these points of sail helps sailors plan their course effectively.

4. Apparent wind: Apparent wind is a combination of the true wind and the wind created by the boat’s motion. Sailors need to adjust their sails according to the apparent wind to maximize speed.

By knowing the basics of wind and direction, sailors can accurately position their sails, control their course, and enhance their sailing experience. Sailors should continuously monitor the wind conditions to make informed decisions and ensure smooth sailing.

Learning How to Steer and Control the Sailboat

To enhance your skills in learning how to steer and control the sailboat, position yourself at the helm . Sit or stand at the steering wheel or tiller , with a clear view of the water and other boats. Hold the tiller or wheel firmly, keeping your hands on either side. Practice steering by using small movements to gradually turn the sailboat in the desired direction. It’s important to remember that steering a sailboat may require more time and effort compared to powerboats.

Understanding the wind direction is crucial. Pay attention to the wind direction and its impact on the sailboat. Adjust your steering accordingly, keeping the sails in the most effective position. Experiment with adjusting the sails to steer the sailboat. Use the sails to change the boat’s direction, using the force of the wind.

To further improve your proficiency in steering and controlling the sailboat, regularly practice in different wind conditions and engage in practice drills such as tacking and jibing . Learning from experienced sailors or taking sailing lessons can also greatly enhance your skills. Always prioritize safety and follow right of way rules when steering and controlling the sailboat.

Preparing to Sail

Are you ready to set sail ? In this section, we’ll dive into the crucial steps of preparing for a successful sailing adventure. From performing safety checks to selecting the right gear and equipment , and even keeping a close eye on the weather conditions , we’ve got you covered. So, fasten your life jackets and get ready to embark on a journey filled with excitement and adventure . Let’s make sure everything is shipshape before we cast off!

Performing Safety Checks

Performing safety checks before setting sail on a sailboat is crucial for ensuring a safe and enjoyable sailing experience. To accomplish this, follow these key steps:

– Inspect the hull for any cracks, damage, or leaks, making sure that the boat’s structure is intact.

– Examine the rigging , including the shrouds and stays , carefully checking for signs of wear, corrosion, or loose connections.

– Thoroughly check the sails for tears, fraying, or any other damage. Ensure that all halyards and sheets are in place and functioning properly.

– Take the time to inspect the life-saving equipment, such as life jackets and flotation devices . It’s important to confirm that these items are easily accessible and in good condition. Verify that necessary safety equipment like flares , fire extinguishers , and first aid kits are present and up to date.

– Make sure that the boat’s navigation lights are in proper working condition, especially when sailing at night or in low visibility conditions.

– Test the bilge pump to ensure it can effectively remove water in the event of leaks or flooding.

– Check the fuel levels and carefully inspect the engine for any signs of leaks or malfunctions.

– Prior to departure, review the weather conditions to assess any potential risks or hazards that could affect the safety of the voyage.

– It is important to inform someone onshore about your sailing plans, including your intended route and estimated time of return.

By thoroughly performing these safety checks, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have taken the necessary precautions before embarking on your sailing adventure.

Choosing the Right Gear and Equipment

Selecting the right gear and equipment is crucial when preparing to sail a sailboat.

Invest in a reliable life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD) for each person on board for safety.

Choose appropriate sailing gloves to protect hands from rope burns and improve grip on the lines.

Opt for non-slip footwear, such as deck shoes or sailing boots, to provide traction on wet surfaces.

Purchase a sailing harness and tether system to prevent falling overboard and stay securely attached to the boat.

Consider investing in foul weather gear, including waterproof jackets and pants, to stay dry and comfortable in inclement weather.

Equip your sailboat with navigation tools, such as a compass, charts, and a GPS system, for accurate navigation.

Do not forget to carry a marine VHF radio for communication and emergency purposes.

Stock your sailboat’s first aid kit with essential medical supplies and medications for potential injuries or illnesses.

Remember, choosing the right gear and equipment ensures both safety and comfort during your sailing adventures.

Checking Weather Conditions

When checking weather conditions before sailing, it is important to gather accurate and up-to-date information for a safe and enjoyable experience. Follow these key steps:

1. Monitor local weather forecasts: Stay informed about current and forecasted weather conditions for your sailing area. Check reliable sources like the National Weather Service or local marine weather websites to get the latest updates on weather conditions.

2. Consider wind speed and direction: Pay attention to wind speed and direction as they have a significant impact on sailing. Strong winds can make sailing challenging or unsafe, especially for beginners. It is crucial to know the ideal wind conditions for your sailboat and assess if they align with the forecast.

3. Check for potential storms or inclement weather: It is important to look out for severe weather conditions like thunderstorms, hurricanes, or strong fronts that could develop during or near your planned sailing time. Avoid going out in these conditions as they can be dangerous.

4. Assess wave height and other marine conditions: In addition to wind, it is essential to consider wave height, sea state, and tidal information. High waves can make sailing more challenging and uncomfortable, particularly for smaller sailboats. Understanding these conditions can help you better prepare for your sailing trip.

5. Prioritize safety: Even if weather conditions seem suitable at first, always be aware of sudden changes or unexpected patterns. If conditions deteriorate while sailing, it is crucial to be prepared to make necessary adjustments or, if needed, head back to shore to ensure your safety.

Remember, proper planning and preparation are essential for a successful sailing trip. Checking weather conditions beforehand ensures a safer and more enjoyable experience on the water.

Launching and Hoisting the Sails

Launching and hoisting the sails is a crucial step in sailing a sailboat, and getting it right can make all the difference. In this section, we’ll uncover the secrets to effectively prepare the sailboat for launch and successfully hoist the mainsail and jib . From understanding the important pre-launch checks to mastering the techniques of hoisting, we’ll ensure you have the knowledge and skills to set sail with confidence. So, let’s dive into this section and get ready to harness the power of the wind!

Preparing the Sailboat for Launch

To properly prepare the sailboat for launch, it is essential to follow these steps while incorporating the keywords “ preparing the sailboat for launch “:

1. First, carefully inspect the hull and exterior of the sailboat. Thoroughly check for any damage or cracks on the hull. It is crucial to ensure that the hull is not only clean but also free from any debris or unwanted growth.

2. Next, take the time to clean and organize the interior of the sailboat. Remove any unnecessary items from the cabin and securely stow away the essential ones. It is important to make sure that all equipment is in its designated place and is functioning correctly.

3. Moving on, thoroughly check the rigging of the sailboat. Carefully inspect the mast, stays, and shrouds for any signs of wear or damage. It is crucial to properly tighten and secure all rigging to ensure the sailboat’s safety.

4. It is vital to test the navigation and safety equipment before setting sail. Check the functionality of navigation lights , compass , GPS , and radio equipment. Ensure that life jackets , flares , fire extinguishers , and first aid kits are available and in proper working condition.

5. Prepare the sails for sailing. Make sure that the sails are not only clean but also in good condition. Attach the halyards and sheets to their appropriate places. Carefully check the sail controls to ensure that they are free to move and properly rigged.

Remember, it is always recommended to double-check all preparations and perform a final safety check before launching the sailboat. If you have any doubts or concerns, it is wise to consult a professional or experienced sailor for guidance.

Hoisting the Mainsail and Jib

When hoisting the mainsail and jib on a sailboat, make sure to follow these steps. First, prepare the sailboat by attaching and untangling the halyards. Next, check that the sails are securely fastened and free from obstructions or tangles. Release the sail ties and unzip the sail covers, if applicable.

Stand at the base of the mast and begin hoisting the mainsail by pulling on the halyard. It’s important to use steady and controlled movements to avoid jerks or snags. Keep hoisting the mainsail until it reaches the desired height. The sail should be raised and taut, but not overly tight.

Once the mainsail is hoisted, move to the cockpit area and get ready to hoist the jib . Attach the jib halyard to the head of the jib sail, making sure it is securely fastened. Use a smooth and steady motion to hoist the jib , just like hoisting the mainsail. Hoist the jib until it reaches the desired height, ensuring it is taut and free from twists or folds.

Once both the mainsail and jib are hoisted, secure the halyards and tidy up any loose lines or excess sail material. By following these steps, you can ensure that the mainsail and jib are properly hoisted, leading to smooth sailing and optimal performance on your sailboat.

Sailing Techniques

Discover the art of sailing with our informative section on sailing techniques . Prepare to master the art of tacking and jibing , understand the intricacies of points of sail , and gain insight into the importance of adjusting sail trim . Get ready to set sail and explore the thrilling world of sailing with these essential techniques in your arsenal .

Tacking and Jibing

Tacking and jibing are important sailing techniques that enable you to change direction by utilizing the wind.

When sailing upwind, tacking involves turning the bow of the sailboat into the wind. The sailor steers towards the wind until the sails start to luff , or flap. Then, the sails quickly shift to the opposite side of the boat while the crew moves to the new windward side for balance. This allows the sailboat to make progress in a zigzag pattern towards the desired upwind destination.

On the other hand, jibing is used when sailing downwind. It involves turning the stern of the sailboat through the wind. To jibe, the sailor steers the boat away from the wind until the sails start to luff . Then, the sail is swung across the boat with the wind behind it. This maneuver requires careful coordination to prevent the boom from swinging forcefully and potentially causing injury.

Both tacking and jibing require understanding of wind direction, sail trim, and the proper timing for the maneuver. Practice and experience are crucial in mastering these techniques and safely navigating your sailboat.

Understanding Points of Sail

Understanding Points of Sail is crucial for effective sailing. Here is a list to help you understand:

– Close-Hauled: This is when the sailboat sails as close to the wind as possible. The sails are trimmed in tightly, and the boat moves against the wind.

– Beam Reach: The sailboat sails perpendicular to the wind, with the wind coming directly from the side. This is the fastest point of sail.

– Broad Reach: As the wind shifts, the sailboat sails with the wind coming from behind but not directly behind. The sails are eased out slightly to catch maximum wind.

– Running: When the wind is directly behind the sailboat, this is called running. The sails are eased out fully to take advantage of the wind.

– Sailing Upwind: When sailing against the wind, sailors use a zigzag technique called tacking, where the boat sails in a series of close-hauled legs.

Understanding these points of sail helps you navigate different wind conditions and maximize your sailing efficiency. By adjusting your sails and understanding the angle of the wind, you can sail smoothly and reach your destination effectively.

Adjusting Sail Trim

  • Assess wind conditions to determine sail trim adjustments.
  • Check telltales on the sails to ensure proper airflow.
  • Control the angle of the mainsail with the main sheet.
  • Adjust the jib sheet for jib trim.
  • Monitor genoa/jib tracks for angle adjustments.
  • Fine-tune sail trim with the boom vang.
  • Check overall sail shape for wrinkles or tension.
  • Regularly reassess sail trim for optimal performance.

Maneuvering and Navigation

Navigating the open waters on a sailboat requires skill and knowledge to ensure a smooth and successful journey. In this section, we will dive into the art of maneuvering and navigation , covering topics such as turning and changing course , understanding right of way rules , and basic navigation techniques . Get ready to set sail and discover the secrets to confidently handling a sailboat like a seasoned sailor!

Turning and Changing Course

When sailing a sailboat, knowing how to turn and change course is essential for effective maneuvering and navigation.

1. Assess the wind direction and desired destination.

2. Determine the type of turn based on the wind direction and desired course (tacking or jibing may be needed).

3. Coordinate with crew or passengers to prepare them for the turn and inform them of any potential hazards.

4. Adjust the tiller or steering wheel to steer the sailboat in the desired direction to begin the turn.

5. Monitor the wind and adjust the sails to maintain the desired course (trimming or easing may be necessary).

6. Be aware of other boats or obstacles in the vicinity and make necessary adjustments to avoid collisions or navigate around them.

7. Continuously assess the effectiveness of the turn and make any additional adjustments to stay on course.

8. Communicate with crew or passengers to provide updates on the turn and any changes in course.

9. Be prepared to repeat the turning and course-changing process as needed to reach the destination or navigate changing conditions.

Understanding Right of Way Rules

Understanding right of way rules is essential when sailing a sailboat. These rules are crucial in determining boat priority and the responsibility to avoid collisions. Safety is of utmost importance, so it is vital to adhere to these rules for a smooth and accident-free sailing experience.

In sailing, it is generally understood that a sailboat on a starboard tack holds the right of way over a sailboat on a port tack . When two sailboats are approaching each other, the one with the wind coming from the starboard side has the right of way and should continue on its current course. The other sailboat should alter its course to prevent a collision.

Another important rule to remember is that a sailboat under power should yield to sailboats since sailboats rely on the wind for propulsion, while powered boats have greater maneuverability.

It is vital to be mindful of other vessels and obstacles in the water, including buoys or fishing boats, and give them the right of way when necessary.

By comprehending and adhering to the right of way rules, sailors can ensure a safe and enjoyable sailing experience for themselves and others.

Basic Navigation Techniques

When sailing, understanding basic navigation techniques is crucial for a safe and successful journey. Here are the steps to navigate your sailboat :

1. Familiarize yourself with navigation tools like a compass , chart , and GPS .

2. Plot your course on a nautical chart and determine distances between landmarks or waypoints.

3. Use your compass to determine your boat’s heading in relation to magnetic north .

4. Monitor wind direction to plan your course and adjust sail trim.

5. Take note of natural features like islands , buoys , or lighthouses as reference points.

6. Regularly check your position on the chart to ensure you are on course.

7. Use navigational aids like buoys or beacons to guide you through channels or mark hazards.

8. Be aware of navigational hazards like rocks , shoals , or shallow areas .

9. Consider tidal currents and their effects on boat speed and direction.

10. Enhance navigational accuracy and safety with electronic tools like GPS or radar .

By following these basic navigation techniques, you’ll confidently navigate your sailboat and enjoy sailing adventures.

Safety Tips and Considerations

When it comes to sailing a sailboat, safety should always be the top priority. In this section, we will explore essential safety tips and considerations that every sailor should keep in mind. From managing emergencies to understanding the proper use of safety equipment , we’ll cover it all. Plus, we’ll dive into the importance of knowing and following local boating laws and regulations. So grab your life jacket and join us as we navigate through the key safety practices for a smooth and secure sailing adventure.

Managing Emergencies

In emergencies while sailing a sailboat, be prepared and know how to manage effectively. Follow these steps:

– Assess the situation: Stay calm, evaluate the severity of the emergency, and identify potential risks.

– Notify the crew: Inform crew members about the emergency and assign specific tasks for a coordinated response.

– Activate safety equipment: Deploy life jackets, life rafts, and other necessary safety equipment to protect everyone on board.

– Communicate for assistance: Contact the Coast Guard or nearby vessels using the boat’s radio or communication devices.

– Render first aid: Attend to injuries or medical emergencies immediately. Provide necessary care until professional help arrives.

– Implement emergency procedures: Follow the boat’s safety plan, including protocols for man overboard, fire, collision, or grounding.

– Address mechanical failures: Troubleshoot or fix mechanical issues with onboard tools or equipment. Call for assistance if necessary.

– Evacuate if necessary: If the emergency threatens crew safety, abandon the sailboat and board the life raft or a rescue vessel.

– Maintain communication and stay updated: Continuously communicate with the Coast Guard or rescue team, providing updates on the situation, location, and crew condition.

– Continuously reassess: Regularly evaluate the emergency situation and adjust the response strategy based on crew safety.

By following these steps and staying prepared, efficiently manage emergencies while sailing a sailboat to ensure everyone’s safety on board.

Proper Use of Safety Equipment

When sailing a sailboat, it is of utmost importance to prioritize the proper use of safety equipment. Here are key safety equipment and their recommended use:

– Life jackets: It is crucial for everyone on the sailboat to wear a properly fitting life jacket at all times.

– Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs): PFDs not only provide additional buoyancy but should also be easily accessible for everyone onboard.

– Throwable flotation devices: In case of someone falling overboard, it is essential to have easily accessible devices like life rings or cushions to throw to them.

– Fire extinguisher: In the event of a fire emergency, it is vital to have a fire extinguisher onboard. It is important to know its location and how to use it properly .

– Visual distress signals: It is necessary to carry appropriate visual distress signals such as flares to attract attention and call for help during emergencies.

– Sound-making devices: Having a sounding device like a whistle or horn is essential to signal other boats or attract attention in low visibility conditions.

– Navigation lights: To ensure the sailboat is visible to other vessels at night, it is important to ensure the sailboat’s navigation lights are working and used correctly.

– First aid kit: A well-stocked first aid kit should always be onboard to treat minor injuries or provide initial care until professional help arrives.

It is crucial to always prioritize safety and familiarize yourself with the location and proper usage of all safety equipment onboard the sailboat. Regular maintenance, inspection, and replacement of safety equipment are necessary to ensure their effectiveness and reliability.

Knowing Local Boating Laws and Regulations

Knowing local boating laws and regulations is crucial for safe sailing. It’s important to adhere to rules set by local authorities. Here are some key points to consider:

1. Familiarize yourself with speed limits and restrictions on the waterway you’ll be sailing. Different areas may have different limits to ensure safety.

2. Understand right-of-way rules to avoid collisions with other vessels. Knowing who has the right of way and how to navigate around boats prevents accidents and maintains order.

3. Comply with navigation markers and buoys . These indicate safe routes and obstacles. Ignoring them puts you and others at risk.

4. Be aware of regulations regarding safety equipment . This includes wearing life jackets, having distress signals, fire extinguishers, and other required gear. Using the right equipment ensures everyone’s well-being.

5. Stay updated on changes to boating laws and regulations . Laws may address new safety concerns or changing water conditions. Regularly check for updates to stay compliant.

Knowing and following local boating laws promotes responsible boating and protects the environment. By being knowledgeable and responsible, you can enjoy sailing while minimizing risks and negative impacts on waterways.

Some Facts About How To Sail A Sailboat Video:

  • ✅ More than 20 million people have watched “How To Sail A Sailboat” videos on YouTube. (Source: Sail Magazine)
  • ✅ The “How To Sail A Sailboat” video series provides step-by-step instructions for beginners. (Source: Sailing World)
  • ✅ Sailors recommend watching “How To Sail A Sailboat” videos before attempting to sail for the first time. (Source: Sailnet)
  • ✅ “How To Sail A Sailboat” videos cover topics such as rigging, tacking, jibing, and sail trim techniques. (Source: Cruising World)
  • ✅ The “How To Sail A Sailboat” video series has been praised for its clear and concise explanations, making it easy for viewers to understand. (Source: Sailing Magazine)

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Are you dreaming of setting sail around the world? Does it feel far-fetched – like you’ll never see it become a reality?

Have no fear! On this list of YouTube sailing channels, you’ll find a lot of folks who started out dreaming of this crazy lifestyle too.

ariel of sailboat on water with YouTube logo

From the big challenges of moving aboard to sailing to exotic locations, we’re rounding up the best sailing YouTube channels offering firsthand insight into this adventurous lifestyle.

Sailing can be a great way to live minimally while traveling the world, and these top sailing channels will show you what it’s really like to live the dream on the water (both the good, the bad, and the boat projects).

So here are the best YouTube sailing channels and vlogs for inspiration to toss conventional living out the window and start planning your life on the open seas.

In no particular order, let’s dive in!

1. Sailing SV Delos

Subscribers: 833K+

On YouTube Since: May 17, 2007

The oldest channel on this list, the captain and crew of SV Delos are considered the OGs of sailing YouTube videos.

Brian Trautman, the owner and captain of SV Delos, purchased his 2000 Amel Super Maramu 53 in 2009. Shortly after leaving his job as a software engineer in Seattle, Brian began his liveaboard adventure bringing his brother Brady along for the ride. 

Screenshot of Sailing SV Delos YouTube video showing a wide shot of the Delos vessel from the side and Karin on the beam of the boat.

While sailing in New Zealand, they welcomed additional crew members, including Brian’s now-wife Karin (or Kazza), who was backpacking through the country at the time.

Delos has seen a revolving door of guest crew members over the years, some of whom have become long-term fixtures. The crew’s Indian Ocean crossing in 2016 and 2017 holds a special place in the hearts of Delos enthusiasts.

Since those early days, Brian and Karin have tied the knot and welcomed their daughter, Sierra, who now completes their trio as they sail back across the Pacific in 2023.

HIGHLIGHTS:  Having initiated their filming endeavor in 2009, SV Delos has chronicled an incredible journey spanning over 70,000 nautical miles and amassing an astonishing 220 million video views. In 2022, Brian accomplished a remarkable 13-year circumnavigation aboard Delos.

Sailing SV Delos  is more than just a YouTube channel. Through their cinematic storytelling, the crew of SV Delos has inspired countless people worldwide, igniting the flame of wanderlust and encouraging them to embrace the vastness of the open sea and the beauty of the world beyond the horizon.

THIS CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: Delos has inspired so many sailors and non-sailors alike. If there’s one sailing YouTube channel you choose to binge-watch – make it this one.

2. sailing la vagabonde.

Subscribers: 1.85M+

On YouTube Since: Oct. 25, 2014

Sailing La Vagabonde , the top sailing channel on YouTube, is made up of the Australian couple Riley and Elyna and their two boys, who they’re raising onboard. 

Elyna met Riley in Greece shortly after he bought his first monohull sailboat, and they have been sailing all over the world and documenting their adventures on La Vagabonde ever since.

Screenshot of Sailing La Vagabonde's video showing a shot of their Outremer catamaran sailing in the ocean.

These sailors’ charisma and easygoing nature make them enjoyable to watch, and their videos are often funny and informative. 

This crew is quite famous in the sailing community, and they’ve even given Greta Thunberg a lift across the Atlantic Ocean.

The La Vagabonde crew has sailed all over the world – first on their Beneteau Cyclades sailboat, then on a new Outremer catamaran.

HIGHLIGHTS:  Most recently, this crew has been awaiting the build of their new Rapido Trimaran 60.

Whether you’re interested in learning more about liveaboard sailing or simply looking for some delightful entertainment, Sailing La Vagabonde is definitely worth a watch.

Other Endeavors

  • Elyna and Riley recently launched Vagabonde Adventures , a sailing instruction charter company where you can learn to sail and even get ASA certified on a performance catamaran.
  • Elyna also has her own sustainable swimwear line, Vaga Bella Swim , where most of the proceeds go to charity.

THIS CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: This couple tackles everything head-on. If you want to see what it’s like to sail in 60-knot winds in the Atlantic, swim with tiger sharks, or raise two kids onboard – this channel is for you!

3. gone with the wynns.

Subscribers: 544K+

On YouTube Since: Sep. 25, 2010

Jason and Nikki Wynn are an American couple from Texas with an insatiable thirst for adventure. 

They started their journey trekking across the US in an RV. After over five years of exploring North America, they traded their wheels for keels without  any prior sailing experience . 

Screenshot of Gone with the Wynns YouTube video showing Nikki and Jason talking on the beach.

They purchased a Leopard 43 sailing catamaran in Florida in 2016 and sailed it for approximately a year around the Bahamas while they got their sealegs.

Then they made plans to transit the Panama Canal and cross the Pacific Ocean to head toward Australia.

Through their captivating vlogs, Jason and Nikki share the magic of their experiences, both exploring new cultures and new island adventures above and below the water.

HIGHLIGHTS: In June of 2022, the Wynns started the process of purchasing their new HH Catamaran, featuring an electric/diesel hybrid system.

After selling their Leopard cat in New Zealand, these crazy adventurers couldn’t pass up the opportunity to explore Asia by land while awaiting the splash day of their new sailing vessel!

Gone with the Wynns is a YouTube channel that is definitely binge-worthy if you are interested in living aboard with minimal sailing experience.

As seasoned travelers, the Wynns offer valuable insights into the practical aspects of both RV and sailboat living , and we’re here to soak up their knowledge and enjoy the ride on land and water!

THIS CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: You want to liveaboard with no sailing experience (it can be done)! If you’re seeking to transition from RV life to boat life, you’ll find the past videos of the Wynns channel inspirational and informative.

4. tula’s endless summer.

Subscribers: 212K+

On YouTube Since: Nov. 15, 2011

Sierra and Billy of Tula’s Endless Summer are two wandering souls who have traveled around on everything from a 1988 catamaran to a 4X4 truck camper.

Screenshot of Tula's Endless Summer's video of the front of the catamaran while under sail and crew out on the bow.

Accompanied by their adorable pup Jetty, Sierra and Billy embark on liveaboard boating adventures where they can be frequently spotted catching their own dinner (lobsters, fish, clams, etc.) or entertaining themselves with various water activities.

These sailors are not scared of project boats and are always up for a new challenging adventure.

HIGHLIGHTS: They spent 2021 and 2022 rebuilding a trawler they bought for $100 to cruise the pacific northwest while awaiting the delivery of their new catamaran.

In the summer of 2023, they finally received their new cruising catamaran, a Seawind 1170, and are jumping back into documenting their sailing adventure onboard as they head toward the Carribean.

THIS CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: Aside from the incredible liveaboard inspiration, this is a great channel if you’re looking for sailing tips, boat work hacks, or want to see how to cruise full-time with your dog.

5. sailing uma.

Subscribers: 419K+

On YouTube Since: Feb. 4, 2015

Sailing Uma  is an empowering YouTube channel that follows the journey of Dan and Kika, a young couple who set sail on their 36-foot, all-electric sailboat, Uma. 

Dan and Kika have embraced a minimalist and sustainable sailing lifestyle and inspired viewers looking to break free from conventional norms with their motto, “don’t buy a couch.”

Screenshot of Sailing Uma's video of Dan in an anchorage with the sailboat in the background.

These two architect grads rebuilt a 1972 Pearson 36 that was destined for the junkyard. They opted for a boat they could rebuild from the ground up to allow them to keep it simple and know every inch of their sailboat inside and out.

The heart of  Sailing Uma  lies in its emphasis on simplicity, resourcefulness, and eco-conscious living.

Through informative content, Dan and Kika share their experiences of living on a small sailboat, showcasing creative solutions for sustainable living and alternative energy sources.

HIGHLIGHTS: They’ve sailed over 28,000 nautical miles with only an electric motor which means they’ve used ZERO diesel fuel on their journey.

Dan and Kika have sailed Uma all over the Caribbean and the Artic. With a spirit of perseverance and optimism, these capable sailors embrace every obstacle and every boat project as an opportunity for growth and learning.

What truly sets  Sailing Uma  apart is the sense of empowerment it instills in its viewers. The channel encourages you to embrace a unique path and reminds us that extraordinary journeys are possible with determination and willingness to step beyond our comfort zones .

THE CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: You want to learn more about sailing sustainability, DIY boat maintenance, or explore some pretty amazing places vicariously through this couple’s adventure.

6. mj sailing.

Subscribers: 174K+

On YouTube Since: Dec. 6, 2009

MJ Sailing  is a YouTube sailing channel run by a young couple, Matt and Jessica, who grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and embarked on a life-changing journey that led them to become seasoned sailors.

Screenshot of MJ sailing video of sailing catamaran being built.

Their story began in 2012 when they decided to leave the comforts of land behind and set sail on a small sailboat to travel to the Bahamas and beyond.

Having grown up with a love for water and a deep connection to Lake Michigan, Matt and Jessica’s passion for bluewater sailing was a natural progression.

Over the years, MJ Sailing has taken viewers on a remarkable adventure spanning 35,000 nautical miles.

From the turquoise waters of the Caribbean to the rugged beauty of the Azores, they’ve navigated through diverse cultures and two Atlantic crossings, all while capturing the essence of life at sea in their videos.

HIGHLIGHTS: In 2020, Matt and Jessica embarked on a new and ambitious endeavor: building a custom 42-foot sailing catamaran.

The process of designing and constructing their dream boat has become a central focus of their channel, offering viewers a firsthand look into the challenges and detailed planning of building a boat with your own two hands.

THIS CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: You want to understand the ins and outs of boat building and maybe even build your own custom boat someday.

7. sailing zatara.

Subscribers: 560K+

On YouTube Since: Jun. 14, 2016

Sailing Zatara  is a popular YouTube channel created by an American sailing family from Texas. 

In 2016, Keith and Renee Whitaker decided their family needed a break from corporate America. So they traded their conventional life for a sailboat! 

Screenshot of Sailing Zatara's video of crew member Finn relaxing on the bow of the boat.

Joined by their four adventurous children, Anna, Jack, Finn, and Kate – the channel offers a unique glimpse (often with a lot of added humor) into the excitement and challenges of raising a family onboard.

After putting 12,500 nautical miles under their monohull’s keel, this family decided they needed a bit more space, so they upgraded to a 58-foot Privilege catamaran.

HIGHLIGHTS: In April 2023, they completed their seven-year circumnavigation logging over 50,000 nautical miles and visiting 48 countries.

The channel’s vlogs are a delightful mix of travel and sightseeing off the boat, sailing passages, and everyday life – including homeschooling and boat maintenance projects. 

Most recently, the Zatara crew has hosted two groups of young adults for a month on their sailboat selected by an application process.

The Whitaker family’s authenticity and love for the lifestyle shine through in their vlogs, inviting viewers to be part of their extended sailing family. Their channel inspires others to explore the world with their loved ones and embrace a life of adventure.

THIS CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: You dream of taking your family on a cruising adventure, or you want to see how a larger crew (family) handles the ins and outs of sailing around the world on a BIG catamaran.

8. sailing millennial falon.

Subscribers: 90K+

On YouTube Since: Jan. 24, 2018

The  Sailing Millennial Falcon  crew, Khiara and Adam, are from Melbourne, Australia. (Khiara is actually from the UK, but she lived in Austraila for about a decade before they moved aboard.)

Screenshot of Sailing Millennial Falcon YouTube video with crew in the cockpit trimming the sail.

Adam wasn’t a stranger to sailing before moving aboard, having raced sailboats with his dad in Perth in his teenage and college years, but Khiara had never sailed before hatching their plan to liveaboard. Turns out she was keen to learn!

Their sailboat Millennial Falcon is a 1981 Tayana 42, which they bought in Florida in 2018.

HIGHLIGHTS: They’ve since visited 26 countries and sailed over 21,000 nautical miles, including the Bahamas and Caribean, as well as the Azores and Europe. They most recently completed a 26-day and 3600 nautical mile sail to Iceland.

This crew tends to keep it real in their videos. You won’t find drama or any unnecessary gimmicks, just great sailing content.

THIS CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: You want to learn more about living aboard a sailboat using resourceful problem-solving methods and a budget-conscious mindset.

9. sailing ruby rose.

Subscribers: 157K+

On YouTube Since: Mar. 15, 2015

Sailing Ruby Rose  follows the sailing couple, Nick and Terysa, as they sail all over the world aboard their sailboat, Ruby Rose and now Ruby Rose 2.

They’ve sailed everywhere from the Caribbean to the Canary Islands and have done quite a bit of chartering in Australia (Terysa’s home country). 

Screenshot of Sailing Ruby Rose YouTube video with Terysa and Nick in the cockpit of a 1260 Seawind.

Nick and Teresa sailed a Southerly 38 monohull for seven years before announcing in 2019 they would upgrade to a sailing catamaran. 

HIGHLIGHTS: These meticulous content creators are known for their catamaran video review series, complete with a rating system, which they created to document the process of choosing their future sailboat.

The Ruby Rose crew recently moved aboard their new catamaran after three years in the build process.

Through a collaboration with Seawind, they tweaked the new 1370 model catamaran and have created the perfect liveaboard performance sailing catamaran for cruising.

Their channel covered the process in detail from start to finish, including the decision-making behind the design choices, changes, and upgrades.

We can’t wait to see all the places Ruby Rose 2 takes this sailing couple!

THIS CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: You want to learn more about buying a performance catamaran (particularly a Seawind). These guys also do a great job explaining how they balance performance with livability when choosing a sailboat.

10. sailing project atticus.

Subscribers: 253K+

On YouTube Since: Jan 9, 2014

On the YouTube channel  Sailing Project Atticus , Desiree and Jordan share the highs and lows of their sailing lifestyle, capturing the beauty of the places they visit and the challenges of life at sea.

Their mission statement, “know your world,” encapsulates their deep-seated reasons for both traveling and sharing their remarkable experiences.

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This young couple found each other while working on super yachts in 2012, and it didn’t take long for them to hatch a plan to save up and sail the world.

They purchased their first sailboat, Atticus, for a mere $5,000 in Florida. It was a 1963 Allied Seawind 30 and needed a lot of work.

Fueled by passion and determination, Desiree and Jordan spent three years meticulously refitting the boat, turning it into a floating home that would carry them on unforgettable adventures.

As they continued their sailing escapades, the couple found innovative ways to sustain their passion financially. Their newfound skills in boat maintenance and willingness to take on odd jobs along the way provided the means to fund their dream of circumnavigation.

HIGHLIGHTS: Recently,  Sailing Project Atticus  reached a significant milestone with an upgrade to their dream sailboat, Atticus II, a 1997 Pacific Seacraft 40. This new vessel provides room for the arrival of a new crew member—a beautiful addition to their journey! 

As they sail with their baby aboard, the channel’s narrative has evolved, showcasing the joys and intricacies of raising a child while sailing the high seas.

THIS CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: You want to learn more about cruising on a minimal budget AND sailing with a baby onboard.

11. sailing yacht florence.

Subscribers: 120K+

On YouTube Since: Oct. 21, 2012

Matt and Amy on S/V Florence seized the opportunity to sail around the world when Matt received word his company’s office was closing in 2015.

Screenshot of Sailing Yacht Florence's video of the front of the sailboat with Amy on the bow.

Instead of waiting a decade or more to start their dream, this British couple decided to take the leap and begin their cruising adventure in just ten months!

Since then, they’ve sailed their tiny home, an Oyster Heritage 37, to the Cape Verde Islands, French Polynesia, Seychelles, and everywhere in between.

HIGHLIGHTS: In 2023, they completed a seven-year circumnavigation when they crossed the North Atlantic and currently show no signs of settling down as they plan a large refit for their boat before heading to the Arctic.

These sailors prove you can sail the world on a small, capable bluewater boat on a modest budget.

Sailing Yacht Florence showcases their sailing journey with thoughtful storytelling and beautiful cinematography that keeps their loyal YouTube viewers coming back for more.

THIS SAILING CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: You’re tired of waiting for the perfect opportunity to live your dream and need the inspiration take the leap and make it happen.

12. white spot pirates.

Subscribers: 93K+

On YouTube Since: Jun. 28, 2013

The only solo sailor on this list, German native Nike Steiger, bought her 33-foot fixer-upper aluminum sailboat in Panama and restored it into a formidable bluewater sailing vessel.

White Spot Pirates captures Nike’s voyages and the myriad experiences of life on the water as a lone sailor. 

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With a mere 2,000 nautical miles in her sailing experience upon acquiring her boat, this channel beautifully illustrates how determination and a thirst for learning can pave the way for remarkable achievements on the water.

HIGHLIGHTS: Accompanied by her faithful companion Boga, Nike has navigated the Caribbean, the South American coastline, Central America, and Mexico, transforming into a full-blown salty-sailing lady! 

Her videos provide a vital lens into the hurdles and victories of a lone sailor’s journey. 

  • Nike is the creator of an award-winning documentary about her life-changing solo sailing journey called Untie the Lines . 
  • She also co-founded the non-profit organization In Mocean to raise awareness of ocean plastic pollution, specifically in remote coastal communities.

THIS CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: You aspire to embark on a solo sailing journey or enjoy immersing yourself in thrilling adventures on the water. This sailing channel is an incredible inspiration!

13. sailing nahoa.

Subscribers: 376K+

On YouTube Since: Jun. 13, 2012

Sailing Nahoa  is a YouTube channel created by Canadians Ben and Ashley Stobbart who saved up and sold everything to travel the world in 2015.

Since then, they’ve added two little crew members, their kids Willa and Bodhi, and have completed a circumnavigation.

Screenshot of Sailing Nahoa YouTube video with family sitting in the cockpit of the sailboat.

This sailing family has cruised all over the world on a 2005 Lagoon 410 catamaran.

From crossing the South Pacific and Indonesia to exploring Madagascar and, most recently, rounding the Cape of Good Hope, they’ve had some fantastic (and wild) experiences along the way.

Whether catching a giant tuna off their stern or fighting off pirates during the night, this crew doesn’t shy away from sharing the exciting and scary moments of living aboard. 

HIGHLIGHTS:  The Nahoa crew recently partnered with New Zealand designer de Villiers Design to build a custom aluminum catamaran perfect for high-latitude sailing.

This couple’s new endeavor to build a custom catamaran exemplifies their unyielding quest for new horizons, less boat maintenance, and high-latitude sailing possibilities.

Sailing Nahoa is a captivating testament to the power of wanderlust and the uncharted oceans that beckon us all.

THIS CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: You want to circumnavigate on a production catamaran (these guys are proof it can be done), or you’re curious to see what it’s like cruising full-time with two small kids.

14. sailing doodles.

Subscribers: 594K+

On YouTube Since: Oct. 4, 2016

Sailing Doodles  is a YouTube channel and brand created by Texas native Bobby White. 

Previously a private pilot, Bobby got a wake-up call when he suffered a stroke and could no longer perform his job. Determined to make the most of his circumstances, he chose to seize the moment and embrace a new chapter by purchasing a sailboat.

Screenshot of Sailing Doodles YouTube video with aerial shot of sailboat in the ocean.

Sailing Doodles has had a constant rotation of guest crew over the years. And Bobby has become somewhat famous in the YouTube and sailing world for surrounding himself with beautiful women on board.

HIGHLIGHTS: Bobby has owned and sailed many boats over the years, including a motor yacht that he cleverly named “The Dark Side.” This channel features primarily coastal cruising in exotic locations such as the Caribbean and Mediterranean. 

The channel is named for Bobby’s two Labradoodles, Maverick and Goose. Unfortunately, he lost these loyal sailing companions in 2020 and 2022, respectively. (I still hope Bobby decides to add a furry sailing crew back on this channel someday.)

THIS CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: You want a side of entertainment while watching sailing on YouTube. Don’t expect too many boat project tutorials on this channel!

15. sailing magic carpet.

Subscribers: 151K+

On YouTube Since: May 13, 2018

Last but certainly not least on this list, Sailing Magic Carpet  is a captivating YouTube channel that invites viewers to join the journey of Maya and Aladino, a couple with a shared passion for sailing and the open sea.

This sailing couple’s motto is “around the world as slowly as possible,” and honestly, we’re here for it! 

Screenshot of Sailing Magic Carpet YouTube video with Maya in the cockpit of vessel under sail.

The channel beautifully captures their journey as they navigate the world’s oceans aboard their Swedish sailboat,  Magic Carpet,  a 1976 Vindo 32.

Maya and Aladino’s authentic chemistry and deep affection for the sailing lifestyle radiate in every episode.

Tuning into the Sailing Magic Carpet channel feels like a nostalgic journey to the roots of sailing’s romantic allure and the tranquil beauty of life on the water.

Professionally certified as a boatbuilder , Aladino’s passion extends beyond his craft, encompassing a deep love for freediving and spearfishing, a realm where his heart truly belongs in the embrace of the sea.

Maya, the channel’s artistic soul and storyteller , is also known to grace nearby rocky shores with the melodies of her violin.

HIGHLIGHTS:  The crew is currently working on a huge refit for Magic Carpet II, a Cape George 36, who is well on her way to being a worthy bluewater sailing vessel to take Maya and Aladino around the world.

The channel’s content is a compelling blend of stunning visuals and audio, personal reflections, and practical sailing tips, creating a tapestry of emotions that resonate with viewers from all walks of life .

THIS CHANNEL IS FOR YOU IF: You’re in need of true sailing inspiration! Whether an avid sailor or an armchair traveler, this channel’s inspiring narrative will stir the soul and ignite a desire to chase the winds of adventure.

Even more sailing youtube channels.

If you’re thirsty for even more sailing adventures, here are a few other channels to check out.

  • Sailing Catalpa
  • The O’Kelly’s
  • RAN Sailing
  • Sailing Nandji
  • Old Sea Dog Sailing
  • Sailing Soulianis
  • Sailing Zephyr
  • Sailing Fair Isle

And if you loved this list of inspiring sailing YouTube channels, check out these related posts for even more liveaboard and sailing inspiration.

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How To Learn To Sail: Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide

Getting into sailing can seem daunting. When I first got interested, I was completely overwhelmed by all the skills, conflicting information, - and man oh man - all those insider terms. If you don't know where to start, it can be very confusing.

How to learn to sail? When first starting out, you want to gain some experience on the water, learn basic sail trim and navigation, and learn the basic safety rules. You can learn this by taking online courses, and by taking sailing lessons. With the right approach, you could get up to speed in a couple of months and for as little as $500.

Learning from my own experience, I wanted to create a very easy-to-understand guide which walks you through everything you'll need to know and learn when first starting out. In this guide, I'll walk you through all the different aspects of sailing: what to expect (ie. costs), what skills you'll need and how to learn those, and what knowledge you'll need and where to find it.

Spoiler : it's cheaper and easier to learn than you would expect.

Over the last few years, I have written on a lot of different aspects of getting into sailing. Throughout this guide, I will regularly refer to specific articles where you can learn more on a specific topic. This guide is a jumping-off point you can use to quickly get up to speed, and dive in deeper on a particular topic whenever you feel like it.

As a result, it is a long article with lots of information; it may be too much to read all in one sitting. The upside is: it's all here. I recommend bookmarking this article and coming back to it every now and then and pick up where you've left. Let's get started.

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On this page:

How to get into sailing, myths that could be holding you back, how to get started, skills you need to learn to sail, things you'll need, in conclusion.

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Sailing is both a practical and theoretical skill. You really should gain real-life experience, but you can also learn a lot of essential skills by reading up on them. Let me quickly walk you through my recommendation of how to getting into sailing.

7 easy steps to get into sailing:

  • Focus on learning the theory first, focus on practice second
  • The essential sailing skills are sail trim, navigation, and boat safety
  • Start out using (free) online resources or Sailaway simulator
  • After that, gain experience by taking at least a couple of sailing lessons
  • To cut cost, you could also crew for an experienced captain instead
  • Get your boater's license if necessary
  • Hire a boat at first to cut cost and figure out what you like

By first focusing on the theory, which you can mostly do using free resources (and this website), you save on those valuable sailing lessons.

I'll break down all of these steps later. But now, we first have to talk about some common misconceptions about sailing, what it costs, and how long it takes before you sail your first boat by yourself. It's sooner than you might think.

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Sailing is known to be an elite sport that costs way too much money. It's hard to learn, expensive to do, and you need all kinds of special knowledge - right? Well, all of those things can absolutely be true, if you want them to be. But sailing has always been one of the cheapest ways of transportation and can be quite easy to learn. I had a ton of those common misconceptions myself, and they were keeping me back. Maybe some of those are holding you back too?

Let me tell you some secrets that will probably change the way you think about the timeline of your sailing dream.

Sailing can be an affordable hobby

  • A realistic budget for beginner sailors is $100 - $300 per month
  • If you want to, you can get a decent education for as little as $500
  • A decent beginner sailboat can cost between $200 - $2,000

In order to sail, you need some things that potentially cost a lot of money:

  • a sailboat (preferably a 52' superyacht, right?)
  • sailing lessons (and probably tons of them, right?)
  • speciality gear like navigation equipment (you can't use regular water bottles, right?)

I say potentially because it really doesn't have to be that way. Sailing can be a normal hobby for regular people that have normal budgets.

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Sure, you can spend tons of money on gear and lessons, as with any hobby. You can get yourself special sailing water bottles that provide more optimal water disposal flow in marine environments. You can buy a world-cruising yacht. But let's be fair: you don't own a plane (if you do, call me), yet you are able to fly to nearly every place on Earth if you want to. If you prioritize, you actually don't need all that much gear ór lessons.

In most states and countries, you actually don't even need an official education in order to sail smaller boats. I do recommend getting some training in advance. But you can really get a super decent training and tons of experience on just a $500 budget .

Want to get into sailing on a budget? I've written a detailed guide on how to learn the most important sailing skills on less than $500 . There are tips in there that cost absolutely nothing and are very good first steps.

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9 Ways to Learn to Sail for (Practically) Free

A realistic starting budget is $100 - $300.

I've done research on the costs of all different aspects of sailing and I was surprised by the results. You could sail on any budget really, depending on how creative you want to get. $0 is possible but it takes work, patience, and luck. For most people, a realistic budget to get started is between $100 - $300 per month. That will allow you to hire a boat a couple of days per month, get some training, buy some gear, and eventually buy your first sailboat.

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There are affordable beginner sailboats out there

Buying a boat will always cost money, but there are so many second-hand sailboats you can always find a decent deal, or even a free learning boat, as long as you don't immediately want to go out and get yourself a yacht.

In fact, you probably want to consider buying a very small beginner laser to start out. The smaller the boat, the faster you'll learn. Small, light sailboats give you faster and more precise feedback on what you do. And small lasers are pretty inexpensive. You can get good second-hand deals for just a couple of hundred bucks. This also means you can put them on a trailer and store them at home. Saves additional cost. Larger sailboats (22ft and up) get very expensive very quickly, though.

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The Average Cost of Buying & Owning a Sailboat I have compared thousands of sailboat prices, and the cost of ownership. In this guide, we'll go over every dollar it will cost to own a boat . If you are unsure what it costs to buy and own a boat (and what's possible on your budget), this is a great resource for you.

But there's more cash-saving good news: you don't necessarily need to own a boat to get started.

You don't need to own a boat to get started

Hiring a boat is pretty straightforward nowadays, and more and more private owners are renting out there boat for fair prices on platforms like Boatsetter (Airbnb for boats). So when first starting out, I recommend renting a sailboat for a couple of weekends first, which should get you a good feel for the whole thing.

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You can set sail within a couple of months

Learning to sail can take anywhere between 50 - 500 hours, depending on what level of skill you require. Coastal sailing and ocean passages require a lot more knowledge and experience. In contrast, you can learn to sail your recreational lake in light winds pretty quickly.

You can get started today

It's okay to not be the best sailor straight away. As with any skill worth learning, it's worth doing badly at first. As long as you don't get in anybody's way and stay safe, you can try and fail all you want. That's great because it means you can start today. You don't need hundreds of lessons before setting out on your own.

Some people like to pretend sailing is some mysterious superpower. Sure, doing something really well is always hard, and so is sailing really well. But in the end, we're just catching wind with a piece of cloth. Let's not make it harder than it is.

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You probably don't even need a license

In some states, you don't need any licenses in order to sail your boat in inland waters. Most states only require you to take a short boater safety exam, which you can do online for roughly $50. After that, you're officially good to go. If you don't require to get a safety license, I still recommend getting one. It's so cheap and easy to get, and it's better to be safe than sorry.

I do recommend getting some basic training before hitting the waters, as operating a boat can be nerve-racking if you're new, and it's just safer if you know the basic rules of the road. More on how to do that later.

For coastal and international waters, you do need multiple licenses, which will take money and time to pass. But when first starting out, you probably want to gain a lot of experience on small bodies of water first.

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Okay, so apparently you don't need a huge budget, you don't need dozens of licenses, and you don't need hundreds of lessons before sailing your first boat. You can start today, and nothing's holding you back - you probably get that by now. Except, something is holding you back. Where the heck do you start?

Well, let's start with learning the essential skills before doing anything else.

I have written a very simple approach to learn to sail for practically free (I have linked to it before). Besides being cheap, it's also a good overview of how to go about learning these essential skills. Here's the gist of it:

My 5-step bootstrap plan for new sailors

1. lay the theoretic groundwork.

  • Start with free online introductory courses
  • Read up on the essential knowledge on Improve Sailing
  • Spend time playing Sailaway Sailing Simulator
  • Read my recommendation for free courses here .

2. Test where you stand

Now that you have some theoretic knowledge, take two sailing lessons to test where you stand. Don't go overboard on lessons, just get a feel for how quick you learn and how much you know (or don't) already. That way, you don't break the bank and can change your plan accordingly.

3. Gain experience

Next, we want to make sure we have enough experience to stay safe and confident.

  • If you are a quick learner , take a 1 or 2-day sailing course. This is a bit more expensive, but it pays off to spend a longer time with someone experienced.
  • If you feel like you need more help at first, I recommend trying to become a ship's mate first. This is free and you learn a lot quickly. You can be a ship's mate for a day, a week, or an entire season.

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4. Optional: get your license

If you need any licenses, be sure to get them now. In most states, you just need to take a basic boater's safety exam .

5. Set sail

Once you have the basic theoretic knowledge and practical experience, you can finally set sail on your own. I suggest hiring (chartering) a boat at first. This doesn't have to be expensive at all and is a great way to learn what you like and dislike.

General tips when setting sail for the first time

  • Start with small boats (under 24') for better feedback
  • Sail with light winds of 7 knots or less
  • Start small and work your way up
  • Safety is always your priority, speed comes second

Let's take a look at the precise skills you need to develop in order to become a good sailor. Below is a quick overview of essential skills and important information, and I'll link to which articles will help you out.

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Essential sailing skills

  • Marine navigation
  • Weather interpretation

If you learn the fundamentals of these five skills, you should be able to stay safe while navigating through most situations. We'll walk through each of those skills, what it involves, and how to learn it below.

Other useful skills that are not essential at first are general boat maintenance, diagnosing electrical issues, and maintaining your boat's engine.

How to learn basic sailing skills

I recommend reading up on basic sailing skills. We have created a special page that shows you what articles we recommend when first starting out . Reading up on sailing skills might seem unnesseccary, but believe me, it really helps to boost your confidence if you have read about all those moving parts ahead of time. It will also save you precious lesson time.

NauticEd offers Basic Sail Trim as one of their free introductory courses , so I recommend taking that course, as well as playing Sailaway, which will really prepare you for trimming sails in real life.

Here's a great beginner sail trim video:

The most important way to learn basic sailing skills, of course, is going out and practising them on the water. I would want to have at least a basic grasp of sail trim and navigation before sailing single-handed (alone).

How to learn marine navigation

I recently wrote a complete guide on how to learn marine navigation . I suggest you start there - it's a very comprehensive guide and great for beginners. I specifically wrote it for people who don't know where to start. In it, I explain the fundamentals and link out to more in-depth articles, so you can explore on your own. Marine navigation is a skill you can train at home especially well.

How to learn anchoring

This is more of a practical skill, but I still recommend to read up on it first (it doesn't cost you anything). William has written a couple of solid articles on anchoring:

  • 9 Easy Expert Tips for Anchoring a Boat Near Shore
  • How Much Anchor Chain Should You Let Out When Anchoring?
  • Can I Moor & Anchor My Boat Anywhere?

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Essential knowledge

Even though sailing is a very hands-on skill, you do need some theoretical knowledge as well.

  • Boat Safety Standards
  • Rules of the Road - essential in avoiding collisions and dangerous situations

This information is included in one of the free introductory courses offered by NauticEd , and I believe ASA also has a free course on collision rules.

Useful knowledge

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Besides this essential information, there are also things that are simply handy to know. It really pays to invest some time into learning the most important sailing terms. I recommend you learn the following at the least:

  • Basic parts of sailboats - has great diagrams
  • Basic sail names - illustrated guide with examples
  • Most common sailing terms - extensive database

Understanding the basic names of things comes in handy when shouting orders at your crew (or being shouted at!), and avoiding any confusion. However, you can definitely sail a boat without knowing the name of everything on it.

There is some basic gear you probably want to have as a first-time sailor. Luckily, there isn't a lot of speciality stuff you have to have when renting your first sailboat.

  • suitable shoes & clothing
  • basic navigation tools
  • optional: plotting tools

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Suitable shoes

If you're just going out sailing for some odd days here and there, you only need suitable shoes to wear onboard. Or you could not wear any shoes at all, which is cheaper obviously. It can pay off to invest in something to protect your pinky toe.

  • Here's What Shoes to Wear Sailing (and which not )

Sailing gloves

If you're planning on sailing more often, or longer days, you might want to consider getting a good pair of sailing gloves. Those will really help protect your hands from fatigue, blisters, and rope burn.

I highly recommend getting some kind of headwear. Make sure it has a strap or is a tight fit. Protecting yourself from the sun is important on the water. You get sunburn quickly.

Suitable clothing

You can wear regular clothing. Make sure to bring multiple layers, as temperatures on the water can change quickly. If you have clothes that are lightweight, comfortable, dry quickly, and optionally break wind, that's perfect. You could of course buy special sailing jackets, but these tend to be pricey, and you only really need them if you're on the water a lot.

Here's an expert tip: always bring dry clothes and wrap them in a plastic bag.

  • Here's What to Wear Sailing in the UK

If you're looking for good quality sailing gear, I have articles on gear I like. You can check them out on the recommended gear section of this site. It has all the sailing gear I love most.

Navigation tools

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When renting a boat, you want to bring some basic navigational tools:

  • handheld magnetic compass
  • nautical charts

Most people won't need plotting tools at first, but if you're planning on sailing longer legs, you might want to get them:

  • parallel rulers

You might also need to show your skipper's license, or at least your boater's safety license.

Getting into sailing doesn't have to be complex at all. If you bookmark this article, you can get back to it (and the resources I link out to) and work your way through them in your own time. Taking your time to learn the fundamentals right first will greatly speed up your practical learning experience.

While sailing is a practical skill, and more traditional skippers will argue that you can't learn it on paper, I disagree. There is a lot of information that is especially suited to learn online or practice at home. By doing so, you'll feel more confident once you set foot on board. However, you probably shouldn't postpone bolstering your practical experience either. You want to see where you stand as quickly as possible. A lot of people put it off indefinitely, and if there's one thing true about the internet - actually, two -, it is this:

  • You can keep reading indefinitely.
  • It can't replace the real thing.

Instead, use it as a helpful resource to speed up the process and cut cost. It's a great place to do homework. But now, it's time to step aboard - good luck, and smooth sailing!

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The 10 Biggest Sailing YouTubers Right Now

Feeling a little bit blue after your yacht charter holiday? Thanks to the world wide web, you can always go on a virtual-navigation on your sofa whenever you want. Here are the top 10 sailing YouTubers who share their glorious sailing lives to millions of viewers. How does it feel like to live on your boat for five years? Is it expensive to sail around the world? Find out all the answers in their videos!

1. Sailing La Vagabonde

They are an Australian couple with the dream of circumnavigating the globe by sailboat… initially having no clue of how to sail. Elayna and Riley have now sailed over 88,395nm each across many oceans. Through their videos, they hope to inspire their fellow sailors to explore alternative options of living and to spread ocean awareness. They update the followers of their lives every Monday/Tuesday.

2. Sailing Project Atticus

Jordan and Desiree spent 3 years fixing up their 30-foot sailboat “Atticus,” and left their home, America, with only 2,000 dollars. That money took them to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Then they had to do boat repairing jobs to save enough money to sail again. Now they are still sailing around the world on a budget and working along the way to make ends meet. They believe you don’t need a lot of money to follow your dreams, you just need a LOT of HARD WORK!

3. Finding Avalon

Jackson and Xanthe, a young couple who met in an aprés-ski bar in the Snowy Mountains of Australia and instantly bonded over a love for adventure, travel and the ocean. Jackson is and always has been a sailor, and it didn’t take long for him to make a sailor out of Xanthe. The idea of buying a yacht and sailing around the world was dreamt up by Jackson when he was traveling globally to compete in sailing regattas. 

So they bought Finding Avalon in Croatia in the middle of 2018. She is a 38ft Elan Impression from 2005 and a former charter boat. Jackson and Xanthe have traveled to many rather incredible places along the way.

4. GoSea Sailing

The GoSea family has three people and two pets, they share 28 feet of space as they embark on a mission to see as much of the world as possible. From sailing with a monkey in Africa, swimming with great white sharks buying and fixing a boat that they bought for $1 – The GoSea family film it all.

5. Sailing Zatara

After Renee and her husband entered their mid-40s, they realized they were completely exhausted with corporate America. Something definitely had to change. So, they sold their house in Texas and bought a sailboat, regardless of having no prior sailing experience and set sail with their 4 kids. Since the beginning of this crazy impromptu adventure in late 2016, the family has now sailed over 30,000 nautical miles: the first year in a monohull (Beneteau 55′), the rest in a catamaran (Privilege 585). 

6. Lazy Gecko Sailing & Adventures

Meet Jeremiah, Brittany, and their kids! They are a family that sold everything that they own, bought a sailboat, moved aboard, and are now traveling full-time! They not only sail places but also explore this crazy world by other means.

7. Free Range Sailing

Watch how Troy and Pascale cruise remote Australia in their tiny home, a 30′ yacht named Mirrool. This couple takes a minimalist approach to life and focuses on the experience of doing more with less. They spend months on their boat in remote locations where self-sufficiency is a way of life. And they are very willing to share the lessons they’ve learned with the viewers.

8. MJ Sailing

After Matt & Jessica Johnson circumnavigating the North Atlantic in their last boat Serendipity, (1989 Sabre Targa 34), this couple took on a 2 year complete refit of their new boat, Elements of Life. She is a custom aluminum 37′ Trisalu, built in Quebec in 1983. They have sailed 20,500nm since 2012….and counting!

9. Sailing Doodles

The Sailing Doodles are currently on a 10-month sail from Vancouver Canada all the way to Thailand with their two full-sized Labradoodles named Maverick and Goose. Follow along with them as they sail down the west coast of the USA, down into Mexico, and across the Pacific Ocean to Asia. You can even sail with them for $125/day, check out  their website  for more information.

10. Gone with the Wynns

Jason and Nikki Wynn, a couple of perpetual travelers, Sailors, RV’ers and modern day documentarians. They believe that sailing is like exploring the world like its 1492. This form of travel is all about the journey. Moving a pace set by the breeze, weathering storms and 100% prepared to discover the adventures we don’t yet know exist. They sail a 2005 Robertson and Caine Leopard 43 Sailing Catamaran, and they share their trips on YouTube frequently.

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Sailing YouTube Channels: 12 Best Sailing Vlogs 2024

There are many great sailing channels on YouTube. In fact, there are so many that sometimes it’s hard to choose which one to watch!

People started documenting their sailing lifestyle on YouTube many years ago and discovered that there’s a huge amount of interest in this alternative way of life. I guess it’s the modern form of sailing songs to do with sailing or writing inspiring sailing quotes .

From there, the amount of YouTube channels documenting people’s lives at sea has grown tenfold, and there are a huge range of vlogs to choose from.

Some people do it to share their love of sailing with the world, while others do it to document their sailing mishaps, and other channels are keen to show the boat building and repairs. Whatever the reason, there are some great sailing vlogs out there that offer a wealth of information and entertainment.

We’ve put together some of the most popular sailing videos out there, but we’ve also included some of our favourite up-and-coming channels that you might not have heard of before. So if you’re looking to be entertained and educated then look no further!

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Why Watch YouTube Sailing Channels?

There are many reasons why you might want to watch videos of the sailing lifestyle, and if you don’t already, perhaps this post will persuade you to start.

Entertainment

If you love to switch off in the evening with a glass of wine and watch some Netflix, then you’ve probably never considered watching a sailing YouTube channel. But maybe you should! Here’s why:

  • Sailing is relaxing. There’s something about watching boats sail peacefully across the water that is just incredibly calming, and a lot of these YouTube sailing channels know exactly how to capture the magic. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a long day.
  • You’ll have a good laugh! A lot of the people making these sailing videos are born to be on camera, and they’re happy to share their mishaps as well as their joy. Have a laugh with them as they mess up once (or three times!), and share in their excitement too when things come together.
  • Let’s face it, most sailing videos are just beautiful (you can avoid the storms if you want that feeling of calm!) With the sun shining and the waves lapping, it’s hard not to be mesmerized.
  • You’ll be inspired to travel. After watching some of the amazing sailing videos out there, you’ll be itching to book a trip to a beautiful sailing destination. Who knows, maybe you’ll even be inspired to start sailing yourself!

There is no doubt that sailing is a thrilling experience. However, it can be tough to figure out how to get started sailing on your own . That’s why checking out some of the best sailing YouTube channels is a great idea.

These sailing vlogs will give you all the tips and advice you need to hit the open waters. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced sailor, these channels will have experienced problems at sea that you haven’t, and you can learn from their problem-solving or mistakes.

You’ll also learn about different types of boats, sailing terminology, and helpful tips for beginners.

It’s a fun way to learn more. And if you get the liveaboard lifestyle bug then be sure to check out our guidebook on ‘ How To Run Away To Sea ‘, which will teach you everything you need to know before making the move.

Sailing YouTube Channels Contents

  • La Vagabonde
  • Gone With The Wynns
  • Sailing Uma
  • Sailing Ruby Rose
  • Ryan and Sophie Sailing
  • Cadoha Sailing
  • Sailing Catalpa
  • Sailing Holly Blue
  • Leading The Escapades
  • Intrepid Bear

The Big Boys – The Most Popular Sailing Channels On YouTube

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These are some of the most popular YouTube sailing channels out there, with huge numbers of subscribers, Patreons, and views. You’ll find these videos are generally of better quality, as these YouTube sailors have discovered it pays to buy decent camera and editing gear and often have a team of people to help them out.

If you’re searching for sailing lifestyle videos that will feel more like Hollywood sailing movies than homemade ones, then check these out!

#1 Sailing La Vagabonde

Meet the most popular YouTube sailors out there. Sailing La Vagabonde is a youtube channel created by a young sailing family – Riley, Elayna, Lenny, and Darwin.

They are popular for their videos documenting their everyday lives sailing around the world, and have more recently started making videos that highlight some of the issues surrounding our oceans, such as climate change and the refugee crisis.

They first started sailing in 2014 when they left Australia in search of adventure. Since then, they have sailed over 65,000 miles between them. The youtube channel has over 1 million subscribers and their videos have been viewed over 100 million times. In 2018, they were named “Youtubers of the Year” by Australian Penthouse Magazine.

If you’re wondering whether sailing with a baby is possible then they’re also a great channel to check out, as they have navigated the change from being just a couple onboard to having a baby onboard and finally to having two little boys onboard!

They show the good and the bad, and you’ll find some practical tips on their channel too. We’ve certainly found them helpful!

Their mission is to encourage people to follow their dreams and live a life of adventure. You can follow their journey on their youtube channel where they share everything to do with sailing life.

  • Spearfishing a deserted island
  • Our tiny home on the ocean
  • Tiger sharks surround our boat!

Subscribers: 1.78m

#2 SV Delos

one of the most popular Youtube sailing channels sailing the world

SV Delos was one of the original sailing YouTube channels. They were made popular for their videos which document their travels around the world on their sailboat, as they took on various crew, partied hard, and worked even harder.

Delos are the channel that first got Adam interested in the liveaboard lifestyle. I think at the time he liked the idea of beach parties and girls in bikinis! But the channel has grown up with us, so it’s been quite nice to see them change from party animals to a couple with a family (who still love to party!)

Now they are a crew of (mostly) three – Brian, Karin, and their daughter Sierra. They have been sailing together since 2008, and have visited over 40 countries.

Watch the early episodes if you’re in your young (or old!), free and single era, and tune into their more recent episodes for some great sailing and life with a toddler on board.

SV Delos is an inspiring example of how it is possible to live a life of adventure and exploration, while also making a conscious effort to protect the environment we’re living in – and they really show you how to have a good time out there.

  • Equator crossing ceremony
  • Lost In Raja Ampat
  • Private island birthday bender

Subscribers: 805k

#3 Gone With The Wynns

Gone with the wynns are one of the most popular youtube sailing channels

Gone with the Wynns is a sailing channel on YouTube that focuses on the adventure of sailing around the world. The channel is run by a husband and wife team, Jason and Nikki Wynn, who left the corporate world to pursue their dream of sailing around the globe.

They started their life on the road, living in an RV and documenting their adventures there. Then they moved onto their sailboat and the couple has now sailed over 10,000NM, documenting their journey along the way. On their channel, viewers can find videos about everything from what it’s like to live on a boat to tips for planning a sailing trip of their own.

Gone with the Wynns is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about life on the open sea.

  • Our Most BRUTAL Sail
  • Meet Curiosity – A Full Tour of our Sailing Catamaran

Subscribers: 521k

#4 Sailing Uma

Sailing Uma is a popular YouTube channel that focuses on the sailing lifestyle. The channel is run by a Dan and Kika, who share their passion for sailing with their viewers.

The early episodes document a great refit for anyone interested in this side of the sailing lifestyle, and they’ve recently been sailing in northern latitudes on their electric sailboat. This sailing couple have made it their mission to get as far as possible without a diesel engine, and they’re a real inspiration. We would love to follow in their footsteps one day and have an all electric boat!

  • The ALMOST Perfect Electric Sailboat
  • BOAT TOUR: The Modern Interior of our 50 yr old DREAM YACHT 

Subscribers: 408k

#5 Ruby Rose

Sailing Ruby Rose is one of the best sailing channels on YouTube. This channel features a variety of videos about sailing, from tips and tricks to beautiful sailing footage. They are recently making the move from monohull to multihull and are documenting each step of this journey.

They have done some informative and interesting catamaran tours recently that would be a great watch for anyone currently boat hunting. If you’re interested in learning more about sailing or just want to watch some stunning videos, be sure to check out Sailing Ruby Rose.

  • Ruby Rose 2: The AMAZING Seawind 1370
  • Sailing The Portuguese Coast

Subscribers: 154k

Sailing Lifestyle Videos

Some of our favourite sailing videos are the ones that show what life is really like on board. These channels show the glorious and the gritty, and everything in between, and we have a lot of respect for them for doing so!

#6 Ryan and Sophie Sailing

Ryan and Sophie - One of the best sailing YouTube channels out there

If you’re looking for a sailing channel that portrays what life onboard a sailboat is really like, then head over to Ryan and Sophie sailing. These guys have seen it all, and are still smiling!

They have been sailing for years and their channel features videos of their travels, tips for other sailors, and maintenance advice too. Ryan and Sophie are passionate about sailing and love to share their knowledge with others.

Their youtube channel is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about sailing or simply enjoying the beautiful scenery of the open ocean. Thanks to Ryan and Sophie, sailing has become more accessible and popular than ever before.

Hi! We’re Ryan and Sophie, and welcome onboard Polar Seal, our Beneteau Oceanis 40! In 2018, after years of living for the next pay raise, we decided to trade the corporate life for a lifelong adventure at sea. I never really set out to become a content creator, but my friends and family had just offered me my first DSLR, and I loved the idea of capturing memories. Fairly quickly, I also realized that sailing Youtube often glamorizes our lifestyle, and I became attached to the idea of showing what it’s really like to live on a boat.  Obviously, I massively cringe every time I watch an old video, and weirdly, my favorite episodes have been some of the least watched! Check out #111 and #120 and tell me what you think! 😉 Sophie, Ryan and Sophie Sailing
  • Encountering a migrant raft between the Canary islands and Africa
  • The hidden costs of sailing a brand new BAVARIA C57
  • IN THE EYE OF THE STORM: Mission surviving Alex

Subscribers: 65k

#7 Cadoha Sailing

Cadoha Sailing is a YouTube channel created by Carly, and (gorgeous) dog Hank. They document their adventures sailing around the UK on their sailboat, “Cadoha”. They are one of the few UK sailing channels out there and their videos give a great insight into how beautiful sailing in England can be.

Their videos include tips and tricks for sailors, as well as beautiful UK scenery. They have a passion for the outdoor lifestyle and we’re thankful they’re keen to share it with the world through their channel!

  • 5 Reasons NOT to buy a live aboard sailing boat
  • Leaving the ISLES OF SCILLY

Subscribers: 36.7k

WE Sail are a sailing YouTube couple that have been living this lifestyle for almost 5 years now, and have been documenting every step of their journey. They started off their adventures not knowing a thing about sailing and now have sailed over 24,000 nautical miles.

Sailing vloggers Warren and Erica

Hi! We’re Warren and Erica, or WE for short, and we sail and travel the world full time on our 2015 Fountaine Pajot catamaran. Starting our adventures in the Caribbean Sea, we have crossed through the Panama Canal and are now currently in the South Pacific Ocean. We have countless memories over their few years of living aboard and isolating just one memory or experience can be nearly impossible, but one that does stand out is from a passage we embarked on from the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica North to Mexico | Episode 71 over a period of 18 days with mostly flat-calm windless days, conditions that would typically undermine the spirit of a sailor, but for us it was pure magic. Drifting on the ocean with water so flat it felt as if the boat was floating through space. No land in sight for hundreds of miles. At night the stars shimmered so bright and clear they reflected upon the ocean, it felt as if we were floating through space and even the dolphins would look like sparkly torpedoes gliding through the galaxy of bioluminescence. It’s moments like these that are so captivating. We have no end date in sight and will continue our circumnavigation one nautical mile at a time.  Warren and Erica, WE Sailing

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  • Sailing Across the Equator – Crossing Part 3
  • Sailing from Island to Island Around the Marquesas

Subscribers: 28.4k

Family sailing YouTube channels

Not only are these sailing bloggers recording a life at sea full of adventure, but they’re also raising their families there!

As an ex-primary school teacher, I can see the magic in bringing your kids up in this lifestyle, and I can also imagine the hardships they must face. If you’re itching to give your kids a life of exciting experiences but don’t quite have the confidence, then perhaps these family sailing channels will be able to persuade you!

#9 Sailing Holly Blue

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Ross, Laura, Josh, and Noah are the crew of Sailing Holly Blue, a family-friendly sailing YouTube channel.

Sailing is their passion and they love sharing their adventures with their viewers! On their channel, you can find videos of them sailing around the world, exploring new places, and meeting interesting people.

The family enjoys spending time together on board their yacht, Holly Blue, and they love sharing their passion for sailing with others. If you’re looking for some family-friendly sailing content, be sure to check out Sailing Holly Blue!

Hey guys! We are Ross, Laura, Josh, and Noah, a British family who have been living our dream life at sea for the last four years. With no previous sailing experience, we really have seen and done it all – together. We love to showcase real-life onboard with two gorgeous, adventurous, energetic boys (and Ronnie our rescue cat!), to show it is absolutely possible to live the life of your dreams. Laura runs a remote health and fitness coaching business, while Ross is captain and chief editor. Our favourite episode is this one , showing our lives as a family onboard our tiny sailboat home. We hope you enjoy, and perhaps we’ll see you out here some day! Laura and Ross, Sailing Holly Blue
  • Boat life: Poor seamanship
  • Sailing family caught in a force 6

Subscribers: 34k

#10 Sailing Catalpa

One of the best family sailing channels - Sailing Catalpa

This family of four has been sailing around the world for the past seven years on their sailboat, Catalpa. They produce YouTube videos documenting their journey, sharing both the ups and downs of life at sea.

Whether you are an experienced sailor or someone who has never set foot on a boat, their videos are sure to inspire and amaze. So come along and join them on their journey as they sail around the world.

Hi! We are a family of 4 who pulled our kids out of school and left everything we knew to move onto a boat and sail away. With no plan, not a lot of money, and no real idea what we were getting ourselves in for, we bought a 44-foot and have lived aboard ever since. What we did know was that we wanted to live simply and sustainably on the ocean with our kids while we were all young enough and healthy enough to enjoy it, and that’s what we’ve been doing for the past seven years.   We wanted to share the joy of a simple life with others in the hopes that we would inspire them to do something similar with their families. Our lives are full of exploring, surfing, diving, hunting for food and prioritising quality time together as a family. Not having a lot of money has made it challenging to say the least, but we have overcome countless hurdles and obstacles along the way, which has made us resilient and humble. The ocean is a wild and crazy place to call home, but we love it and wouldn’t want it any other way. Living in Indonesia, surfing, and living off fish and fresh coconuts will forever be my favourite memory and something that I am so grateful to have experienced.   This is our favourite episode – 7 years of living on the ocean in 30 mins. Sara and Lee from Sailing Catalpa

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  • More Solar, more space and escaping the marina 
  • What would you Do? Sailing in PIRATE Waters

Subscribers: 35.2k

Up And Coming Sailing Vlogs

If you’re interested in sailboats and sailing, then you should definitely check out some of the best up-and-coming sailing vlogs on YouTube. These channels are often sailors who are new to the lifestyle, and have a lot of lessons to learn (that you can learn from too!) Check out some of the mistakes new liveaboard sailors make !

They’re not always the most ‘professional’, without tonnes of experience in videography, teams of people to edit their videos, and expensive camera gear, but they are much more real and authentic!

#11 Leading The Escapade

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Jason and Janaye are an Aussie couple who love to travel. They started their YouTube channel, Leading The Escapades, to inspire others to live life to the fullest and pursue their dreams.

On their channel, you can find vlogs of their trips around the world, tips on how to save money for travel, and more. Whether you’re looking for travel inspiration or practical tips, Leading The Escapades is the perfect channel for you.

Hey, we’re Janaye and Jase from ‘Leading the Escapade’  We’re a young Australian couple who decided to take the path less travelled and move across the other side of the world to buy a sailboat and begin our voyage to circumnavigate the planet!  We want to inspire others to get away from the typical 9-5 that society pushes on us today and get out there and live an alternative lifestyle and show that its possible at any age or level of experience to life a life of adventure! What actually matters is getting out there and giving it a go!  We like to show others how we live life on a boat with our sailing YouTube channel! We keep it super real by showing the good, bad and the ugly! We also love to show boat upgrades and generally what we use to get on with our daily lives living on a boat  With basically no previous sailing experience we’ve managed to sail thousands of nautical miles across the Med through Greece, Turkey, Albania, Montenegro and Croatia this past year  Our favourite memory would have to be the first day we got the sails up on our boat all alone and had a successful first sail, we were pretty stoked with ourselves!  We are super proud of our YouTube channel so far! We even got awarded ‘creator on the rise’ by YouTube recently!  One of our favourite episodes is where we recap our first 6 weeks of sailing through Greece last year. If you enjoy, make sure you head back and binge from the beginning  We hope we can keep on inspiring future young sailors to get out there and live life beyond limits!  Janaye and Jason
  • Summer has arrived!
  • Sailing Zakynthos

Subscribers: 8.74k

#12 Intrepid Bear Sailing Vloggers

Intrepid Bear make educational and entertaining sailing videos

Intrepid Bear are a real hidden gem of a YouTube sailing channel. This couple have a wealth of experience to share about all things sailing, and they do it in a fun and simple way so all can understand. They’ve even written an exclusive for our readers on sailing Europe after Brexit .

If you’re looking for an educational channel that is also great entertainment then look no further (and you can thank us you found them early, before they become big!)

Hi! We’re Iain and Kate and we live full time on our 40ft sailing yacht “Intrepid Bear”.  We’ve sailed 4,500 nm since March 2021 when we left Poole in the U.K. and during that time we’ve had some fantastic adventures. We’ve experienced some amazing highs and dealt with some difficult lows. Our passage making confidence has grown as we have sailed further and further, we’ve made mistakes, learnt more than we knew, and we’ve made lifelong friends along the way.   This season we left Portugal in spring 2022 and spent time in Gibraltar before making a month long, 1650nm, passage to Montenegro.  After a recharge we sailed to Greece in June and it was so special for us to return, on our own boat, to the island where we were married 5 years before. We then spent 3 months exploring some of the islands in the Ionian and Aegean Seas passing through the incredible Corinth Canal twice! We’re now back in beautiful Montenegro where we’ll winter this year.  We have some boat maintenance jobs to do after a long season and are also excited for some road trip adventures while we are here. Sharing our adventures on YouTube has been an unexpected pleasure for both of us.  We both get excited when a new episode is due to be released hoping that people will enjoy what we’ve made. We are both slowly getting more comfortable around the camera and love looking back at our previous adventures, even if we were a bit wooden back then!  Nonetheless our first episode 1 “ Boosh taking a huge wave over the bow ” is still a favourite along with the more recent Episode 26 “ Sailing past Volcanos ” where the sunset had to be seen to be believed. Iain and Kate, Intrepid Bear

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  • Fitting a solar arch on our sailboat 
  • A Scilly Decision? Is the dream over?

Subscribers: 1.46k

Conclusion: The Best Sailing YouTube Channels

If you’re looking for some sailing inspiration or just want to watch a few talented sailors do their thing, be sure to check out the channels listed above.

And who knows? Maybe after watching a few of these videos, you’ll be inspired to get out on the water yourself!

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A Beginner's Guide to Sailing a Sailboat

Key Information for Beginners and Sailors

There are many ways to learn to sail:

  • You can just jump in a boat with a friend and try to learn from experience
  • You can sign up for a formal course at a sailing school
  • You can buy or borrow a small sailboat and do it all on your own

No matter which way works best for you, it helps to understand the boat and what's involved in sailing first before you're out on the water, where suddenly you might get into trouble.

The Basic Steps of Sailing

Sailing involves both specific knowledge and skills. The following are the basic steps of learning to sail- as much as you can learn while not actually on a boat. You don't have to follow this order; skip ahead if you already know some of the basics. If you're mostly new to sailing, you might want to proceed through these steps like chapters in a manual.

  • Understand Basic Sailing Terms. To get into sailing, you have to understand the words that are used to talk about the sailboat and the skills used to sail. Start here with a review of basic sailing terms. Don't worry about memorizing everything as many of these terms and concepts will become clearer as you read on about how to do it.
  • Learn the Parts of the Boat. Before you go on the boat, it's helpful to know the words used in different parts of the boat. Even if you have an instructor, he or she won't say "Grab that rope over there and pull it," but instead will say "Haul in the jib sheet!" Review the basic boat terms you'll need to know.
  • Start an Online Course. Now you're ready to learn more about what all those parts of the boat are used for. Here you can start an online learn-to-sail course by learning more about the parts of the boat along with a lot of photos, so you'll see what to do.
  • Rig the Boat. Read to go sailing now? Hold it a minute- you have to rig the boat first by putting on sails and making other preparations. Here again are a lot of photos of what to do on a typical small sailboat used by beginners.
  • Review Basic Sailing Techniques. OK, now you have the boat ready- so what do you do now to make it go? Manage the sails to go in the direction you want by learning basic sailing techniques.
  • Discover How to Maneuver. Sailing in a set direction is reasonably easy, but eventually, you'll have to change direction. That often involves tacking and gybing. Take a moment to learn what's involved in these critical maneuvers.
  • Recover From a Capsize. Now you've got the basics down. But did anyone ever tell you that small sailboats often tip over if the wind is gusting? Be prepared and carefully see how to recover from a capsize .
  • Dock or Anchor the Boat. Now you're out there sailing and you've got the boat under control. Learn how to go faster, dock or anchor the boat and use some of the equipment you've ignored so far. Take a look at some of these additional sailing skills.
  • Practice Tying Knots.  For thousands of years, sailors have used times where it is cold or raining by doing things like tying knots. Knots are important on a sailboat and you will need to learn at least some basic sailing knots to sail at all.
  • Sail Safely. At this point, plus practice on the water, you're good to go. However, it's good to remember that water is a dangerous place. Learn the basics about sailing safety. Staying safe makes it easier to keep having fun out there.

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An American Sailing Association Educational Series

Learn how to dock a sailboat under sail, or under power, in a variety of different scenarios. Sailing legend Peter Isler walks us through the process using animations, illustrations and live action footage. Understand the techniques and skills required by both skipper and crew in order to make your docking experiences safe and easy. The videos are based on the learning material featured in the ASA textbooks Sailing Made Easy and Basic Cruising Made Easy .

This Series Features the Following Lessons:

Docking Under Power

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It's time to apply the skills we learned in the docking drills video to returning your boat safely to the dock. As we've learned every boat and every docking situation is different so let's keep things simple for our lesson on bringing the boat back into the dock. To solidify your fundamentals practice on a day where there is a light wind that's aligned parallel to the dock. We will make an upwind approach - that is always preferred - and the dock will be on our port side.

Docking Under Power Open Water Drills

Open Water Drills

Docking a larger sailboat under power can be challenging. This episode features great open water drills to reveal characteristics of your boat that will help you learn to maneuver in tight quarters with control and confidence. Understand how a sailboat behaves at slow speed and in addition to the rudder learn about other turning forces - such as the wind, prop walk, and prop wash.

Docking Under Power Returning to the Dock

Returning to the Dock

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Departing from the Dock

It's time to apply the skills we learned in the docking drills video to getting your boat out of a slip safely. Bear in mind every boat and every docking situation is different. But if we keep things simple, success is a sure thing! For your first attempts, find a slip that is aligned bow to the wind. Learn how to configure your docklines for a simply departure, make sure your crew is safely aboard, and use your engine to control your speed in order to make a smooth and safe departure.

Docking Under Sail

An ideal approach.

What is the the ideal approach for docking a sailboat under sail? In a perfect world the wind will be blowing parallel to the dock so you can approach on a close reach and tie up pointing into the wind. Learn how to prepare your crew for docking, how to safely control your speed on your approach to the dock, how to safely step off the boat onto the dock, and finally how to secure your boat once you have docked.

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The Downwind Approach

A good sailor must know how to dock their boat in all types of conditions. Although docking under sail in a downwind scenario isn’t desirable and should be avoided, there are situations that mandate such a skill. Learn the correct steps and methods to adhere to as you steer the boat into a downwind slip.

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BONUS: How to Hang Your Fenders

Tying off fenders is something we have to do all the time so how should they be hung and how should you tie them? Different situations call for different applications, but generally speaking the best thing to do is hang the fenders from amidships from the lifelines just kissing the water.

The “Docking Made Easy” videos are presented by Cruising World in association with Beneteau America.

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Video shows the Houthis attack a merchant ship with a naval drone seemingly disguised as a slow fishing boat

  • The Houthis last week used a naval drone to hit a commercial vessel in the Red Sea.
  • New footage circulating on social media appears to show the moments leading up to the attack.
  • The naval drone, likely packed with explosives, appears to be a crude-looking fishing vessel.

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New video footage appears to show the moments before a Houthi naval drone — seemingly disguised as a slow-moving fishing boat — struck a commercial vessel in the Red Sea last week.

The Iran-backed rebels on Wednesday scored a hit on the M/V Tutor with an uncrewed surface vessel , causing severe flooding and damage to the engine room of the bulk cargo carrier, and forcing the crew to abandon the ship.

A video purporting to show the attack began circulating around social media on Sunday. In it, armed security guards aboard what was identified as the Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned Tutor can be seen observing what seems to be the crude-looking naval drone — likely packed with explosives — as it slowly approaches the ship unobstructed.

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Shortly after the attack was first reported, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, an element of the British Royal Navy, described the USV as a "small craft" that was white in color and between 5-7 meters (16-23 feet) in length, matching the description of the drone in the videos.

Footage showing the Moments right before as well as right after the Liberian-Flagged, Greek-Owned Bulk Cargo Ship, M/V Tutor was Struck on June 10th by a Houthi One-Way Surface Attack Drone while Transiting the Southern Red Sea. Armed Security Guards can be seen Observing the… pic.twitter.com/7khCPLQqnq — OSINTdefender (@sentdefender) June 17, 2024

Open-source intelligence accounts also shared photos of the apparent damage caused to the Tutor, revealing a clear puncture in the wall and water inside the vessel. US Central Command said the ship "remains in the Red Sea and is slowly taking on water."

Business Insider was unable to immediately verify the footage or images.

With the Tutor effectively stranded at sea, the crew was forced to evacuate. On Saturday, a US Navy helicopter airlifted 24 mariners to the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea. From there, the individuals were then transported to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, where they were medically checked before being flown to shore.

One crew member is still missing, the Navy disclosed on Sunday.

"We are always prepared to help; it is the right thing to do," said Rear Adm. Marc Miguez, the commander of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, a warship that has been at the forefront of the fight against the Houthis.

Last week's attack marked the Houthis' first successful USV strike since they began targeting shipping lanes in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden last fall. Previous attempts either saw the naval drones destroyed by Western forces, or they detonated in the water without hitting anything.

The Tutor was not the only commercial shipping vessel struck last week. The Iran-backed rebels also hit the M/V Verbena with multiple anti-ship missiles as the bulk cargo carrier was sailing through the Gulf of Aden. The crew eventually abandoned their vessel due to the damage sustained, marking the second time that's happened in the area in just a matter of days.

"This continued malign and reckless behavior by the Iranian-backed Houthis threatens regional stability and endangers the lives of mariners across the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden," the US military said on Saturday, adding that it "will continue to act with partners to hold the Houthis accountable and degrade their military capabilities."

Watch: How the Iranian-backed Houthi militia compares to the US-led task force in the Red Sea

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