Author: Peter Simpson

Visiting the Humpback Whales of Maui, Hawaii
Whales, dolphins, and porpoises, commonly called cetaceans, are fascinating creatures having evolved from land mammals over 60 million years while developing remarkable adaptations to enable them to live throughout the world’s oceans. We have been lucky to have spent the last week on the island of Maui, Hawaii, while SV Tula continues to have her…
Tula with full sails
First Steps Towards A Cruising Life
Students approach TULASailing daily to discuss how to become a qualified sailor. In this blog, we outline the steps it takes and how you can become an expert sailor.
Tula at anchor
So You Want to Sail Away? Preparing For Our Vancouver Island Circumnavigation
Preparing For Our Vancouver Island Circumnavigation (VIC 2020) As we sit through the winter months dreaming of fleeing our busy everyday lives, we can’t help but think about sailing away from reality into the warmth of a British Columbia summer. We imagine meeting a pod of porpoises or orcas. We can see waterfalls lining the…
Searching For the Elusive Spirit Bear
Cruising BC’s Central Coast on Tula Let’s face it, we love cruising BC’s Central Coast on our sailboat SV Tula. These remote cruising grounds are an uncrowded paradise with great sailing conditions, unparalleled scenery and spectacular wildlife both on land and in the ocean. While on board SV Tula, we regularly see black bears feeding…
Drinks aboard
Nautical Cocktail Making
A couple of years ago, Michelle and I were asked to run a 47 foot Leopard catamaran called Tarsha. We cruised from True Blue Bay in Grenada almost to Saint Vincent up through the spectacular Tobago Cays. On visiting friends in Barbados, and while on board Tarsha, we were introduced to two wonderful nautical cocktails,…
Crab dinner
They Bite But Taste Good
Sustainable Gulf Island Crabbing On Board Tula One of our favourite Gulf Island anchorages is Reef Harbour, near the bottom end of Saturna Island, about a three hour scenic sail from our Tsehum Harbour base.  Situated between Cabbage and Tumbo Islands, the harbour is sheltered from most winds, other than a north to north-westerly breeze.  For…