Sailing Adventures Part 1: How It All Began

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Learning how to sail and going on a multi-day sailing adventure has been a dream/life goal of mine since I first stepped foot on a sailboat. I love the idea of being out on the water, swaying with the ocean, far away from city lights, and exploring new places that I would not be able to see travelling by land.

So when the call came for me to join a couple of friends on a sailing adventure around the coast of British Columbia, of course I cleared my schedule and hopped on board.

My History and Experience

My first experience with sailing was in 2017 when I went on my first solo backpacking trip in Mexico. While I was there I ended up participating in several ayahuasca ceremonies, and met a Mexican sailor that I ended up running away with into the jungle for 2 months.

During my time in Bacalar with him we spent the majority of our days cruising around the giant lagoon on a small catamaran sailboat named Papadzule, and spent evenings laying under the light of stars or beside fires, singing to the strumming of my guitar and the sounds of our jungle home (I will share more about that experience another time...).

sailing on a small boat on the lagoon in Bacalar, Mexico

sailing into the sunset in Bacalar, Mexico
Captain Marc Borde, Musician, Author

My next encounter with a sailboat is meeting Captain Marc Borde on the way back during my first solo roadtrip from Vancouver, BC to California. He is a musician who toured along the coast of Texas in his

sailboat, recorded an album on the boat, and then wrote a book (which I mentioned in my favorite reads of 2018 blog post). He is currently in the process of finishing the build of a larger boat that he is aiming to complete by 2020 and tour the world with. When we met he told me of the adventures he's been on, and the incredible story of the boat that he is currently working on, which was a project started by two friends in Humboldt Bay Northern California over 50 years ago. Find out more about Marc and his boat on his website/blog!

When we met I only had a day in town, and the mast on his boat is not yet up, so we couldn't actually go sailing, but I was so inspired by his story after meeting him and reading his book, I added sailboat life/tour to the list of things that I want to do in this lifetime.

My last encounter with someone living on a sailboat is during my recent trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

I met a Turkish YouTuber who was living on his sailboat, and is able to support his lifestyle by making videos about his boat life. Him and I had some great conversations about YouTube, traveling and the ups and downs of being digital nomads. This was my first time staying overnight on a boat!

Spent the night on a sailboat with a fellow YouTuber on Isla Mujeres, Mexico

How I Joined the Crew

As you can see, I really didn't have any skills or experiences being a functioning crew member on a boat. So how did I end up on this week on adventure?

I met Forrest Stevens just over one year ago when he interviewed me for a YouTube video about vanlife for his channel Different Media and we have stayed connected as friends online ever since.

Right before I left to go to Taiwan for my tour with Buckman Coe, I saw Forrest post about also being in Taiwan filming a travel documentary show, so I reached out and asked if he wanted to meet up. While in Taiwan, the band I was travelling with ended up going on a few adventures with Forrest and his friend Riley (who is the owner of Shaheen the sailboat) including finding a wild hot spring after trekking up a riverbed!

Natural hot spring in Taiwan

A month or two later we were all back in BC, and they asked me if I wanted to join them on their upcoming sailing trip, and of coursed I jumped on board right away!

My Intention For the Trip

Going into the trip I had no idea what to expect. I packed very lightly because I knew that there was going to be limited space with 4 people living on a 27ft boat, only bringing a few bathing suits, change of clothes, and my musical instruments.

My intention was to explore and see places that I would not normally be able to get to by land. Also having everyone on board also being digital nomads/video creators made the trip a great opportunity to film vlogs to document and share the experience.

I have been posting the videos created from the trip on my YouTube channel, so if you want to know the daily details of my first boatlife experience then check them out!

I will also be posting photos and written blogs about the trip in the next few weeks to come, so subscribe to my mailing list to stay updated.

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