Hi! I saw your Writer's Festival talk while you were in Melbourne- you mentioned a couple of sailing community sites you use to stay safe and abreast of dangerous situations. Can you please say what they are again? I didn't have a pen or paper. :(

Asked by
delk

Hey Delk

Sure, noonsite.com is the best all-around for tracking regions (you click thru by country). And then in terms of straight-up piracy there’s a live map here

Hope that helps. And thanks for coming to the talk!

Hey! I listened to your interview on Triple J when you were in Australia, it's the first time I've heard of you. I think it's really cool what your doing, what an awesome life! Anyway, on Triple J you told a story about a rat that swam through jellyfish infested water to get to your boat... Did you save it? Stupid question, but I've been curious about it lol

Asked by
351loz

Ha! I did - captured him and released the lil guy on shore…

Are you afraid to get sick? Just imagine: you are alone, on a boat in the middle of nowhere, with high fever or diarrea. How are you gonna cope with that? Did you ever get sick on your trips? Aren't you afraid to fall and break something? Are you prepeared for such things?

Asked by
sofiahuligangel

Wow, thanks for some, um, very specific questions.

Mostly, I think I just deal. I have a basic first-aid kit on board for minor things, and then a small arsenal of supplies for more pointed needs (eg malaria pills, amoxycillan, etc). Knock on wood, I’ve yet to break anything, but there have been some deep gashes and what have you along the way. I guess I just go to great lengths to make sure I’m exceedingly careful whilst out in the remote bits…

I’m on South Korean TV, I guess!

hi. this is so cool. I am sure you get that a lot. Good for you. So how often do people ask to join you on your journey. I am sure you get that all the time but I was curious.

Asked by
mweeks2307

I’ve yet to actually ask anyone to join me - but, sure, occasionally the thought crosses my mind…

Hey Aussie folks,
For those of you in Melbourne, I’ve got a couple events on this weekend. 
Saturday, 23 Aug at 8 PM - THE RADIO HOUR
Sunday, 24 Aug  at 4 PM - Emily in conversation with Steve Braunias. 

Tickets available at the links above. Come say hi! High-res

Hey Aussie folks,

For those of you in Melbourne, I’ve got a couple events on this weekend. 

Saturday, 23 Aug at 8 PM - THE RADIO HOUR

Sunday, 24 Aug  at 4 PM - Emily in conversation with Steve Braunias

Tickets available at the links above. Come say hi!

Your journey is so inspiring. I started sailing recently, and now I can't stop dreaming about embarking on a similar trip. What's the story with how you acquired this boat in the first place? Do you have any particular tips for young wanna-be sailors? How long had you been sailing before you took off on this adventure?

Asked by
unaligned-ant

Thanks!  

The boat - I just bought it super cheap in southern California. I’d been sailing a fair bit solo on my own before this trek, but when I started out (aged 21) I’d just got a little junk boat and took off. Trial by the fire - it’s not for everyone but it’s always served me well…