Adventure | Writing | Photography


I’m Ellen, a freelance writer and photographer with over a dozen years’ experience. I focus primarily on the outdoors, adventure travel, and ocean sailing.

My writing and photography have comprised nearly 200 magazine articles, book contributions, cover shots, and double-page spreads in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. I’ve been honored to receive awards for both my sailing voyages and my creative work.

Ocean Sailing

I’ve sailed 60,000 nautical miles over the world’s oceans, including a circumnavigation of the globe and a voyage to the polar ice edge. I’ve crossed the Equator four times and the Arctic Circle twice. My longest passages have taken me out of sight of land for a month at a time. All my voyages have been made double-handed, aboard small and rudimentary boats, on which we do all our own repairs.

Adventure Writing

I’ve written for SAIL, Cruising World, Classic Boat, Sailing Today, Pacific Yachting, Alert Diver, Backcountry, and more. You can read a small sampling of my published work here.

I’m a contributing editor to Ocean Navigator, a Guide on OffCenterHarbor.com, and I write an on-going series for Water Craft. I serve on the Awards Committee of the Cruising Club of America and on the judging panel for Ocean Navigator’s marine technology award. I have also taught writing at two small boarding schools. I hold a BA in Classics from Yale.

Many thanks to the sponsors and supporters of my sailing voyages

All text © Ellen Massey Leonard, 2022, all rights reserved.

All photographs © Ellen Massey Leonard and Seth Leonard, 2022, all rights reserved. Please do not use without permission. Thanks.