My take when I first saw that they were trading up from La Vaga to a $M Cat was why? Why would you. Afterall, La Vaga is a fine boat, its taken them all around the Med, across the Atlantic, down to South America
and across the Pacific. If it were me (which of course its not), i am sure I would be really happy with La Vaga.
But then again, if that was the only criteria, one of course could ask why did I recently sell my Alfa Romeo to buy a BMW (2nd hand not new). My simple point being that sometimes a change can be good. Am I envious of what they have, will have (no), am I envious of their lifestyle (well yes somewhat) but then again that is futile. For we all make our choices and have to live with them.
As an Aussie, I am proud of what they do, I like their enthusiasm and zeal for life, to take on challenges (I am sure crossing the Atlantic and Pacific is no mean feat) with courage and a sense of adventure. Good luck to them. I enjoy their videos and can well understand that it takes a lot of time to put them together really well. They are clever in marketing
themselves, and again good on them. In a sense it is their job, they are promoting a lifestyle, and we benefit in many ways from seeing and learning
about the places where they have travelled to.
Just because they are changing boats doesn't mean I won't continue to follow them. I have from the beginning. I like that there are all these people out there cruising, taking chances, living life to the full, whether it is the guys and girls on SV Delos, La Vaga, to Jaimie, Liz and Millie the cat on Esper (Follow the Boat), Sailing Nervous, Sail Life (Mads) to Annie Dike and her partner Phil on Have Wind
All of these and so many more act as inspiration to change one's life for a more simple but more rewarding life. And no, I am also not in my 30s-40s but in fact my late 50s. I retired early from work, earlier this year, in part due to the inspiration I received from Annie Dike's books
on her journey into sailing and cruising.
I don't yet have a boat, I do sail and am at the stage of learning
as much as I can from others on their boats etc. The one thing I do know is that I very much want my own boat. The key limiting factors include the lack of funds to buy what I really want, and so will have to settle initially for something less, a partner who isn't really interested in going sailing (especially cruising), and the lack of choice of boat where I live. If it were possible, I would head
across and up to northern NSW and grab that late '70s, S&S 39 which is for sale
for a very reasonable price
, but sadly this is unlikely to be possible.
So it is easy to say things like Elyana and Riley have sold out, that they are living the rich life in getting such an expensive boat for free, or a relatively small cost. But in truth, only they and the suppliers really know what the arrangement is. I wish them well, fair winds and following seas.