Calm Before the Storm (Sailing La Vagabonde) Ep. 100

Ever heard of the Tramontane Winds that howl from France? We head north up the coast of Spain, right before the fierce blow hits. The whole sky turned grey and there wasn’t a breath of wind. It was quite eerie. Taking shelter in a place called Port De Cadaques, we had no idea it was going to be so damn beautiful. Good call Matthieu!

Song Credits:
00:00 Koresma – Far Away Coast
01:46 Dobrato Rubato and Mellow Street – Tom Owens
02:30 Koresma – Far Away Coast
03:54 Dobrato Rubato and Mellow Street – Tom Owens
04:31 Jason Lyle – 2
06:52 Koresma – The Theory
06:52 Fire Wood Island – Dome
08:19 Windspiel – Un D’a SoSado
12:52 Daniel Champagne – Acland Street

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Comments 17

  1. As always! Wonderbar! Love you guys! One concern! Do you do any kind f background check on patrons before inviting them onboard? You guys are so trusting and wouldn’t want you to end up with someone that wasn’t right! All the best!

  2. Thank you all for the latest video- loved it! Oh, what a life you’re living – so inspiring!

    If you need to earn money from sponsors, then do it – you need cash to live your dream ( and our dream!)

    Wendy xxx

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  3. Ok… we have chatted in the past. Your sponsorship deals are awesome and I (for one) do not mind them at all. These sponsorships help you continue your dream and those who protest are “wankers.” I have dreamt of doing what you are doing since I was 17… I turn 60 this November and retire in March 2018… this October I hope to sign a deal with Garcia for either the 45 or 52…. I am selling my 40 foot Wauquiez Centurion which is an awesome sailboat but not to do what you are doing. I like your recommendations for books and other material that you found useful… what WOULD be VERY useful is a production on Med sailing… the book recommended to me sucked (frankly) and there is so much to do and see … recommended anchorages, locations, sights, marinas etc…

    I hope to pick up my boat in Cherbourg 2019 and motor down the canals to the Med. A great way to familiarize myself and spouse with the boat and its motoring/docking characteristics… sail the Med that season and cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean… then who knows where! I personally would love to do the east coast of Brazil into the Amazon and then down to Argentina then into the Pacific via the Horn or Straits of Magellan… it’s all an adventure so no definite plans at all!

    You two are an inspiration to me even with 40 years of sailing experience behind me but all coastal …

  4. Hi all,
    I agree with David above, you and Elayna have achieved something great which gives lots of people the inspiration ( I used the word ) to get up and look at living their dreams as you both are . I don’t mind hearing messages from your sponsors, and have even sent off my sample to get tested to see where I am from. If you get sponsors great, more power to you, it is helping you survive and let us all see the weekly posts. For me some of the books are very deep and I suppose out sailing you get the time to really look at yourself and connect with some of the books, I have tried some but for me it is Clive Cussler ha ha I am just looking for something entertaining .

    I was in Barcelona last week the same time you were there and I never knew you were there or I would have said hello. The area in the video you are in is lovely and I have been there many times before, as far back in the 70s when I was a kid. I remember the Greek ruins there. I love to see all the places you all get too and a lot of the places I have been too . Don’t stop doing what you do and keep the sponsors happy, without your videos every week, man it makes me happy seeing them, and gives me something to look forward too in the future, when I can get back sailing.

  5. Keep doing what you are doing
    The people who truly love you don’t mind the odd sponsorship plug as this has allowed you to follow your dreams.
    Great video and explanation of the katabatic winds in the Med.
    You should write a Med guide if you are staying for a. Lille of seasons there.
    Long life guys

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  6. Hi there,

    I am from Spain living now in Salou (Tarragona) East coast of Spain.
    Puerto de Cadaquest (Costa Brava) is really nice area. I hope you are enjoying your time there.

    Btw, I sailed last week from Salou to Puerto Soller with my girlfriend Angela and dog Hugo but in that monent you were in Cabrera or the East coast of Mallorca. We didnt have time to sail where you were. What a pity.

    Thank you for shareing your adventures.

    Best regards


  8. Hi Elayna and Riley

    Thank you for you super videos. We really love them and as it is our dream as well to live on a CAT, we follow you regularly…. try to learn from you.
    This time we contact you for a more important matter though.
    As you have much more followers then we and could help spreading the message we received. We thought about you guys.
    You love the ocean and the sea-life and we suppose you would love it to remain as it is.

    An urgent cry for help reached us this week from “Australia for Dolphins” (AFD), wherefore we decided to contact you as well.
    There are only a few weeks left, until the brutal slaughter will start – therefore, it’s important to sign and spread this petition asap!

    if your interested to help please visit their webpage, I do not want to send the link due to spam.

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Patrik & Diana

  9. A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again is my favorite DFW read. Perhaps because I couldn’t get through Infinite Jest. Surprising tidbit from Riley. Quite the serious reader, he is. Good on ya.

  10. Thank you so much for posting your videos. My husband & I watch them together and just love seeing the places the two of you travel. Your videos definitely give us traveling fever! And one day we hope to travel more. Your boat is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and we’re so happy for you guys. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you both.

  11. Let’s meet up and have a glass of Retsina, or Mythos, or Raki. Folegandros: September 13-21. Serifos: Sept.21-Oct.1. Be there or B Square. Your buds from Miami: Michael and Rebecca.

  12. Bonjour Elayna, Riley (and Daniel) !

    I’ve been a long time viewer of your awesome videos, you guys are really inspirational to many of us. Last year I finally made “the jump” and bought a Dufour 425 of 2008 (which looks very much like your first boat ), her name is “SKYLIGHT”. I’ve based her in the South of France (Port Grimaud, near St. Tropez) and enjoy with my wife (and our dog) some shore sailing with some short passages to Corsica and Sardinia. The plan for winter 2018 is to bring the boat across Gibraltar, the Canaries and to the Caribbean (back to our second home for us, as we live 6 months per year in the French West Indies). (btw, your Caribbean videos were all very familiar to us, especially St. Maarten).

    Sailing the Med, I really agree with your views about the tricky winds that we sometimes experience in the area (tramontane and mistral winds). Your analysis is “spot on” and I really enjoyed the explanations and the way you sailed in your last videos (taking all precautions possible to avoid the storm, your stop in Cadaques, etc..). We were stuck in the harbor last week due to the same winds that seemed to bother you on your way to la Grande Motte.

    On a side note, not sure if it is VesselFinder is right (btw not trying to promote that app in particular), but your MMSI shows you in Greece as per July 29th? (as Michael Langlois pointed out). I’m sure the next video will reveal where you are (which is always a nice surprise on each video…. :-)), although I completely understand that it might feel a little uncomfortable to have the AIS on all the time with so many people following you around the globe.

    I’m sure many of us sailors are enjoying the technical parts of your videos, and to be honest much of the equipment I bought for SKYLIGHT is similar to what you guys had on the old boat or the new one (including the toys). As I said, inspirational!

    I pay much attention when Riley comes into a Schipchandler (the ‘boys’ favorite shop) to buy parts, or fixes something, or when you guys describe a difficult manoeuvre, discuss weather-related decisions, or explain mooring techniques…. please more of this! Not to mention, always with the great music in the back-ground, Elayna’s cooking recipes, or the glass of wine at sunset.

    Talking of music: I loved the song on ep. 100 at 08:19 “Windspiel – Un D’a SoSado”. Where can we find it? I couldn’t locate it anywhere on the usual platforms….

    Hopefully our paths will cross one day!

    Happy sailing!


    Erik & Nathalie

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