I am a Photographer, a Writer and a Sailor. I have lived aboard our boats for 22 of the past 23 years and I still believe it’s the best way for me to live on this planet.
The things I believe in are: anarchism, atheism, ovo-pescetarianism and the fact that all technology fails, everything else is existential moment to moment.
Sailing is the one way that I’ve found to travel and remain within the boundaries of my own familiarity. Although all things in life are transient and ownership is impossible I have discovered that it’s important to maintain a certain level of intimacy with a few objects in life, such as books, my music and whatever boat I’m on at the time. The four boats that we’ve had (Dena and I) have been the perfect place to keep those few things that make wherever we go our hearth. And of course the one person in my life that makes all the places I roam my home is my partner and co-captain, Dena Hankins
So here it is, the last 23 years of my life, one shot per year underway. All of the below images were shot by Dena Hankins with the exception of the selfies in 2018, 2019 and 2021.
2004 The last picture of me aboard S/V S.N. right before we sold her.
2005- The Oakland Estuary
2006- 1000 miles West of the Golden Gate Bridge.
(Damn, that was really good rum!).
2007- Radio Bay, Hilo, Hawaii…
(Yes, we sailed to Hawaii! It took 20 days, it was incredible!).
2011- Mid Chesapeake Bay off the Eastern Shore of Maryland…
2012 Finally, full beard, full sail, broad reaching off the Jersey Shore in the Atlantic Ocean! Damn good looking beard.
2013 Hook down in 3Mile Harbor, NY. the first time we sailed into that place.
2014 Bikeman- I do what I can. Wessagussett, Ma.
2015 The Lighthouse Keeper of Seguin Island, Me.
(Our first year as cruising editors for the Northern Waterway Guide).
2016 Sailing to Baltimore and back to Eastport on a race to find a winter home for the boat before going back to India to rebuild my mouth.
2017 with a new grill in Mahabalipurm, Tamil Nadu, Hindustand.
2018 went from Charleston, SC to Robinhood Cove, Me aboard one boat but returned to Portland that year aboard a new boat, S/V S.N Cetacea.
2019 Started off buried in snow in Portland. Maine and ended back in Kerala, India with a wage slave sentence and a bunch of awesome sailing in the middle.
Underway in isolation, 2020