“I eat and shower and live under the sky and stars. The warm clear Pacific never gets boring — exploring remote islands, surfing uncrowded waves, playing in coconut trees. Aside from boat work, missing family and the occasional food craving, it’s pretty dreamy.”

At the age of nine, Liz Clark’s family spent a year sailing the Mexican coast. “That trip inspired my dream of sailing around the world,” she said. Once graduating from college, she left Southern California in her 40-foot sailboat. Now she surfs, sails and raises environmental awareness through her writing and photography.


Plans are almost as useless in sailing as they are in surfing — both require adaptability to be enjoyed to their fullest. I’ve learned that the more flexible I am, the more I luck into a good surf and find a rhythm with the right winds and weather for passages. Naturally, that way of thinking and flowing has spilled over into the rest of my life decision-making. Always trying to flow versus force things.


It’s the freedom of this lifestyle that keeps me out here. It’s addicting. There are too many rules back home. I love not having to get into a car and battle traffic.


I plan to continue exploring in the Pacific, not only for waves but opportunities for personal growth. Proceeding work on local environmental projects, make presentations on pollution and conservation issues in schools. I wish to continue writing and documenting the voyage in hopes of inspiring others to live out their passions, face fears, discover the unlimited benefits of self-awareness. Let us explore our connection to all of life on Earth.


From her National Geographic nomination for adventurer of the year

Stay In The Moment
“For two years I rebuilt my boat by day, bartender by night, squirreled away paychecks, and pitched private donors and company sponsors. I learned a key strategy: You have to break your dream down to avoid being broken. The only way I could do it was one step at a time. If I thought about the whole trip, it was too overwhelming.”

Face Your Fears 
“I’ve heard every horrible sea story on record. But I’m strong—small, but strong. Of course, I do get queasy now and then when it’s rough. And I’m always a bit afraid of the wind, the waves, lightning, bad people, you name it; it’s scary out here. You’ve just got to override the internal noise and act, not because you have no fear, but in spite of it.”


Trust Your Gust
“I had just woken up for my watch when a gust filled the mainsail from the north. Within minutes, we got slammed by a 30-knot blast. I turned the boat into the wind, secured the reef, and we huddled in the cockpit with waves smashing over the side and drenching us down to our underwear.”

Ask for Help 
“At the Puesta del Sol Marina, in Nicaragua, I took my broken windlass motor to the dock. I looked up and saw a man on a Powercat yacht. ‘Any windlass mechanics aboard?’ I yelled up. ‘Well, yes,’ he replied. I followed him to his engine room. He pushed down on the brushes and sprayed parts cleaner into their grooves. It worked. It hadn’t been four minutes, and it was fixed!”


“The revolution for a better world starts within…every new day…choosing love not fear, learning to let go of what no longer serves us, moving towards positive energy, positive feelings, less judgement, more self-awareness, letting passion lead us to purpose, and hardships to compassion, letting our dreams bring us to our knees so that we fight past our perceived limits and find out that we are unlimited and anything is possible. Even saving our home…🌏!!! We are each responsible.”


Images:Captain Liz Clark