Followtheboat is one of the oldest and largest personal travel blogs, following the adventures of travel writer Liz Cleere and photographer Jamie Furlong.

 

Liz and Jamie of s/y Esper

Liz and Jamie of s/y Esper

But followtheboat is not just about Liz and Jamie’s sailing exploits. In fact we often describe ourselves as “travellers first, sailors second”. This is why many of our readers and youtube viewers are not sailors.

We consciously avoid sailing terminology and, when we do, we try to explain it in lay-man’s terms. In short, Followtheboat is a travelogue about two people and their cat sailing around the world in a non-specific zig-zag.

The blog itself is moving from written and photographic stories to video diary updates, published on Patreon and youtube every week.

About Our Adventure

We bought s/y Esper (then named Dersu Uzala) in Turkey in 2005, where we spent the first three years around the Aegean, flitting between Greece and Turkey.

Alanya, on the south central Turkish coastline, surrounded by the Taurus Mountains

Alanya, on the south central Turkish coastline, surrounded by the Taurus Mountains

Esper takes a mooring buoy in Greece

Esper takes a mooring buoy in Greece

In 2010 we set off across the eastern Med and through the Suez Canal into the Red sea.

Esper running down-wind in the northern Red Sea, Sinai. Photograph: O'Kayam

Esper running down-wind in the northern Red Sea, Sinai. Photograph: O’Kayam

Cruising down the east African coast through places like Eritrea and Sudan, Jamie started taking his photography more seriously, and Liz spent more time honing her travel writing skills.

Children of Massawa, Eritrea

Children of Massawa, Eritrea

Somali refugee, Massawa

Somali refugee, Massawa

Somali refugee, Massawa

Somali refugee, Massawa

The next part of our journey took us through some of the most beautiful and treacherous sailing locations on the planet. At the height of piracy in this region we made the arduous journey through the Gulf of Aden, taking in Yemen and Oman before crossing the Arabian Sea to India.
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