100 Days in a DESERTED ISLAND, Real Story - Unforgettable Sailing Ep. 173

100 Days in a DESERTED ISLAND, Real Story  - Unforgettable Sailing Ep. 173

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would you be able to survive  100 days in a desert island  ? we are georgia and diego and  this is our home unforgettable   for the past five years we've been  sailing the planet, and our challenge now   is to continue the adventure as our family  grows , subscribe and join our life at sea good morning today we are going to sail but we  won't be sailing unforgettable we're going to   sail agape agape is our friend's boat and  we are going with them to tahiti we have a   medical appointment to see how the baby is and  they're going to tahiti and you're going to   take a ride with them it's always nice to save  other boats don't you ever get tired of sailing   now you're going to sailing you're  going to save other people's boats   yeah sorry i'm just trying to eat something  before we leave really quick so you don't get   seasick right it's gonna yeah it's gonna be  nice to get a ride to tahiti so we just come   back by ferry all right but to go there we  need a dinghy and this is where lottie comes good morning that's so hacking oh life it's been so long since i  believe myself time to drive my pride so hear me brother we're headed west this trees was always mine how good is that to not to be involved in uh   anchoring or navigation just enjoy the  ride beautiful morning thank you guys so we made to tahiti guys with our friends rachel  and josh and this is rachel hi rachel rachel   is a model and now she yeah now she's working  behind the cameras super talented photographer   this is their beautiful ball tagapi welcome on  board which boat is this richo it is a tiana 42   oh nice i really like it and we got new  crew member this year who is this one hello hi hi this is gili right kaylee hello  gilly you can give your tour front cabin yes   where the magic happens this is where  you enjoy sleep yes small bathroom   small no i love your bathroom this is huge yes salon very small quick boat tour but it's  been home for seven years now two years before   leaving and then this is our fifth year sailing  now what are the boys doing instagram back in the   land of technology how about you do same same just  checking the latest not much happening here and   yeah we arrived here in tahiti soon we go  down for lunch before our appointment and   uh i'm grateful and happy because this more  this passage sometimes can be not so nice   and this morning was just uh smooth and nice  we had great time with these legends here so   easy just listening to the diesel bubble josh at  some point i saw diego behind the wheel just like   in the captain's spots how do you feel about it  if he wants to work the helm that's fine with me   this crew doesn't know their place right i  know my no rachel is boss diego is helmsman   you're the videographer and i'm in the galley  cooking great breakfast by the way come and see when we looked at boats originally the only thing  that i said i didn't want was a boat with a lot   of teak or a lot of wood on the outside because  you always have to varnish and take care of it   but this is the one that rachel  liked so this is the one that we got   so it's a cutter rig it just means that it has one  mast with a boom and then two head seals so a jib   or genoa and a stay sail but it makes it uh yeah  very good for when it's heavy weather it gives   you more and more options this is a berry design  very sea worthy boat so this one is robert harris   but yep bob perry did like the tiana 37 and  52 and i think harris did the 42 and the 55.   i think which year is she so this is a 1984. so  she's just celebrating like her what 37 years   old or something nice yeah still good still strong  in great shape good job captain yeah yeah a little   bit of varnish work but yeah nothing too bad so  we've lived aboard for six years now almost seven   we lived in california for two years on the boat  first before leaving and back in november 2016   we left southern california and spent one year in  mexico one year in central america and have been   here in french polynesia now for two years with no  plans of leaving we're gonna try and stick really   close to you guys for as long as french police  will have us yeah and uh i don't see any reason   to leave man this place is it's not a bad place to  be stuck no locked down not at all yeah uh talking   about being stuck then lockdown yeah you i think  you guys you have the coolest story about the   the all the craziness about corona you guys had  just like an amazing story and i think you made   the most of it well we left march 5th and we had  we had heard of corona it was kind of spreading in   other countries we had no idea that the borders  would close it was still like a really far-off   thing you know like oh it's in china and oh it  might be here and maybe here but it was like   a really bad flu and we planned on going for two  weeks so we'd like bought two weeks worth of food   and we're like yeah we'll go to this uninhabited  island that's really beautiful it's the most   amazing place that i think we've been yet but  we're only going to be there for two weeks we're there some friends had satellite phones  and they messaged and said that the borders were   closing and that we were supposed to be staying  where we were at and yeah so two weeks turned into   three months yeah so at the time the option  was either you can stay where you are   or come back to tahiti but if you came to tahiti  they weren't allowing people to even swim off of   their boats and it's like a that you could only  anchor in certain places we had heard all this   stuff and it didn't sound very appealing  so we decided to stay there we were free   there's no internet no grocery stores no  provisions or anything but we could swim we   could go fishing we could yeah we could go move  about within the axle where we wanted and we had   friends so it was nice but yeah three months of  being off grid the water maker broke generator   it was acting up the outboard died what  else broke something else about whatever   the batteries are batteries yeah so it  was very simple living but it was really fulfilling do so i think when you think about uh three months  away in a desert island the main concern is food   how you doubt is that we ran out of vegetables  fairly early on yeah and so we ate a lot of   coconuts we got really creative with that i  learned how to make coconut cream ice cream and   we made our own coconut milk for fish curries like  the last onion you know you get to the last onion   and onions aren't anything even special but  then all of a sudden you're cutting it in half   and half again just like us a little bit and  you're like shoot that was it that's like   that's all of it to be really like isolated yeah  isolated like castaways like as a kid that's what   i dreamed of was being like robertson crusoe and  then that was like you have unlimited time and you   can be as childlike as you want because there's  nobody there to judge you except for my boss   and so there's no social obligations  we had no internet so we couldn't   actually send any emails there was  no people to message or respond to   no social media to scroll for hours and uh yeah  so josh built a sailing raft a catamaran and   we had all kinds of catamaran as a stretch  it was a raft it floated and it sailed so yeah because uh exactly what you said  we think about cruising and being like on   uh very remote places but that not doesn't happen  so often and you have the ultimate experience to   to live in a place like that for so long it was  true it was awesome and uh that brought some uh   the best of you i i think you dealt with that with  a great attitude and yeah instead of panicking you   just like uh make the most of it people on  the outside look and they're like oh well   he's the captain like which what what are  we gonna do where are we gonna go and i was   trying to think of like making a good decision  for rachel and i and where to put the boat   and then after a while and like messaging with  my parents in hawaii they're like you're in   paradise what are you talking about like there's  coconuts there's fish you there's water no virus   no virus like you stay there as long as you  can and then it was like a mind shift going   we're not in we're not trapped here like we can  leave if we want to but man this is paradise why   would we ever want to leave i think also realizing  that the people like the tahitians and the palmotu   people have lived there for hundreds thousands  of years without all the amenities that we had   so just that realization of okay we can survive  we can co like when our water maker failed   we collected rain water and there was a cistern  with had been sitting for a long time but we   filtered the water it had some red worms in it  but we were able to use that for showering and   dishes we were looking for extra protein anyway  so and but just realizing that we didn't need that   much to be happy or even to survive that that  simplification process that was forced on us   actually made us happier in the long run so  we're hoping to head back there this week   we didn't have enough of it yeah we're roughly  one year uh that was one year ago and now we're   going back to the same place yeah yeah just  to actually disconnect with that intention   of getting off of our phones slowing down um  but now we go back with a working water maker   a new outboard and we're gonna go to the grocery  store and buy like some fresh stuff who came back   i saw that video from josh actually fighting with  sharks for a fish that was that was crazy man there's at least always half a dozen sharks  swimming around our boat there is six to ten   sharks always there because there's no people  and the the reefs are healthy there's healthy   populations of fish so there's healthy shark  populations which means there's lots of sharks   yeah and so anytime we needed to go to the grocery  store we'd hop into the sea and go spear fishing   but usually it was with six to ten companions that  also wanted our dinner so a few times we lost fish   to to the sharks they were never aggressive  towards us they were really quick and fast   they would be waiting and watching and as soon  as we got the fish they would just come straight   in for it and uh we never felt like we were in  danger but um just we had to sometimes fight them   for our dinner you guys are crazy i would stick  with the coconut man yeah no it was really funny the only means to communicate was through a  satellite device with like a short message it   was right yeah it was very like old school like  think nokia phone kind of like snake you have the   garmin inreach and it's 160 characters per message  so no internet access uh family and friends would   kind of relay the big information to us via that  everything was just simplified everything was a   little bit low-tech oh we did get really lucky  two months in after we had run out of all of   our carrots our last onion our last potato two  mega yachts were on their way back to tahiti and   their owners were gonna charter a private plane  to fly back to the u.s and they saw us on ais  

and radioed us and said hey we're headed back  to tahiti do you need anything and we're like   yes please like rice butter uh any kind of fresh  food that you have and when they came they brought   us a watermelon avocados it was like better than  christmas morning they gave us so much chicken   they gave us chicken after like two months of only  fish it was they were really really generous super   cool that allowed us to stay the extra month  much comfortably is like three days sailing   from tahiti more or less yeah two to three days  yeah and no population no villages nothing yeah there's a couple shacks from co-performers they  come and collect the coconut meat to make coconut   oil and so occasionally we'd see some locals from  another atoll nearby come and we shared some meals   and learned some of the local language which is  different than tahitian paul motu yeah for the   most part it's completely uninhabited abandoned  there used to be a village near one of the passes   but there's not enough water there for to support  a village so i think for like at least 40 years   nobody's lived there yeah would you say that uh  there was a life-changing experience and if so   how did that change you i think so i mean we're  so busy and so schedule oriented and connected   all the time like we always have internet we  always have instagram or some social media   yep and we never really completely sit with  ourselves and really are able to relax like   i thought i had relaxed before but when you  have nothing to do and you can just hang a   hammock and sit there and read a book all  day and not feel guilty at all it's a very   weird and strange feeling but then you kind of  realize that maybe the tt the tahitians had it   right all along like they only work enough to  get what they need and they don't try and like   stack a bunch of cash and have a bunch of extra  stuff i mean it was learning how little i needed   to be happy you know we're always being advertised  to as soon as you come back to tahiti you go to   the store or driving on the road you realize how  many signs there are and anytime you get on your   phone you're just constantly being advertised to  and how our brains work it's like oh yeah i want   that i need that and there we had no access to  anything when the outboard broke the water maker   broke we just couldn't fix it and because there  was no option we didn't spend time thinking about   those things we didn't spend time worrying  about it or things that we wanted and needed   and it was just this really nice simplification  process of saying like okay we don't need this we   can't have it so let's just move on with our day  and we were a lot happier actually i think so we   were there with two other boats two boats that we  know bella marina and yamaya or not vikings and   after three months of doing life with other people  like cut off from everybody else but we did have   other people how cool it is to have like real  community and maybe that's something that we miss   now is you know if if you're on land you pull into  your house you shut the door and you're kind of   almost isolated even if you live with neighbors  close by you isolate yourself but there every   day we were doing the same thing like we would  go to the grocery store we'd go spear fishing   like we'd do that together and then laundry days  yeah we did laundry we'd cook meals together   everything was kind of like like a little  village you know and that was really really   cool that was a super special experience because  usually usually you don't live life like that   and even having to rely on each other i  think sailors and like cruisers are kind of   notoriously independent we all like  to have our own little capsules but when our water maker broke like yamaya and  bella marina helped us by making water for us and   like we all helped each other doing little things  so we were kind of we all would have been okay on   our owns but it was nice to to feel like everybody  was needed and everybody was like pitching in you had your little tribe yeah and did you  have any feeling just like a primitive or   primal feeling or living did you think about like  ancient cultures or things like that did you felt   anything like that we almost ran out of our butane  we didn't know how much longer it was gonna last   usually the tanks last us three months and it  was a miracle it lasted us almost six months   but in order to save what we had left for coffee  in the morning we would actually go to shore   to bake so josh built an oven on shore and we  would burn coconut huss and he baked bread and we   cooked beans and we made empanadas and all kinds  of things in the beach oven in order to like save   propane and definitely hunting for our  own food josh built his own pole spare   because he's like why not try to make  something more primitive and see if i could   actually survive without all the things that  we brought so it was perfect like the perfect   experience i think this just put in evidence  the the benefits of living in a boat that uh   at least for little moments like that on our  crisis you you can get hold of your faith   or of your you have your death in your hands  well it's what we had been preparing for like   to cross an ocean to be able to survive  on our own and it was a real test of how   prepared we were so and even now that as we're  getting ready to go back i have very little   stress about the whole situation because that  was the worst case scenario was getting trapped   without food or water access to things for long  periods of time and we went in underprepared and   it felt like we thrived even with so little so  this year we're going more prepared and even if   we run out of something or something breaks  i don't have the anxiety around it anymore   it's like okay then we just we do without you  you find a way to make do with what you have   and we're not gonna starve we're not gonna you  know you guys you guys are legends you know i   liked you before but after that you just like went  high on like on my list you know you because you   faced everything with a great attitude and i think  that made your difference because you you could   have panicked you could have stressed out it could  have like a thought or just like attorney that   situation in a bad one but you just like committed  josh had his moments of anxiety in the beginning   the polynesians have been here for a long time  without any of the comforts that we have here   on the boat like i think we're going to be fine  and i'm glad we stayed because i think because of   that we it really did change our lives and it was  a once in a lifetime experience and you you shared   your story with some magazines in the u.s which  one feature story attitude 38 and sailing magazine   and then in the uk yachting world thank you so  much for sharing the story for our audience i'm   sure everybody will be thrilled to hear about  follow them online through them instagram uh   voyages of agape or buy land by sea and rachel  moore we put all the links in the description   and yes thank you so much thanks for coming  over and sailing with us that was great we hope you enjoyed this episode guys  if you did please leave your thumbs up   and subscribe to our channel if you  haven't yet see you next thursday you

2021-03-13 23:57

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