Sergi Basoli, 36, was travelling through Italy when he spotted a dog wandering the streets.

He took the dog in, giving her shelter, food, and water, and taking her to a vet.

Then it was time to continue his travels by kayak – and Sergi decided to bring the dog, who he called Nirvana, along with him.

Sergi said: ‘I was in the middle of my kayak travels and found a dog on the streets, traumatised and a bit weak.

‘I took her out of the street to give her shelter, food, water, and health care. After some days I had to continue my trip, and decided to try and take her with me.

‘First days she vomited, but then she got used to it, and started to become a sailor.’

Nirvana adapted to boat life quickly, with Sergi training the seven-year-old dog to follow simply commands such as ‘go to land’ and ‘come back to the boat’.

Sergi started by sailing around in the kayak, then hopped aboard a wooden boat, with Nirvana by his side every bit of the way.

‘I was responsible for this little furry creature,’ Sergi says. ‘And we bonded strongly, and never separated again.

‘We go everywhere together. And share all the moments.

‘We’ve sailed basically with the kayak first, and then with the wooden boat. A total of 8,000 miles in Italy, France, Malta, Spain and Portugal.’

Next up Sergi will start a new project in Barcelona, encouraging people to discover the sea – all with the help of a boat and first mate Nirvana.

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