Liveaboard Boat Life: Sailing to Spain from Ibiza Island
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Liveaboard Boat Life: Sailing to Spain from Ibiza Island

August 19, 2019

Three novice sailors set out to Spain
with the vague idea of sailing the Mediterranean. Five days after arrival we
sailed 111 miles to Mallorca. We then ran into all sorts of problems getting to
Ibiza. Now in the middle of our sail back to mainland Spain our main sheet goes
slack and we lose control of the boom. Floating 10 miles west of Ephedra Island
I go on deck and drop the mainsail to see what has happened. We lost a piece to the sea. I need a flat head screwdriver. The piece we had lost to the sea was the stop for our main sheet traveler. Lucky for us we plan to be on a port tack all the way to mainland Spain. I
took the remaining stop and I put it on the leeward side of the traveler. I then
took a screwdriver and used it as the windward stop in the unlikely event of a
tack or jibe. We need to raise the mainsail again. Okay, let’s head up into the wind. All right, go back. Make sure you fall off to starboard. Don’t tack. The main was hoisted and we were back
on course. Gradually the wind began to increase as darkness drew near. See, we’re good! We were on course to reach Javea Spain at 6 A.M. I decided that it was a good idea
to reef the mainsail early instead of waiting and having to do it in the dark.
So what that means is like we got the head sail reef so reefing is just when
you remove sail. So what I’m gonna have you do Tara is you’re gonna turn slightly
into the wind so that hopefully the boom is somewhat over the deck. Not too far
like we don’t want to tack. I’m going to ease the main halyard and then bring
down this sail. Trying to pull the rest of the sail into the bag. As watches began those who were not on
duty tried to get some shut-eye. We arrived as the dawning sun broke the
horizon. We dropped anchor and promptly fell asleep. We woke up to a
pleasantly protected bay and a problem. The pulley that we used to hoist our
dinghy into the water was jammed at the top of the mast. There was only one way to fix it. This here’s the halyard for the spinnaker. That’s gonna be lifting me up. It’s running to this line right here which is running to this winch here. Jackson’s gonna be cranking that up. This here is the main halyard
which is the redundancy line which is wrapped around a different harness other
than the seat just in case the seat were to give out. Tara’s got this line here
so she’s just gonna be pulling slack out on it and if I were to fall she would catch
me and I would crush my balls. So, let’s do a little test here. All right, now go ahead and lower. Tara you hold on. Tara’s got me. Hold up, Jackson. Tara, lower me. The rope had slipped off the roller and jammed. We spent the following hour fixing it. ♫Music Playing♫ Got it. Where’s that other pulley? I think it has to do with using it on the port side instead
of the starboard side. You should be able to just run it straight up like this. We’ve got one
end cleated off to that cleat right there. The other end is set out so it
should just pay out nicely and then it’s shackled off to there so we shouldn’t
lose either end and through the pulley, which is attached to me. So it should
just pay right out nice and evenly all the way up. Keep going up. Yep. I just dropped the shackle. I had detached the pulley to the
mast with a shackle so I took the shackle pin and I put it in my mouth for safekeeping. Then I leaned over and I yelled at Tara, “Hey Tara!”. and naturally physics stole the shackle
pin from me and I watched it plunge into the bay below, but luckily I had brought
up a second shackle as a redundant one and I was able to make the fix, anyway. Tara and Anika whipped up a delicious
breakfast and then we practiced some mooring pickups. In order to execute the
pickup we had to head directly into the wind. On our first attempt the wind blew
off our bow so we had to circle around and give it another go. Killed it! Whoop! In order to be closer to town,
we headed to the other side of the bay. ♫Music Playing♫ We packed our things and left our home
floating just outside of Javea. We dropped Anika off at her new van and
then we got on a bus and headed towards Valencia. Thanks for watching. Subscribe
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  • Reply Travis Cosentino November 29, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Great video, nice to see you guys are handling things without losing your shit lol.

  • Reply Kyldrake November 29, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Just yesterday I was asking about your sailing adventure on your last video and there you are, thank you very much 🙂

  • Reply Warzed Arcanist November 29, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    2:02 there are clearly 2 women on board Captain. Who is the mystery woman ?
    4:59 there she is

  • Reply 政龙 November 29, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    7:06 her face LOL

  • Reply Mickey Mouse November 29, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Good to see you again! Great Video!! Glad your safe!!!

  • Reply Gary Baker November 29, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    If you fall off that you're dead because it appears that nobody knows how to sail.

  • Reply Fly with Jaouad November 29, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Very nice video

  • Reply Deb Smith November 29, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    You guys always find a way !!!

  • Reply Marie Morrissey November 29, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    👍👍 Great job of trouble shooting!
    I hope all is well in real time!

  • Reply eberbacher007 November 29, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    So when will we see the first boarding action,
    you have a piratey hat, act like it 😉

  • Reply belizeguy November 30, 2018 at 1:23 am

    Good to see you all! Thanks

  • Reply Jackson Travel November 30, 2018 at 1:28 am

    This reminds me a lot of when we broke our boom in half on our Atlantic crossing…

  • Reply Maggie's Journey November 30, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Awesome. I have no interest in sailing but love watching you do what you love.

  • Reply buzzkillean November 30, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Good job Dylan, way to hang. Glad to see you back again. Note to self, bring extra pulleys and stops.

  • Reply Timothy Wear November 30, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Great video! The challenges of doing something new is the journey.

  • Reply Craig Ryder November 30, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Haven't watched since you were feeding the homeless soup in NYC with like 2,000 subscribers. I Always thought you would blow up!

  • Reply Dillon Barkemeyer November 30, 2018 at 7:36 am


  • Reply Olivier van Zadelhoff November 30, 2018 at 8:37 am

    I think I have more sailing experience then you, but if you were my captain I would trust you blindly. You have a leaders gift and a postitive vibe. Cherish it! Greetings from the Netherlands

  • Reply ☆ CAEN MYLES SINGER SONGWRITER ☆ November 30, 2018 at 10:30 am

    On Point guys ….Great Video 😎

  • Reply markleyg November 30, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Did you consider contacting the post office regarding your MailSail problem?

  • Reply nav November 30, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Please start posting more of these videos. I watch a bunch of them and you are up near the top in sailing video quality.

  • Reply Mark Mexcur December 1, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I'm sooo jealous…this is a dream of mine and it looks like such a blast…happy seas to you guys and may the wind be at your backs…safe sailing and can't wait to see the next videos!!! Are you guys going to try a circumnavigation of the globe next?

  • Reply Wildfire Eurasian Vanlife December 1, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    O missing boat life now actually! 😁 always something unforseen happening!

  • Reply Arley Antes December 1, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Great music =P

  • Reply Petko Rachev December 2, 2018 at 3:09 am

    One woman.. two guys, how does that work? or are you just chilling xd

  • Reply Sailing Yacht Ruby Rose December 3, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Not sure where you are at the moment, but we are back in Spain soon and a beer would be good.

  • Reply Damiani December 4, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Nooooo i binged the series, NEED MORE

  • Reply Doug Klingemann December 5, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Be careful running your bridle from one cleat through the mooring pennant and back to the other cleat. You're liable to chafe through the bridle as the boat swings on the mooring. Use two bridles like this…

  • Reply keith banks December 5, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    What a fun life you live

  • Reply Jordan Pike December 14, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Look at you guys. What a fucking adventure. This is exactly how I/want to live my life.

  • Reply Sean Wilkes December 16, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    This series should have way more attention

  • Reply Kevin Sargent December 21, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Holy shit!!!!!!!! I know that girl!!!! Northern California. Kevin casino wedings, and dreadlocks… big trucks.. that is always been my dream too go sailing around the world..

  • Reply Mannie B December 22, 2018 at 1:24 am

    You all manage quite well and seem to be very resourceful but why on earth would anyone monkey around the deck maneuvering and doing work up and down without a bloody pair of shoes on???? You can break a toe quite easily on a rolling boat, can't you?

  • Reply Fella Nomad December 22, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Wow if it can go wrong… glad to see you guys winning and keeping your heads and not losing your composure.. great video and keep them coming 👍

  • Reply Ben December 26, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Good stuff

  • Reply justin chew December 26, 2018 at 3:26 am

    Great work. Good problem solving!

  • Reply Cassidy Keyser January 11, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Love this series!

  • Reply Scot Fenn February 25, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Remember!! if someone falls overboard in even moderately bad open ocean weather your chances of finding them are very small.

  • Reply sly lopez February 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Greetings from Alicante, if you happened to be around here, all the beers are on me, just drop me a line.

  • Reply Yann Sylvain March 8, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Man I love these series

  • Reply Timothy Dingus March 18, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Good to hear another Kansas made it out of this land locked state of ours to the open blue. I hope to see you out there sometime when I get my boat and get it all handled.
    Fair winds and RCJH!

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