I learned to sail at seven years old in San Diego, California on a little red sailing dinghy. At ten, I completed a 5,000-mile, 6-month cruise in Mexico with my family on our sailboat, The Endless Summer, experiencing a different culture, the freedom and beauty of sea travel, and opening my mind to horizons beyond my hometown reality. I credit the origin of my environmental concern to my exposure to the contrasting landscapes of grave pollution and radical natural beauty in Mexico.
Albeit very young, this trip profoundly impacted me. Two things were clear when we returned to San Diego in 1990: I wanted to protect the natural world from human destruction and, one day, I wanted to be the captain of my own sailboat.
At fifteen, my love of the ocean and natural athletic inclination led me to try surfing. Soon after, it was all I wanted to do. Determined to excel in the sport, I spent all my free time in the water and eventually started competing. I surfed in private contests and for the UCSB surf team while studying at UC Santa Barbara. My competitive career culminated in a win at the NSSA Nationals, making me the 2002 College Women’s National Champion. Although I enjoyed pushing my level of surfing through competition, I was more inclined to chasing nature saturated,
exploratory surf experiences. I enjoyed surfing most for the adventures leading to remote breaks, the connection with the elements, and the opportunities for self-discovery. I was full of bigger questions that needed answers.
I began taking surf trips during summers and school breaks to Barbados, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hawaii, Mexico, Nicaragua, and a ‘study abroad’ trip Australia. As I finished up my degree in Environmental Studies, I remember feeling frustrated by the direction the world seemed headed. Our distance and apathy for the natural world and failure as a country to seek and promote environmentally sustainable living left me disappointed and frustrated. I clung to my dream as a ‘way out’.
My surfing obsession further fueled this fire. The pressures of increasing crowds and urban pollution made the idea of a free-ranging life on the sea seem even more appealing. After graduation, I crewed on different boats to gain experience for about a year, and then spontaneously came upon the chance to become the captain of my own sailboat. Thanks to the generosity of my friend and mentor, Barry Schuyler, along with support from my family, Swell and I were united.
Through this stroke of serendipity, my intense determination, and the generosity and advice of innumerable people in Santa Barbara and beyond, Swell was converted into an ocean-worthy vessel. For almost three years, I worked with local professionals–mechanical, rigging, sail repair, radio, fiberglassing, and others, learning and overhauling each of Swell’s vital systems in order to prepare myself and my ship for sea. Only having sailed the boat a handful of times during this busy preparation period, I honestly didn’t know whether I would be capable of a captain’s tasks and responsibility. Although the uncertainties ahead petrified me, the alternative of not going seemed even more unthinkable. And so in October of 2005, I pointed Swell’s bow south from the Santa Barbara harbor.
Over the 20,000 nautical miles of ocean I’ve sailed since, I’ve discovered that the most important sort of exploration happens within. The enormous sense of fulfillment I’ve gained from following my dream, delving into self-awareness, and living a simple life close to nature motivates me to continue sharing my experiences in hopes of the same for others.
A few powerful lessons I’ve learned along the way:
- We really do have immense inner power to create the life we desire and manifest our dreams.
- By using the challenges and adversities in life as opportunities to grow and learn, something positive can come out of almost any difficult situation.
- We’re all just doing our best, so instead of pointing fingers or placing blame, it’s always more useful to look within for solutions.
- Practicing relentless positivity and loving-kindness has the power to completely change one’s reality.
- WE ARE ONE! Nature, humanity, and all life on Earth are inextricably and fantastically connected. Seeking to understand and participate in this Greatness is not only a path to immense personal fulfillment, but also to healthy, peaceful planet and a populace that could exist in harmony with nature!
simonMay 3, 2015
i always wanted to conquer the oceans, no wait.. that sounds wrong… i always wanted to swim in deep water without fearing sudden death and feeling my heart beat at 200bpm….
i have no money, i study medicine (not too keen on finishing my studies), i like growing my own cerry tomatoes and im trying to write a book, i like playing guitar and cooking with organic/fair trade ingredients.
im very interested in anything survival, have extensive knowledge of human biology (also animal) including some surgical skills and general plant biology (in terms of survival and basic nutrition) and my only fear is drowning in black deep water.
i figure i should also mention: i dont know how to sail (but im a fast learner)
if anything should go wrong you dont have to care about me since im verly likely to drown within 30 minutes in open water. if i have met the qualifications please contact me, if not – is the position of the anchor still open? :-)
Captain LizMay 15, 2015
:D Hi Simon! I’m not really looking for a sailing buddy right now, but i do hope you get a chance to face your fear of drowning! All the best to you, Liz
jaySeptember 28, 2015
what about now ? any spot on your sailboat ?
ThomasMay 4, 2015
hallo liz , ich würde gerne mit dir mitreisen. mein vater ist vor 3 monaten gestorben nach dem ich ihn 8 jahre gepflegt habe, ich brauche wirklich erholung und auch ablenkung.ich bin abenteurlustig und 49 jahre.danke.
SIMONMay 5, 2015
i heard of you from wechat, and found that you r the person that have fulfill my dream as to the heart lead u to.
i m so attracted by your life of adventure and love that u have on our mother earth.
hope to hear from you more on your adventure.any planning to sail here. kuching,sarawak,borneo island.
thank you for reading
Owen AidenJuly 8, 2016
While I’m surfing internet I found your blog. Your travels are inspiring and truly amazing.
LambertMay 6, 2015
Hi Liz, I like your travel. It’s one of my dream to made a big world travel on a sailing boat ! See you !
Trevor VivianMay 6, 2015
Hi Capt’n Liz. The last post on my FB news from Capt’n Liz and the voyage of Swell regarded your media interaction with the Uk press and a story of the “Lonely” sailor. I see that it has legs and is running its own course now. I find it somewhat fascinating that Aloneness and lonely are spoken of as interchangeable when in fact they appear to moi to be perhaps distant cousins if not totally unconnected subject matter, but I read the mainstream press and having lived 4score plus! And become wizened to the coded collective agreement that is written daily in the mainstream press which selects myriads of emotive buttons in an effort to confuse the punters. Suspend disbelief works very well thankyou. I look forward to a time when I can read the book you write as your writings are personable, accessible, descriptive, humerous and makes it easy to feel that I know you(which I do not) as I vicariously live the voyage you share on swell with Tropicat and a sky filled with endless possibility on an ocean of dreams. Ciao for now.
Captain LizMay 15, 2015
THanks for your support, Trevor! I’m happy to know you’re following along. and i agree that Lonely and Alone are entirely different!! be well my friend… :D liz
AndreasMay 8, 2015
ich schreibe Dir mal auf deutsch, obwohl ich es auch in Englisch schreiben könnte. Ich haette sehr grosses Interesse mit
Dir einen Toern zu unternehmen. Ich reise sehr gerne und freue mich immer wenn ich dieses in Begleitung unternehme.
Es würde bestimmt ein toller Trip werden.
Also, trau Dich ruhig zu schreiben.
Vielleicht bis bald Captain Liz :-)
BrynMay 15, 2015
Hi Captain Liz,
My name is Bryn and I am just now finishing my freshman year in high school. People are starting to ask me what I want to do with my life, and I’ll be honest, I have so many possible futures planned out in my head I don’t know where to start. I’m really interested in marine biology, specifically sharks, but I don’t know what about them. I really love traveling, sailing, surfing, and exploring and don’t want to end up doing something where I have to sit inside all day. Your story has shown me that my dream is attainable! …-Bryn
SaladinMay 20, 2015
It’s so great to see somebody like you, fulfilling his dream. I am a french fan of your lifestyle, I hope one day everybody will be aware that everything is linked on the earth, and how beautiful and simple life can be, for everyone.
I will be glad to meet you one day, you can find easily I’m surfing in France !
“Disparaître dans l’eau profonde ou disparaître dans l’horizon lointain, s’associer à la profondeur ou à l’infinité, tel est le destin humain qui prend son image dans le destin des eaux”
NathanMay 30, 2015
Hi Lizzy — long time, no sea? (no, that’s not right. ha). Hey, I’m trying to get in touch about something…what’s best way? Shoot me an email…
MathiasJune 1, 2015
Hello, I am from Germany. I have read in a newspaper that you are looking for someone.
Maybe i am the right person. I have 34 years and i am free.
My dream is the sea and i am also looking for a person.
You can see me ….here.
Li FengJune 4, 2015
Hi, Liz, I am inspired by your voyage of Swell and eager to join you. I have taken part in various sailing events home and abroad, and achieved lots of experience in sailing. If you sail here, China, you can connect me. email@example.com.
Hope to hear from you.
And best wishes for dear Liz.
ChouJune 13, 2015
A life of voluntary simplicity can be surprisingly fulfilling and might allow others in our world of limited resources to ‘simply live’.The meaning of travel》
I am a Chinese boy, I like your traveling diary very much.. I am very much dreaming of traveling to the world as you go around the world to see the beauty of your world, to communicate with people in different places, but you know that no money can go anywhere.. So if you have the opportunity to hope that you can drive your boat to China to see, you can start from the Chengdu River to Shanghai. I hope you can come to China, we will wait for you.. Your Chinese friend Chou Jude: Tel:15800447136 Email： firstname.lastname@example.org
mark youngJuly 11, 2015
Liz , fantastic life you are blessed to live , at sea, many friends around the world ,your favorite critter, glad she found you, again, they do love to hunt , not much on your boat for her, but love and friendship, what you do and how you feel is incredible , and comforting , to an old hippy , who wishes , more of us cared for the planet , its seas , and animals , and all its wonders , i wonder how the disbelievers will tell their grand children, and theirs , how this planet was so wonderful and wonderous, before their greed and stupidity, destroyed it! I believe we are at 40 to 50% of loss , of all the animals at this point, it is beyond comprehention , make me sad, and mad, and more worried. I have always wanted to, retire and be were you are at sea, one with nature , i have owed a 22 ft sailboat in Seattle ,lived on her with my mastif shepard mix and his daughter , we sailed most mornings , and evenings stayed aboard at night , loved every moment , meet a girl one night , near by, we sailed into the night and she had sailed with family to hawaii , and almost had me out the locks to go there, but i stopped her, and wished over the years i took the chance, , my perfession , was hand crafted log homes, lived and built a log cabin resort and trained and shipped 12 horse to japan , for a dude ranch , spent 3 years and loved it ,and the people , went to guam, then to hawaii , then went to the phillipines and got married for the first time at 38, spent 2 years on the beach on mindoro ,island ,, bought a spot on a mountain with a 280% veiw of the ocean, learned to scuba dive , up to rescue diver, dove 3 times a day , sailed to other islands and dove the wrecks , not my favorite , love to just have a buddy and search , the sea, with no pressure , with the corals and the sea life , loved diving with the sharks, planned to go back and buy a sailboat and take people sailing diving, bring pigs and chicken to the small islands for the poor , teach them to read and care for the sea around them , to save it for their children, they are poor and use dynamite and syinide , it kills the coral and all the fish, they just don’t understand the consequences , when we taught them, when we could , they started to understand , they are killing themselves. I never wanted to leave , but she did , and my dive teacher told me one day when he overheard her, dont take her to the usa, the girls will change her, , and i said how do you know ?, he was from switzerland , he said you see my wife , i said what wife , exactly he said , have not seen her in years , she wont come back here, anyway did not last long, but , i;m better off ! had to come back from seattle to care for my father , and it turned into 20 years, he just passed recently, he’s , happier, he was tired at 88 , so now i’m free , have the money for my boat , looking at a 450 hunter, but , i’m 61 have back issues , and need a partner , not an easy thing to find , someone with the same ideas , and life dreams , desire to be at sea, and visit people everywhere, learn something every day , from the experience , and the people, just live life with a friend, and fellow lover of the this wonderful planet , we are blessed to exist on, and do what we can to , help save the planet and the people, who love its wonder !!, It would be a spectacular day should i ever have the pleasure , to meet you , thanks for your time , and all the energy you put out to teach, us more , and help us learn, looking forward to that day , sincerily, mark young —please excuse my spelling , dislexia has taken its toll.
Captain LizJuly 31, 2015
Wonderful life my friend…hope that you continue back towards what makes you feel good. Much light and happiness to you!! Liz
jtJuly 25, 2015
Proper journey, awesome story. If there, s room I,m there! j
SteveJuly 29, 2015
Hello Liz, I can relate to your story about Amelia, my cat Rodger named after Rodger Federer because of his class and positive example. Rodger was gone for a while and then returned, he is a free spirit and adventure seeking
Cat who canot be chained down!!
Keep Enjoying your beautiful life.
ScouseJuly 29, 2015
Hi Capt Liz, what would be your perfect sailing partner?
Franck MartinSeptember 23, 2015
As a sailor and citizen of the world, I am amazed by your voyage and your environmental consciousness. I think that your action should be known worldwide. Will you publish a book ? Being owner of a French publishing company, I’d be delighted to translate and publish this enlightening book in France for the french reading sea lovers.
Bon courage et bien à vous
Captain LizNovember 10, 2015
Hi Franck! I hope to have my book finished int he next few months and yes, i do hope to translate it to French in the future. I will reach out when the time comes! thanks for your kind and supportive message! :D liz
Johnny WalkerOctober 4, 2015
Came about your website after watching a docu about Laura Dekker sailing around the world at such a young age. Made me contemplate doing the same, sailing around the world that is. So I started digging the internet to read about some similar storries. What intrigued me about your story was the length of time you have been pursuing this lifestyle. I applaud you. I couldn’t find a link to a donation site so if you ever end up finding a philanthropy worth your time and effort, you should create a donation page and shoot me an email. I’ll contribute what I can.
Good luck ad maybe one day I’ll eventually get out on the open sea.
Captain LizNovember 10, 2015
Hi Johnny! Yes, it’s amazing how fast ten years has gone!? i feel lucky to have endured through some really hard moments and now enjoying writing my book and living aboard in one of my favorite spots…i’ll send you a link to the donation page, that is so kind of you to want to support me! i hope you are doing great…:D liz
BhargavOctober 4, 2015
Hi Cpt. Liz,
Thanks for being an great inspiration to me (:. Really is a pleasure to have found you (:
MarkOctober 5, 2015
So incredibly jealous of what you are doing! I am hoping to do something similar in the next few years. ;-)
Sylvia LoboOctober 6, 2015
Hey Captain Liz,
Today is a lucky day because I happen to know about the brave woman who spends most of her time sailing, smiling and living her dream. I like your courage and your approach towards life.
Be safe out there, All the very best, will be waiting for your next post.:)
Captain LizNovember 10, 2015
Thank you Sylvia!! :D :D :D
jonathanOctober 19, 2015
I hope you’re all great. Im a editor at the fashion and lifestyle brand Gant. We are impressed by your lifestyle and would like to do a interview with you about your journey. The theme is Never stop learning. Im keeping it short here on, but please do not hesitate to contact me on: email@example.com
Looking forward to hear from you soon,
All the best!
John wadmanOctober 29, 2015
It’s been interesting following your life and adventure all of these years. We met in line at the airport LAX I think a year before you set sail. You were headed to Hawaii to surf and I was heading either back to Florida or Costa Rica. You were telling me about SWELL (a boat I was well familiar with, the Cal 40) and you seemed to have the pre-departure doubts. Having rebuilt and sailed a 24 foot Yankee Dolphin from Mission Bay in 1987 thru Mexico, Central America, the Canal and into the Caribbean on what was to be a 5 year surf exploration oddesy, I remember trying to encourage you and strengthen your faith in the Cal 40. Once you left and started writing and I would see you in Latitude 38 or somewhere else I would always break out in a big smile! I was so glad you went for it! Everything I see a photo of you somewhere or photos of the incredible places you’ve been and the interesting things you’ve seen and done it warms my soul.
I’ll be back home in CR this winter surfing Ollies from a little panga I built. There is a Jaguar that walks the beach there hunting turtles and smaller crocs that might crawl up on the beach. I’ve seen a video of a jaguar taking about a 12 foot Cayman. It’s on YouTube. . . Pretty impressive! He doesn’t come around when the surf pangas are there.
Take care. And thanks for the inspirations. It’s really been great watching you grow and becoming who you are. Love John
Captain LizNovember 10, 2015
Awe John!! SO wonderful to hear from you! Know that your original encouragement was deeply appreciated as well as your support through the years… SOunds like you are doing so well. happy to think of you and that jaguar at Ollies. what a magical spot that is… thanks for the note, and all love and Light to you from the South Pacific. :D Liz
Capt HarrisOctober 31, 2015
If you ever pass by Bocas del toro Panama look me up. If you want to surf, i know some great secret spots . PS. Will your cat eat my chickens?
PatrickOctober 31, 2015
Greetings Capt. Liz,
Over the years I’ve often felt that I’ve needed a change, usually because I felt a lack of purpose. At those times I found meaning through travel or helping others. Over the last 15yrs I’ve traveled thousands of miles at a time across the country, often on the flip of a coin, with faith that the universe will place me right where I need to be. I’ve never been truly stranded except for the times that I thought that I was in total control of my life.
I eagerly await your book as I am about to start a new chapter in my life and will be needing a source of positivity, wisdom and adventure. I’ll have a lot of time to read and when I’m done with it I’d like to learn how to sail. Aside from your own, are there any books you can recommend for a wannabe sailor?
Keep traveling for those of us stuck in the mud,
Alex PolliNovember 18, 2015
I’m struggling to find the words to capture exactly how I feel right now. I stumbled upon the “Ten Tuamotus Days with Liz Clark” video and every word you said resinated with me more than I am able to express. I’ve been sailing my entire life, mostly dinghies, however this summer I worked for a company in the British Virgin Islands where I was captain of a 50ft Beneteau and taught children everything about living aboard a sailboat for about three months. I was beyond hooked to life aboard after that. The simple living, living closer to nature, just living in the moment more than anything is a feeling that made me feel more whole than I thought was possible. I’m wrapping up my senior year of college this year and as I look around at my options nothing seems as worthwhile as dedicating my life to being truly happy, to finding out exactly who I am and living for the things that really matter. My last year of college has been one of anxiety and stress about the future however your story has brought me so much serenity. I hope my future is filled with the kind of fearlessness and simplicity you seem to be living everyday. Thank you, so much, for sharing your story.
GregNovember 28, 2015
My name is Greg and while I was researching great sailing blogs and sites, I have discovered yours – I really like it!
I am writing to you on this occasion because I want to bounce off some ideas with you. I am a huge beach lover. I love beaches so much that I dedicated 4 years of my life to exploring Mediterranean beaches. I have managed to explore 2 500 different beaches. The idea behind this great adventure was to put my love for travel to a good use and gather photos and information on as many beaches I can, so that everyone can have something from it.
Namely, I have decided to create a website where all these great photos, videos and spherical photos of beaches are presented including specific and useful information on each beach. The project has a working title BeachRex – the king of the beaches, because it already includes more beaches than any other project (website) in the World. For now I have created a demo website http://www.beachrex.com where a small portion of everything is presented. My vision is to within a few years further develop the website to the extent of having photos and information on all the beaches of the World – something like “Google for beaches”. I plan on doing that by developing a special mobile app that will facilitate photographers, travelers, beach lovers, and all others to help us collect beach photos and beach information. All will be for free and for everyone to see and use.
So, how does it sound to you? I would really love to hear what you think about my project. It would mean a world if you would share your words of wisdom with me on this. I am looking forward to reading your replay.
Captain LizDecember 9, 2015
It sounds really wonderful, Greg!! Anything done with passion will be successful, or lead you to something that you were meant to discover. I encourage you to move forward with your dream and keep exploring beaches and finding a way to share their beauty with the world. So inspiring!! I’ll definitely be a user! All the best. Courage and Light, Liz
NicoleNovember 28, 2015
I’m 17 and have recently developed a passion for environmental studies through my environmental science class this year. I feel inclined to help preserve and protect our community, and hearing about your story and how you are pursuing your dream is so incredibly inspiring to me. I have been filling out college applications and after a lot of thinking, I’ve decided that I also want to major in environmental studies. You are such a role model to me, and I hope that one day I end up as happy as you.
LydiaDecember 7, 2015
I both admire and look up to what you do. I’ve had this big dilemma in my slow but surely search for happiness, but I just don’t know what to do about it. I’m enrolled for school next semester, but i am still not sure what my major should be, or if I should even go at all. I owe 22,000 in student loans. If I go to school I’ll owe double that if not more.
Part of my mind is thinking that I need a degree in something mildly interesting so I’ll be more hireable.
There’s a marijuana school in cali. Oakmont university. I would like to attend either before or after I finish college, if I even go.
I would love to travel the world with my travel cat Mya while doing sometimes simple, sometimes rigorous, wholesome things that benefits other people. I’d like to find the passion that makes my heart sing.
I’m trying to find the strength to move forward without letting the world make me feel so small, and listen to my subconscious for guidance, but I feel like I’m at a confusing stand still, yet decisions must be made quickly. If I don’t go to school, what do I do then? How do I get started on those dreams?
I was hoping you could offer up some advice.
Also, I’m no sailor now, but im a hard working and determined 21 year old that will never let you down.
– If you ever need a companion. :)
Keeping you in mind,
Captain LizDecember 9, 2015
Lydia! My advice would be to try to drown out the sound of society’s desire and really listen to your own. I’m always a supporter of education, but not if it binds you with loans and forces you to do something you don’t love to do. I think you have to really go within and listen to what is going to make you the most happy, what fuels your fire…if it’s the marijuana school, i would not hesitate and just go straight there!! I am 100% behind marijuana for its medicinal uses along with the amazing environmental uses of hemp. I think this is an interesting time for marijuana as more and more scientific evidence points to its benefits. The main point is that the universe is going to open doors for you so long as you are listening to your heart and soul and moving in the direction of your truest desires. Your generation having the courage to take steps out of the normal routine life steps that we’ve been taught are the only way, is going to shape a better, happier world, so i wish you all the courage possible to make choices for your future out of love and not fear. You will never regret it. Be well sister. thanks for writing and just know that your heart has all the answers!! Xx liz
simranDecember 10, 2015
Hi Liz … such a nice blog , if i can call a blog , it more some nice time of you shring with the world …
i use to sail from Toulon frence to Mahe Seychelles . it was one of my first trip by sailingboat .. very long one actually for the first .time i put my feet on sailing boat !!!!… … i wondering if you take sometime coequipier … i am now going to India but later will where i will be maybey we meet … Have a great Time ..SImran … Om Shanti Om
simranDecember 10, 2015
also i forget , i can’t find link to newsletter ??? wher is it please ? thank you …
Julianna D'ArcoDecember 23, 2015
Hey Liz! I just wanted to reach out to you, for a couple of reasons. Im entering my first year of college, and i really want to adopt this type of lifestyle. I am a bodyboarder/bodysurfer, and exploring the open ocean and even in a search of waves and peace is something im willing to chase after no matter what. I have acquired to go on a sailing research trip to New Zealand and islands along the way, but other than this how do i start this lifestyle on my own? Thanks so much!
marziaDecember 29, 2015
dear Liz, I’m a journalist for Natural Style Magazine, monthly publication in Italy.
Can I please send along some questions? We’d love to make a long article about your amazing story! Please let us know,
have a lovely day!
Ryanne FrazierDecember 30, 2015
I’m a recent graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design with an aspiration to travel around the globe while making a positive impact on our environment around the world.
For my Senior Capstone project (thesis) I created a mock swimwear collection for Patagonia called Save the Surf . It was intended to educate consumers about the harmful effects waste is having on our oceanic ecosystem. While gathering inspiration and information about the serious issues, I discovered your blog and thought your lifestyle fit the purpose of my collection perfectly; thus making you ambassador and lifestyle advocate of the collection. I would love to email you the PDF of Save the Surf collection since it was highly inspired by your personal lifestyle and conscious decisions.
In terms of travel, I’m heading to Southeast Asia, looking for any possible jobs or opportunities to aid in environmental changes, awareness, or education. I wanted to ask if you had any recommendations or know of any organizations seeking those looking to make a difference.
I hope to talk to you soon! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best of luck to you, Tropicat and your travels!
simranJanuary 2, 2016
Hi Liz … happy news years and many good sail for your following years …. i send a commet but cannot find it again !!!
so anyway , i like your web site … i like that you sail , i use to sail from frence to seychelles so i love sailing and have an idee as i spend five week on see , i was not alone we were tree …
if you need sometime other to sail with you .. let us know .. you can share also you life on board with people sometimes ??? … big love .Simran
simranJanuary 2, 2016
Hi Liz …
FernandoJanuary 22, 2016
Hi Liz.I am glad to know about your story. I am also working with all my strenght helping this planet to live. Currently I am trying to help endangered species (European bison) in my country Spain.. but I also am the captain of a nice sailboat and every time my strenght decreases or I have any doubt about what and why I am doing this work… I think in sailing and ease my mind. I hope some day to end with my duty in helping bison and then sail and sail untill I get tired…maybe forever. Best wishes and very god luck (and wind). Fernando
Captain LizAugust 15, 2016
Thank you for your work Fernando. I send you lots of strength and gratitude to keep your spirits high and keep fighting for your Spanish bison!! All the best amigo. Cuidate, Liz
Lise RichardJanuary 22, 2016
This is where my life is going!
As a concerned Earth protector the rate of increase in plastic pollution (and many other toxins) impacting our Oceans I feel a deep calling from the pit of my being to take to the high seas sailing (and surfing) around – exposing our addiction to plastics to the folks here in Canada and using that information to inspire behaviour shifts towards eradicating plastics from each of our lives as best we can.
I can’t find a way to connect with you and while it may seem insane I am 30 and have no other form of social media except Linkedin.
Would love to connect in any way.
You are a rockin’ chick and I’ll be putting an inspirational picture of you/your ship on the vision board I have created to achieve this reality before the end of the year (2016)
Leandro CagianoJanuary 26, 2016
Dear Captain Liz, my name is Leandro Cagiano. I’m a photographer focused on conservation of marine and wildlife. I have a photographic project called Consumed Earth. I will travel alone around the world to shooting landscapes and species that will disappear soon due to our consumption behavior. Some of these places are in the Pacific Ocean. I met your story and love it. Your objective seems very much with the mine. I’m searching a sailor to be a partner in this project and reach these places e make my pictures. You can see my page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Consumed-Earth-747046102092979/?fref=ts
I believe we can help one to other one. Can we talk more about it?
My website: http://www.leandrocagiano.com
My best regards,
AlannaFebruary 8, 2016
Just wanted to see if you received the message we sent you about profiling you (and your inspiring lifestyle) at a Latitude Project benefit series! I posted a message a while back but I can’t seem to find it again on here and wondered if there might be a better way to get ahold of you.
Thanks so much!!
GregMarch 17, 2016
How are you?
I have written to you before about my project BEACHREX – GET YOUR OWN BEACH which is now on Kickstarter!
So in case you forgot about me, my name is Greg and I consider myself to be a huge beach enthusiast. I want to make it possible for you to see any beach on the planet on one website. Support BeachRex on Kickstarter and get your own beach.
I got the idea for BeachRex project, when I was searching for information about beaches on the internet. There was no website or mobile application that would contain useful information about significant amount of beaches of the world. So I decided to do something about it. That is how the BeachRex idea was born.
After spending a few years saving money, I could finally afford to quit my job. I bought a camper and a camera, packed my bags, and spent the next four years travelling around the Mediterranean.
Before I started I set up the categories I would like to find answers to; there are 200 characteristics in 25 categories that help apprize each beach. I have a vision to collect photos, videos, spherical panoramas and other detailed information about each beach in the world; and I am on a good way to make my vision a reality. In the past four years I have gathered the biggest collection of data about 2.445 beaches of the Mediterranean. And the journey continues.
My team and I are creating a website, where the first 2.445 beaches will be represented. We are also developing a mobile application that will enable people from all around the world to represent their favourite beach on BeachRex, and share it to everyone in the world. This will help tourists to find all necessary information, when booking a vacation, or beach enthusiasts to simply enjoy the beauties of world’s beaches.
On the following link you can find the complete press release with photo material prepared for download: http://beachrex.com/press_release/.
Travelling, collecting photos and videos, and editing them, is starting to be a huge financial burden for me. I have financed it all for the past four years. That is why I am looking for support on the Kickstarter platform. Please support me, contribute a small amount on Kickstarter, and one of the beautiful beaches on http://www.beachrex.com will be named after you. So if you want your own beach, explore BeachRex Kickstarter presentation on this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/513586739/beachrex-project-find-your-perfect-beach.
OliviaMarch 22, 2016
Thank you so much for following your path and lighting the way for those of us who have not yet embarked on our journey. Our paths and dreams are so parallel I still can’t believe I just stumbled across your story today as I’m on the search for my own vessel to begin my own adventure of sailing around the world. Your lively spirit furthers my drive to accomplish this life long dream while showing me it is indeed possible. And the passion you hold towards bringing awareness towards the impacts we have on our environment and suggesting lifestyle changes where we can live more sustainably and in harmony with nature are so in tune with my own beliefs. Being your own truth is beyond inspiring and thank you so much for it! Who knows, maybe one day our paths will cross out on the ocean! All my best! Olivia
BlakeApril 6, 2016
We are in the early stages as we have recently formed a 501(c)(3) called Fantastic Oceans with the organizations HQ in Miami, FL. From a Patagonia catalogue recently received, I have discovered your passion for environmental advocacy.
At Fantastic Oceans, we have a ” grand gala” event planned for June of this year in Miami. This event is being planned to celebrate the opening of the first art gallery in the Miami financial district. The permanent gallery will be located at 1450 Brickell in Miami. Saks, Harley Davidson, Sotheby’s, Bacardi, Mercedes Benz and others are committed sponsors in our evening which will include a list of leading Florida philanthropist, business and government leaders. We are expecting to provide an exciting evening of art, fashion and food as we seek to raise funds enabling our mission which is an awareness campaign focused on “plastic pollution in the oceans”. We seek to enable change by educating children and consumers so that we may make wise choices.
By way of a teleconference I would like to introduce you to our Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Paul Pereira and allow him to describe for you the passion of our team and some specific plans toward this effort. From this introduction, based upon what I have read of your personal commitment, it is likely that we will identify mutual areas for collaboration. I am unaware but you may have photos for display, auction or share with the gallery that provide insight to your observations onboard, Swell. Following this telephone conversation, my hope is that you would choose to join us at the gala in June and observe our team and its supporters first hand.
Please let me know by reply email if you would like to talk by phone and I will schedule a conference call at your convenience.
President & CEO
AnthonyApril 17, 2016
I wish you well on your travels as I come to terms with my own decision to buy a boat whilst I was travelling in Europe. Society often tells us we must fit a model that is acceptable and we must always strive to grow and have nice things in life. I am learning to manage the long times alone and the lack of money or possessions I was once used to. It seems you quickly learn that you need very little, and that when you have nothing, people are much kinder and more genuine. If only it was possible to explain this to the consumer driven world. I look forward to reading more of your travels and adventures and learning from your experiences. Good luck and make good choices. Anthony
StarburstApril 28, 2016
I saw an article about Amelia on Discovery’s FB page, and found your blog. Your story is truly inspiring.
It’s so cute to see you’ve got a perfect sailing companion (Amelia). Thank you for sharing your journey.
Daniel LaroucheApril 29, 2016
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Daniel LaroucheApril 29, 2016
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you welcome here for this
CadeApril 30, 2016
Hi Liz. Coincidentally, I came across your story in me newsfeed today. It’s coincidental because I recently quit my unethical sales job and moved home to work on my family ranch and glass shop to save money for sailing lessons and a vessel worthy for the sea a few months ago. I’ve done the math, and I just need about 3 years of savings to have enough to afford my very own sail boat. Going to name it “Let’s Elope” and take on the Gulf Coast once I feel confident in my sailing ability. Maybe after about 6 months of sailing the coast line and having a firm grasp on preparation I’ll build up the courage to head south. Maybe get a permit to take vacationers around in my boat on weekends, maybe I’ll just head south, dock, and work on an agave farm, maybe I’ll round about the east coast and watch a red sox game in person. Maybe I’ll find peace away from all the negativity and expectations of my neighbors. Any tips or suggested reading for me?
MaximeMay 1, 2016
My name is Maxime and I’m contacting you today because I really like your blog and your adventure.
I recently launched a shared travel blog where everyone can post their inspiring travel stories: My Travel Moment.
I see this blog like a space of expression for those that didn’t have the courage/knowledge to create their own blog.
It’s also a place where confirmed travel bloggers like you can post a story and add a direct link to your own blog (as you can see at the bottom of this article for example: http://mytravelmoment.com/after-the-desert).
I would love to invite you to share a moment of yours on this collaborative website :) That will help to develop this blog and could also bring more traffic to yours (by sharing your link at the bottom).
If you are interested, you can submit your story directly via this link http://mytravelmoment.com/share-your-moment, or by sending me a mail.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions :)
KylieMay 3, 2016
Hi Liz I found out about you on the web and it is my ultimate dream to travel around the world…
Soi was wondering how you do it what’s your advice and if you are looking for a sailing buddie I am to young to go by myself and my family refuses to go if u aren’t looking for a younger buddie I would love to know advice for later please contact me and thx love kylie