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Tranquility Base: this is Tula calling

Dawn is gradually colouring the Eastern sky and a little fog is rolling in. Tula is safely alone at anchor, deep inside a maze of small islets near Darby Channel on our Central Coast. After a quiet night, we are up before the birds and the two student crew. The café mocha expresso coffee smells good and needs to be sampled. And now to check the 4 a.m. Environment Canada forecast on our marine VHF radio. Hmmm…. fog and light winds. We might need the radar out again, having stowed it away a few days ago. A bald eagle is calling nearby; maybe it resents our presence or is also greeting the day. We begin to contemplate what this cruising life means to us… » read more

Protecting your Sailboat from the Pineapple Express

We enjoy cruising British Columbia’s West Coast on our sailboat Tula. We cruise the Coast during most seasons of the year. Our wonderful cruising-grounds extend from the bottom of Puget Sound up the Salish Sea to Canada’s border with Alaska. On our sailing courses, we continually stress to our students that anything can happen on the ocean and that they always keep prepared for any unexpected event. Critical for us are cruising safely and ensuring we protect our boat and all on board. We want to be cruising on Tula for many, many more years. In November each year, we normally see the arrival of the first ‘Pineapple Express’ and another BC coastal storm season. » read more

Nautical Cocktail Making

In which we share two of our favourite recipes for cocktails. Michelle and I were running a 47 foot Leopard catamaran called Tarsha from Grenada up through the Tobago Cays. While visiting friends in Barbados we were introduced to two wonderful nautical cocktails, the Barbadian national treasure called simply ‘Rum Punch’ and the very famous ‘Dark ‘n Stormy’. We occasionally enjoy these cocktails on board Tula in some quiet Gulf Islands anchorage after a day’s sail. » read more

Being Boarded

In which Tula meets the Authorities while travelling to Port Townsend. We spotted the large, red inflatable travelling at very high speed towards us through short, choppy seas. Maybe the flashing blue light gave them away. Escape at our 6.5 knots cruising speed would have been futile. We were clearly not going to be ticketed for excessive speed. Here's what we learned about the Canada-US Shiprider Programme plus some recommendations for sailors about being boarded. » read more

Graveyard of the Pacific

Cruising Barkley Sound is a sailor’s delight. Steady winds, safe anchorages, uncrowded waters and great fishing all combined to convince us to return to one of our favourite cruising destinations in mid June 2013. It was a perfect voyage for our two students to complete the SC Basic Cruising Standard. Read about why this is sometimes known as the Graveyard of the Pacific, as well as about pea-souper fogs, hummingbirds, harvesting oysters and crab...and some great sailing conditions! » read more