Tula Sailing

December 2018

Welcome Aboard

This is the first in a series of enewsletters that will give you a taste for what life on the ocean is all about. At some point, through sailing connections, business and personal relationships or through our website, you may have indicated your interest in cruising on the West Coast. We hope you will find Tula's Cruising Log interesting and entertaining – your contact info will not be shared and you may unsubscribe below at any time. 

Graveyard of the Pacific

In the middle of the stormy winter of 1906, the iron steamship Valencia was driven ashore at Pachena Point. Massive waves dashed the ship and it’s passengers on to the rocky shore with horrific results and the loss of 136 lives. This loss is generally regarded as Vancouver Island’s worst maritime disaster. It is said that a wrecked ship rests on the ocean bottom for every nautical mile of the west coast of the Island, hence the name ‘The Graveyard of the Pacific’. As we approached Pachena Point, the weather was a great deal kinder to us than that which the Valencia encountered on January 20, 1906. As we motored beside a small group of transient Orca on calm rolling seas, we said a silent prayer for those who were on the Valencia.

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. We left mid June 2013 from our home base at Tsehum Harbour near Sidney BC, travelled around the southern end of Vancouver Island, up to Barkley Sound and the Broken Island Group, Jarvis Island Hurricane Hole, Pipestem Inlet and the Port Alberni Yacht Club. 

Check out the full Logbook entry and photo gallery:
» Logbook: Barkley Sound: Graveyard of the Pacific 

Come Sailing With Us!

Next summer, 2014, we are planning to sail Tula, our beautifully appointed 39’ Beneteau Oceanis 390, for about 8 weeks heading north from Sidney BC on Vancouver Island to the Broughton Archipelago, the Central Coast and the Kitimat areas. We will continue our search under sail for quiet, remote and safe anchorages and plan to take two students on each of 5 separate 5-day passages. We'll also be cruising in the Southern Puget Sound area in early May. This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about cruising whether you are a novice sailor or an old salt. 
» Calendar 2014

New Courses Offered

Did you know you can take Sail Canada certification courses on board Tula? You cannot operate a marine radio without holding a Restricted Operator Certificate – Maritime qualification. We are now able to teach this, as well as the Pleasure Craft Operator Certificate course. Find out more about all our 'learn to cruise' courses here:
» Cruising Courses 

Our website is a treasure-trove of information!
Contact us to discuss options and rates – and how you can fulfill your dreams of a West Coast sailing voyage!

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