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We are Rob and Sophia and currently taking a year off from our work and adventures in Nunavut to get to know and sail our boat Blue Tale, a Westsail 32. We decided to take the plunge in 2011 to buy our boat after a short sailing trip in Thailand and a few sailing courses. The plan for this year is to see if the sailing lifestyle would suit us and whether we want to take the future plunge into the big ocean to do a crossing or potential circumnavigation. Join us in our adventures this year as we explore the beautiful coast of British Columbia and learn more about sailing and fixing up our boat.
SOPHIA – has travelled since a young age and is passionate about photography, cooking and family. Born in South Africa, she has lived in South Africa, Portugal and now Canada, slowly making her way to the far north. Sophia has travelled extensively in Europe, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Peru, Thailand and Canada’s Arctic. She holds a M.Sc. and has worked in the environmental sector for over 12 years now, first as a consultant and now as a senior technical advisor for an Institution of Public Government (IPG).
ROB – was born in Quebec, Canada and has lived in the United States, Mexico and northern Canada. He holds a BFA, MFA, diploma in natural resources, and an applied degree in conservation enforcement. Rob has worked for the Canadian Navy (Bos’n); and as an artist and collaborative printmaker, which is what brought him to the the north the first time around; teacher/instructor (university/colleges); in the environmental field, and now as a conservation officer (wildlife officer). He has traveled extensively in Canada, United States, Mexico, Belize, Thailand, parts of Europe, West Indies, Antarctic, and Canada’s arctic. He is still trying to teach Sophia the Canadian ways but is not succeeding very well.
LOKA – is our first dog and was rescued from the Yellowknife dog pound. She was named by the pound and we initially thought her name meant crazy girl in Spanish (i.e. Loco) but when we looked up the name it actually means ‘world‘ in Sanskrit. She is an adventurous, crazy dog and does not mind spending as much time outside as she can, except when it is buggy. She is not so sure about this sailing thing as she is prone to seasickness.
JACK – our second dog, was ‘rescued’ in Cambridge Bay. She enjoys camping and chasing small little rodents as long as she can get a ride on the ATV. She also prefers staying home, lounging on her muskox hide, watching TV and playing with her squeaky duck. Sailing? If it has anything to do with water, she will have none of it.
Both dogs are currently enjoying their year off in Winnipeg, far away from any major waterbody and sailboats!