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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...
Aboard Tula
Graveyard of the Pacific
Charts: 3646, 3668, 3670, 3671 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...
Tula students having fun
Being Boarded
It was a few winters ago and Andy and I were travelling on Tula from Victoria BC 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...
Tula at dock
Delivering Mistress
The Joys of Winter Motoring on The Salish Sea Rob Andrews is a buddy from New Zealand who purchased a Swan 53 called Mistress in San Diego a year ago. Mistress is a gorgeous, high-end sailboat made originally in Finland. Everything about Mistress is big and rugged. Rob's ability to tolerate huge refit cheques is...
Vancouver Island storm
Protecting Your Sailboat from the Pineapple Express
Keeping Your Boat and Crew Safe While Cruising BC’s West Coast We enjoy cruising British Columbia’s West Coast on our sailboat Tula. We sail 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. During our sailing courses, we...