Liz Clark, 34, a self-proclaimed “she-pirate,” has been sailing around the world since 2006 when she quit her job as a bartender in San Diego, California. 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-month-old kitten that she rescued aboard.


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“She has adapted to living surrounded by water,” Clark said of her cat companion to Buzzfeed. The cat, named Amelia (also lovingly referred to as Tropicat), enjoys fishing from the boat, walking on the beach and hiking. “She has to go out of a cat comfort zone often,” Clark added. “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.”

So far, Clark has traveled along 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: