BOAT LIFE: Riley Sails Solo in the Tropics

(#1 of 7 solo sail videos) Ladies and gentlemen of planet Earth. Buckle your seatbelts, and strap into your jumpsuits because we are in for some adventure. Today I sail around the corner!!!

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00:00 Jason Lyle – 3
00:51 Jenny – ⁨Mark Loughrey
06:45 One night in nefplio – Finding Yellow
09:53 Jenny – ⁨Mark Loughrey⁩

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  1. Hi Riley, I guess your response to the way people approach you will depend on the situation. This encounter would not be typical of someone looking to harm you. They happened upon you unbeknownst to your agenda and swimming a mile or more is unbelievable! However, safety is always paramount and you will always be on guard for your family.

  2. It really depends on the situation…
    I do not walk in your shoes… but I would be careful
    Fly that flag and let everyone know to radio first …..

  3. I think some sort of indicator would be ideal. You may not want visitors if bub had just gone or trying to go to sleep or is feeding.
    Thinking of their safety…what if that wasn’t your boat or you weren’t there? They’d have to swim back and that lady said she may not have it in her.

  4. I think you should have unsheathed your spear. Tied um up, had them walk the plank, then keel hauled um, It a served um right it woulda argh!!!

    1. No really though it was a strange circumstance for you. I think it might have been a little easier for you to deal with if they hadn’t sort have forced your hand and come in a dinghy instead of swimming a mile out to you. But think of it this way now you’ve finally met a merman and a mermaid.

  5. Riley, I just noticed in this video you have a resemblance in accent, speech and appearance to John Lennon. Really, mate! I’m almost 72, and the Beatles are my lifetime favorite. Don’t catch a big ego ride from this comment, it’s only me. But I think the factor you and Elayna have above other vlog cruisers is the charisma factor – more Elayna than you maybe. But together – you two are complimentary and very solid.

    Now, as far as security for the three of you – you can only trust your intuition and the need for self-preservation. You, Elayna, and La Vag are now celebrities. You must first protect your safety at the risk of offending fans. You are advertising your presence with your mainsail cover lettering and the wheel logo on your boat. Cruisers will respect your privacy (maybe hail you first on the radio, or motor over in their tender) – non-cruisers who know about you will be more likely to invade your personal space like Steve but will turn out to be harmless. So, you need to watch out for everyone else.

    In the meantime, ask other cruisers what they do. Here in the U.S., contact the Coast Guard for information, or at least check the Coast Guard website. Check with your friend at Outremer to see if he has a contact(s) with expertise in crusier security. Maybe contact Just Catamarans in Florida to see if the can add insight.

    John…er…I mean Riley, my Grandson #2 was born yesterday, 3/18/19. Can we schedule a play date for my 19 month Player Number One, and my one-day old Player Number Two, and your Player Number One? :¬)

  6. Forget U.S. Coast Guard. I just checked their website and their appears to be nothing helpful other than recreational boating safety rules and regs.

    But, Riley, maybe I’ll do some research for you – to give me something to do on the computer.

  7. Securing your boat from intruders
    https://www.noonsite.com/General/Piracy/securing-your-boat-from-intruders

    The Ultimate Cruisers’ Planning Tool
    https://www.noonsite.com/General/CruisingInformation

    Boat Security Guide
    https://brilliantstarcruises.net/special-topic/boat-security-guide/

    Is world cruising still safe? Elaine Bunting talks to long-term cruisers
    Read more at https://www.yachtingworld.com/practical-cruising/world-cruising-still-safe-elaine-bunting-talks-long-term-cruisers-80972#yLRXc7qUST2Y422L.99

    https://www.yachtingworld.com/practical-cruising/world-cruising-still-safe-elaine-bunting-talks-long-term-cruisers-80972
    The precautions we take when we are feeling vulnerable are as follows:
    • If at all possible, we will not stay in an anchorage unless another boat is there.
    • Keep the handheld VHF and a very powerful torch by the bed.
    We always do the following as a matter of course wherever we are:
    • Lock the boat when we get off for any time.
    • Haul the dinghy and outboard at night.
    • Lock the dinghy and outboard if we are tying up at a dock.
    • Don’t leave anything hanging on the guardwires when the boat is unoccupied or at night.
    • Pull up the boarding ladder and close the guardwires at night.
    • If carrying cash, split it into a big stash and small stash and be prepared to hand over the small stash (making sure the small stash is sufficiently large to be likely to appease a robber).

    • Talk to local people and other cruisers about the local security situation (we used to do this a lot in the Caribbean).
    ( – Riley, sound advice.)

    • On a previous boat we had big low wattage spreader lights, which we always felt would work well in scaring off potential intruders. Ideally, you’d want to be able to switch these on from inside the cabin.’

    Read more at https://www.yachtingworld.com/practical-cruising/world-cruising-still-safe-elaine-bunting-talks-long-term-cruisers-80972#yLRXc7qUST2Y422L.99

  8. Good to hear you’re listening to Catch 22. Nice camera and production work also, cheers mate

  9. Hey. I’ve been following you guys from the beginning. Sorry I haven’t been giving you support but I just don’t have the ability. I am 40 years old and been on boats my whole life. I’m married to the best woman I’ve ever meet and we have 2 beautiful kids. I wanted to address your question about allowing visitors on the boat.

    It’s important to understand that our kids are apart of our lives and not the other way around. If you stop your life style because you had a child it will slowly make you an unhappy parent which in turn will make you an unhappy spouse. You can figure out what happens next.

    You guys are awesome and will do great. You both are loving and patient people. Also don’t worry about home schooling yet. You’ll have a few years to figure that out.

    Wish you guys the best. From one boat family to the next.

    Joel

  10. Riley, I am reluctant to provide URLs of sites because my previous post was denied.

    But I found an interesting article:

    Is world cruising still safe? Elaine Bunting talks to long-term cruisers
    Elaine Bunting
    7/15/16
    Article appearing on Yachting World website

    The precautions we take when we are feeling vulnerable are as follows:
    • If at all possible, we will not stay in an anchorage unless another boat is there.
    • Keep the handheld VHF and a very powerful torch by the bed.
    We always do the following as a matter of course wherever we are:
    • Lock the boat when we get off for any time.
    • Haul the dinghy and outboard at night.
    • Lock the dinghy and outboard if we are tying up at a dock.
    • Don’t leave anything hanging on the guardwires when the boat is unoccupied or at night.
    • Pull up the boarding ladder and close the guardwires at night.
    • If carrying cash, split it into a big stash and small stash and be prepared to hand over the small stash (making sure the small stash is sufficiently large to be likely to appease a robber).
    • Talk to local people and other cruisers about the local security situation (we used to do this a lot in the Caribbean).
    • On a previous boat we had big low wattage spreader lights, which we always felt would work well in scaring off potential intruders. Ideally, you’d want to be able to switch these on from inside the cabin.’

    Best,

    Webhead USA

  11. Wow. Not very smart to swim all that way without some kind of flotation device and then expect to be let on board. It’s bloody rude. I guess you had no choice but to let them on board. You handled it well. Fame can put a person in awkward situations. Let it go and hope it doesn’t happen again. Cheers.

  12. Hey Riley, Great to see you single-handing La Vag.

    In terms of visitors, I wouldn’t set any hard and fast rules. It was clear these two were harmless and starstruck and not going to pull a Billy Zane in Dead Calm :). So you played it right. That said, don’t feel bad about saying no to uninvited guests, especially if Lenny is napping ! :). I guess just play each one as they come…

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