If you’re looking for a bit of sailing inspiration, look no further than Instagram. The app is packed with amazing photos and videos of people sailing in all corners of the world.
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Here are the best sailing Instagram accounts to follow to get your fix of beautiful boats, stunning seascapes, and inspiring journeys living aboard.
1. Sailing La Vagabonde | @elayna.carausu
THE CREW: Riley, Elayna, Lenny, and Darwin
THE BOAT: La Vagabonde, 2017 Outremer 45 catamaran, currently awaiting delivery of their Rapido 60 Trimaran
Elayna and Riley sail onboard their catamaran SV La Vagabonde with their two boys, Lenny and Darwin. They have been documenting their travels since 2014 when they first met while Riley was sailing onboard a monohull. Years later, they continue to share their unique journey as they sail around the world with their growing family.
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: Elayna and Riley became famous in the cruising community with their YouTube channel, which currently has over 1.7 million subscribers. However, we love the little nuggets of the cruising lifestyle Elayna shares on the ‘Gram, not to mention their dreamy photography for a daily dose of sailing inspiration.
2. SV Delos | @svdelos
THE CREW: Brian, Karin, and Sierra
THE BOAT: Delos, 2000 53ft Amel Super Maramu
The Delos crew could be considered the OG of sailing influencers. They have been sailing the world for over 12 years, over 100,000 nautical miles, and have documented everything on their journey.
Captain Brian originally sailed across the Pacific with his brother, where he met Karin, his future wife. She joined the crew and never left. Brian and Karin now sail the world with their daughter Sierra and other crew members who join along the way!
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: These guys have incredible knowledge of blue water sailing and living on board, and they share it all on their Instagram account. You may see them battling a watermaker repair one day and racing a performance catamaran the next! They also participate in exciting projects, including producing a series on offshore sailing in the Arctic (80 North: Sailing on Top of the World) and a campaign to fund onboard mobile recycling machines for use in remote coastal areas.
3. Gone with the Wynns | @the_wynns
THE CREW: Nikki and Jason
THE BOAT: Previously Curiosity, a 2005 43ft Leopard catamaran, currently awaiting the build and delivery of Curiosity2, HH44 catamaran
Nikki and Jason Wynn are a Texas couple who started traveling the U.S. full-time in their RV in 2011. After tackling the country on wheels, they took a leap to travel the world by sailboat.
In April 2016, they bought a Leopard catamaran without any sailing experience. They have traveled the world ever since, sailing from Florida to the South Pacific. They most recently sold their Leopard sailboat and have been awaiting the build of their HH44 cat.
WHY YOUR SHOULD FOLLOW: These guys weren’t afraid to dive straight into living the sailing lifestyle and are a real inspiration to anyone who dreams of living on a boat. They provide good insight into the lifestyle (sharing both the ups and downs) and also share some stunning photographs and videos of their journey.
4. MJ Sailing | @mattandjessicasailing
THE CREW: Matt, Jessica, and their cat Georgie
THE BOAT: Previously Elements of Life, custom aluminum 1983 37ft Trisalu, currently building a custom 42ft catamaran
This Michigan couple took their long-time love of the water and transitioned it into the ultimate adventure in 2012. Since then, they’ve been cruising full-time, covering over 35,000 nautical miles, crossing the Atlantic twice, and have even sailed to the Arctic.
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: Their Instagram page is currently full of images from their DIY journey of building a custom catamaran from scratch. If you want to build a boat from the ground up, this is an excellent account to start following!
5. Tula’s Endless Summer | @tulasendlesssummer_sierra
THE CREW: Sierra, Billy, and their dog Jetty
THE BOAT: Previously Adrenaline, 1988 41′ Crowther Spindrift catamaran, currently LaurieSue, 1260 Seawind catamaran
Sierra and Billy are an incredibly inspiring sailing couple who have lived aboard a trawler, catamaran, and traveled full-time in a truck camper – all with their pup Jetty. They aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, either. They just refitted and sold a trawler that needed some major TLC while they awaited their Seawind catamaran delivery.
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: Sierra and Billy usually explore a cool new spot or find the best way to get off-grid (by land and sea). We also like seeing how they include their dog in all their travel plans. These guys have such adventurous spirits – you’ll love following their journey!
6. Sailing UMA | @sailinguma
THE CREW: Dan and Kika
THE BOAT: UMA, 1972 36ft Pearson
Dan and Kika are a couple sailing around the world on the electric-powered monohull they built themselves. Talk about inspiring!
After circumnavigating the Caribbean and crossing the Atlantic, the UMA crew now has over 25,000 nautical miles under their belt and has most recently sailed across the Arctic Circle.
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: Dan and Kika created a large following with their sailing YouTube videos but have an Instagram grid full of some of the best sailing photos! Through gorgeous photography and beautifully curated short videos, they share travel inspiration and insights into living off the grid on the water. They are also one of the rare sailing accounts sharing adventures sailing the high latitudes.
7. Sailing Sonder | @sailingsonder
THE CREW: Phil and Roxy
THE BOAT: Sonder, 47ft Cheoy Lee monohull
In 2018, Roxy and Phil left their home in Boulder, Colorado, and moved aboard their 47-foot monohull. They took their business on board, working remotely to run their 3D greeting card company. They crossed the North Atlantic in 2020 and have sailed to some of the most picturesque destinations, including Scotland, Ireland, Italy, and Spain.
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: Roxy and Phil’s Instagram grid is full of the most delicious sailing inspo! From their gorgeous Choey Lee sailboat to the incredible sunsets and underwater captures – you’ll stop the scroll every time their photos appear in your feed.
8. Taylor’s Travels | @taylorfrancis_
THE CREW: Taylor
THE BOAT: Gypsy Moon, 1994 Catalina Morgan 38
Taylor is a girl with a gypsy soul that you may recognize from her time aboard the vessels of other popular sailing accounts, Sailing Doodles and SV Delos. Taylor has sailed all over, lived in a van, and now sails her own 38-foot sailboat.
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: Taylor is a true inspiration to sailors (especially women) who dream of single-handing their own boat. She shares many insights into the hardships of sailing, boat ownership, and nomadic life. But she also shows the rewards of bringing a dream of living on the water to life.
9. Sailing Ruby Rose | @sailingrubyrose
THE CREW: Nick and Terysa
THE BOAT: Previously Ruby Rose, Southerly 38, currently Ruby Rose 2, 1370 Seawind catamaran
Nick and Terysa left their home in London in 2015 to pursue their dream of living and traveling by sailboat. Nick has always loved sailing, but Terysa quickly fell in love with the lifestyle as well, and they have sailed all over the Med, Caribbean, and Australia together.
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: These two share their sailing knowledge and passion through their adventures on their Instagram account. In 2019, they began their search for a sailing catamaran and put together very detailed research, documentation, and ratings of 19 catamarans. In 2020, they announced their partnership with Seawind Catamarans to build the perfect cruising catamaran! We love their dedication to this project and how they take their followers along on the journey.
10. When Sailing | @whensailing
THE CREW: Greta and Michael
THE BOAT: ForTuna, 2003 Beneteau Oceanis 393
Greta and Michael are an Italian sailing couple who have been living aboard since April 2019. They started their adventure in Europe, sailing around Italy, Greece, and France (to name a few), and then crossed the Atlantic to the Caribbean.
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: These guys post a ton of inspiring content for sailors dreaming of living life aboard. From the day-to-day activities on a boat to sailing destination info and sustainability onboard – they share everything with a lot of positivity. Many of their posts are videos, and they do a great job conveying the lifestyle this way!
11. Sailing Catalpa | @sailingcatalpa
THE CREW: Lee, Sara, Taj, and Bella
THE BOAT: Catalpa II, Pearson 530
The crew on Catalpa is a family of four from Australia. They have been cruising full-time since 2015, upgrading from a 44-foot monohull to 53 feet during that time. They have sailed all over Australia and Southeast Asia and, most recently, have been sailing around Mexico.
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: This adventurous family shares all about their journey living aboard. They are big promoters of sailing on a boat that might not be perfect, on a budget, with their kids in tow! Their kids make appearances on the account as well, and their youngest daughter is hilarious. If you’re interested in how a young family can live aboard raising their kids, definitely give these guys a follow.
More of the Best Instagram Sailing Accounts to Follow
There you have it – some of sailing’s top Instagram accounts. But there are more great accounts to follow for inspiration if you’re dreaming of living the sailing lifestyle.
Here are a few sailing accounts that don’t have a huge following but have great content and are fun to follow!
Monday Never | @mondaynever
Will, Cat, and Maddie are a young sailing family that recently got back on the water. After Will and Cat discovered their love for living aboard sailing the Caribbean, they took to land for a bit to start a family and buy a bigger boat!
Liveaboard Sailing Podcast | @liveaboardsailingpodcast
This account is a promotion for the Liveaboard Sailing Podcast and is a great place to find in-depth stories and inspiration from others who have embarked on a liveaboard lifestyle. They post soundbites and summaries from their recent interviews on the podcast.
Sailing Honu | @jessicaandryanadventures
Ryan, Jessica, Kira, Kai, and pup Arya are another sailing family aboard a Lagoon 410 catamaran. Check them out for insights into a lifestyle living aboard with kids!
Luna Sea | @sailinglunasea
Mark and Jenn have been sailing the Caribbean since 2016. They are a fun and adventurous couple to follow, having transitioned from sailing a monohull to living in a van to buying a charter catamaran in the islands!
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner | @michelleschro
Owner of the popular blog makingsenseofcents.com, Michelle, her husband, and new baby split their time between traveling by catamaran and traveling in a van.
Taylor Sailing and Travel | @teanseatravel
Taylor is a Florida girl with a love for the water. She’s done everything from working on a tall ship to sailing to all corners of the Caribbean. She lives on her 47-foot sailboat and shares tidbits on boat life and sustainability.
You can also follow the hashtag #sailinglifestyle to find even more sailing accounts to follow.
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