Gone Floatabout

Sailing, Photography, Wilderness


Least Auklet

(not) blogging in the Arctic…

What: “Gone Floatabout” grew out of email updates I 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 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 mull over my experiences in my head, process my photos, 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 with me by email, please use the contact form below – thanks!

Seth is a PhD economist who has recently built a business intelligence start-up. OttoQuant.com runs highly sophisticated statistical models behind a super easy-to-use user interface, thereby providing predictive analytics to users who previously didn’t have access to such state-of-the-art tools. Seth is also an avid (and published) photographer – a lot of the images here are his.

We’ve sailed over 50,000 nautical miles on smallish, older sailboats. We started when I was 20 and Seth was 24 and went 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 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 in fact we spend the majority of our time ashore, working. 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 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. I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can – please understand that it may take time. Thanks!


All text and photographs © Ellen Massey Leonard 2019, All Rights Reserved.