Elena Vaytsel

Elena Vaytsel

I sailed across the world to be free

Where I Come From

I was born in the USSR, in a town called Ivanovo in European Russia. I graduated from the Ivanovo State Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering and worked as an architect for several years before running from Russia.

Distance I Covered by Sea

From Turkey to Meg’s home in BC – 24,000 km. After running from Canada, between 2012 and 2019 – 26,600 km. My and Meg’s fourth Caribbean crossing from Panama back to Bahamas – 2,400 km. Total number of sea kilometers I covered during my life with Meg thus far – 53,000 km.

Books I wrote

I wrote three books about my experience, two in Russian and one in English. If Meg and I will ever stop running from storms and get onto land I I might attempt to write continuation of our story.

Playing in Bahamas

I saw Cousteau's documentaries in my teens. The USSR has just collapsed but the state... Read More "Playing in Bahamas"

Two Years of the War

On February 24, it was two years since the war in Ukraine began. I see... Read More "Two Years of the War"