This first post will be done with the intention of giving a brief outline of what has transpired thus far and also give an idea as to what might be occurring in the future.
It had been slowly creeping around inside my brain for years, insistent, insidious, but I had daren’t breath a word of it to anyone.
Not wanting to deal with any completely warranted skepticism from prematurely making such an outlandish claim as ‘I’m going to buy a Yacht and sail it around the world’ I ferreted away my money until the job was all but done before making the announcement to friends and family.
In march of 2013 I bought the boat now named “La Vagabonde”.
All I needed to do now was learn how to sail.
My name is Riley Whitelum, from Adelaide Australia, and this blog is in part to keep Mum happy and up to date with my location as I’m not big on the international phone call, partly to get a million views so I can advertise and then don’t have to go back to work and partly as I bit of a personal record or journal of what I can see is shaping up to be a seminal journey.
How I Found Her
I bought the boat in the small town of Monopoli, Italy, located about where the Achilles heel would be on the “boot” shape of Italy.
I bought her off a trio of Italian guys who were trying to get a sailing charter businesses off the ground. I wasn’t sure if they were telling me a story or not so I spent a bit of time in the town getting to know the locals and verified they had bought the boat as an investment for charter and weren’t getting the business required, were losing money, and therefore needed to sell quick.
This was the reason for the low price (rather than some looming mechanical or structural issue). I stayed a short while in Monopoli, living aboard and learning the systems and reading about how to sail (the purchase takes time so I couldn’t take it sailing yet).
Learning To Sail
A guy two boats down from me, Pauolo “The Magnificent”, took pity on me and offered to take me out on his boat so I would at least know how to hoist the sails.
Its now September 2014 and I’ve got a bit of a clue, however I’ve done some ridiculous and embarrassing things, sail-wise, onboard, and other. I’ll share those experiences with you on another post if you’d like.
New Adventure Ahead
La Vagabonde is now in Turkey with a permanent crew member, the lovely Elayna, whom I met in Greece (she’s from Australia).
From Bodrum in Turkey we are sailing south down the coast then back into Greece and on to Malta.
We’re thinking of having stainless steel work done in Tunisia as its cheap, then up to Sicily over to Spain and down the coast to Gibraltar.
I’m gearing up to take the trade winds across the Atlantic probably in January by way of the Canary Islands and Cape Verde to hang out in the Carribean and spear myself dinner and drink rum.
Elayna isn’t sure if she’s down for the crossing just yet. Stay tuned.