Woman Quits Her Job And Sails Around The World With Her Rescue Cat


34 years old “she-pirate” Liz Clark have been sailing around the world since she quit her job as a bartender in San Diego, California in 2006. Clark was given a Cal 40 sailboat on the condition that she would document her adventures around the world. In 2013, “Captain Lizzy” welcomed a 6 months old kitten that she rescued aboard.

The cat, who was named Amelia a.k.a Tropicat, enjoys the ‘pirate’ life very much. “She has adapted to living surrounded by water,” Clark said. “She has to go out of a cat comfort zone often. But I think she now understands that I will keep her safe and she will have a lot of fun in the end. She makes Swell [the yacht] feel much more like a home.”

Clark’s journey may sound fun, but it came along with some sacrifice. “When I left I didn’t know how I’d make money, and I don’t come from a wealthy family or anything, like many people assume,” she said. “I didn’t know if I would be capable of captaining a boat this big and managing all that goes into a trip where you’re off the grid but I knew I had to try or I’d always regret it.”

Up to 2017, Clark had rode on the waves of the western coast of Mexico and Central America, and around the South Pacific.

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Liz Clark has been sailing around the world since 2006 when she quit her job as a bartender.

Clark was given a Cal 40 sailboat on the condition that she would document her adventures around the world.

In 2013, she welcomed a 6-month-old kitten that she rescued aboard and named her Amelia.

The feral kitten was skinny and hungry but Clark saw a “commanding lioness air and carefree bravado” in her.

“She has adapted to living surrounded by water”

“She has to go out of a cat comfort zone often”

“But I think she now understands that I will keep her safe and she will have a lot of fun in the end”

Amelia also loves hiking with Clark!

As well as enjoying the pleasures of SPA together…

She sure has a similar thirst for adventure as her human!

“It was petrifying to leave the safety and security of the dock and my friends and family”

“I didn’t know if I would be capable of captaining a boat this big and managing all that goes into a trip where you’re off the grid…”

“…but I knew I had to try or I’d always regret it”

“When I left I didn’t know how I’d make money, and I don’t come from a wealthy family or anything, like many people assume”

“I sleep on a pool mat under the stars”

“But I feel rich when I look up at that night sky and breath the fresh ocean air and leap into the sea each morning”

“She makes Swell [the yacht] feel much more like a home”

Here is a short video about Amelia:


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