Annabelle, a 2-year old Chihuahua from Italy under Bailey Boat Cat's tutelage, is our new Ambassador at Sea. She took up her duties in June of 2019 after Bailey's retirement ceremony.
Annabelle and her two crewmates, Border Collies April and Blue, live with their humans on S/V Titanium near Barcelona, Spain. They sail the western Mediterranean. Annabelle's first duty as Ambassador was to meet and greet the other furry sailors at the marina. She will be sharing her dispatches soon!
Bailey Boat Cat, a seal-point Siamese living aboard S/VNocturne just outside of Rome, served as our Ambassador at Sea for several years. Bailey is an author, explorer and philosopher whose musings can be found in his best-selling book, Bailey Boat Cat: Adventures of a Feline Afloat. Bailey cruised the Mediterranean with co-skippers Louise and James and was joined two years ago by new crew members, April, Blue and Annabelle. These new recruits are border collies and a chihuahua!
During the past year, Bailey's humans acquired a new boat, S/V Titanium, and the family relocated to Barcelona. Shortly prior to that move, Bailey went on shore leave in Cornwall to help a feline family member heal from a serious injury and multiple surgeries.
Bailey's blogs about his sailing adventures and friends, including many nautical challenges that he and his humans faced, became the source for his book. He was a spokescat for ocean conservancy, safe boating practices and tips for sailing with your pet.
His model performance as a maritime pet led us to appoint him as our Ambassador at Sea, with the blessings of his humans, of course!
Bailey's dispatches are recapped in a following section. He's been an exemplary emissary!
April on deck
Bailey's dispatches from the sea range over a wide subject matter. We have included our favorites here:
Bailey often comments on the refuse encountered while underway. Pollution and safety are issues that not all boaters take as seriously as S/V Nocturne's crew do! In one case, their propeller was tangled in plastic bags and rope, causing a stalled voyage and some repairs.
Container dumped in the Mediterranean
Barney (Greece) Marina Mascot
While on anchor or in port, Bailey has met many other seafaring pets from around the world, and to keep him company on the boat, he has new pup April, and two Russian hamsters.
Zoe (USA) meets Bailey
Delphi (Norway) and Bailey
Bailey on Watch I
Piloting and Standing Watch:
Bailey takes his skipper duties seriously, and while he yields the wheel to his crewmates, he maintains constant vigilance from all angles.
Musing about the next trip
Bailey loves course charting, too!
Wildlife at Sea:
Bailey loves meeting new species, whether land or sea-based. Here are some of his favorites.
Watching the Ducks
Dolphins often accompany Nocturne
Bailey and his co-skippers often encounter dangerous or risky behaviors and conditions on shore or at sea. He is a strong advocate of safe boating practices and proper boat and dock upkeep!
Huge yacht grounded while trying to negotiate a narrow marina passage
Keeping your distance is crucial to safety!
Watching the weather
Sea Travel Necessities:
A valid passport and current veterinary records are required at new ports of call. Practical philosophy also helps make voyages pleasant, safe and memorable!
Words to live by while afloat!
Sea Gull/aka "dinghy devil"
Favorite reasons why I sail:
To learn more about Bailey Boat Cat, visit his website baileyboatcat.com, or reach him on Facebook or Twitter @BaileyBoatCat