Meet Terysa Vanderloo. She is an adventurer, but what sets her apart from many is, she ventures the world by sea in her boat called Ruby Rose. Terysa will share with you in this interview about the world of traveling by sea and all the joys and comforts she finds in sailing across the see to new and exciting lands.
Q - Tell us about yourself. Where you are from and what inspired you to travel?
Nick is from London and I am originally from Adelaide, Australia but moved to London 7 years ago. We met while traveling in India and Nepal, so we initially bonded over our love of travel; exploring different cultures and countries has continued to be an important part of our lives.
Q - What influenced you to travel and see the world by boat?
The reason we decided to sail around the world was primarily because we could think of no better way to see the world than by taking our home with us! We loved sailing and traveling by boat appealed to our sense of adventure and desire for a challenge. We started reading books dealing with circumnavigation and ocean crossings, and perusing blogs for inspiration. Slowly we educated ourselves on what such an undertaking would involve and began to prepare for our trip.
Q - Tell us some pros and cons to traveling on a boat.
Traveling by boat is definitely something you either love or hate. It doesn’t suit everybody, and Nick and I often get frustrated with the restrictions and inconveniences that living on a boat involves. The best thing about travelling by boat is the fact that wherever we are in the world, we get to go to sleep in our own bed every night, cook in our own kitchen, and chill out in our own lounge room (the nautical terms are cabin, galley and saloon respectively). We also love that we see the world from a completely different perspective; there’s nothing quite like approaching a place from the sea. Because we’re on a boat, we’re out of sync with the typical ‘tourist route’ and that allows us to connect to an area in a way that land-based travelers rarely get to. Another pro is the sense of freedom and tranquility that comes with being at sea. Watching the sunrise in the middle of an ocean is such a special experience. Lastly, our lifestyle is so much healthier than when we lived in London as we’re much more active and tend to eat a better diet.
There are as many cons as there are pros. Little things like having to manually flush the toilet instead of just pushing a button is irritating, but when the toilet gets blocked (something that happens in marine toilets quite regularly unfortunately!) it’s a day-long job to unblock it, and about as unpleasant a job as you can imagine. There are always jobs to do on the boat, some more demanding than others: the maintenance is never-ending and things often break at the most inconvenient time. Sometimes when we’re in a remote area, it can be very difficult to source the part or replacement we need, and it’s not unusual to be stuck in a place waiting for something to be fixed. Needless to say, we’ve become very self-sufficient, and try to do everything ourselves.
Internet, television and hot water are luxuries these days. We have limited power onboard and live off renewables such as solar and wind power, so anything that uses too much energy is banned, especially on windless, cloudy days. This is a blessing in disguise, as it means we have to focus on past-times such as music, art, writing, reading, watersports, hiking and yoga.
Another downside to living on a boat is obvious: sailing everywhere invariably means being caught out in unpleasant weather every now and again, and neither Nick nor I enjoy the ‘livelier’ passages. Seasickness is uncommon these days, not least because we’ve learned the hard way to never leave a harbour if the weather isn’t favourable, but sometimes we get caught out.
Q - What are some of your favorite locations you have visited and why?
We’ve sailed the UK, the Atlantic coast of France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco, as well as many islands of the Eastern Caribbean so far. We loved Morocco because it was a fascinating country and very different to the western countries we’d visited by boat so far. The Atlantic coast of France was a favourite, because we love French culture, French food, French architecture... anything French actually! There are some stunning islands and rivers to anchor in on the French coast and we loved everything about sailing around this area- except the weather which, like the UK, is quite changeable even in summer. In the Caribbean we especially loved the islands of Martinique and Dominica, the former because it is French and has many beautiful bays and beachside villages, and the latter because the scenery is so spectacular and there are few tourists here.
Q - In one sentence describe how you feel when you explore a new place.
There’s always a sense of excitement and anticipation when visiting somewhere new, but we also appreciate the rare occasions when we’re visiting a familiar port so the first couple of days aren’t spent looking for all the essential shops and services, and we can just relax and enjoy.
Q - Is there a specific quote that inspires you?
It’s an oft-repeated quote, but it really strikes a chord with us: “Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.
Q - What advice would you give to someone who wants to explore by sailing on the sea?
We get asked this a lot and my advice is to just do it- stop planning it, stop thinking about it, stop dreaming about it. Just do it. You never know what the future will hold, and the worst thing in the world is to leave your dreams unfulfilled. However, if you want to travel the world by boat, you must be 110% committed. It’s a lot of hard work, it’s often uncomfortable, frustrating and- just occasionally- dangerous. Boat maintenance and the weather forecast will take over your life, and it can also be a lonely and isolating experience. However, for me and Nick, it is all worth it. We couldn’t imagine living any other way.
Q - What are a few of your favorite things to do in your pass time while living on land or at sea?
When we’re at sea, I love to just sit on the deck and watch the water, alone with my thoughts. I know that sounds boring- and corny- but I can literally pass hours just watching the ever-moving ocean around me. It is truly hypnotic. Nick and I also read a lot, fish, do yoga or other exercise depending on how comfortable the motion of the boat is, and cook up some truly elaborate meals if weather allows. When we’re at anchor or in a marina, our past-times diverge slightly. I’m trying to improve my photography, so taking and editing photographs takes up a lot of my time, and writing is a very important part of my life. I keep a blog, but I also love writing fiction. Nick is very musical and artistic, so he spends a lot of time drawing, singing and playing his guitar. We both love the water, and our favourite toys are our snorkels and the stand up paddle board.
Q - If you had to choose to live on land or the sea what would you choose and why?
Luckily for us, we can choose between living on land or sea! We lived on land for our entire lives up until a year ago, and we’re not even close to moving back to bricks and mortar. We love our lives on the boat and wouldn’t give it up for anything. Thankfully we’re able to leave the boat every now and again and fly home (both to London and Adelaide) to visit our family, and enjoy the comfort and convenience of a spacious bed, a bath, fast internet and a fully equipped kitchen.
Q - Tell us about your website
Our website is yachtrubyrose.com. Here you’ll find tales of our latest adventures, tips for those wanting to do the same thing, information on our boat, and lots of photos.
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