Our Journey through the Famous Corinth Canal! (Sailing La Vagabonde) Ep. 118
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Our Journey through the Famous Corinth Canal! (Sailing La Vagabonde) Ep. 118

August 14, 2019

We’ll get Kala up there when she’s finished sun baking. Kayla! back to work! This is so funny, the dogs are like going crazy, they’re grabbing the ropes, they’re not letting the boat in front leave Good morning everyone We are currently nearing the Corinthian Canal the canal that connects the Ionian and the Aegean Sea so we are about to go island hopping The Cyclades Islands the place where Riley and I first met So a few days ago we sailed from Catalonia to the third-largest city in Greece called Patra We’ve been in touch with a guy called Giorgio. Say hello Giorgio hello! A Local from Patra, and he took us to his house and his wife made us an amazing traditional Greek dinner Im getting very excited for this Cos I made a s**tload of food They’re ‘fake’ doll mothers they’re not with meat This is Saganaki These are olives
I love olives ya This look amazing Thank you very much, we really appreciate it. Last minute we asked these guys to put on a traditional meal for us and they knocked it up in about 5 seconds Love it, Thankyou Our pleasure to have you guys After we ate our friends told tales of ancient Greece, there was also some Greek dancing lessons before we headed home Its embarrassing either way ..and the men go down So this morning we left the city and headed east towards the canal after an absolute… I can’t say s**t fight can I? It was an absolute nightmare The wind blew up so we were getting pushed against the dock. Riley were we expecting these winds? where did they come from? It wasn’t wasn’t supposed to be this serious, but anyway. There’s a hardcore blow right now and Things are just really bad. I’ve got this engine on flat out, because were dragging, as the winds picking up, were getting pushed back onto the wall As the winds picking up, we’re getting pushed back onto the wall. both of our cleats are full of large diameter rope and We need to take another one to pull us off the wall so I’m going to use, I’m going to tie another one of our ropes to one of their ropes and Take it to the windlass to pull us forward a bit, and we better do that now Elayna. i’ll turn them in the Sunroom Yeah Keep goin’ im just struggling with one hand, hold on Now That’s not perfect, but it’ll hold us we’re not creeping back now, i think we’re ok That’s the sort of thing that always happens when you’re away from the boat. We weren’t like we were on board fortunately. Elayna was editing flat-out, but yeah Just heard a little creak at the back But it was all fine because one of my really good friends Kayla had just flown 25 hours from Australia to come and join us here on the water, so.. hello! very excited is that the jet-star Pointed toes? I just realised my boobs are bouncing everywhere, probably not the best.. thats alright How are you this morning Riles? yea good whats going on? We’re about to head to the Corinthian Canal. Well, we are heading there. It’s just there so you’ve already radioed ahead? Yeah, they weren’t particularly helpful. they just said radio when you get closer, and I said well What time is everyone goin’ through and he said radio when you’re closer. I said, okay. Mr. Troyer is on GoPro Tree-mount duties.. Yo, GoPro, if you’re hearing this, make something from you that does the same thing.. because it took us forever to find this I think it was a one-of-a-kind We swam and battled in chess before we received a radio update It would be another three hours until we could get through We had enough time to tie off to a random jetty nearby and get a few quick jobs done one of which we’d been postponing for a while now What is your name? Eleni Eleni.. thats very similar to Elayna’s,
Yes you’ve been helping me find some tools and stuff today. Haven’t you. Hi nice to meet you, have a nice travel around the world. I am so jealous Came down here the other day and because of the glue between the fiberglass and the wood probably because of the fibre glass being a bit crooked and we’re right up against this bit here It come loose so the roof was basically collapsing so ive just pulled it down it’s under warranty, but it would just be quicker if I do it myself so, pull it down scrape the glue off it, put an epoxy on, then I’m gonna put a stronger glue on then stick it back up Hopefully all these little things here line up with the bits of roof, and then they just clip back in place And it’s taking a lot longer than I thought It’s hard because you got it. I’ve got to sand all this off, and it’s been annoying and hot, but we’re getting there Good job guys Carpenters We arrived at the canal which didn’t look too exciting all we could see was a long break wall We were told to anchor outside it and wait for their okay to start moving through It could be another hour for all we knew, we decided to give the hull scrape, mostly Riley, the girls are swam The Corinth canal is eight meters deep and excavated at sea-level So it doesn’t need any locks it took them 12 years to make it, and it was first opened in 1893 The canal shaves off a 700 kilometer journey around the Peloponnese Peninsula and around 11,000 ships pass through each year Mostly small vessels that can handle the narrowness and are able to dodge the result of landslides that sit under the surface We’re already halfway through the canal its only half an hour to get through unlike the Panama Canal that took about two days But there’s no wind you could just imagine how hard it would be going through here as you can imagine, with the prevailing winds from down here That every now and then it just absolutely hammers through here, I guess they’d shut it down I don’t know, ive only just heard rumors from other sailors. Hey Kala, do you want to do a quick tell me of who are you and where are you from? Hello, Im Kala Elayna and I met at dancing when we were about Year 9 or 10 I think? Have been friends ever since and we’ve been separated pretty much since end of high school because I moved to Perth But we’ve always made time to see each other so I decided I’d fly over and come see her and visit Riley as well Awesome, yeah, cool, well, Thank you for coming all of this way And just like that we’d made it through to the Aegean Sea so thats it.. easy wasn’t it! Thought we’d get a bit more current and turbulence in the water, but nope. didn’t seem to be an issue All we had to do was dock on the other side to pay and we were free Okay, who do we pay? The people inside Going through the canal was worth the trip for us because it meant we could sail the Meltemi wind south through the islands Rather than having to be into it if we had gone around the mainland of Greece and up The Meltemi wind blows from the north and in the middle of summer which is right now. It is at its peak Try out the dog whisperer ah look at ’em all lining up say hello to me! love me This is so funny. The dogs are like going crazy. They’re grabbing the ropes are not letting the boat in front leave Wow I would not run over there if i was that guy. they’re gonna do the same with our boat I think. out from here We’ll just go spinning off Alright I need someone out the front with the fender We’ll get Kala out there, when she’s finished sun baking. Kala, back to work! Four years ago before I met Elayna I sailed the boat across I didn’t sail I motored From Italy to Croatia down the coast single-handed down the coast of Albania Did you sail at all? yes, but I was learning so you know I definitely had to rely on the motor because I had Zero idea what I was doing. I was anchoring all wrong and made a lot of mistakes But came all the way down I let my mate borrow the boat and go through the Corinth canal, which is what we’ve just done I was at work and flew back And then me and my mate Sammy Liston who’s a helicopter pilot, We sailed down this channel here similar Yeah, and so I was getting to be teary-eyed before and then we stayed at Poros and then it was when we left In the morning it was so foggy And I didn’t even realize that that was dangerous and my mate who is the helicopter pilot is like “this is extremely dangerous” Can you hear any ferries and I’m and then we were searching around for my honker I couldn’t find it so we were, I was, yelling out honk every now and then because I knew it was annoying him He was like it’s this is dangerous, and we were playing chess, and we started drinking pretty early in the day, but Yeah, and then I went from this island to one or two others all into one or two others, and then I met Elayna in Ios And thats all she wrote The rest is history nah But it is it’s pretty Certainly in this part of the trip Because I’ve done this before just four years earlier this exact route so its pretty… I’ve been a long way.. We cruise past cliff faces until we reached our first stop for the night, poor us It’s pretty crowded, so we’re just trying to find a spot We’re not sure exactly where we can and can’t go. There’s no anchor inside and they’ve cut the cleats off I’m not sure exactly what’s going on there I know we’re not going to be moored up there tonight We are cruising into town past the cute little fishing boat. It’s actually we had to park a long way away from Like Center because there weren’t any spots, quite a busy place We’re actually in a charter place We’re not supposed to be where we are but the the guy said that it was okay for now, for tonight Can’t be too, okay Na Troyer do you want a beer? sure So either please The beautiful town of Poros is perched on a hill Unfortunately we wouldn’t be doing much sightseeing as we were only here for one night And it’d been a year since I’d seen my pal Kala boobie Make that booty as big as it can be Shake that booty Shake that booty shake that booty shake that booty booty booty booty booty Please give the video a thumbs-up if you liked it and join us next week for the worst day of my life


  • Reply Sailing La Vagabonde May 10, 2018 at 3:10 am

    Another angle from some fellow Aussie Sailors:

  • Reply Kelly Turner September 3, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Love every video and yes I watched every video! Wish I could afford to be a patron currently saving up for a boat! You guys are so inspirational!!! Really curious as to what to do if you ever encountered a rogue wave? Thanks for sharing your adventures with us!! 😍😍

  • Reply Heidi and Franny's Garage September 7, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Wow, that is an amazing video! Really, really enjoyed it. The imagery and storytelling are just the best. I saw the next video before this one. What a difference! I don't know what else to say! Thanks! f

  • Reply Greg Jelly September 8, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Is the boat yours?

  • Reply Musa Nomo September 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    went bungeejumping there once

  • Reply Callum Cooper September 15, 2018 at 12:19 am

    I’m sorry I’m dirty minded but she said hardcore blow 😂😂

  • Reply Bradley Aston September 18, 2018 at 4:03 pm


  • Reply Al Paca September 21, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    I love you're videos and think you're an amazing couple with an awesome lifestyle and outlook. But damn I am so jealous of you 🙁

  • Reply R4NIE7 September 30, 2018 at 5:43 am

    my fave coup.eee

  • Reply Don Nilo October 16, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    You have such a lovely life!

  • Reply Muran Trupja October 17, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Great video from Greece ( Korintho )

  • Reply Kim jong Un October 22, 2018 at 8:31 am

    You should make a volleyball and name it Wilson

  • Reply Jimini Cricket October 22, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Everyone's dream life surely fairplay. Greetings from Ireland

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    You like using the John Mayer Dancing in a burning room song but, you are using a cover song of it. You should check out this version of it by a well known guitarist I am sure you will love it as much as I do! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbCzjpzg9jg

  • Reply seven smith October 31, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    I have been fallowing on you tube ,and I think you are neat and fun to watch.

  • Reply Nathanael Finlayson November 5, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    9:54 that wasn't a throw. That was an attack. 😂

  • Reply Matthew Wilson November 7, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Oh what a life. You are really roughing it!

  • Reply tamara November 11, 2018 at 2:23 am

    The lady chef in this is amazing. Love her light!

  • Reply 95netta November 16, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    @7:10 whats the song, it sounds like a great remix

  • Reply Nomad KVT November 19, 2018 at 10:39 am

    If ever u guys sail through the pacific drop me an email….I would love too treat u guys too a Fijian meal…n show u guys a great time..

  • Reply Mick C ! December 2, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    What’s the song at 11:29 anyone ?

  • Reply Bubble Boot December 13, 2018 at 2:10 am

    4:20 that’s alright look and you will laugh 😂

  • Reply Rodz!lla 666 December 17, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    beautiful people in beautiful places …… I love it

  • Reply Hey mate December 19, 2018 at 8:47 am

    I wanna do this when I’m older

  • Reply jose miguel Bey Kahn December 22, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Kayla WELCOME!!!!!!!

  • Reply Andrew Peterson December 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm



  • Reply Mister Itchy January 7, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Greek food is the BEST in the world! What was that dance at the end … the booty wipe?

  • Reply Gerhard van Tonder January 9, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    The French must bake bread and not build boats!!

  • Reply Dread Step January 10, 2019 at 4:29 am

    "That's alright" hahaha

  • Reply Scott Denman January 23, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Loved the line launch from Kayla to the dude on the seawall. Laughed for a few days!

  • Reply tom liordos January 24, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Who thumbs this down and why???😂😂😂

  • Reply Patrick Hureau March 4, 2019 at 3:29 am

    In crowded places, I remember marking the anchor with a flotter, also useful to retrieve it on a rocky bottom where it could get stuck. Have you ever tried it to partially prevent such a problem?

  • Reply Nikos Ntou April 7, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Patras is my home town and it's so great to see it in one of your vids !!

  • Reply Terry JP April 21, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    the best couple, most interesting on youtube. hands down.

  • Reply Blonde Archer April 22, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Lmao white grillz be like "booteh booteh"

  • Reply Dejay Rezme April 29, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I wonder if the propeller created some kind of strange suction against that wall? Some kind of hydrodynamic effect because the boat was square against a solid wall and somehow that pulls the boat in through some kind of vortex.

  • Reply Matthew Mitchell May 9, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    We love miner, glad to see you do too!

  • Reply Dimitris Sanopoulos May 17, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Don't forget the bridge in Patra is ΕΡΓΟ ΠΑΣΟΚ…

  • Reply anneza dam May 26, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Love from Paros Greece 😍😍😍🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷❣❣❣❣

  • Reply KneeSea May 29, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Not sure that the song link for Hugo is correct. But I knew I recognized the song! It’s a remake of John Mayer’s “Slow Dancing In a Burning Room” – one of my favorites. I love the music y’all share thru your videos! ❤️

  • Reply jrkartch June 3, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Amazing experience…

  • Reply phillip spencer June 4, 2019 at 4:09 am

    riley looks like math mcannaough

  • Reply John Tatum June 5, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    I think of the origins of the Books of Corinthians in the Bible…then I think of other books about grecian churches..such as Galatians and Ephesians…cool eh? Many of the early churches of Christianity came from that area.

  • Reply Jamie Lancaster June 9, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Her cooking looks so DELICIOUS😋

  • Reply Rupert Bloomsbury June 12, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Aussies love DIY even though it's under

  • Reply Zigoto June 13, 2019 at 5:06 am

    Go to Mauritius island !!

  • Reply Nob Ruoj June 16, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Man you started sailing knowing zero? How did you learn cannot be just trial and error, what did you read and where did you get help online? You sure have become a pro but then I know zero myself but I ai have to assume you are given the places and weathers you have had to deal with. A real pleasure to stop by your website , I was first here when you had less than 100k subs. I would say you are lucky but I have to say you created your own luck and that is the kind of luck that keeps giving… Your beautiful baby your beautiful wife your beautiful boat your beautiful life .

  • Reply awdawd awdawdad June 16, 2019 at 3:08 am

    I wanna see more of the booty arrr matey

  • Reply Trav B June 17, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    I have a crush on your friend.

  • Reply selin özge Erdem June 21, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    love you greece and love you three! love from turkey, hope you will cross bosphorus some time

  • Reply Nir Gonen June 22, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Riley I love your wife she is so cool and gorgeous she got this charm and flare I love. She got a sister?

  • Reply Melinda Lara June 26, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    I see those boats are not made very well, seems you guys are always constantly working on the boat. Seems the boat itself is a full time job. Better than any job in the usa for sure. I never knew how crappy they made those boats seems very expensive for something always needing work.

  • Reply Jimbo Bojim June 27, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Oh my, that food!

  • Reply ZERO FOXTROT June 30, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Is it rude to ask how much the boat was? Does anyone know ✌️

  • Reply Lorraine Chamberlain July 2, 2019 at 3:43 am

    We spent two nights along this very canal on Halloween, in 1970! We hitched there & slept out under the stars on a moonless night, walked to a tiny town in search of a candy – for Halloween – and strolled back in the dark on a tiny road, walking in the middle, trying not to finish our chocolate before getting back to our sleeping bags. In the daytime, we sunbathed on a rocky little beach, then positioned ourselves on the side of the canal at a low point, after watching boats, cargo ships & cruise liners get in position in the bay, waiting to cross into Corinth. In some cases, they barely squeezed thru…the hulls having what looked like only INCHES on each side! People on the water waved to us as we jumped in the air, waving madly back to them.
    I remember collecting three different types of peculiar little two-colored stones with an angled stripe in the middle on the beach that day.I kept picking out smaller & smaller versions of these smooth stones until my boyfriend, Geoff, approached me with his hands behind his back. "I found the perfect one for you."He said. I was touched, and held out my hand.
    He placed his out, palm up. "Here" he said. In his hand was one tiny grain of sand. Very funny! I guess I WAS getting a bit obsessive.🙄 what an adorable guy…making fun of me was his favorite passtime, which further endeared me to him. Later on, before returning to London, I decided to sort my duffle bag, and get rid of some things. It had become quite heavy. Instead of discarding the books, rocks, postcards, magazines & journals I had accumulated, I left a stack of clothes and a pair of shoes on a chair in our hotel room, in Athens, with a note for the maid. I suggested she take what she wanted, and share the rest with friends or family. It was some pretty cute stuff, but I just couldn't part with my collections…plus the 3 books a Greek fellow had asked his wife to gift wrap for me…which turned out to be two Reader's Digest CONDENSED BOOKS, and a bizarre PORN novel translated from Russian, which I read aloud to Geoff and Fred& Arawana, our traveling companions, on the beach. It had very large print, and we each read chapters aloud, finishing in an afternoon, laughing in fits.Oh god we just howled, as this fellow had presented himself as the "most intellectual man in Nafplion". He had studied "Hospitality" in Italy & Switzerland for 3 months, for his job at the Board of Tourism in the Peloponnesus. It was hilarious.
    It's great to see this canal again after all these years, and recall that trip where we stayed above Nafplion for weeks, sleeping in a cave under the Roman ruins of a fortress high above the Mediterranean. We would venture into town, where a tiny hotel manager let us shower & wash our clothes in a room for free, then hang them to dry in the courtyard while we had breakfast. The residents of that little fishing village were all so friendly and welcoming…inviting us into their homes & once out to a taverna where they danced & flung plates on the floor. Once, in my effort to speak Greek, I ordered Metaxa for us all. It took FOREVER to arrive. When the waiter brought a platter of POTATOES to us, they all laughed at me and my failed language abilities.
    I'm loving your videos, kids! I've been bingeing on them for a week now…out of sequence…and have enjoyed every one so far. It's a pleasure to witness such a lovely relationship between two people under some stressful times…and even a BABY added! You are an inspiration to the world with your positivity & kindness…and mutual respect. It's good medicine to witness in these troubled times. Sending love from San Francisco from a former East Coast sailor, now an aging landlubber who occasionally takes a sail on the YachtRuby around Alcatraz, heeled over, listening to loud music, or to some hilarious tales told by the outrageous Captain Josh…an eccentric old salt who designed & built the Ruby, then sailed it around the world himself. You can see him at RubySailing.com.
    Stay smooth, kiddos! I'll keep watching!💗💕Lorraine

  • Reply Lorraine Chamberlain July 2, 2019 at 3:46 am

    PS Fabulous content, editing, and GREAT MUSIC! Best channel ever.💖👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💖

  • Reply brian hurkett July 5, 2019 at 9:32 am

    The food looks absolutely delicious

  • Reply Tammy Kroll July 6, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    That canal looks so cool

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  • Reply Burner918 July 7, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Hey guys, love your videos. Recently stumbled across your channel and am hooked. I'm still catching up to the tons of content that you've put up, but if a video doesn't already exist, I would love to see a video about your tech gear, i.e. you laptops, cameras, your video editing process, how do you guys deal with WiFi onboard. Would love to see a video focused on just that aspect. Apologies in advance, if a video about that already exists and I just haven't watched that yet.

  • Reply Ahmad Alousi July 7, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    You guys are awesome and I really like what you do! Keep on & Best regards!

  • Reply S Tolv July 8, 2019 at 5:13 am

    L O L 9:56 she almost felled him

  • Reply Chris McCollum July 9, 2019 at 4:39 am

    great episode

  • Reply Aaron Manzano July 9, 2019 at 6:31 am

    LoL @ Riley, "That's alright 😏". 😂🤣🤣

  • Reply Rama Angkawidjaja July 20, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Congrats 1 mil!!

  • Reply captain kirk July 23, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Like the boat looks like the one of waterworld

  • Reply ૐmikros nikolasૐ July 30, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    1:11 Patra is the city where i live .come to patras carnival..πατραραααα

  • Reply JC Baily August 4, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    I remember that canal from many years ago when I was flying around the world and to Africa and had stopped in Athens for several nights but if I recall correctly at that time(mid 70's—gee, I am dating myself) there was only one bridge across it….how it has changed!!!! Everything is so beautiful there…..thanks!

  • Reply Westy August 8, 2019 at 8:16 am

    The drone work is invaluable to this channel. Such a sick perspective.

  • Reply Jay Matson August 8, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Been following you 2 legends for a bit now. Going through all the old videos and keeping up with the new ones. Absolutely love some of the scenery in this footage. You 2, well 3 legends with Lenny now, absolutely live the dream in my opinion. Hope that you both continue to have safe sails and many great adventures to come. I dream of one day having as epic of a lifestyle as you guys do. Hope to see you in person one day, awesome couple. Safe sails guys!

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