Erin Russ lives in Ojai, California, with her partner and their son. She is currently at work on a memoir about the two years she spent sailing on the high seas.

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    1. Hi David, thanks for saying hi! 🙂 I live in California now. I’m raising my son and writing a book. I still sail now and then, but not as much as I’d like to. Do you sail?

      1. Sorry this took so long no I don’t sail but I love the water had thought about buying A yacht but we decided to travel on land around Australia have you completed your book if so where can you get it

  1. Erin,,
    You have gone to what I consider a more expensive place to live but with much better weather than the Puget Sound.
    I know because I grew up near Tacoma on a farm until I was forced to join the Coast Guard when I turned 18.

    I am not what most people would consider a sailor, although I built a small sailboat and sailed it out of Santa Cruz one day and in many lakes in CA.

    You have many friends around the world and we all wish you the best, wish we could hear more from you.

    ray g

    1. Hi Ray, yes the weather here is much better than the PNW, most of the year. I think the summers are too hot! But it’s a good excuse to get out on the water and sail 🙂

      I think it’s amazing you built your own boat. I’d love to do that one day. I’d say that definitely qualifies you as a sailor!

      Thanks for reaching out. I appreciate it.

  2. hello erin
    among all the past and present crew of delos, you are the one who had been there when s/v delos was just a dream. thank you for supporting brian with his dream of freeing himself from the 8-5 grind.
    i hope you can have also a sailing youtube channel in the future.
    btw, what happen to your cat misha?

    1. Apo,

      Mishka flew back to the United States when I left Delos and she lived with my parents until I found a steady place to live. She loved being back in a house and off the sailboat! She lived a full and happy life until she died in 2019. I’m so happy she was with us for the sail.

      Thanks for asking about her!


  3. Hi Erin,
    Is it strange that Brian is married to another women who is living in your
    Previous home? They have become quite popular on utube and in the sailing community.
    Do you ever watch them? Must be so strange!

    1. Hi Diane,

      It was strange nearly 10 years ago, when Brian and I first separated. It was really strange and sad and heartbreaking and terrifying. But what I’ve learned over the last 10 years is that life is strange, isn’t it? Isn’t it strange how some things have to be destroyed in order for something else to be created? And how sometimes that new thing is even more beautiful, and even more right than before?

      I’m happier than I ever have been—happier, I think, than I could have been if I’d stayed with Brian and was still living in my previous home. And I think Brian is happier, too. Of course, I miss talking to him and sailing with him. I miss my old life in the way that we all miss what we don’t have anymore. But it doesn’t feel strange anymore.

      I don’t watch them on youtube. But I’m happy for their success. Brian is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever known, and he worked hard to make his youtube channel so popular.

      Thanks for saying hi! I hope you keep in touch.


      1. Dear Erin,
        That is as intelligent, balanced and mature (and restrained!) reply to a personal probe I could imagine on this strange internet world! Well done for your measured and generous response. Keep loving all you have; the years do fly by so make every one count! :).
        Good luck …
        Tim (UK).

      2. Sure am looking forward to your book!

        You do indeed have many friends around the world from your previous adventures. (I happen to have grown up in Seattle as well; now in Portland metro area and contemplating more travels) Congrats to you on THE adventure of a lifetime; raising kids! It’s a crazy life, huh? Great to see you happy!

        Many more blessings to you ~
        Another sailing friend

  4. Somehow I stumbled on your page, just wanted to say I am looking forward to your book.
    I would love to hear about your journey and thoughts about being on Delos for 2 years.
    Good luck and best wishes

    1. Hi George,

      I’m sorry it took a while to respond! Thanks for getting in touch, and for the interest in the book. Right now I’m in the final stages of writing it, but I hope to have more of an update by the end of the year. I’ll update this website when I do! I may even include a notification portion of the website for people who want to be updated on the book’s progress. Check back in a few months!

      Thanks again for saying hi!

  5. Hi Erin,
    Some how I stumbled on your page, not really sure how.
    I enjoyed watching your time on Delos, and look forward to your book about it. Will it be available on this site? amazon? will we get a notification?

  6. Hi Erin. Like most people that just now discovered the Delos Vids, I was also curious about your disappearance after the landing in NZ. I certainly hope you were $ compensated when you left the vessel, after sacrificing home, career, etc…looks like life has been a huge reward….can’t wait for the book. You made a good choice!

    1. Hi Marsha,

      Thanks for getting in touch, and I’m sorry it took a while to respond!

      I wasn’t compensated when I left Delos, as we weren’t making any money at the time. It was a few years after I left before Brian started making any money from the blog. But it was my dream as well as his from the beginning, and that’s why I am writing this book — to fill in all the details that were missing when I left the boat, and what prompted us to go sailing in the first place.

      But yes, I’m extremely happy with my life now, and am so grateful to now be on the parenting journey!


  7. Hi Erin, I thought you were a really fun character in Delos videos 🙂 It was a surprise to find this personal discussion online. Hope you’re enjoying your new life. Just passing by… wanted to say hi (from Los Gatos, CA, of all places).

    PS: No I’m not into boating. Am too lazy for anything that intense. But it’s very fun to watch! Thanks for sharing your story.

  8. Hi!
    I’m also looking forward to this book. As someone who has been watching the newer Delos videos I was quite surprised to learn that there was a mrs. Delos before. I was under the impression that in the beginning Brian sailed alone and then later with Brady and it was his dream and he figured everything out alone. I thought he was just this computer guy who had a dream. Also explains a lot that he’s actually an electrical engineer and that’s why he knows how to do so many things on the boat. I don’t doubt that he’s hardworking. I’m just slightly disappointed. But I suppose with these popular social media channels and accounts you never get the full story.
    I guess I’ve also outgrown the channel because lately I’ve found myself not knowing how I feel about all the topless and bikini clad young ladies in the thumbnails and a 40+ family man requesting his followers beer money. But a story about a woman who not only leaves everything behind to live onboard a sailing boat and then successfully rebuilds her life afterwards, that I am definitely interested in!

    1. Hi Marie,

      Thank you for the kind words about the book! I look forward to releasing it into the world for readers like you, and I hope that happens soon. Currently I’m revising my final draft, then I have to find an agent and begin the publishing process.

      I’m happy, too, that Delos fans like you are going back to the early videos and seeing that I was involved from the start. Your interest in the book is what keeps me writing! So, again, thank you for that. I’ll let you know when it’ll be available as soon as I know.

    1. Hi Rick,

      Thank you for your interest in the book! Currently I’m revising my final draft, then I have to find an agent and begin the publishing process. As soon as I know when it’ll be available, I’ll let you know!

      1. Hello Erin from Loz in FNQ Australia, I enjoyed your SV Delos appearences in the first eleven episodes. I was unaware you were Brians wife, He very much failed by not recognizing your central place in the Delos scheme of things. It’s so completely unheard of. No other Youtuber has failed to recognize their partner in travel. You are very gracious in your mention of Brian & Karen but I hope a lot less so in your book. Your hopes for Brians future appear to be overly optermistic. The Trautman family appears to have a generational integrity issue when it comes to relationships with women. Brian Brady and the father. Karen looks to be content editing the episodes a lot and frequently loads up her bug eyed talking head footage of her deepest fears. That really kills the sailing travelling viewer enjoyment and I skip over that footage. Karen appears to have an agenda and that is more than likely she will leave Delos and take the nuggets home to mother. She appears to be waiting for an incident that will be serious enough to provide her with a reason to demand Brian leave Delos for good with her. Your book should prove very interesting. However the Delos followers don’t appear in their comments to be very salty. I feel you owe it to yourself and to the Delos followers to be of high wattage concerning your scribe. loz

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