Join SHIBUMI on her return voyage from Europe to earn sea miles and off-shore sailing experience.

To contact us to indicate your interest in crewing on this voyage, click here.

Gain sea time and enhance your offshore skills with a classic trade winds transatlantic passage.   Sail in comfort and safety on a 65′ Alan Wright designed New Zealand built pilot house ketch which has already sailed twice around the world and is now based in the Mediterranean. She is slowly heading west toward New Zealand.

Understand or even be involved in the planning, provisioning and preparation for a trans-oceanic passage.  Come aboard and learn these crossing skills so that someday you can do it on your own. 

Join any leg of the trip from Gibraltar to the Canary Islands and then on to Antigua and St. Thomas.

The husband-wife owners are both USCG captains, and each has completed two transatlantic passages. For their sailing résumé’s click here.  At sea, SHIBUMI is a non-smoking and non-alcoholic beverage environment.  At anchor, we have a ball.

Be safe, have fun, eat well and learn:
to provision a vessel for an ocean passage.  Passage meals can be excellent, despite rumors to the contrary.
to use safety, electrical and support systems prior to departure,
to determine an initial weather window,
to manage a heavy displacement ketch to maximize her performance,
to schedule watches comparing advantages and choices,
to ensure the safety of personnel and vessel underway,
to use radar and ARPA,
to utilize heavy weather tactics and gear,
to read multi-national weather faxes and GRID files,
to adjust for weather system changes underway,
to use three electronic charting systems,
to communicate to onshore trackers while at sea using SSB and Ham radio,
to maintain property and morale,
and much, much more!
We will not teach celestial navigation although you may use our sextant for self training or practice.  

Transatlantic Legs: Pick the one which suits you best.  We plan a layover in the Canaries. 

Leg dates and details:

Leg 1:  Gibraltar to the Canary Islands

Distance: 600 miles

Departure:  after October 10th

Duration:  approximately 5 days

Leg 2:  The Canary Islands to English Harbor, Antigua

Distance: 2,750 miles

Departure:  after November 1st

Duration:  approximately 18-21 days.

Leg 3:  Antigua to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Distance: 200 miles

Departure:  after November 28th

Duration:  approximately 2 days


To contact us to indicate your interest in crewing on this voyage, click here.

Actual photos underway while …

managing the vessel to maximize performance

using radar and ARPA to track targets

routing SHIBUMI using electronic charting techniques

selecting and standing watches,

provisioning the vessel for all the ship’s needs

communicating to onshore trackers while at sea,

hoisting the sails

helmsman underway, making way

To contact us to indicate your interest in crewing on this voyage, click here.