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Adventure Adrift
March 26, 2021
Adventure Adrift

Adventure Adrift

Discovering the World Aboard SV Varuna: Hillary and Ty’s Journey

Hillary and Ty’s story is one of transformation and the pursuit of a dream that took them from novices in sailing to intrepid world explorers. It all began in 2012 when these two kindred spirits, bound by their shared love for adventure, crossed paths. The spark ignited by their passion for travel, culture, and the people they met during their journeys soon turned into a blazing fire, fueling their desire to live a life less ordinary.

Setting Sail on the Path Less Traveled

As they delved deeper into their shared dream, Hillary and Ty realized that their conventional careers wouldn’t suffice to support their adventurous aspirations. Instead of settling for the mundane, they made bold plans to embark on a life of sailing and exploration. The first vessel in their quest for adventure was the 1982 Pearson 367 SV Varuna. With a length of 36.5 feet and a solid fiberglass hull, Varuna was their maiden voyage into the world of sailing.

Their journey didn’t end there. The couple’s unyielding spirit led them to the refit of SV Makara, and by late 2020, they became the proud owners of SV Yaringa, a Passport 40. Their progression from one vessel to another mirrored their evolving skills and growing love for the open sea.

From Novices to Seasoned Sailors

What makes Hillary and Ty’s story truly remarkable is their humble beginnings as sailors. They started with no prior experience, approaching the world of cruising with practicality and a thirst for learning. Selling everything they owned and making their home aboard a 36-foot boat, they fully committed to their dream of exploring the world.

Their journey is a testament to the power of determination and adaptability. They immersed themselves in local communities, embraced diverse environments, and lent a helping hand wherever they could. Their mission was not just about traveling; it was about understanding the world, connecting with different cultures, and making a positive impact.

A Sustainable and Self-Sufficient Odyssey

Hillary and Ty are not just adventurers; they are passionate about sustainability and self-sufficiency. Their journey is marked by a commitment to using natural elements to power their travels, living a simple and slow-paced life. Their experiences, stories, and adventures are shared with a wider audience, inspiring others to embrace a similar lifestyle and connect with the world on a deeper level.

Supporting Adventure Adrift

If you’re inspired by Hillary and Ty’s extraordinary journey, you can be a part of it. Adventure Adrift invite you to enjoy their videos and adventures while supporting them on Patreon. Your support allows them to continue documenting their incredible journey around the world.

To experience their adventures from the beginning, visit AdventureAdrift.com or follow the links provided on their website.

Hillary’s Journey

Hillary, born in a small town south of Seattle, Washington, developed a deep love for nature early in her life. Her childhood was filled with exploration, from tending to the expansive backyard garden to venturing beyond to discover the wonders of Puget Sound and its surroundings. It was during her college years that she embarked on her first travel adventures, marked by a transformative study abroad program in Central America. Her fervent commitment to sustainability, agriculture, and economic equality served as the driving force behind her choices. However, she soon realized that the conventional career path posed formidable challenges to her aspirations.

Working in the airline industry became her ticket to the world. She spent years traveling, forming incredible friendships, and meeting Ty, who would later become her partner in adventure. By the age of 27, Hillary had explored 36 countries on five continents, all thanks to her industry travel privileges.

Ty’s Journey

Ty, on the other hand, grew up near Brisbane, Australia, and had a deep-seated desire to explore the world, especially the United States. A life-changing car accident at 17 served as a wake-up call, making him realize that life is short and should be lived on one’s own terms. He dreamed of a nomadic life, free from the constraints of the corporate world.

Ty thrived in diverse and remote environments, from the Himalayas to the African savannahs. His career had taken him through the restaurant and aviation industries, but he yearned for something more fulfilling. The dream of sailing the world’s oceans powered by the sun and wind became his ultimate goal.

Our Story Unfolds

Hillary and Ty’s story is a testament to the transformative power of following one’s dreams. They found each other while working in aviation in 2012 and immediately bonded over their shared love for travel and exploration. Their early experiences working with local communities and families around the world shaped their shared vision.

In 2015, they began to evaluate their lives, realizing that their careers left them unfulfilled. New horizons beckoned, leading them to the realization that they could achieve their goals by living aboard a sailboat. They made the brave decision to sell their home, cars, and possessions to fully embrace this nomadic lifestyle.

Their journey is far from over, and it’s an inspiring tale of embracing an alternate lifestyle that revolves around connecting with cultures and people across continents. As they sail to distant shores, Hillary and Ty invite you to join them on their remarkable adventure.

In conclusion, the story of Hillary and Ty is a captivating narrative of transformation, adventure, and the pursuit of a dream. It serves as a reminder that with determination, adaptability, and a passion for exploration, anyone can live a life less ordinary. Follow Adventure Adrift and be part of their ongoing journey to discover the world’s hidden treasures.

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Sailing to Mexico [Adventure #217]
Sailing to Mexico [Adventure #217]
After a two-night sail, we watch the sun come up over the Pacific Mexican coast. Arriving in Ensenada, we complete the check-in process with adjusted Covid-19 procedures. More about SunPure Watermakers here: http://sunpurewatermakers.com/ Our Videos abo...
Published: Mar 26, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:57
Watch out for the Battleship! [Adventure #216]
Watch out for the Battleship! [Adventure #216]
Come dive into the lush, kelp forests at Catalina Island off the California coast, then set sail south with us! Along the way we have some nice sailing conditions and get a chance to experience real life battleship maneuvers, dodging warships and have a c...
Published: Mar 12, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:55
Sailing into the Sunset [Adventure #215]
Sailing into the Sunset [Adventure #215]
Get off the grid and lose track of the days and time as you slip into the simple living of the cruising lifestyle! We sail California’s Channel Islands, departing San Miguel, sailing to the backside of Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz, and then set our sights ...
Published: Feb 26, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:18
REMOTE California Beaches [Adventure #214]
REMOTE California Beaches [Adventure #214]
25 miles off the Southern California coast, we arrive at the rugged, windswept terrain of California’s San Miguel Island. Here, we find baby seals and sea lions, archeological remains of the Chumash people, and beautiful landscapes. Join us as we hike ...
Published: Feb 12, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:01
Into the SEA Life! [Adventure #213]
Into the SEA Life! [Adventure #213]
Join us as we stock up on provisions and take off from Santa Barbara to head out the paradise of the Channel Islands in California! We spend time free diving, spearfishing and exploring the sea life underwater. As we make our way around the island we dis...
Published: Jan 29, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:31
Canvas Repairs & Fog [Adventure #212]
Canvas Repairs & Fog [Adventure #212]
We experience some extremely foggy conditions in Southern California’s Channel Islands, then sail to Santa Barbara. Here, see how Hillary takes on the project of sewing a new dodger to repair our torn and UV-damaged canvas. ________________ We hope you...
Published: Jan 15, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:14

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Beautiful Sunset Sail on the Columbia River
Beautiful Sunset Sail on the Columbia River
Out enjoying an amazingly beautiful evening and sunset on the Columbia River in Portland. Sailing a Hunter 30' as a part of Passion Yacht's Graduate Cruising classes after completing our ASA series! We hope you enjoy our videos and adventures. To help...
Published: Aug 27, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:00:39
Researching… Sailboats and Sailing Crew Opportunities [Pre-Adventure]
Researching… Sailboats and Sailing Crew Opportunities [Pre-Adventure]
Enjoying the rooftop view in downtown Portland, while doing some research. Researching boats for sale in the US and Mediterranean, debating what kind of boat to buy. Looking up sailing crew opportunities to gain experience and knowledge. We hope you e...
Published: Sep 11, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:24
Seasickness and a Breakdown at Sea [Adventure #1]
Seasickness and a Breakdown at Sea [Adventure #1]
We are so excited for our first crew opportunity, it is first time on a sailboat in the ocean and to spending a few days on board! We arrive in Marina Del Rey, meet the boat and delivery captain and start out on our voyage. Unfortunately, we quickly run ...
Published: Nov 09, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:51
Engine repairs, fish catching and SAILING to Santa Barbara! [Adventure #2]
Engine repairs, fish catching and SAILING to Santa Barbara! [Adventure #2]
Hey guys! Check out Part II of our Sailboat Delivery Trilogy! Join us as we learn all about diesel engines and fuel systems while stranded in Chanel Islands Harbor Marina. We get the engine working again, get back under way and actually get the sails up...
Published: Nov 21, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:45
Cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge [Adventure #3]
Cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge [Adventure #3]
We complete the final leg of our sailboat delivery, finalizing out delivery from Marina Del Rey to San Francisco. Join us as we hang out in Santa Barbara, get some smooth sailing around Point Conception, and bash out of Monterey Bay! We arrive in San Fra...
Published: Dec 07, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:17:26
BECOMING BOAT OWNERS! [Adventure #6]
BECOMING BOAT OWNERS! [Adventure #6]
In this episode, we officially become sailboat owners! After all the paperwork is finalized, Varuna is ours and we take her out sailing right away. We also explore the Seattle Boat Show and find a used windvane. Last, but certainly no least, we take you...
Published: Feb 26, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:00
Let the boat projects begin! [Adventure #7]
Let the boat projects begin! [Adventure #7]
We are starting to work on Varuna to get her all ready to sail South! Join us as we start to get our hands dirty and get our first taste of boat projects! We start small, with some easy and fun projects, and then get stuck with one, and quickly learn tha...
Published: Mar 12, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:16:10
The Circle of Lifelines [Adventure #8]
The Circle of Lifelines [Adventure #8]
Got rusty lifelines? No worries, you can redo them… It's the circle of lifelines! Replacing our lifelines on board was one of our highest priority items that we HAD to do before leaving Portland, taking on the big blue Pacific and sailing south. It tur...
Published: Mar 25, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:17:15
So many projects, so little time! [Adventure #9]
So many projects, so little time! [Adventure #9]
Happy Friday to everyone! Come hang with us as we work on seemingly endless projects getting Varuna all ready to set sail and go cruising! In this episode, we replace our halyard (and learn all about splicing and whipping in the process), take Makara for...
Published: Apr 09, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:19
Halyard How-To [Side Adventure #1]
Halyard How-To [Side Adventure #1]
As promised in our last video, here's a little extra how-to video, with detailed steps in how we replaced, spliced, whipped and put reefing points in our new halyard. The biggest learning experience was learning the splice, but we found a great tool that...
Published: Apr 16, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:16:03
Becoming Bluewater Ready: A Windvane and Liferaft [Adventure #10]
Becoming Bluewater Ready: A Windvane and Liferaft [Adventure #10]
Hey guys! We are finally getting to the fun stuff... prepping to be ready for offshore sailing and long passages! We have a lot of work to do, trying to figure out how to install 30+ year old a windvane, self-steering system that we got off Craigslist wi...
Published: Apr 22, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:24:27
THE VANE OF OUR EXISTENCE [Adventure #11]
THE VANE OF OUR EXISTENCE [Adventure #11]
Oh my gosh! What a project installing this windvane has been.... I guess that’s the tradeoff for a really good deal. Join us as we start to drill holes in our boat, and realize that they’re in the wrong spot… (whoops) And then drill some more holes...
Published: May 06, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:22:01
Coming Together: Projects and Families [Adventure #12]
Coming Together: Projects and Families [Adventure #12]
In this episode, we finally start to wrap up some projects, finishing up the windvane install, then tackling a few other projects and scoring a great deal on some supplies for Varuna. Our families also come to town for a visit and we take them out for som...
Published: May 20, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:26:02
SAILING IN COLOR [Adventure #13]
SAILING IN COLOR [Adventure #13]
We’re getting sooo close!! Our final weeks in Portland getting Varuna all ready to go cruise include sailing, getting a spinnaker, checking out our temporary new home, and some boat projects… sewing, cleaning and we start provisioning! Few, that’s ...
Published: Jun 04, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:26:20
GOODBYE PORTLAND [Adventure #14]
GOODBYE PORTLAND [Adventure #14]
It’s a long one, but we promise a really good one! Join us as we scramble around to finish up last minute projects and errands on Varuna before officially untying the lines and saying goodbye to Portland. We set sail for a 3-day trip down the beautiful...
Published: Jun 17, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:35:11
WEST OF THE ROCKIES [Adventure #15]
WEST OF THE ROCKIES [Adventure #15]
Well, once this post goes live, we will be off sailing in the Pacific, somewhere off of Southern California, getting close to the Channel Islands! That’s right, we’ve officially untied the lines from the Pacific Northwest and set off on our journey so...
Published: Jul 01, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:29:33
COLUMBIA RIVER BAR OR BUST! [Adventure #16]
COLUMBIA RIVER BAR OR BUST! [Adventure #16]
The time has come... before we get to enjoy warm, sunny sailing and sunsets in the tropics, we have to get there! The journey South from Oregon to warmer weather calls for braving one of the most treacherous bar crossings in the world, the Columbia River ...
Published: Jul 16, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:29:53
OPEN OCEAN BATHING [Adventure #17]
OPEN OCEAN BATHING [Adventure #17]
Part 2 of our offshore passage from the Columbia River to the Channel Islands and Southern California! The weather calms down, we get a chance to go for a swim and have a bath 300 miles off the California Coast, see some awesome sea life, check out Santa ...
Published: Jul 30, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:26:52
Meet “MJ” – Our newest addition to the crew! [Adventure Adrift Extra]
Meet “MJ” – Our newest addition to the crew! [Adventure Adrift Extra]
We'd like to introduce the newest member of our crew, "MJ" the drone, a Yuneec Typhoon 4k! We took her out for her very first flight over the Ventura Beach. More to come very soon!
Published: Aug 02, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:03:00
Venturing to Santa Cruz Island [Adventure #18]
Venturing to Santa Cruz Island [Adventure #18]
We are finally settling into cruising life, balancing boat repairs and exploring amazing new places! After landing in Ventura, we are happy to take advantage of the convenience of being at a dock and get some projects done. After we get all of our boat w...
Published: Aug 12, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:24:55
STERN TIED, LOST RIDE [Adventure #19]
STERN TIED, LOST RIDE [Adventure #19]
What happens when you combine some awesome Channel Island anchorages and a string of misadventures in Santa Barbara, you ask? Well Episode 19 happens! Come check out some crazy, beautiful spots on Santa Cruz… We find ourselves with a gorgeous private c...
Published: Aug 27, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:23:40
SINKING BOW SPIRITS [Adventure #20]
SINKING BOW SPIRITS [Adventure #20]
Ay, yai, yai…. What have we been up to lately? Oh, you know… just breaking our bowsprit and anchor pulpit right off the front of our beloved Varuna, you? It was a terrible and heartbreaking night for us on Varuna. We were so excited to set sail from...
Published: Sep 03, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:43
FORESTAY, OUT OF THE WAY! [Adventure #21]
FORESTAY, OUT OF THE WAY! [Adventure #21]
Who needs a forestay anyways?! Well, maybe if you want to do some sailing… but before we do any more of that, it’s time to do a partial de-rigging and remove our forestay so the boatyard can get to work on fixing our bowsprit and anchor pulpit. We’...
Published: Sep 09, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:30
EATEN ALIVE [Adventure #22]
EATEN ALIVE [Adventure #22]
Eaten Alive… or a close call at least! In this episode, join us as we drive back and forth across California for Ty to work, taking in the beautiful mountain views along the way. We stop at Donner Pass, a place with quite the interesting history… It ...
Published: Sep 17, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:08
LAND CRUISING THE SIERRAS [Adventure #23]
LAND CRUISING THE SIERRAS [Adventure #23]
What happens when your boat is broken and in the boatyard, and two sailors become land-bound? Land cruising of course! As Varuna gets worked on by the boatyard, replacing her bowsprit, we hit the road driving back and forth across California and Nevada...
Published: Sep 24, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:18
BUSY BUSY BOATYARD [Adventure #24]
BUSY BUSY BOATYARD [Adventure #24]
With Varuna in the boatyard waiting for her bowsprit replacement, we have been out all over California with Ty working, but it’s finally time to say goodbye to the working world and head back to the coast. On our way back, we happen across Buttonwillow ...
Published: Oct 01, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:16
STUCK IN A LOCKER [Adventure #25]
STUCK IN A LOCKER [Adventure #25]
Well, it’s been three weeks and and the boatyard is still working to replace Varuna’s bowsprit. We decide it’s time for Ty to be done with work, so we can be there to make sure the work is progressing so that we can get out of there! While we wait,...
Published: Oct 07, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:00
SQUID BOATS, BROKEN BOATS [Adventure #26]
SQUID BOATS, BROKEN BOATS [Adventure #26]
Still stuck in the boatyard, this week we continue our own boat projects. We finish up adding some shelves into our cockpit lockers, having more fun with fiberglass and epoxy. We also chat with a very knowledgeable cruiser in the boatyard who gives us so...
Published: Oct 14, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:17
BACK TO THE ISLANDS! [Adventure #27]
BACK TO THE ISLANDS! [Adventure #27]
Finally!!! Our time in the boatyard is nearing it’s end! With work on the bowsprit nearly wrapped up, we just have a few more days left before getting back out on the water sailing again! But first, we need to get Varuna ready to sail again… cleaning...
Published: Oct 21, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:23:45
RETURN TO CRUISING LIFE [Adventure #28]
RETURN TO CRUISING LIFE [Adventure #28]
In this episode, we settle back into cruising life! Returning to the first place we made landfall in California at Forney’s Cove on Santa Cruz Island, we find some new friends to go exploring with, Scott and Laurie from Off the Starboard Hull (Check out...
Published: Oct 29, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:57
RIDING OUT A GALE [Adventure #29]
RIDING OUT A GALE [Adventure #29]
Ever wonder what it feels like to be in gale? Well here’s a little taste! In anticipation of some impending strong Northwest winds, we take refuge at Smuggler’s Cove on the East end of Santa Cruz Island. Before the wind picks up, we make it to shore...
Published: Nov 04, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:08
THANK YOU! [Adventure Adrift Extra]
THANK YOU! [Adventure Adrift Extra]
We just wanted to take a few moments to say thank you to YOU, our supporters who have made the beginning of our journey a success! We hope you enjoy our videos and adventures. To help us continue making these videos and sailing with a purpose, you can Jo...
Published: Nov 05, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:01:38
OUR JOURNEY [Adventure Adrift Sailing]
OUR JOURNEY [Adventure Adrift Sailing]
In the summer of 2015, we made the decision to start working towards actualizing our dreams of sailing, exploring and immersing ourselves into new and different cultures. In less than a year, we have made this a reality! Our aim is to travel the world, i...
Published: Nov 07, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:02:16
WORTH THE WAIT: SAN MIGUEL ISLAND [Adventure #30]
WORTH THE WAIT: SAN MIGUEL ISLAND [Adventure #30]
We have a very exciting episode in store for you! This week, we FINALLY make it out to San Miguel Island, the furthest West of all the Channel Islands. There’s some awesome sailing, followed by some very calm weather. Along the way, we get up close ...
Published: Nov 11, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:50
ALONE ON AN ISLAND, INVADED BY A SPANISH GALLEON! [Adventure #31]
ALONE ON AN ISLAND, INVADED BY A SPANISH GALLEON! [Adventure #31]
What’s like to be the only 2 people on an island? Well, we can tell you that it feels pretty amazing! Join us as we set up camp as the only humans on San Miguel Island for the night. Here, we await the ranger’s arrival, and take in the beauty of the...
Published: Nov 18, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:22
FAREWELL CHANNEL ISLANDS [Adventure #32]
FAREWELL CHANNEL ISLANDS [Adventure #32]
After several amazing months, it's time to make our last stop in the Channel Islands before heading South! Sailing to Santa Rosa we hit a streak with the fishing line and then brave some crazy surf, making it to shore to explore a 200+ year old ranch and ...
Published: Nov 24, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:19