Delos Part II: Brian & Karin talk Pirates, South America and babies

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AAS: So Brian who’s on the boat now? And will Brady and Josje be rejoining you?

Brian – Thanks to our amazingly awesome supporters at patreon.com/svdelos Brady and Josje both returned to Delos for the Indian Ocean crossing!  In fact Josje’s 3rd sister Babs joined us as well, and Karin had two friends from Sweden join so we were a very international crew of 7 people.  It was a pretty full boat but we all got along really well and everyone was super cool.  Having that many people onboard really added to the dynamics of the crew and it’s going to make some sweet videos I’m sure!  Right now it’s just me (Brian), Karin, and Brady on the boat.  Everyone else returned home after the season to spend time with family and friends.

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AAS: Brian – What are your plans for the next couple of years?

(Brian) I’m really pumped about exploring South America and the Caribbean, and being closer to our family.  I think we’d like to explore some of the US, it’s so crazy how you never realize how much there is to check out in your home country until you’re gone for a while.  Then it suddenly becomes as exotic and interesting as anything in the world.  So maybe the east coast of the US, and pop over to Europe.  Who knows, our plans our always changing but that’s the intended direction at least.  A little further out I’d really love to do the South Pacific all over again so that’s definitely in there somewhere.

I think we’d like to explore some of the US, it’s so crazy how you never realize how much there is to check out in your home country until you’re gone for a while

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AAS: Karin – have you been to Africa before and where are you most excited to sail to next?

(Karin) Yes, I have been to Botswana one time before a couple of years ago, visiting my dad when he worked there. It was a great time and we did some pretty amazing Safari missions out into the Okavango Delta.

After being out in the remote islands for so many months now I feel really excited to sail into South Africa. I imagine it being quite a different sailing culture around the cape, which will be interesting. Its definitely colder water down there, so you get the big sharks and the seals and we have planned to do some inland Safari missions too. So I feel really stoked that this is our next port of call and we will hopefully be able to stay for a few months too 🙂

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AAS: Brian – Will you be avoiding all the difficult spots (in terms piracy) or are there a few that you will be forced to navigate?

(Brian) I think we’ve already been through most of the sketchy spots (Sulu Sea, area between Philippines and Malaysian Borneo, Malacca Straits) and our course for the Indian Ocean took us well South and pretty far away from the Somalia Coast.  It should be pretty smooth sailing until we get to South America.  We thought the area around Madagascar would be a little problematic for theft but the situation is really good here and we haven’t felt threatened at all.

The thing I miss the most is definitely family and friends; to be away from people I love for such long periods of time is hard

AAS: Both – when you head back home to see family, are there any things you really miss from your former life on land?

(Karin) The thing I miss the most is definitely family and friends; to be away from people I love for such long periods of time is hard. Just the fact of having a coffee in town with my girlfriends, or be able to be close to family on holidays. But most of my family and quite a few friends have already been out sailing on Delos with us. And the internet (when it works) is a really nice way to keep in contact, even if it is from a far.

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(Brian)  Cruising is awesome but sometimes I miss the longer relationships and friendships you have on land.  I often think that cruising is sort of like your last few months in high school.  Everyone’s excited for graduation and summer, knowing you’re going to have a hell of a time but you also know all your friends are moving away, heading off to the university and all that.  Cruising is sort of like that because you make these incredible intense friendships but you know at some point you’ll sail in separate directions.  It’s exciting but I do miss having a little more permanent relationships sometimes.  We have another brother Brett that’s between Brady and me in age.  He has two kids and I really want to be a good uncle to them.

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AAS: Karin – what do you think you’ll be doing in 10 years from now? Back to an office job, family, kids and all that, or still cruising the World? Or both!?

I could definitely see myself doing this for another 10 years. And who knows, we have met so many amazing families cruising with kids so we’ll just have to see 🙂

(Karin) I think sailing is an amazing lifestyle and I wouldn’t like to be anywhere else in my life right now. I have been on Delos for almost 5 years and the more I sail the more amazing it becomes! So right now I could definitely see myself doing this for another 10 years. And who knows, we have met so many amazing families cruising with kids so we’ll just have to see 🙂

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AAS: Brian – You’re now three quarters of the way round the World. What happens when Delos finally reaches the shores of the USA? Can you ever see yourself parting ways from this Delos?

(Brian) Wow, crazy to think that in just over a year we’ll be in that situation!  It’s been such an amazing trip and has changed my perspective on life in countless ways I can’t imagine stopping or leaving this life.  That being said I really would like to have a home base, someplace to keep toys and learn the good places to eat and shop.  Someplace to set out all the cool stuff we’ve collected on the trip.  Ultimately if we work things right I’d like to spend 6 or so months sailing for a season, then head back to the home base for the rest of the year.  I think it’s doable if we plan it right ☺

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6 Comments

  • Mike McHale says:

    Hi Brian & Karin I have been watching your journey around the world and been loving all your safe harbors and journeys your photography and professional video editing are a highlight.I love the drone shots and theunderwater spectacular life.
    I have had a few boats in my lifetime of 65 years. Started with a small Coronado 25 and then jump to power (32′ twin engine stinkpot) for 30 years during that time I sailed and powered . At one point I inherited my brothers 50 foot Meridian I didn’t keep it very long just to park it was $1000 a month. I am looking forward to your continued journeys.I hope you got the beer money I sent 50 bucks to buy you a few beers.

  • Steve Stonecipher says:

    Head back to Panama or around Cape Horn and redo the South Pacific. Stop at the Galapagos, and or,,Easter island. Going up the East coast of the US or heading to the Mediterranean—minus a jump to the Azores is a bad idea. But that’s just my opinion.It’s what I would do if I was in your shoes. We want to see tropical waters,,and never want to leave them.

  • Tim Cernovs says:

    I know it’s well behind you and at least a year or more till you guys could be there but I have some awesome friends living in the Solomon Islands for the next 3 years that would love to have a visit from you guys or any pass crew if u do or can 🙂

    I’ll make sure to be there myself and my young daughter are big big fans. Love the videos and blogs keep up the good work. Love and safe sailing from Australia

  • James Hollingsworth says:

    Love following Brian and Karin and the Delos journey. I grew up sailing sunfishes and hobies on Clearwater Beach, FL. I went to the Naval Academy and had an opportunity to sail a 44 ft sloop to Halifax during my senior year. I was then and have been hooked to sail blue water since then. Fast forward 20 yrs, four kids and life…and watching Delos adventures takes me back to my early sailing days. I have nine years till my youngest is done with school and we are going to do a similar (sell everything) get away. Till then, my patron payments and dreams are with Delos and the crew. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

    -James

  • Jim Shaw says:

    Brian, I love your life. So freaking Jealous. Karin you too have quite the life.
    Brian and Karin, you guys have been together for 5 years. Are you guys a couple?

    Priscilla and I are looking forward to many more videos. Can’t wait to see the 0 lat, 0 lon crossing video. I wish I could be a fly on the wall on that day. I always wanted to become a golden shellback. Probably not in this life time though.

    Good luck, stay safe may the winds be at your back.

  • Sam Collier says:

    I subscribed to the SV Delos youtube page about 3 years ago and have enjoyed every video since.. I have told my wife that I hope to go sailing some day even if its just for a few weeks. I sit here in my government building in my little cubicle and get transported to beautiful tropical places that you guys bring to me every week or so. My patron payment is going to a wonderful group of people. Prayers for a safe journey.

    -Sam

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