Captain Liz Clark, and her cat Amelia, are sailing around the world on a 40-foot long boat called Swell.
Clark, who is originally from San Diego, found Amelia when she was only 6 months old and adopted her.
“She has adapted to living surrounded by water,” Clark said of her cat companion. “She’s learned to trust that she will be safe with me.”
Liz found Amelia the cat as a 6 month old kitten in November of 2013 and she has been sailing ever since, minus a brief disappearance at the beginning of last year!
Liz is in the process of writing a book about her travels.
She states on her blog, SwellVoyage.com:
As a surfer and environmentalist enchanted by remote waves and foreign cultures, I left California aboard my 40-foot sailboat, Swell, in early 2006 with the hope of succeeding at my life-long dream of surf exploration via sailboat. Since then, the voyage has presented more fantastic friends, waves, adventures, natural beauty, opportunities for personal growth and insights than I dreamed possible.
Swell serves as my floating home and transportation. I travel at a pace not much faster than you can run. Weather, swell, and tides dictate my days. This isn’t just a surf trip–it’s a lifestyle, passion, and search for better ways for humanity to inhabit our shared
I found her experiences, her pictures, and her friend, Amelia the cat, fascinating. Here are some of their adventures via Liz’s Instagram:
Liz explains that Amelia the cat does her own fishing. After trying various ways of providing Amelia a “fishing spot”, she finally came up with a soft-top surfboard and a light nearby to attract fish. Amelia uses her platform as she pleases and this is her first catch that included two small fish.
She ate one, and kept the other as a trophy/toy for the day.
Amelia gloating over her first official fishing success…🐟 i have tried to make her a few different kinds of floating platforms to fish from, but she never liked them. recently a friend gave us a soft-top surfboard and it turns out that #Tropicat finds it up to her standards. woke up to 2 of these on the floor of the cabin…she ate one, then carried this one around all morning…🏆 #thanksGael!! @patagonia_surf @mizulife @loveavasol @zealoptics @ecoflex_
Amelia takes a last look at what was her home during her “disappearance” in early 2015!
Amelia the cat…with a wreath from foliage.
Amelia the cat seems to wish that fish was not so far from reach!
This cat is surely livin’ it up!
Amelia the cat is living an experience we all wish we could! What a great story!
🎶"But it's a start, when you open up your heart… Give your love to others, then they become your brothers (& sisters!)… You open up your heart, come on, make a start… Try not to hide, what you feel inside, Just open up your heart…"🎶 // lyrics from my favorite G Wayne Thomas song in Morning of the Earth… photo by @cravegreens Homcy, when he filmed for the Dear & Yonder movie and it blew 20 knots for two straight weeks…Swell before her fancy paint job…reefed down and slicing through blue! @patagonia @mizulife @loveavasol @zealoptics
Liz Clark’s feline first mate, Amelia the Tropicat, tells the story of her life aboard Swell as a cat. Story and Edit by Teva Perrone // Nature Over Money Productions