Hitchsail your Way from Novice to Pro

Suzanne Van der Veeken proves you don’t need a boat, money, or even experience to embark on a grand adventure and travel under sail. After hitchsailing across the Atlantic (twice!) she lives to tell the tale, and has plenty of advice for sailors and travellers wanting to follow in her footsteps. Standing behind the wheel, Suzanne Van der Veeken grips tightly as she navigates through the Atlantic Ocean. Sails blazing, she watches the huge vessel before her glide through the ocean as spray is fresh on her face and the…

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From Desert to Ocean: A Voyage for Madmen

Different people tackle the idea of sailing off into the sunset in different ways. Most spend years learning to sail, making careful plans, and saving their pennies before even thinking about heading offshore. But what if you live in the middle of the desert, have never been sailing before, yet still dream of the sea? You could move to the ocean and spend a few years getting used to boats. Or you could follow Rebekah and John Warner’s lead and just throw yourself in head first. As the saying goes,…

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How to Make a Dream Come True

I’m so tired. My sore eyes squint against the wind flowing over the deck. I’m surrounded by complete darkness. I do my routine eye scan – wind instruments, sails, horizon, and back. I’m alone on a night watch. Freedom! Or at least the illusion of it, tinged with fear and slight sea sickness. It’s exhilarating. I feel so alive, buzzing along with the boat. Shiloh and I are sailing and it’s bliss. Moments like this I’m in awe that this is my life. Somehow at 46 I am not working…

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Cruising with Holli: The First 4 Years

My name is Holli and I live on a boat. Today marks one month shy of four years we’ve lived aboard Shiloh. That we’ve been cruising. That we’ve been sailors. I can’t quite believe it, to be honest. I still feel like a newbie, an observer. But at the same time, I can’t imagine living on land. Sailing is another adventure in a life of many. I’m from suburban Canada, and my hubby is from Cape Town, South Africa. We met in Ghana, West Africa 15 years ago, working in…

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Georgie on s/v Fandancer in Greece

Hello! My name is Georgie Moon, and I live aboard our yacht, Fandancer, with my husband Tim, and our boat cat, Artemis. Although we do occasionally return to the UK to visit friends and family, we spend most of our time sailing around the Greek islands. We don’t stay in one particular location, but go where the winds take us. So far we have visited over 40 Greek islands, from the Ionian Islands off the west coast, south to the Cyclades, and east to the Dodecanese, close to Turkey. There…

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Monique on s/v Heartbeat

I’m Monique and I’m really excited to be part of the CruiserTV team because I love sailing … and I love telling people how much I love sailing! While it’s not always dolphins and sunsets and rainbows, there’s a lot more of those things out here on the water than there are back on land. I’m going to spend a lot of time sharing other people’s stories with you, so I thought I’d I start by giving you a glimpse into how my own sailing adventure started. I grew up…

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