I can smell land! FINALLY Made it to the AZORES ISLANDS!

7. sep.. 2020
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#265 "I've never been this sick before..."
It's pretty rough when you have some bad seasickness which you can't escape. Lenny and Riley at the helm as we wrangle some bad weather at the very first stretch of our foray into the Atlantic. The Azores better be worth it!
Bonus: Riley puts on his meteorologist hat for a forensic post-mortem of the journey to the Azores. Every hour and day matters and timing, as you'll see, is so critical to planning and executing our journeys.
For more information on weather forecasts: bit.ly/PredictWindForecasts
Song Credits:
00:16 Jangle - Black Dog - open.spotify.com/artist/4hV1dBb8iCQISEAQ6av0Bg
02:06 Brother Mane - Vibin - open.spotify.com/artist/2vC1DrTfUraHejWRM6e9Bm?si=CCzX4xs6SH6tHFKH5PoPHQ
07:04 J Alan Schneider - Lyra - open.spotify.com/artist/7vrBgsYACLHOg4F2GTRkjy
11:16 Jangle - February - open.spotify.com/artist/4hV1dBb8iCQISEAQ6av0Bg
15:22 Lockd - Lykófos - open.spotify.com/track/6zRF7TMPHosm0zVghw8TuP?si=XxUvSXZDSQO5RPyjpaPt1Q
17:19 Lockd - Heartease - open.spotify.com/track/6zRF7TMPHosm0zVghw8TuP?si=XxUvSXZDSQO5RPyjpaPt1Q
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  • Thanks for watching! Hope you enjoyed our short but hectic crossing to the Azores. We look forward to showing you these beautiful islands over the coming weeks. If you'd like to see them earlier, would like to catch up with us live each month or you would just like to support the show, check out our support page here: bit.ly/SLVPatreon Thanks again! x

    Sailing La VagabondeSailing La Vagabonde5 måneder siden
    • Howdy partners! As a former weather and climate prof, I can tell you the updrafts and downdrafts from a few clouds, especially non precipitating, won't be enough to affect prevailing winds. (Unless it's a pretty badass front). Upper atmospheric, lower atmospheric cloud rotations on a grand scale may confuse the air. Hmmmm. Either way, great video, and I think it would be a super fun next step in your biz for y'all to dive into weather. Hugs!!

      Susan SpencerSusan Spencer4 måneder siden
    • With this virus 1/2 of the world is out of work and many jobs will never come back. people out of business lost everything they had etc... count your blessings, thank God and get ready for our NEW world.

      Captain Mark GrayCaptain Mark Gray4 måneder siden
    • Sailing La Vagabonde great bit Riley. Very important. I don’t think most are here for the pretty parts.

      A RicA Ric5 måneder siden
    • Arthur Ellis keemi

      Emmy MularkyEmmy Mularky5 måneder siden
    • Go for comfort not for speed = NEVER be in a hurry because that's when most "avoidable" things go wrong including major injuries and death. Comfort sailing also reduces sea sickness too. come off the wind or spill the wind or take the longer but more comfortable course etc... It makes sailing enjoyable, besides, what's the hurry? Always take a lot more food than you will ever need too. Love ya and now you have Lenny so no more running out of food. PS: That's too funny: I wrote this before I saw the end where you talk about comfort sailing etc... At least you learned that lesson. That is why we old salts try to pass on what we learned (often the hard way too), ti save others form our mistakes. Now you are passing on the lessons you have learned. Good 4 U R :-) Welcome aboard :-))) Yes Big R, always pass on what you learn. Every new boater will thank you and you may even save their life or the life of a loved one!

      Captain Mark GrayCaptain Mark Gray5 måneder siden
  • Why are you so critical of your decisions mate ?

    John CurlyJohn CurlyMåned siden
  • It is not only beautiful.......... You boss wonderful ....Gut luck 🖖🖖🖖

    horst jhorst jMåned siden
  • Cool video and great to see your weather planning and thought process at the end. Thanks for the honesty regarding how you could have done things differently for a smoother passage.

    lifeontheedge247lifeontheedge247Måned siden
  • Every man can make it with a cute little boy and two pretty women like you have on board :-) And mistakes are simply the price of learning.

    Ein MenschEin MenschMåned siden
  • That analysis at the end was lovely to have in this vid. This is one of my favourite things about this channel. Love u guys!

    Pony AvilesPony AvilesMåned siden
  • Always keep your eyes on the horizon, something my father taught me fishing in the North Pacific

    guitar7994guitar7994Måned siden
  • I always look forward to the extra bits of information that help us all learn something. I enjoy your self analysis something like in the military called an After Action Review or lessons learned. Thanks so much and keep it coming

    Mark RomanMark Roman2 måneder siden
  • Hi, I love watching your videos. I got to the point where you said you had to start the engine and it made my think, why not get some wind generator, and solar to give you power while Saling? Please give us an update on that. Thanks, Dennis

    Dennis OliveDennis Olive2 måneder siden
  • What about Bree's hurricane story??

    Brian DrourrBrian Drourr2 måneder siden
  • Just watched below deck season 5 and one of the stewardesses looked familiar and then I remembered where I had seen her turns out it was Bri

    Katelyn BennettKatelyn Bennett2 måneder siden
  • SUper information! It's my dream to travel like this in the world and your experience is so valuable! :)

    Christian KruseChristian Kruse2 måneder siden
  • Thanks Riley! That analysis of lessons learned was really helpful!

    Guzal KGuzal K2 måneder siden
  • I like the more technical bits! Thanks

    Lauren CranidiotisLauren Cranidiotis2 måneder siden
  • You guys are the most charming bunch on YT & the stowaway is so delightful ,he's like the universal boy. Anyway it's such a pleasure to watch your journey, thank you from the bottom of my heart, you're making this ghastly lockdown scam more bearable

    Gossak GosslandGossak Gossland3 måneder siden
  • Love the detailed information! Thank you for sharing your learnings! Keep it coming!

    Sam WileySam Wiley3 måneder siden
  • Lenny...easy day...

    Bill InnsBill Inns3 måneder siden

    Robert CowanRobert Cowan3 måneder siden
  • Thanks for the lesson, it is worth while to explain these things, so you should have set a course sw correct?

    MrSplitheadMrSplithead4 måneder siden
  • Great video. Really like hearing the not so good parts and what you’ve learnt. Keep it up 👍

    Addam CaoAddam Cao4 måneder siden
  • Yeah, thank for the vid and eatin' up the technical content "mistakes" whatever.

    Paul HunterPaul Hunter4 måneder siden
  • I like Riley's segment at the end. I'm always interested in the nav and mechanical aspects of sailing. Perhaps always having that at the end gives folks the option to 'abandon ship' at that time.

    herojhherojh4 måneder siden
  • I feel your pain, Elayna. When I was 13, we steamed from San Francisco to Auckland on the QE2, and as soon as we left the safety of San Francisco Bay, we hit huge swells due to the coastal shelf AND a Force 9 gale. We were stuck powering through the gale for three or four days. The ocean was just a dark gray the whole time, and the ship was pitching and rolling all over the place. I sat out on deck (other than coming in to flop in bed) and threw up for at least two days straight. Pots and pans and china were crashing in the kitchen and dining rooms. It was pretty epic. Not scary after the first few hours, but still epic...

    Jason MitchellJason Mitchell4 måneder siden
  • Love when you explain what the heck you're doing, sailing wise. Riles has grown into quite the sailor.

    Chris KellyChris Kelly4 måneder siden
  • The extra information was awesome. So glad everyone arrived safely.

    Kelly SKelly S4 måneder siden
  • You should definitely talk more about weather routing at the end of your episodes! It’s super interesting and helpful for people who actually sail 😊

    Sydney BickerstaffSydney Bickerstaff4 måneder siden
  • As a dreamer of sailing and a technical thinker, all your information about sailing is well received by me and I'm sure by many. Thank you for all you do.

    L CL C4 måneder siden
  • Hi, I like the de-brief at the end very much and I wonder why so many use windy... It never made any sense to me as I am sailing in the mediterranean and if you want to get into trouble, use windy. What are your feelings towards just watching high and low pressure areas and interpretating the weather by yourself? As this is my first comment to you, I am glad that you are still around as I watched you the first time as you had some 200 followers.... good job, good sailing, stay healthy and safe and be the good vibes with you all time! :-)

    Michael RuheMichael Ruhe4 måneder siden
  • I have to say I really enjoyed your little weather analysis / lesson at the end Riley. It would be nice to continue that trend now and again and I think adding it at the end of the video is a nice compromise so that those who want to watch on and dig into the technical can do so, and anyone who isn't fussed can leave after the main content :) (but basically you guys continue to rock, keep up the good work, including sharing the "normalities" of not always having the "perfect" or most happiest of days all the time. It's healthier for you to share those moments with us too). We love you guys x

    Joe RadfordJoe Radford4 måneder siden
  • loved Riley's how NOT to sail at the end. Props to ya Captain!

    BenBen4 måneder siden
  • The scenery is so beautiful and stunning.Very enjoyable! Reminds me of my trips where I take the good music like the Guns N Roses, Imagine Draongs or the Delta Parole and then enjoy the powerful feeling of the sea. ¡vamos!

    funnyglowfunnyglow4 måneder siden
  • Excellent commentary by Riley on his thinking of how to understand and tackle the sea and wind conditions. Goodonya for owning your decisions, learning from them and using it as a teachable moment. Well done mate!

    Mark HalbishMark Halbish4 måneder siden
  • Great video again guys! Riley, also enjoyed the 'learn what not to do' session, cheers big ears.

    Dein Lawson-MatthewDein Lawson-Matthew4 måneder siden
  • Hi guys, it's probably the first time that I'm writing to you even though I do follow you since the very first moments (almost). I think I'll write more to you, 'cause I'm seeing that for you it's like something that you value and maybe could be even useful. Btw to answer at your last question Riley, yes I'm really enjoying all the sailing explanation and all the drawings to really let us immerse in what you are living out there in some situation. So thank you guys for everything. P.s. I've also bought one of your great sweaters last year, I'll definitely send you a pic :) p.p.s. I'm a bit in late with the videos, that's why I'm writing a comment here See you!

    Mattia VirtuaniMattia Virtuani4 måneder siden
  • Love the analysis at the end.

    Elizabeth FlowersElizabeth Flowers4 måneder siden
  • A very interesting video ! Thank you to share some technical advices ! ❤️⛵️

    Anouk L.Anouk L.4 måneder siden
  • Can't believe nobody spoke about Riley's Dr. Zoidberg impersonation (4:00)

    PaultschoppmotaPaultschoppmota4 måneder siden
  • FYI You guys need to give that cat a serious inspection I been watching a lot of these sailing channels and in the last 6 months I have seen 2 other catamarans with one or the other of their hauls cracking of the boat the first one was so bad that they had to tie the haul to the rest of the boat with dinema rope they were on passage from the Galapagos Islands to Hawaii there were about five six days out of Hawaii when they found it in the middle of the night. Due to water on the sole they managed to get the boat to in the port but it was totaled and the other one was getting ready they just went through the canal and they were getting ready to set out across the Pacific heading for Australia and they were doing a big inspection getting ready to go and they found the cracks in the bulkhead between the bulkhead and the haul so might want to take a good look around first chance you get I dont believe they were designed to sail all them miles I think they were desined as a weekend boat or a run around the islands but dont think they are tuff enough for real blue water sailing I was thinking about changing for the room but now believe I'll stay with a monohaul

    Bryon EnsmingerBryon Ensminger4 måneder siden
  • What you need I'd metal leaders with a swivel on it pretty much everything in there has teeth and o e or two little rub against them teeth and their gone

    Bryon EnsmingerBryon Ensminger4 måneder siden
  • You need to be in a Marina by the end of October so Lenny can go trick or treating if you guys are heading back to the States I think they do it in Canada to , the whole family needs to get dressed up and go the secret is apartments. Complexes lots of doors close together clean up on the candy

    Bryon EnsmingerBryon Ensminger4 måneder siden
  • Lenny is a natural born sailor he was born with his sea legs having done that since 9 months before he was born onto your crew

    Bryon EnsmingerBryon Ensminger4 måneder siden
  • The one big mistake you made was in going all the way across the Atlantic just to give someone you just jet a ride the Europe I mean I'll give someone a ride home from the car if its not too far out of my way but thats a bit much

    Bryon EnsmingerBryon Ensminger4 måneder siden
  • More predict wind info on your passages! Awesome to see it and then dissect them for others to learn from!

    Lindsay LLindsay L4 måneder siden
  • Thanks for the lesson! I liked the weather info.

    Don MarinDon Marin4 måneder siden
  • I enjoyed the explanation at the end. Nice to see what you have to go through to plan ahead for a trip.

    Matthew StrydomMatthew Strydom4 måneder siden
  • I believe that this type of info and learnings are really helpful and appreciated by your followers. Maybe you will keep more the graphic info on screen, having your voice in background, than other way around, in order to be more explicit. Life is nothing than a long lesson, stay safe and have fair winds ! PS: pity that you did not sail across Med and Adria sees....

    FLightma' xFLightma' x4 måneder siden
  • I really appreciate the weather and sail trim info. Getting ready to leave for our own travels soon, so the more we can learn, the better. In hindsight, would you have selected one of the low wind days to depart and just hoped for just enough to keep you moving (maybe motor sailing?) or would you have just waited longer for a better weather window?

    Samantha LevangSamantha Levang5 måneder siden
  • Hey guys, new subscriber here from South Africa ... love your videos ... love the locations ... love your energies ... love the extra info :) ... stay happy and safe ... much love to all of you!

    Darth VaderDarth Vader5 måneder siden
  • Love the informations =]

    Daniel RezendeDaniel Rezende5 måneder siden
  • Great job with the reason for your sail plan . Plus great video again you all . From Steve Stott in Sutherlin Oregon U.S.A.

    Steve StottSteve Stott5 måneder siden

  • found the extra info really helpful

    MedimoveMedimove5 måneder siden
  • and same lame shit music in the end of the video Riley thank you for the weather update

    shplukshpluk5 måneder siden
  • at around 5:00 minutes background music is shit. please don't let your editor to get lazy and use some lame background noise like some "travel vloger" in thailand

    shplukshpluk5 måneder siden
  • Happy family,Happy travels...By the way Beautiful spinnaker guys...An Outremer product... XOXO

    Shanuka UdithaShanuka Uditha5 måneder siden
  • Love the weather explanation - keep providing the sailing info!

    John BockJohn Bock5 måneder siden
  • Hi, make some great videos and shoot wonderful places, I will definitely take a cue from you for my future videos.

    Sailing Let's Enjoy LifeSailing Let's Enjoy Life5 måneder siden
  • Not a sailor but I definitely found that last bit of info super interesting!

    TheGuyYouKnowFromSomewhereTheGuyYouKnowFromSomewhere5 måneder siden
  • You meant to say the waves were more from the NW, not the N or NE ... ? So bearing away to the S didn't help much ?

    Richard StubbsRichard Stubbs5 måneder siden
  • Great Vid as always. Just to let know, I found the info on your decisionmaking very enlightening. Just the kind of questions we always face before setting out. Good to know it is as hard for you as it is for me. I always struggle 😂

    Thomas BlesingerThomas Blesinger5 måneder siden
  • Hey Riley, Teaching us about sailing is super awesome man. I love your "day in the life" videos. But I really found that last bit about the winds, guts, and waves super interesting. I know zip about sailing so keep it coming! Thank you to all three of you and your video editor for all of the awesome content! Cheers

    Manuel CabreraManuel Cabrera5 måneder siden
  • Just in case you guys don't realize it... It's there little educational moments in these videos that are 80% why some of us are here. So please do share the tid bits that you learn along the way!

    Carson CCarson C5 måneder siden
  • I used to row back in high school and I had mates who used to vomit during physically demanding fitness tests. To stop the vomiting they used to have ginger to equalize the acids in their stomachs; and it worked very well for them. Not entirely sure if it’ll stop the nausea you get from sea sickness but it may stop the vomiting. Give it a try if you want :)

    fres kicksfres kicks5 måneder siden
  • Loved it great information

    Tweetybird SmithTweetybird Smith5 måneder siden
  • Lessons learned are always very valuable. Thanks Riley!

    His EminenceHis Eminence5 måneder siden
  • Riley, we all learn a little everyday. You just gave me my daily dose. Fare winds

    jcrodriguez197413jcrodriguez1974135 måneder siden
  • The most amazing thing is Grug is still around 😂😂

    Troy AndersonTroy Anderson5 måneder siden

  • Ok.. I see that you now have lil'people onboard. KNIVES ON A MAGNET? In a sudden impact of water. Those KNIVES will "IMPART GRAVE INJURY" please SECURE them in a child friendly location and manner. Just a thought *Be careful of one another and smile often it's FREE.*

    TERRY WOODSTERRY WOODS5 måneder siden
    • You’re on a motorbike. Don’t offer thoughts about safety from your death rocket.

      Sailing La VagabondeSailing La Vagabonde5 måneder siden
  • amazing video, if you can head to madeira (the pearl of the atlantic )after that

    # SCANNER# SCANNER5 måneder siden
  • Loved the technical sailing bit at the end, Riley. Please do more of that if you can, or maybe in a different video. We have only sailed in and around San Francisco and then a bit in French Polynesia, so it’s great to hear how you go about it on the open ocean.

    Timothy WatsonTimothy Watson5 måneder siden
  • Riley, good on ya for sharing the retrospective. But look at the weather on Windy at 18:45.... Just No, don’t head out into that. And J**ze, its like a traffic light, green means go ahead, amber means caution , and red means don’t go!

    Edward FinnEdward Finn5 måneder siden
  • Very informative bit at the end there, I have never sailed but found it facinating and look forward to learning more from Captain Riley!

    Sophie MaySophie May5 måneder siden
  • Hi Riley - I think you are being a bit harsh on yourself in terms of 'mistakes'. The decision making pressures on a skipper are pretty constant and always significant, and whenever schedule, comfort versus speed, forecasts and all the other variables come in to play, there are always different decisions that might have been made when looking back. Learning from each and every sailing experience shapes future decisions (I like your thought that the West to East crossing had raised your threshold beyond, with hindsight, a possibly more cautious decision). In my experience as an Instructor, I find the majority of people miss great opportunities because they rarely if ever test their own boundaries of experience and therefore don't really develop their skills and understanding. Been following the show since the start, and continue to enjoy immensely the truths of sailing you're having. Best wishes

    Alastair JenkinAlastair Jenkin5 måneder siden
  • I liked the last bit Riley!

    SSstormwalker1SSstormwalker15 måneder siden
  • Thanks for the “mistakes” breakdown. As a Commercially licensed pilot we always like debrief that way whenever possible. Keep on living the dream!

    NAGJRC JasonBowerNAGJRC JasonBower5 måneder siden
  • Thank you for supporting Greta ! You are part of A future Nobel Peace Prize Alumni team now MM

    Norman ANorman A5 måneder siden
  • Thanks for the end of video instruction. I've also noticed the down draft and up draft phenomenon but have never been able to understand what causes one cloud to be a down draft and the next to be up draft. Any thoughts on why this happens? We've been sailing 30 years and are still learning. I think that's one of the things that makes it so much fun. Fair winds and keep the videos coming.

    Dixon WilliamsDixon Williams5 måneder siden
  • Great video tnx captain and crew!

    Norman ANorman A5 måneder siden
  • Looks like Rieley has some work up front

    KiwiGurnKiwiGurn5 måneder siden
  • important info at the end !

    aardvarkansawaardvarkansaw5 måneder siden
  • Hey Riley: Love your whole lives sailing the world. Been watching you for a year. Quick question: Do you ever run into trees floating just under the surface?? Here, In Seattle, we call em deadheads. Sometimes they’re really large and hard to see. Yes?

    TooneysdadTooneysdad5 måneder siden
  • Love the sailing diagrams to do with the different cloud types. What a great way to show it especially with the boat drawing being your mini la vagabonde

    CamillaCamilla5 måneder siden
  • Please keep the informational sections!!! I enjoy seeing the adventures, but love the learning. Thank you for being everyones buffoon. Much appreciated.

    Brooklyn CochraneBrooklyn Cochrane5 måneder siden
  • If you're heading west from the Azores, by all means stop by Bermuda. Happy to show you guys around!

    SeanSean5 måneder siden
  • I really like the explanation Riley! Great to learn the technical stuff with the visuals, thanks so much! Loving the videos every week 💗🌈

    Elle BauchantElle Bauchant5 måneder siden
  • More weather briefings please sir. That was great.

    Neil SwartNeil Swart5 måneder siden
  • interesting thank you Ri!

    Valerie LlaukeValerie Llauke5 måneder siden
  • I’ll be everyone’s bafoon 😂 we need more ppl like you Riley!

    bguth05bguth055 måneder siden
  • The detailed info at the end Riley was fantastic. Keep doing these please.

    Davina NoakesDavina Noakes5 måneder siden
  • Liked the weather commentary Riles, had a similar experience 2 weeks ago, but heading north from Lisbon to Gosport. Glad you guys made it ok, but might I suggest that keeping a supply of Stugeron on board would be a good idea?

    TheJamesthe13TheJamesthe135 måneder siden
  • please please please don't be one of those yt-channels with that kind of music :(

    QuirinQuirin5 måneder siden
    • 4:00 onwards

      QuirinQuirin5 måneder siden
  • Love the extra info Riley. Please keep them coming - I am trying to learn as much as I can!

    CnCEndeavorsCnCEndeavors5 måneder siden
  • Vagabond? Hi from a neptunian missing the seas

    Elissa StarshineElissa Starshine5 måneder siden
  • Really liked the little sailing lesson at the end. Would love to see more

    Lisha brightLisha bright5 måneder siden
  • Great video, keep more of the sailing-knowledge coming! Really appreciated this one! Thanks, and lots of love!

    Jakub BialachowskiJakub Bialachowski5 måneder siden
  • Great explaining! My kids enjoyed it.

    ZowieFawnZowieFawn5 måneder siden
  • Enjoyed the vid. The azores are amazing little island with many adventures to be had and very friendly people. My family is from there and I have been there twice the best time I had on vacation. The land scape is amazing.enjoy. keep making these wonderful vids

    Thomas SilvaThomas Silva5 måneder siden
  • I'm not a sailor and don't understand much of it but for some reason I find it very entertaining when you guys talk about sailing and the more technical aspects of it. at this point after having watched loaaaads of your vids I think I've acquired a bit of sailing knowledge hahaha

    Silvia BarberioSilvia Barberio5 måneder siden
  • Really good analysis of the wave/wind using Predict and balancing the need for speed with comfort of all aboard. More weather analysis is my preference since your asking . Happy days

    T OT O5 måneder siden