From pirate scares to Atlantic crossings, Aussie couple vlog their sailing adventures
Updated 1349 GMT (2149 HKT) October 24, 2018
(CNN)From the Bahamas to the Mediterranean, through pirate scares and close calls with superyachts.
Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu have spent the past four years sailing to wherever their hearts desire.
Back in 2014, they were just two Australians traveling Europe. The story goes: boy meets girl, boy invites girl sailing, girl quits job, boy and girl sail the world together on "La Vagabonde."
The couple packed up their lives and moved on board Whitelum's monohull -- a 2007 Beneteau Cyclades -- which he was single-handedly sailing around Greece when he met Carausu. From there, they began living an alternative lifestyle on board a yacht -- all while documenting it on YouTube.
In fact, they've gained such a following (3.8 million views per month) that they've become sailing's most popular vloggers. They not only have "Patrons" who fund all their travel and expenses, but luxury French shipyard company Outremer kitted them out with a discounted 48ft Catamaran just last year.
It's a big step up from where they first began -- navigating a boat with barely any experience.
'Help, Google! My boat is sinking!'
"I probably had 10 hours sailing on a friend's boat about 10 years before I bought my boat," 34-year-old Whitelum tells CNN while anchored at Nassau in the Bahamas.
"I hoisted a mainsail twice -- that's the little catchphrase I use," he laughs.
Since then, the couple have sailed more than 65,000 nautical miles. They've sailed anti-clockwise around the world from Europe to New Zealand, crossed both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and everything else in between.
Whitelum, who's your typical down-to-earth, happy-go-lucky Aussie, says a lot of what they learned about sailing was through experience, though that hasn't been without a little Googling.
"He woke up to a lot of water in the boat," says Carausu, "and the first thing he did was Google 'help, my boat is sinking!' and he found the answer believe it or not!"
Captain and first mate, boyfriend and girlfriend
The adventurous couple can't help but finish each others sentences when they talk, which may not be surprising given how much time they spend with each other in such a confined space.
With the 48ft catamaran being their home, and often the only place they can walk around when they're in the middle of the Atlantic