Sailing with my cat: Liz and Marianna’s epic sailing stories

February 15, 2017

The incredible adventures of Liz and Marianna, and their sailing cat companions

How does sailing the Pacific with your favourite furry friend sound? We are sharing the tale of two sailors and two cats, who have combined their passion for the sea and the love for animals.

Captain Liz, sailing the world with her cat Amelia

The first part of our story is comes from the USA. American, Liz Clark, at the age of 23 resigned from her bartending job in San Diego back in 2006, to follow her dream of travelling the world on a sailboat. Then in 2013, her story, and her style of sailing changed forever – as she welcomed aboard a six month old kitten, Amelia, her new adventure partner. After a short while the Amelia had fully adapted to life at sea, and began to take her place in the limelight on social media. Since this, brands have been clambering to offer all sorts of sponsorships and collaborations! Together they have travelled along the coast of Mexico, Central America, and around the South Pacific – well over 20,000 miles as a team.

Marianna De Micheli on-board with her cat

The second part of our story shares the tale of Italian actress Marianna De Micheli, otherwise known as Carol Grimaldi – a multifaceted character of Italian soap opera, CentoVetrine. After CentoVetrine, she decided to switch-up her lifestyle, and become a sailor of the Mediterranean. She embarked on her voyage aboard a small sailboat, navigating the Italian coasts alongside her adventure companion, Jingjok. She published the book Centoboline – wordplay on CentoVetrine and bolina (bowline) – the book is the ship’s log from the Ligurian sea to Trieste, and from the Giraglia Rolex Cup to the Barcolana regatta, with the complete circumnavigation of Sicily and Italy peninsula.

Centoboline documents her unique journey – the day-to-day adventures, friendly encounters, and unexpected surprises occuring along the way. This documentation allowed her to express herself and her experiences transparently, and with humour. All of these adventures realised next to her beloved cat, aboard her sailboat Maipenrai, which in Thai means “it does not matter”.

The history and future of travelling aboard with pets

According to the research of Eva Maria Geigl, an evolutionary geneticist, cats have been sailing on boats for centuries with ancient mariners and during Viking expeditions. Furthermore this animal is considered by British and Irish sailors a symbol of good luck as well as a support against rodents!

We hope to hear about many more sailors who recruit their pets as their sailing companions. If you know of any sailors who travel with their pets let us know on social media!