Gone Floatabout

Sailing, Photography, Wilderness


Least Auklet

(not) blogging in the Arctic…

What: “Gone Floatabout” grew out of email updates we sent to friends and family while we were sailing around the world. I write about the outdoors, especially our sailing adventures, from the Arctic to the tropics. I also write about wildlife, scuba diving, trekking and hiking, and backcountry skiing – we love the mountains as much as the sea! I’ll say upfront that I only write here about once a fortnight, so don’t be too surprised if my posts are weeks (or even months…) after the fact. This lets me process my experiences in my head, process my photos in Lightroom, and write something I hope is worth reading, and it also preserves our privacy.



seth-and-ellen-in-se-akWho: My name’s Ellen, and I write articles and shoot photos for (mostly) sailing magazines in the US, UK, and Canada. If you’d like to get in touch by email, please use the contact form below – thanks!

My husband Seth is a PhD economist who provides data analytics, predictive modeling, and statistical programming through his consultancy. He’s also an avid (and published) photographer – a lot of the images here are his.

Together we’ve sailed over 50,000 nautical miles on smallish, older sailboats. We started when I was 20 and Seth was 24 and went all the way around the world, via the Cape of Good Hope. Since then we’ve sailed in the Arctic, Alaska and Aleutian Islands, the West and East coasts of North America, and across the Pacific for a second time. In 2019 we were honored with the prestigious Young Voyager Award from the Cruising Club of America.

Sailing has been a big part of our lives (and it’s the subject of this blog) but it’s certainly not all we do! Seth earned his PhD in Geneva, Switzerland and I taught at an international boarding school and learned French there. Because it was Switzerland, of course we both tried to hike and ski as much as our limited free time allowed! Maybe someday I’ll write about some of these Swiss experiences on the blog as well.


For questions about photos (use & licensing), articles, or just to say hello, please use this contact form. We’ll try to get back to you as soon as we can – please understand that it may take time if we are away sailing! Thanks!


All text and photographs © Ellen Massey Leonard 2018, All Rights Reserved.