Wildlings Sailing: Divorce, Boat and YouTube Earnings (2023)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Wildlings Sailing for 2023.

Over the last 2 years, I have spent 14 hours watching and researching everything I could about Wildlings Sailing to learn more about their story.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with the Wildlings Sailing boat restoration 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➜ How Mark and Nadiyana afforded their boat

➜ How they make their money today

➜ What boat do they have and its upgrades

➜ Where they plan to sail

➜ How you can start crossing oceans

Then you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Before we start, a quick introduction from me…

The Cruising Freedom Author

Ahoy, Matey! I’m Joshua from Australia.

I’ve built the perfect business to sail the world.

A business model which can allow me to:

➜ Own a catamaran debt-free

➜ Go for weeks without WIFI

➜ Create semi-passive income

➜ Inspire others to dream big

But more on that later… 🙂

Wildlings Sailing FAQs (April 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Wildlings

Crew Members

Mark Farnworth (age 30) from the United Kingdom

Nadiyana (28) from Yunnan, China. They met while Mark was working as an English teacher and after 4 years, they separated which came as a shock to the YouTube community.

Crew Members

After 4 years, the couple from Wilding Sailing separated which came as a shock to the YouTube community.

Their dog Yoshi (a Jack Russell) also joins them in the renovation projects and sailing adventures.

The Boat

Wildlings Sailing currently owns a 1975 Sailcraft Cherokee 35 sailing catamaran. This has been lovingly restored with a lot of hard work and effort.

Their previous boats ‘Minke’ and ‘Good Tidings’ were sold to fund the current project.


There has been a ton of upgrades done to this boat. I don’t want to list them all out here, but you’ll find a ton of videos on their YouTube channel. 🙂


They are sailing in Italy as per their latest episode:

Past Cruising

Before undertaking the current renovation, they did a ton of sailing through:

➜ The Mediterranean

➜ The French Canals

We look forward to seeing them hit the Caribbean and the South Pacific in future years.

Affording It

Mark worked for several years in China at an English school where he saved up a lot of money. It’s also there where he met Nadiyana and together, they sailed on a 1967 Covic Sea Rover before purchasing the current boat.

Net Worth

They are only worth $220,000 but they make do with what they have.

Making Loot

The Wildlings Sailing YouTube channel makes approximately $3,200/month. They do this through:

➜ YouTube ads playing on their videos

➜ Affiliate links to Kamikoto knives

➜ PayPal donations

➜ Selling their own T-shirts via Teespring

They haven’t really monetized their channel as much as others.


Wildlings Sailing has collaborated with Sailing Melody.

As far as I can tell, there aren’t any other Chinese sailors on YouTube, making the Wildings channel quite unique.

Big Moments

Moments in their journey include:

➜ Getting caught in a king tide and running aground in their yacht

➜ Having a couple of mishaps in the French canals

➜ Being caught amongst border closures

➜ Bodging their catamaran several times

➜ Getting fined by police due to using the UK flag (whoops!)

All in all, a wonderful adventure.

Future Plans

Where to next? Will they have kids?

It’s more than likely that once this current project is done, they’ll be sailing for several years and doing multiple ocean crossings. I certainly can’t wait to see what unfolds!

Key Takeaways

We can learn a ton from this ambitious couple:

➜ You CAN do most of the work yourself

➜ Be ambitious yet persistent at the same time

➜ Don’t be afraid to take on a new boat project

➜ For men: Find a woman just like Nadiyana 🙂

Above all else, make the most of every moment.


Mark and Nadiyana seriously commit to some of the most insane projects. Fortunately, that pays off!

It’s that same commitment you’ll need to see the world.

I can’t help thinking of how these life lessons will play out for years to come. One thing is for sure..I’ll definitely be watching with excitement. ✌️

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

Clearly, I’ve been very inspired by Wildlings Sailing and their travels…

Some say I’m obsessed, but sailing the world is my childhood dream.

They’re living the dream, but that dream isn’t actually that far away.

I mentioned earlier about discovering the #1 cruising business model.

With this exciting opportunity, I’ll be able to:

➜ Generate a sustainable full-time income through learning basic skills

➜ Fund the purchase of my first sailing catamaran without any loans

➜ Do it without selling to friends and family (I found a better solution!)

➜ Share my lifetime passion for sailing, cruising and global adventures

Keen to discover more? Jump on the free training right now. 👨🏻‍💻

(I share more about it on the next page…🙂)