Offshore sailing has allowed Tavish to explore 25,000 miles of ocean along with its islands, weather and inhabitants.
Uninhabited Clipperton Atoll lies 600 miles off the coast of Mexico. A perfect stop-over on a 28 day passage from Costa Rica to Hawaii in February 2012, this exotic island is critical breeding habitat for over 100,000 masked boobies. The surrounding waters, out of reach of coastal fishers, are teeming with life.
Squid are washed on deck by waves and are found at the change of watch. This one, which flipped up on deck near the equator on a 21 day passage from Baja to French Polynesia, was not wasted: it was added to a soup. March 2010.
Brilliant shades of blue in the trade wind waves indicate the exciting shift from cold northern waters to warmer tropical seas.
Clear skies and a full main breeze.
Sula, a young brown boobie, joined us mid passage for ten days and lived off flying fish brought onboard by wind and sea. She made a fine shipmate.
Final rig prep is completed by crew in Honolulu, Hawaii the night before departure on an 18 day passage north to B.C. in May 2012.
The schooner Maple Leaf catches a light breeze in Blackfish Sound, Broughton Archipelago. A camera was tied onto a kite and sent aloft for this shot in August 2013.