About Me

I bought my first sailboat, paid a drunken pirate $40 to teach me to sail, and have been working on this dream ever since: to travel around the world by sailboat.

About Me

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More about Captain James

Travel with me back in time … As a self-proclaimed “water-kid”, I got my USCG Master 100T and PADI OWSI certifications (though I much prefer freediving). I bought my first sailboat at the age of 28, paid a drunken pirate $40 to teach me to sail, and have been working on this dream ever since: to travel around the world by sailboat.

Fast forward 12 years, 5 boats, and countless adventures later … and I’ve finally figured out how to make this dream a reality. I’m going to be honest, it wasn’t easy. It was a lot of sweat, tears, reading, fixing, bleeding, and growing along the road.

I’m an ex-submarine sailor in the US Navy. I was stationed on USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) for 4 years as an electronics tech. I learned to be self-sufficient in repairing the gear on the sub (no google underwater 😉 I’ve transferred that knowledge to the sailing world, and some of the videos I make are to help potential cruisers do the same.

Want to see how this mechanic from Seattle found the boat, paid for the boat, cut the lines, and sailed to the Pacific? Check out this YouTube channel.

Fair winds…

The Future

2020 has been a hell of a year, for all of us. So many ups and downs, masks and hand sanitizer. The world has been forever changed, and we are very hopeful for the future. For now James will be getting the new boat ready for sea, sailing to the US to add the required cruising gear, and setting off again for far away destinations. If you’d like to follow along, please check out the Sailing Zingaro YouTube channel