About Richard James

Richard and Audrey James are living the dream of many of us. They are sailing from California to the Caribbean via the Panama Canal then along the north shore of Colombia to the Caribbean.. After 23 years of working at General Motors North America and GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East (LAAM) James and his wife bought a sailboat and ventured out on the high seas. Sailing has been in James' blood since he was a student in Australia on an exchange program at the University of Toronto. He has raced and cruised sailboats wherever he happened to be living and on charter boats in the Caribbean. He also took a previous sabbatical earlier in his working life, sailing a 36-foot sailboat from Toronto, Canada to the Bahamas. Follow James and Audrey as they traverse the world in their sailboat, and as they reimmerse themselves into the work world.

The Cruising Trifecta – Sunning, Sailing and Snorkeling

After what seems like weeks in La Paz, we finally got a good week to sail to the Islands of Isla Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida with our Canadian friends Matt and Madalin, and we’re happy to report that they didn’t disappoint. The local cruising community refers to the bungee cord that keeps [...]

Canadians stuck in La Paz, Mexico

OK, OK…the plan was for our friends Matt and Madalin to arrive from Toronto and for us to jump on the boat and spend two glorious weeks at Isla Espiritu Santos and Isla Partida, which are islands just north of La Paz. However, Mother Nature (you remember her from our earlier post) had [...]

Sailing to La Paz, the City of Peace

Livin La Vida Loca — in La Paz I’m really starting to understand why media organizations have an editor-in-chief or some big shot to crack the whip on deadlines because when you have a lot of time to “lollygag” you tend to procrastinate. Yes, it’s been a few weeks since our the last [...]

Cervezas, Tacos & Fiestas in a sailboat

Living the dream We’re in the beautiful port/beach city of La Paz on the Sea of Cortez. The trip from Los Cabos was relatively uneventful, except for the very uncomfortable anchorages in Los Frailles and Los Muertos where the waves caused the boat to roll all night. I’ll tell you a little about the food, [...]

Baja-Ha-Ha — San Diego CA to CA-BO Mexico

It’s hard to believe that we left San Diego just two weeks ago as we’ve already had what seems like a mini-lifetime of cruising experiences on the Baja-HaHa. Before I tell you about the adventures and misadventures, we have to give major props to Latitude 38 for organizing the HaHa as it is [...]

Mother Nature and Pirates on a sailboat

October 16, 2013 – It took a while, but we did finally leave the marina on Monday, September 30. The sun was shining, and there was virtually no wind, so we started motor-sailing from Oxnard to Santa Cruz Island, where we planned to spend the night before sailing to Catalina Island the next [...]

Living the dream in a sailboat

September 27, 2013 - We can’t believe it’s been over a month since we left our jobs but it’s been crazy busy. Of course, we had to start with a little downtime, so we spent some time at adult Disneyland aka Vegas. Since then it’s been endless weeks of getting the boat ready [...]

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