Green Nomad


Luis and Marli aboard Green Nomad

We have written before about young people who have chosen sailing as their way to have adventure, see the world, and, for a good number of them, make a difference, whether it’s through their films, photographs, blog, relationships developed while underway, etc.

We’ve just added another young couple to the group we link to—thank you to frequent commentor Viv for the link.

Luis and Marli, a Brazilian couple who adventured for a number of years on their first sailboat (1997 – 2006), are now in the process of building a custom aluminum yacht that they are calling a Kiribati 36.

Luis informed us that they named the design Kiribati due to the great experience they had cruising those islands. In response, the Republic of Kiribati has issued a stamp depicting their boat design. What a wonderful way for Luis and Marli to give back to a place that welcomed them and what a wonderful way for Kiribati to respond.Kiribati-36-Stamp-Web

Here are a few more links to young people voyaging the oceans:

Please leave a comment if you know of any others. More power to them!

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Meet the Author


Phyllis has sailed over 40,000 offshore miles with John on their McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, most of it in the high latitudes, and has crossed the Atlantic three times. As a woman who came to sailing as an adult, she brings a fresh perspective to cruising, which has helped her communicate what they do in an approachable way, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

10 comments… add one
  • Daria Blackwell Nov 14, 2013, 10:20 am

    Nice story! I too am enthused by young people who cruise. How about Laura Decker and Matt Rutherford and Nicole Trenholm

    There was a story recently in CW I think about a group of young 20-something Americans who had all lost their jobs/couldn’t find jobs so they got together and salvaged a boat — then headed down to the Caribbean.

    We met a young Irish couple in the Caribbean a few years ago who lost their jobs as architects and ended up crewing and skippering a yacht. He now manages a new build for a wealthy owner and delivers the boat to wherever.

    Young thread on forum

  • René Nov 14, 2013, 12:08 pm

    Have a look at

    Great site on ‘less is more’ !


    • paul Mills Nov 15, 2013, 5:01 am

      Sailing Simplicity – what a fab sight, just started exploring it (well… half an hour ago….) and looking forward to exploring the rest of the site!


  • Tanya Nov 14, 2013, 12:54 pm

    This young couple have transited the NW passage during two summers.

  • Jody Nov 14, 2013, 1:31 pm

    Great topic!! We are 34 and 30, just starting out totally new to sailing as liveaboards with our two dogs 🙂 Check us out!!

  • Jennie Nov 14, 2013, 3:46 pm

    A couple of years ago our daughter at 22 did the ultimate “I’m going sailing even if I have no money” trip. Bought a 23’day sailor for $2000, put it in at the top of the Sea of Cortez and then had a couple of sailing seasons blipping her way down the coast of Mexico to Costa Rica where she sold it, clearly not able to go back upwind! Her blog isn’t very user friendly but I recommend checking out the humour on Feb 13, Zihuatanejo.

  • John Lundin Nov 15, 2013, 7:49 pm

    Luis has also been involved in the engineering development of Roberto Barros’ metal expedition yachts. The Polar 50 remains one of the most appealing designs I’ve ever found.

  • Ann Nov 19, 2013, 7:04 am

    I would recommend to read about two young, energetic, Australian sailors/photographers/videographers who completed a NorthWest Passage transit last year.

    • John Nov 19, 2013, 10:18 am

      Hi Ann,

      Great link, thank you. I really like that they actually cruised the NWP, rather than just rushing through to get the tick.

    • Simon Wirth Nov 28, 2013, 6:45 am

      Thank you for the link, great read!

      Looks like you could spend a long time in the NWP without having to wisit a place twice.
      Well, maybe it will be possible to do that in a couple of years without needing the ability to freez in.

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