Tula Sailing

December 2018

MEETING THE U.S. COAST GUARD
Prepare to be boarded

It was a few winters ago and Andy and I were travelling on Tula to a whale conference near Port Townsend, Washington. Andy is a member of the Canadian Forces and as a navy guy, has many years of naval experience in all parts of the world and is at home on the ocean.

The trip down from Friday Harbour down San Juan Channel had been scenically interesting but as often is the case, the winds decided to remain on the nose at 15 knots. Tula surged through Cattle Pass in style under power at a record-breaking 12 knots helped by the rushing ebb tide. The cool mid-winter winds had us both looking forward to a hot shower at Port Haven Marina and a warming toddy or two.

About 5 NM from Port Townsend and well inside US waters, we spotted the large, red inflatable travelling at a very high speed towards us through the short, choppy seas. As normal we had been monitoring VHF Channel 16 but had never been hailed. We had seen few other vessels on the trip down from Friday Harbour and it did not take a long to figure out that we were the intended target. 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.

US Law on Boarding

Section 89 of Title 14 of the United States Code authorizes the Coast Guard to board vessels subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S., anytime upon the high seas and upon waters over which the United States has jurisdiction, to make inquiries, examinations, inspections, searches, seizures and arrests. Check out the complete entry in Tula's Logbook and find out what we learned about being boarded:
» Logbook: Being Boarded 

Kitimat Voyage 2014

This summer in early June we will be cruising for 7 weeks from Sidney to Kitimat BC to trace the route of the proposed Enbridge marine tankers. We are currently preparing a detailed coastal cruising plan. If you are interested in learning to sail or upgrading your qualifications – while seeing some of this spectacular coast – join us for a 5-day trip. There are several ports on our route where students will be able to rendezvous with Tula. Don't be disappointed – if our Kitimat Voyage sounds like the kind of unique West Coast cruising adventure you've always wanted to do, please contact us. 

New Courses Offered

Did you know you cannot operate a marine radio without a Restricted Operator Certificate – Maritime? Starting with this spring's sailing season, we are offering ROCM as well as Pleasure Craft Operator Certificate (PCOC) and other Sail Canada certification courses on board Tula. Find out more: 
» Cruising Courses 

Check out our website – it is a treasure-trove of information. Don't hesitate to ask Peter Simpson about all the options, rates and ways we can customize a learning to cruise experience for you.  
We look forward to cruising with you on Tula!
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