Trinidad Express

Two sailors on a 36-foot sailboat make a speedy 5,400 nautical mile ocean voyage from South Africa to Saint Helena Island, to Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, and finally to Trinidad.

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  • Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Cruises
  • Words: 61,470
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781476474854
About James Keen

Circumnavigations of Sir Francis Charles Chichester and Joshua Slocum have always fascinated me. As a young adult, I followed the circumnavigation of 16-year-old Robin Lee Graham in his 22-foot sailing sloop. His book, Dove, tells the story of finding maturity and a seafaring wife.

I restored and sailed a wooden 21-foot Lightning Class sailboat, owned small runabouts,
leased crewed and bareboat sailing yachts, and restored and sailed a classic 32-foot Vanguard
sailboat, Irish Mist. I have extensive experience sailing rivers and sounds of eastern N.C. However, an ocean sailing crossing had eluded me.

After college, I became a Certified Public Accountant, practiced with a large national firm,
and then ran my own CPA firm. I worked in a commercial construction firm, then owned and
operated a construction company in which I built several McDonalds and other fast food
restaurants. In the 1980s, I closed my construction company, obtained a Masters in Community College Education degree, and taught accounting, auditing, taxes, and computer subjects at a local community college. After 15 years of teaching, I took an early retirement and settled into a waterfront retirement community near Chocowinity, NC.

After crossing the Atlantic (Trinidad Express), I sailed Irish Mist on a 13-month, singlehanded circumnavigation of the eastern US, a trip known as America's Great Loop.

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