Sailing La Vagabonde is a YouTube channel run by the vlogging couple Elayna Carausu and Riley Whitelum. They chronicle their family’s daily life sailing on their boat La Vagabonde, which has traveled about 30,000 nautical miles. As of 2023, Sailing La Vagabonde has a net worth of $2 million.
Riley Whitelum is from Kimba, South Australia and was born on May 26, 1984, making him 37 years old. Elayna Carausu hails from Perth, Western Australia. She was born on July 30, 1993, which makes her 29.
Before the two met up, Elayna worked multiple jobs to save up for her plan to travel the world. On the other hand, Riley worked in the mining industry at an offshore drilling rig for four years and saved up $100,000 to buy a boat.
After buying the original La Vagabonde, a monohull, Riley sailed to Greece. There, he met Elayna, who was working as a guitar player at the time. They found out they had a lot in common. Not long after, they dated and decided to travel the world together.
In 2014, the Sailing La Vagabonde YouTube channel was created. The idea sparked when Elayna found a camera lying around the boat and began filming and sharing their adventures. At first, they made videos for their friends and family back home. But their content attracted more attention than they expected.
The sailing duo created a Patreon page, which helped them purchase the second La Vagabonde, a catamaran worth £500,000 or about $638,000. This became their most recognized boat that helped them reach different countries and attract over 1.8 million subscribers.
Elayna and Riley have sailed one Pacific ocean crossing and four Atlantic ocean crossings. Among their travels is the iconic voyage across the North Atlantic with environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
This helped the two content creators get global exposure. They got more subscribers on YouTube and Patreon. With this, they announced their plan to get a third sailboat.
The first La Vagabonde is currently listed for sale and their current ride may soon have the same fate. In 2021, the La Vagabonde sailors stated that they have their eyes on a boat model called “Rapido 60”.
Net Worth and Earnings
It is reported that the couple makes $167,000 annually from their YouTube ad revenue. However, they occasionally remind their viewers that most of their income comes from their loyal Patreon supporters.
With over 3,800 Patreon, Elayna and Riley earn $2.27 million every year from the crowdfunding site. There’s also their merch that’s estimated to make them $110,800 per year. Lastly, they sell a $49 sailing guide on their website. This is why they have a $2 million fortune.
Perhaps one of the main reasons that Carausu and Whitelum are upgrading to a bigger boat is their growing family. They are raising two young boys, Lenny and Darwin, on their yacht. Nowadays, La Vagabonde are sailing around Australia. Currently, Riley and Elayna are not married and remain in a de facto relationship.