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Belinda Braithwaite


Belinda Braithwaite with her horse, Dragon in the Place de la Concorde, Paris

Aged 21, Belinda  rode her four year old Andalusian horse Dragon from Sotogrande (near Gibraltar) to Paris with her Dobermann ‘Boris’ by her side. This intrepid trio set out entirely unaccompanied and covered 1,700 miles, arriving in Paris to ride up the Champs Elysees in the midst of the Paris traffic. 


The four-month journey was serialised in a British national newspaper and Belinda and her animals developed such a following that upon finishing her journey, she wrote a book about her adventures.  


‘A Girl, a Horse and a Dog’ (published by Harper Collins) was a bestseller,  published in three languages.


Dragon had a long and happy life and spent the rest of his days with Belinda in Spain. He died at the ripe old age of 24 at Cortijo El Aguilon. Horses live longer than dogs, but Boris the dog also lived to a good age.

Yachting Times Magazine - contributor


Following her 1.700 mile ride from Gibraltar to Paris, Belinda rode across America (Calgary to San Francisco) and has been awarded honorary membership of the Long Riders’ Guild of America.

Belinda Braithwaite riding from Calgary to San Francisco


Her adventurous life gave her plenty of on-camera experience, and led her into film-making. Her sharp eye for detail gives her the ability to quickly get to grips with the subject, land or sea, plant or animal.  An accomplished scuba diver, it is her free-diving ability and affinity with animals which allows her to approach and film some notoriously shy marine mammals.

Belinda Braithwaite filming underwater in French Polynesia


Belinda takes every opportunity to paint or draw and is particularly fond of Baja California which has the best smooth stones for her illustrations . . . 



Belinda is co-creator and director of the fashionable boutique hotel Cortijo El Aguilon in Tarifa, Spain. Built from scratch, within two years Cortijo El Aguilon was Harpers & Queen's  'Country House Hotel of the Year'. This ongoing project is still home to Belinda and her four children.



Belinda Braithwaite on S/Y Interlude

Sep 2022

S/Y Shearwater, Oyster 55'

Cruising and filming

75 n.m. logged

Sep 2021

S/V 52' catamaran

Boat delivery

1000 n.m. logged

Feb 2019

S/V 52' catamaran

Expedition co-organiser

Mate / Cook / Filming whales & dolphins in the Sea of Cortez, Baja California

1000 n.m. logged

Sept 2016 - 2017

S/Y Crazy Horse, Oyster 72'

Mate / Cook / Filming whales & dolphins in the Straits of Gibraltar

Nov 2017

S/Y Interlude, Shannon 51' ketch

Filming whales & dolphins, Baja California, Mexico

Sea of Cortez

1000 n.m. logged

Aug 2016

R/V Alguita.  50' custom catamaran

Assisting with re-fit in San Diego CA, USA

Aug 2016

R/V Alguita.  50' custom catamaran

Filming  plastics research in Bahia Todos Santos, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

300 n.m. logged

July 2016

S/Y Crazy Horse. 72' Oyster sloop

Delivery from Palma to Gibraltar

500 n.m. logged

Nov, Dec 2015

S/Y Emmaline. 106ft HJB Custom Sloop. 

Delivery Palma to Antigua

Mar 2008 - Dec 2014

Co-Director of Custom Discovery

Researching whales and dolphins, conservation and education.

Organising expeditions worldwide 

July 2014

R/V Sea Dragon. 72' ex-BT Challenge sailing boat

Iceland to Faroe Islands to Sweden

Researching whales and dolphins

2,000 n.m. logged

Nov 2013 - May 2014

S/V Blue Ox, 59' Outremer Performance Catamaran

Total interior decoration of boat and preparing vessel for trans-Atlantic passage

La Grande Motte, France to Bermuda Island

4,500 n.m. logged

Feb 2012

S/Y Interlude. 57' Bristol ketch

Filming whales and dolphins in Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

600 n.m. logged

Apr - Jul 2012

R.V. Sea Dragon. 72' ex-BT Challenge sailing boat

Filming plastics research in the Western North Pacific

Marshall Islands to Japan, then onto Hawaii

7,500 n.m. logged


Developing Custom Discovery with partner Rodrigo Olson

Filming for research and conservation organisations

Expedition : Outer Hebrides, Scotland, filming whales & basking sharks

Expedition : Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, filming whales

Jan 2010

S/Y Sapphire. 86’ ketch built by Belliure. 

Delivery Marseilles, France to Bizerte, Tunisia. 

500 n.m. logged.

June - Oct 2009

Filming Vaka Project

(building, commissioning and sailing seven traditional ocean-going Polynesian Canoes).

72ft custom built

New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji. Plus filming Humpback Whales in Vavau, Tonga.

June 2009

S/Y Mascotte, 60’ 1904 Bristol Pilot Cutter, 

Filming whales and dolphins in Hebrides.

Sept,Oct,Nov 2008

S/V Vaquita Express, 

Filming research of critically endangered Vaquita porpoise population 

in Upper Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Aug 2008 

M/V Askari, 104’ Expedition Yacht, Moorea, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Filming whales


Further Information:

Languages : English, Spanish & some French

Full Driving License

PADI  Advanced Open Water Scuba Diving Certificate


Eng 1

Honorary member of the Long Riders' Guild

Co-Founder of the Blue Alliance Foundation 

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