Episode 57 of The Sailing Podcast is with Riley and Elayna of Sailing La Vagabonde. The story of La Vagabonde started with Riley searching for a yacht to sail singlehanded, which led to finding La Vagabonde in Italy. From here he crossed paths with Elayna, who joined Riley to sail throughout Europe and across the Atlantic.
Elayna began producing videos of the trip and posted them to YouTube for the entertainment of friends and then began to notice many others were starting to watch and share their videos. Their following quickly grew to 36,500 subscribers and their first video has over 600,000 views to date.
In this episode we hear about:
– How Riley found a yacht, sailing and Elayna
– How Elayna began producing videos of the journey
– How their audience is supporting them via Patreon.com
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Sailing La Vagabonde
This interview starts with a great story of how Riley began the search for a yacht and there are definitely a few lessons there for everyone. Starting with a marine surveyor is the first lesson, working hard and saving money is the second, and the power of the moustache (for attracting crew) is the third!
Riley ended up finding a 2007 model 43′ Beneteau Cyclades for around $100,000 and then spent some more getting it up to scratch. The boat was renamed La Vagabonde and Riley gave us some insight into this purchase process and lessons learned during the podcast. In addition you can find more information at their website – www.sailing-lavagabonde.com including access to an eBook with more detail on how it all came together.
I came across Riley and Elayna through their YouTube channel – probably via a recommended link – and immediately became a huge fan. This has to do with the fact that they are Aussies, although it’s also because of a certain humour and passion that comes through their videos. It seems I am not the only fan out there. As of late August 2015 they have a following of over 35,000 YouTube subscribers and the initial video has had over 600,000 views.
Elayna is the video producer. It was interesting to hear during the interview how much time it takes to get them together. To produce a great video takes mountains of footage. I recall Elayna stating they try to shoot a couple of hours a day and then it takes another couple of days to sort through the footage and put it all together. The effort has certainly paid off and the production is a credit to Elayna, who has developed a style that keeps the viewer’s attention using short clips and capturing beautiful images of their sailing adventure. At the same time Elayna has managed to capture a snippet of the Aussie sense of humour – assisted by the star performer/captain, Riley. The dry humour and optimist outlook on the journey of discovery and learning to sail allows the watcher to empathise and not feel like an outsider.
The interview explored how the website Patreon has provided a means for the audience of Sailing La Vagabonde to support them. Patreon is a sort of crowd-sourcing website, like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, where Patrons can support artists in creating their work. For Elayna and Riley the patrons donate an amount per video they produce, thereby offering the La Vagabonde team more opportunity to continue with their travels and share it with the audience.
If you would like to check out Sailing La Vagabonde on Patreon visit www.patreon.com/LaVagabonde
Here are some other places to find Sailing La Vagabonde:
The Sailing La Vagabonde website – www.sailing-lavagabonde.com
- Sign up to the newsletter and receive a copy of their eBook
- Find out more about Elayna’s upcoming album
The Sailing La Vagabonde facebook page – www.facebook.com/SailingLaVagabonde
Elayna’s instagram account is @elayna_c – https://instagram.com/elayna__c/
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