Nominated for Liebster Award


Liebster AwardA big thanks to Ellen and Seth of s/v Celeste for nominating us for the Liebster Award!

The Liebster Award helps bloggers connect to one another: one person nominates various blogs they enjoy following, then asks them some questions, and they in turn nominate other blogs.  Liebster is a German word for beloved, and this peer-to-peer recognition got started on the web in 2010.  It’s a positive way of reaching out, recognizing our bloggers, supporting them, and sharing stories.

So here are the questions that Ellen and Seth asked us:

Q: What has been your favorite moment on (or in) the water so far?

A: Rob – Technically we were on the boat, but it was a land moment when my favourite moment happened.  We were anchored alone in Waddington Bay in late September 2014 about 100 feet from shore when we were awoken around 3 am to the sound of 10-20 wolves howling while running through the bush slightly in from the shoreline out of sight. Along with the adults howling, you could also hear the pups trying to contribute to the chorus; pretty awesome to listen to.

Sophia – Early this summer, we were sailing back to Cowichan Bay when out of nowhere a pod of Dahl dolphins appeared along side and started to swim in front of the bow as we sailed.  It was the most amazing experience to see these beautiful creatures swimming along with us as we sailed.



Q: What brought you to sailing in the first place?

A: Rob – My Dad introduced me to sailing on Lake Huron (Ontario) when I was a kid and I sailed a bit on and off over the years. It wasn’t until Sophia and I did a trip to Thailand in 201o and my interest in it was re-ignited.

Sophia – I had no previous sailing experience until Rob and I took a five day sailing trip while in Thailand.  This was where it started for both of us but because it was a holiday trip and we did not actually get to sail but just enjoy the time on the water, we took some sailing courses in 2011 and I was hooked.  After that it was only a matter of time before we started to look for sailing boats and ended up buying Blue Tale.

Sophia at the helm

Sophia at the helm

Rob at the helm

Rob at the helm

Q: What is your biggest passion outside of sailing?

A: Rob – When not on our boat or visiting family; I’m a conservation officer in the territory of Nunavut, Canada where I work with different groups of people and various types of wildlife (caribou, muskox, grizzly bear, polar bears, wolf and wolverine). I consider myself quite lucky to live and have this exposure to this unique region of Canada.

Sophia – Photography and travel!  A friend up north introduced me to photography and I was hooked.  I’ve been a traveller since a young age and have always loved it.  Having the sailboat, we are hoping to be able to travel more and see more of the world that you can’t see when travelling by land/air.

Q: What is your favorite book and why?

A: Rob – Heaven’s Breath: A Natural History of the Wind (Lyall Watson), and A Voyage For Madmen (Peter Nichols).

Sophia – I prefer fictional books but currently the books I refer to mostly while on board are The Boat Galley Cookbook (Shearlock & Irons) and The Voyager Handbook (Beth Leonard).

Q: What has been your most difficult/challenging moment out on (or in) the water?

A: Rob – Patience in not going mad when dealing with the continual fight against condensation in our boat. Being cut off by power boaters while sailing is a close second.

Sophia – Adjusting to living in a small space.  Knowing that the boat can handle more than you can when sailing in strong winds!

We’d like to nominate the following awesome blogs for the Liebster Award:

Sundowner Sails Again ( Dani and Tate are an awesome couple from Louisiana, who from a Westsail owners point of view have documented the restoration and upgrade of their Westsail 32 to a tee for the their soon-to-be start of their circumnavigation (2015).

S/V Cambria (  Currently sailing the Pacific Northwest. A cool couple with some great photos of their trips.

Sailing Chance ( A young-ish couple and their two dogs from New York that are just starting off in the cruising lifestyle.

South Pacific Engagement ( Stephen and Luksana are a couple sailing the outer west coast of Vancouver Island. Some great experiences and traditional Thai recipes from Luksana.

Art of Hookie ( Stormy has walked away from the mainstream grind of the 9-5 lifestyle to live a more simple life on his boat. His blogs range from his life on his boat to romantic observations of everyday living.

Laho Wind ( Another great blog by Kim, Jereme and Oliver the dog abut their sailing adventures on the USA east coast.

Our questions for them are:

  1. If you had to do it again, what would you do differently if you had to buy your current boat again?
  2. What do you love about your boat and what would you change if you could?
  3. Would you recommend your boat for other adventurers hoping to sail and/or live aboard?
  4. What brought you to sailing in the first place?
  5. What are your future sailing plans?
  6. What do you love most about the sailing lifestyle?
  7. What’s the best experience you’ve had while living aboard?
  8. Is living aboard and sailing an alternative way of life for you, or is it just a temporary adventure?
  9. What advice would you give to those that may be interested in following in your footsteps and living aboard and/or cruising?
  10. What negative experiences have you had to confront while sailing.


If you see your blog listed above, just follow these simple rules to accept your own Liebster Award:

  • Refer back to the blog that you nominated you
  • Answer questions posed by the nominator (same ones as above)
  • Nominate other blogs you believe are worthwhile

Rob & Sophia


7 responses to “Nominated for Liebster Award

  1. Thanks for your great answers! I loved both your responses to question 1—some wildlife encounter or other always makes it into my top ten list for favorite experiences as well. Thanks also for the book recommendations. Have you read Hal Roth’s trilogy—you might enjoy it since you listed Voyage for Madmen on there 🙂

    • Hey Guys, We’ve read ‘How to Sail Around the World’ but no others.We thought that ‘Sailing a Serious Ocean’ by John Kretschemer was a really well written book, well organized and informative. – R

  2. Rob and Sophia
    Congrats on your nomination, you both deserve it. we have enjoyed your blogs all season and look forward to more adventures. Rob, your dad would have been “ultra proud”! Good job.
    Val and Bill

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Hey guys, Thanks for the nomination. But we have to pass as we have been nominated like 10 times now and I passed on the first one and now I always pass on politeness.

    Will say this though, Rob your pet peeve about power boats cutting you off resonates with me!

    • No problem Tate, totally understand.
      Question for you though; we just pulled 6 of our ports to have them re-set at a foundry. Has your Butyl application held up to your expectations on your ports? Did you apply over the total outer ring area or just want you showed in your blog?

      • So far our butyl experiment has been working great. No more leaks around any of our portlights at all. We didn’t completely coat the back of the trim rings, just around the bolt holes and under the bolt heads themselves (I countersunk the holes on the outside of the trim ring and countersunk the fiberglass beneath them.) Some butyl has squished out over time which we expected. Its about a 5 min chore to clean it off if you care about how it looks. We’ve done that a couple of times now. But I doubt they’ll ever leak again.

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