“People are very emotional and I need to be really careful,” accepts Riley. The couple also try and live as sustainably as possible, from catching and cooking their own fish, to limiting the plastic they use and raising awareness on YouTube about its harm on the oceans and wildlife. They also get access to episodes a week before they're released to the public, a chance to win merch or to be randomly be selected to join them onboard, as well as various other announcements. "We find a lot of our patrons are people who are wanting to do the same thing as us, or maybe they can't," said Carausu. "When I hopped onboard with Riley, he had a camera that he hadn't used so I just thought it was the perfect opportunity to film this crazy adventure we'd just embarked on. "That was definitely the scariest moment," Carausu says. Eventually, the pair struck a deal with Outremer and the shipyard supplied the couple with the $740,000 (€640,000) catamaran for a discounted price, which they are now paying off. "We never ever want anything to detract from being in the moment, because it's just not worth it. While all of their episodes are free to watch on YouTube, fans can go the extra mile to support the couple. Australian sailors Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu are known around the world, thanks to their social media accounts and YouTube channel, Sailing La Vagabonde, in which they document … "I would say the first six months were really difficult between Riley and I," Carausu says, while Whitelum laughs: "Oh, I was gonna say easy! Elayna Carausu and Riley Whitelum sailing story. "There are a few patrons who are bound to a wheelchair and it's like people want to live vicariously through our eyes and they feel the need to support that and they want to see us keep going and growing and getting better at what we're doing. 435.5k Followers, 1,191 Following, 1,961 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Elayna Carausu (@elayna.carausu) In particular they highlight the ability for one person to be able to reef on any point of sail. "We're in a good place in the world right now to raise the baby, for at least the first year of its life -- we'll be close to America so if anything does happen or we need a certain medication it's only a short sail or ferry ride away," says Carausu. "I hoisted a mainsail twice -- that's the little catchphrase I use," he laughs. "So that's a good indicator.". But Riley confirms that his video is aimed at people who want to do some miles. Over the last seven years Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu have advanced from novice sailors to logging more ocean miles than most of us will sail in a lifetime. and he found the answer believe it or not!". Australian couple Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, along with their 11-month-old son Lenny, offered to take 16-year-old Thunberg to next month's United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid. We are an Australian couple with the dream of circumnavigating the globe by sail boat… initially having no clue of how to sail. Eventually, as Whitelum's condition improved, they decided to continue sailing with the wind towards Antigua, where 10 days later he finally had an x-ray which revealed he had pinched a nerve which led to his left arm. And they’ve managed to translate their journey in the most engaging way, reaching more people than any other sailors on the planet via their YouTube channel, Sailing La Vagabonde. To document their movements, Elayna began a YouTube channel, posting videos to a fast-growing audience of supporters. Sailing La Vagabonde: Riley Whitelum & Elayna Carausu. Sailing La Vagabonde youtube channel 1.44M subscribers. Their journey began when Riley, now 33, bought a 43ft Beneteau Cyclades in 2013, financed from eight hard years spent working on oil rigs. ", "There's a lot of people out there buying boats and writing us messages and we don't want to lead people into a false sense of security or have them think everything's all perfect.". Asks Toby Hodges. If you have the spirit of an adventurer, you have also probably dreamt of leaving your job, packing and going abroad in search of sun and heat. "Instagram is a classic for portraying a fake life," Whitelum says. "Riley and Elayna were willing to travel around the world and live onboard, this is exactly the purpose of our owners, and they had the same philosophy we promote," explained Outremer's sales and marketing manager Matthieu Rougevin-Baville. Outremer's sales and marketing manager, Matthieu Rougevin-Baville, told CNN that the pair were the perfect ambassadors for the company. Whitelum along with Elayna … A month after meeting Whitelum, Carausu quit her job and joined him to sail around the rest of the Greek Islands before she flew back to Australia. The couple try and live as sustainably as possible onboard, from catching and cooking their own fish, to limiting the plastic they use and raising awareness of the harm it does oceans and wildlife. Riley’s video on buying a new catamaran centres on why it makes sense, particularly in terms of safety, for anyone thinking of going long term cruising to opt for a performance multihull over a charter-style production cat. We…, Imagine escaping the daily routine of work, the long commute, the corporate life, the grey skies… What if you were…, “I think that they [the buyers] need to be trained by 
the company that’s selling the vessel. These are valid points, but I’m left wondering how far up the performance curve he recommends going for ocean cruising. Since upgrading from a monohull to a catamaran, the couple have not only been able to travel faster, but more comfortably. "So happy to say that I'll hopefully make it to COP25 in Madrid," she said. '," she says. "It was mainly for friends and family because my mum seems to think, or she did, that the ocean is this perfect storm type scenario, where there's tidal waves and she used to stress about me a lot. I’d add to that their genuine desire to communicate the positives of sailing. When Nikki Henderson wrote her ‘Across the Atlantic with Greta’ account for Yachting World last year, she put Sailing La Vagabonde’s success down to the relatability of Riley and Elayna. Whitelum, who's your typical down-to-earth, happy-go-lucky Aussie, says a lot of what they learned about sailing was through experience, though that hasn't been without a little Googling. Each week, the couple uploads an episode, as well as a standalone video -- such as how-to series and general life updates -- to their YouTube account which has over 480,000 subscribers and a total of 80 million views. Whitelum takes care of boat maintenance and everything logistical -- like checking the weather and planning ahead of sails, while Carausu takes care of the cooking, cleaning and editing videos for their. Whitelum takes care of boat maintenance and everything logistical -- like checking the weather and planning ahead of sails -- while Carausu takes care of the cooking, cleaning and editing videos for their. He believes that the performance potential of multihulls is one of their biggest safety factors, pointing out that during their passage with Greta they were “jumping from one safe piece of ocean to another, while surrounded by fairly inclement conditions”. “One of the main things is getting people interested in sailing that aren’t already sailors. Your worries, your concerns, all of the things that seemed important, just evaporate.”, He says his enjoyment of sailing has enriched his experience of becoming a capable skipper. Just how much do these influencers want to influence? She then returned to join Whitelum on the boat full time. But reality catches up with you and you realize that you have to make ends meet; then, you get back to work. The sky flashed a blinding white light and a spark came down just a few hundred metres to port. Then, the couple hopes to return to the boat, which will be docked somewhere along the East Coast of the US, in January and continue sailing around the Bahamas with their baby. "He asked me if I'd come back from Australia to live on the boat and keep sailing with him," she says, "and that was a big commitment but it was one of those things where I would just hate myself had I said no. As of 2019, the channel had over one million subscribers. Photo: c/o Sailing La Vagabonde. These are the best travel vloggers you should follow in 2021 Carausu met Whitelum while she was living on the island of Ios in the Greek Islands. Riley Whitelum estimated Net Worth, Biography, Age, Height, Dating, Relationship Records, Salary, Income, Cars, Lifestyles & many more details have been updated below.He and his girlfriend Elayna Carausu‘s journey has been written about in online publications and featured in the news. I had a good feeling about it. "I don't like being told what to do," she adds. Whitelum says. Why do sailing’s most successful influencers think the best boat for novice ocean cruisers is a performance multihull? Explorer who travels the globe on a 43 foot yacht as seen on the YouTube channel Sailing La Vagabonde. Over the last seven years Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu have advanced from novice sailors to logging more ocean miles than most of us will sail in a lifetime. "I've become a bit safer. It also provided a stable platform to bring a mini Vagabonde into the world in the shape of their son Lenny. A month after meeting Whitelum, and accompanying him on a couple of day sails, Carausu quit her job and joined him to sail around the rest of the Greek Islands before she flew back to Australia. But do they feel the pressure to influence others with their new project too? Yet over the last couple of years they have been working away on a new zero emissions project, and have attracted sponsors, including Oceanvolt and Doyle Sails. Toby Hodges chats to Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu of Sailing La Vagabonde to find out. Carausu, who is currently 34 weeks pregnant, says the boat made such a difference in their lives that it was one of the contributing factors in them deciding to have a baby. It's nothing to do with Riley and I. Toby Hodges speaks to Riley and Elayna of Sailing La Vagabonde about their views on perfomance multihulls for novice sailors . Jan 25, 2019 - Would you walk away from your life and set sail on a boat around the world with a practical stranger? He played football and enjoyed camping and fishing in his youth. ", Sailing's most popular vloggers Sailing La Vagabonde. Having bought a ‘tired’ 2007 43ft Beneteau Cyclades from ‘three arguing Italian guys’ , Riley Whitelum and. ", Onboard La Vagabonde, the couple have established role. Before joining Whitelum onboard La Vagabonde, Carausu was living on the Greek island of Ios playing music at restaurants and bars. “If you’ve got a multihull that can really perform, you don’t need to sail it at full throttle all the time.” Therefore, excluding full race boats, he thinks performance craft from Outremer up to the more minimalist speedsters such as Marsaudon’s TSs are actually fine for beginners. “We’re going to do our own thing and just show you that either the technology works or it doesn’t.”. The couple are expecting their first child. Let's check, How Rich is Riley Whitelum in 2020-2021? Since then, the couple have sailed more than 65,000 nautical miles. “If more people start going into boat shows asking better questions and it all filters back through, then the second-hand market would be full of much better-performing vessels,” he reasons. Riley lists a multitude of further benefits of a fast cat, including allowing you to: “pick your path across an ocean; keep up with weather systems; travel twice as far in a day; maintain the same boat speed with half the amount of sail up, making your passage dramatically safer”. After three years, including crossing the Atlantic and Pacific, they struck a deal with Outremer for a new 48ft catamaran on a hire-purchase agreement. This Australian couple are actively influencing a new generation of bluewater cruisers. "With no x-ray machine out there we couldn't be sure what was going on inside there and all we could do is trust Riley's instincts and hope for the best," the couple wrote on YouTube. This vlogger and videographer from the west coast of Australia, Elayna Carausu, 22, did. Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu have been sailing together since 2014. One of Riley’s latest videos is more opinionated and advises people what to look for – and what to avoid – when buying a new catamaran. In march of 2013 I bought the boat now named “La Vagabonde”. “The journey itself is going to be harder than people think and probably more rewarding as well,” is Riley’s advice to those considering long-term cruising. "The amount of hours that she was working in an uncomfortable, salty environment, it was a bit cruel.". She is heartened that their typical viewers have evolved with them and moved on from older men to younger dreamers and doers. Elayna had been working in Greece as a musician for a travel company, when she met Riley Whitelum, who was single-handedly sailing the boat – La Vagabonde – at the time. “The whole idea is to have a very good performing vessel… that can sail right up to the anchorage, before motoring in that last part,” Riley explains. The couple also narrowly missed a superyacht after their. Updated 1349 GMT (2149 HKT) October 24, 2018. Photo: Robin Christol. "I had to go home and sell my van which I was living in at the time in Australia, and I had a whole bunch of stuff, like scuba diving gear, and I just sold all of that to take the chance with Riley. In November 2019, they received significant media attention for sailing Greta Thunberg onboard La Vagabonde … The plan now, is for Whitelum to join her for the birth in Australia at the end of October after hurricane season passes. We’ve been filming it all on YouTube since 2014. Even before she met Whitelum she would edit together footage of her travels to show friends and family back home. Beyond that, the couple have a lot of plans -- big and small -- for the future. The channel documents the couple's life aboard their sailing catamaran La Vagabonde. Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu (pictured above) are presently sailing the world on their yacht, La Vagabonde, which is currently anchored outside Badalona, Spain, surrounded by crystal-blue waters and a fierce European sun. ", So what was a hobbie, became Carausu's job. "Elayna has to work so hard with the editing so I try to take care of as much as everything else that I can," says Whitelum. “You’re drawn towards, and inevitably end up buying, the exact vessel that you don’t want to be in when faced with a difficult forecast,” Riley argues. By becoming a Patron, fans can get access to episodes a week before they're released to the public,merch, a chance to randomly be selected to join them onboard and various other announcements. Brent and Ana had to modify their Lagoon over 18 months to make it bluewater ready, but maintain they are comfortable on a heavier cat, especially during storms, when they’ll actually slow the boat down to avoid weather systems. “But you do have to love the hard times too,” Elayna cautions. That said, Riley and Elayna think that selling a performance machine to the less experienced sailor should come with responsibility. 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. It was something that happened organically, says Carausu. Apr 10, 2018 - Australian sailors Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu are known around the world, thanks to their social media accounts and YouTube channel, Sailing La Credit: Sailing La Vagabonde . "I've been offered a ride from Virginia, USA, on … Photo: c/o Sailing La Vagabonde. Sailing LaVagabonde is a YouTube channel run by Australian video bloggers Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu. Riley and Elayna struck a deal with Outremer for a new 48ft catamaran on a hire-purchase agreement. Why do sailing’s most successful influencers think the best boat for novice ocean cruisers is a performance multihull? Millions of viewers watch their weekly episodes of the Sailing La Vagabonde channel, which brings multihull cruising into your living room (or office). He attended a boarding school in Adelaide. “The last thing I want to do is upset Ma and Pa Kettle, who just spent their life savings on a Lagoon 45 – I really don’t. The boat’s owners are Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, an Australian couple who travel the world with their 11-month-old baby, Lenny. If you have the spirit of an adventurer, you have also probably dreamt of leaving your job, packing and going abroad in search of sun and heat. For the past four years, Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu have been sailing the world and documenting their travels on their YouTube channel, Sailing La Vagabonde. Riley Whitelum was born in Australia on Saturday, May 26, 1984 (Millennials Generation). In their opinion, Riley and Elayna have the ideal boat for their adventures in their relatively new 48ft performance cat. ", Carausu grew up on the coast of Western Australia. 435.5k Followers, 1,191 Following, 1,961 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Elayna Carausu (@elayna.carausu) 'Sailing La Vagabonde' has over 450,000 subscribers on YouTube. Riley and Elayna are supported by the crowdfunding model Patreon, through which they have accrued over 3,600 paying members, and make a healthy return from YouTube revenue. From when they thought pirates were approaching their boat near the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador and Carausu was forced to hide in a storage compartment, to when Whitelum thought he'd broken his neck for the second time during their Atlantic crossing. Their Youtube channel shows their life sailing to different places through the boat. Whitelum had barely any experience when he began sailing single-handedly. "The actual filming doesn't take up that much of our time," Whitelum says, revealing it's the editing that's more time consuming. "Riley and Elayna were willing to travel around the world and live onboard, this is exactly the purpose of our owners, and they had the same philosophy we promote," he said. Somewhat influenced, I couldn’t agree more. So much so that viewers can pay the couple between $3 and $200 per video episode via. Having bought a ‘tired’ 2007 43ft Beneteau Cyclades from ‘three arguing Italian guys’ , Riley Whitelum and. "There's a lot out there and we're doing okay.". Riley Whitelum, Nikki Henderson, Greta Thunberg and Elayna Carausu with son Lenny prepare to set sail. We’re Riley and Elayna, an Australian couple documenting our journey traveling the world by sail despite no previous sailing experience. He and his girlfriend Elayna Carausu’s journey has been Gemini is excellent at guiding change and transformation. Our audience gets to look at what we do and then decided based on that whether or not they'd like to contribute.". ", She says the couple get a lot of messages from people who have decided to follow in their footsteps and live life to the fullest, from people selling their house to buy a van, or a boat, "or anything out of their comfort zones, because a lot of people don't realize that they can do that some times.". ", The couple packed up their lives and moved on board Whitelum's monohull -- a 2007 Beneteau Cyclades -- which he was single-handedly sailing around Greece when he met Carausu. Carausu says. For those unfamiliar with Sailing La Vagabonde, the channel has accrued over 1.5m followers thanks to the fresh, self-deprecating, and admittedly easy-on-the-eye nature of its bronzed protagonists. “With the emissions thing, it’s just so politically charged that we’re just generally going to lead by example,” Riley answers thoughtfully. They already live relatively frugally, with minimal waste and use their reach to promote an awareness of ocean health. Song Credits: 00:00 The Dwelling Light – Autumn 01:47 Harrison Storm – Run 04:08 Up All Night – Heeblay 06:55 Mrs Jones – Lilia 09:02 Why does Moons go in the Sky – Heeblay 11:11 Song selected from MusicBed. "I was very hesitant at first to sign on to that sort of thing, I was unfamiliar with it. "There were no waves, it was perfect wind, the boat was heeled over so I could dip my feet in the water and I thought that that was what sailing was like," she laughs. anchor became attached to another vessels'. It's here that she met Whitelum out one night, who asked her to come sailing. The couple are now expecting their first child, and they say the new catamaran made such a difference in their lives that it was one of the contributing factors in them deciding to have a baby. "We would have never done that before!" In November 2019 they made headlines by carrying climate activist Greta Thunberg eastwards across the North Atlantic (along with 11-month-old Lenny). The story goes: boy meets girl, boy invites girl sailing, girl quits job, boy and girl sail the world together on "La Vagabonde. He played football and enjoyed camping and fishing in his youth. Juggling the not insignificant trials of producing and uploading content along with parenting the newest Vagabonde, Lenny is not an easy task. The education details are not available at this time. That means documenting their "scariest" moments. The adventurous couple can't help but finish each others sentences when they talk, which may not be surprising given how much time they spend with each other in such a confined space. ", "My senses are a little heightened so when we're contemplating anchoring at an island where there's coral heads surrounding us and there's a chance we might run into one in the night I'm just more hesitant.". Whitelum says it also keeps the couple honest: "We've got to keep making good content.". He thinks more buyers should look at the numbers, demand the polars, ask more relevant questions of brokers and not get sidetracked by sales talk. It all shows how easily we can now gain rich information based on first-hand experience. That stranger was South Australian-raised Riley Whitelum, they instantly fell in love when they met in Greece in 2014. "He woke up to a lot of water in the boat," says Carausu, "and the first thing he did was Google 'help, my boat is sinking!' "I guess get the boat back to Australia and maybe do a circumnavigation of Australia," says Whitelum, "but there's lots of small goals between now and then.". Back in 2014, they were just two Australians traveling Europe. But all things considered, I just felt obligated to point out a few things… and because people do want to know our thoughts and ideas and opinions on stuff.”.
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