Ted Sets Sail

TED SETS SAIL

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You guys! Consider this the only website you will need over the next year. Join us while we embark on the trip of a lifetime. One sailboat. Two Canadians. LOTS of personality. One massive ocean. We'll be updating this site regularly with information about our trip prep, videos of our adventures, words of wisdom, unsolicited advice and possibly some obnoxious photo shoots. xox TED

meet ted

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We're TED. A fun-loving, adventurous couple taking a sabbatical from our professional lives in pursuit of warm waters, fun, challenge and most importantly trade winds! We love sailing, traveling, dogs, scotch, being right, economics, electronics and being extra. Join us as we take a year to sail Tioga, our Fast Passage 39 sailboat from Vancouver, Canada to New Zealand.

the boat

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Tioga is a Fast Passage 39 and has been a member of our family since January 2016.  Tioga has had many offshore adventures with her previous owners, but she needed a healthy dose of love to provide the comfort and performance we require.  Top of list was new upholstery and a tin backsplash!  

A sister Fast Passage landed second in the 1982 BOC single-handed race around the world, so she has the pedigree of a stout racing machine, thankfully at a time when racing machines were still comfy.  Good to know she's up to the Southern Ocean-- even if we're only up to the trade winds in the South Pacific. 

In time we'll populate some of the technical details for those interested, but for now, a few highlights:

  • Faucet-mounted activated charcoal filter of the $25 variety makes hose-filled water from 38-year-old plastic keel tank taste like spring water. Really.
  • Where once there was a cathode-ray tv, we've fitted a 15-bottle "wine" rack... and fitted it with more nautical beverages. Like Jameson.
  • Full length non-glass mirror in galley.  Self admiration aside, it compliments the over-settee prisms in brightening the cabin nicely.

the crew

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I'm Talica. The "T" in Ted. Originally from the great province of Nova Scotia, I'm a maritime girl through and through. The ocean has always been a big part of my life. My father, an avid fisherman and my mother, a Fijian princess raised me on the water. It wasn't until I moved to Vancouver, British Columbia that I fell in love with sailing (and one lucky sailor). I hit the racing scene pretty hard, learning everything I could on an all women's sailing team the Maritime Divas and occasionally crewing on this boat named Salus that insisted on rafting up to Maritime Diva after all our races. 

 6 years later I've decided to take a hiatus from my career, the comforts of our cute downtown apartment, my shoes (that was hard), my bags (that was even harder) and my beloved flat iron (hardest) for a year-ish on Tioga filled with adventure, travel, exploration, awesome sailing and unfortunately for me (but mostly Ed let's be honest) boat work. I'm most looking forward to humid heat, cocktail hour on the foredeck, wearing flower crowns on a somewhat regular and semi-permanent basis, experiencing new cultures, oh! and logging some serious offshore sailing hours. 

Hi I'm Ed. I started my illustrious sailing career on a sailfish. Fast forward 20 years and I upgraded to Salus - an Ericson 27. I was a regular on the Vancouver racing circuit taking the Thursday night racing scene by storm. Initially, what we lacked in skill we made up for in spirit and eventually as we cultivated our racing prowess we were battling for podium finishes with our frenemies Sea Weasel, Silik and Slingshot. Six months after Salus came into my life I took my first sabbatical and spent the summer circumnavigating Vancouver Island. 

It was during this time that the dream of a longer, more gnarly ocean voyage was born. As much as I loved Salus I knew that a transpac voyage would require a larger, more rigorous vessel. After a year of research I came across Tioga. Fast forward a year and a half later, countless hours of boat work, several trip planning and boat work spreadsheets and Tioga and I are ready to accompany our Maritime Diva to the South Pacific.