SCARED FOR MY LIFE! Sailing at 22 knots boat speed down HUGE waves [Ep. 105]

Yep, La Vagabonde reached 22.7 knots boat speed. We couldn’t believe it. With a max of 28 knots wind behind us from about 120 degrees, we surfed down one wave and then caught the next one in front of that. Before we knew it we were all looking at a 22.7 on the nav gear. I had a close eye on the bows making sure they weren’t going to bury, they looked like they might but Riley “promised” me that it was normal and fine!! Matthieu says we could have got 25 knots so looks like Riley will be aiming for that next time… I never thought I’d go this fast on a sail boat. Still in recovery from this wild experience. Very happy to still be here to tell you this tale, to be alive and writing this very description is a miracle. I love you guys, Elayna.

Videos made by Elayna & Daniel

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00:08 So It Seems – The Natterjacks
09:52 Land Of Trees – Get Rid of your Ghosts
12:24 Under the Sun – Mark Badinson

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Comments 18

  1. Very well done, mates; it’s the height of hurricane season here in the US, the record was broken for sustained windspeed of one hundred eighty miles per hour, Irma was the name for the category five, which devastated Florida and the Islands of the SW Atlantic!

  2. Oh wow, that looked AWESOME. I can’t blame Riley at all. It’s a performance cat so push it every once in a while.

  3. Hi Riles,

    Looks like great fun, I’m assuming you were on autopilot when you were running? Can you go into more details about that autopilot and whats its limitations are, I dont know that I would have ever trusted an autopilot while running like that but what do i know!


  4. Hi Guys, the cider you were enjoying in #105, looked GOOD! What was it?
    I have a friend from Brittany who could send some to me in Sydney if I knew what to ask for!!

  5. Elayna – you are both now experienced offshore sailors but cats can be dangerous while surfing in big seas – broaches, pitch pulls etc e.g. Alain Colas / Tahaiti Race etc. I raced my 54 foot monohull offshore -SORC / Mackinac etc & surfed @18 knots with chute on power reach but know cats can be very hard to control with short crew in a big seaway.
    Rob Hughes

  6. You sure you guys know much about safety at sea?

    I’ve watched your videos for a few years and don’t have the impression that you do

    Elayna was frightened just going fast

    You don’t wear life jackets

    You don’t wear the safety coil on your inflatable

    Elanya is dressed like she’s going out to a bar with long pieces on her shirt that could get caught any time

    None of your guests wear life jackets
    I’ve never seen Riley strapped on with a life line

    You have no protection at the outside helm

    And I’m a casual sailor with 40 years of weekend and some distance sailing

    I wouldn’t let my friends or family sail with you nor would I want you on my yacht I’d you did not wear a life jacket

    I’ve been involved in several rescues at sea and understand that it takes only one small thing to trigger a major event. That’s what happens on boats

    You’ve been lucky so far, but it may not continue

    Travel more safely please.

    Great you have patrons and know how to market yourselves but please show some respect for your own safety and those that may have to help you before you head to the Arctic

  7. awesome video this week but can’t let my wife see it because she doesn’t like waves and believes a sailboat can’t go that fast so i will leave her to her assumptions. I am retiring in just a few years and my wife and I are contemplating purchasing a fountain peujot now that we have sold our house and I am assigned here in Hawaii. I also had a question for then two of you regarding what you did during high winds like that. were you entirely on sails until it got too strong and went entirely to motors and if so what is the bench mark for that decision. also now that you have thoroughly adapted to your new life i wanted to ask you how you secure the dingy when you go ashore being that there is a lot of theft in some places. and last but not least can you give me some pointers again on the must haves for purchasing our catamaran, motors, ice and water makers, how many fridges, lights and other accessories that you found out after your initial purchase. a lot of questions i know but if you find the time please respond because we are trying to learn from your expertise and i guarantee we are not as good behind the wheel as the two of you. thanks again. always Ray and Marivic Alvarez

  8. Kitchen knives held on a magnetic holder are fine for a house but may inflict a lot of damage if “the unexpected” happens in a boat.

  9. Elayna – I know you won’t like this – but it’s for your own safety – whenever sailing suggest you remove all rings from you dainty fingers – all 20 of them – I very nearly lost my left ring finger while sailing – the only ring I was wearing – while tacking, it got hooked by the shackle that links the jib to the lines –
    More about safety – you may have heard about Florence Arthaud ( well known French solo racer) – while sailing solo in the Med, at night, she went overboard while relieving herself ( incredibly) – she was able to call her mother on her cell phone – rescue found her GPS coordinates and picked her up – miracle!

    For many of your followers, I’m sure, you two have become part of our family – so, as many have said, take care, err on the safe side, at all times

  10. Love all the sailing and the ocean shots!! Beautiful!! Love the speed!! Fun!! What is the draft ? You have a skull of a cow on the wall?

  11. No offense Riley but GROW UP! You’ve got a million and a half dollar boat and a mortage. Meaning, you can’t pay for it. You as skipper have the lives of your crew in your hands, and your screwing around making speed records. What’s wrong with you? I remember being young and stupid, and I’m glad I survived my twenties. You are not thinking, “What happens if something goes wrong?” You’re putting everyone and your boat in a situation that you may not survive. If it was just you I’d say go for, destroy your boat, the life put together, the possibilities for the future. Land in the water with sharks and then think about your mortality, but don’t get Elayna & Daniel killed or that beautiful boat capsized. Really Riley, you’re bigger than this. Cut it out.

  12. Hi Elayna & Riley & Daniel. What a ride! Riley has been waiting for that ever since the change-over. But scared poor Elayna near witless!
    Just hope the front pointy bits don’t dig in!!
    Great video. Keep it up. stay safe and have fun.

  13. Yep I agree, the video had something of old charm of series 1 and felt closer to the original concept. The coverage has become a little sanitised since moving onto the Auteremer!

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