I know many of you have been looking for a way to escape from lockdown or that confinement made you reevaluate your priorities and you want to feel freer. You know us by now and know that travel is how we here at No Kids feel free and one of the ways we love to travel is by sail. I’ve compiled a list, with links, to some of the best sailing youtube channels to help introduce you to the sailing way of life.
6. Sailing Uma
The story of two twenty something architects that decided that the sailing life suited them more than the office life and did a complete refit of a small boat and began sailing the world from the Caribbean to Scandinavia.
5. Sailing Delos
It is a story about sailing and travel and adventure. Capt. Brian was raised in the small land locked city of Flagstaff, Arizona. He went to school in Seattle and got and electrical engineering degree and started a small software company. He realised soon after that the steady landlocked office life wasn’t for him. He got a boat and set sail for something new. We watch him go from wanderer to dad all aboard SV Delos.
4. Lady K Sailing
I’ve really grown to love Lady K Sailing. A channel that is very nuts and bolts about the sailing lifestyle and sailing in general. The idea is go simple and go now. Tim is a sailor from Ontario who sails during the sailing seasons and returns to Ontario when the season is done. He like most sailors sails on a older boat from 70’s that might not look like much but is very practical and very affordable. He’s no frills approach is refreshing if you watch a lot of sailing channels.
3. Ruby Rose
The sailing adventures of Ruby Rose have been one of my mainstays for sailing escapism. Nick and Terysa currently are sailing the north coast of France giving us a uncommon look at France and sailing as they weather the COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions while still trying to explore the unique ports of the old world.
2. Distant Shores
You could say this is the grandaddy of all the sailing channels. The adventures started back in the nineties and were broadcast on television they still are and AWE. “… Paul and Sheryl Shard, a Canadian couple who set sail from Lake Ontario with a dream of sailing south when we were in our early 30’s. We have sailed and lived aboard since 1989. We’ve learned a lot sailing to “distant shores” on 5 continents over 30 years of international cruising, putting 110,000 miles under the keel and doing 9 ocean crossings during that time.” You want to learn about sailing from experts the Shard’s are it.
- Gone with the Wynn’s
I love Nikki and Jason Wynn. I am even one of their patrons. The young couple started by sharing their nomadic life as they journeyed across America in their motorhome. A few years ago with no sailing experience mind you they bought a 38ft Leopard Catamaran and moved aboard. The Wynns have been showing us how to sail, visiting beautiful places, and doing some amazing journalism along the way. The visuals are stunning. I’ve donated many times to the organizations they’ve highlighted that are doing good in remote places. I most recently donated money to buy Ukulele for a library music program in Tonga. Jasons and Nikki absolutely charming and let you know what boat life is really like if you are a long term cruiser.