By: Gavin McClurg, CEO of Offshore Odysseys and Founder, The Best Odyssey and The Cabrinha Quest
This amazing expedition is carrying on in the style that we have become known for across the globe with a skipper who is as passionate as I am about sharing this amazing world with a few fortunate and motivated people.
The Cabrinha Quest is the culmination and continuation of the most experienced team in ocean-based expeditions. On The Best Odyssey we kitesurfed 148 virgin locations. Visited more than 50 countries. Sailed 54,000+ miles. Needless to say, we learned a lot and there isn't anyone who knows more than we do about where to go to find true adventure. We've refined what works, completely rebuilt Discovery from the ground-up to operate at nearly carbon neutral. More wild, more remote, more radical...with less impact.
Captain and Operations Director, Tom Chidgey
“Tom hopped on board Discovery as my (Gavin’s) first mate on the last year of the Best Odyssey in Scotland. When he immediately showed me up on a kite, and then when I discovered how much Tom loves to sail and how much he loved catamarans, I knew I’d come across a perfect candidate to someday captain for me if the opportunity ever came around. In 2012 we launched the Cabrinha Quest and the rest is history.
Tom has sailed some big, big miles. He delivered a monohull from New Zealand to the East coast of the US (ie the wrong way) in one long haul. He’s crossed the Atlantic several times. He’s young, passionate and really, really good at what he does. Since taking over as Skipper on the Quest in Polynesia Tom has sailed up and completely across he Marshall Islands, down to Tonga and an entire season in Fiji. Tom is a capable and humble skipper who gets things done and he does it in style. Our members are in very, very good hands.” —Gavin McClurg
As a kid I was brought up on a 25m Dutch sailing barge in the south of France and have spent a lot of my time either on or very close to the sea. Since then I have always had an interest in boats, from basic Optimists, competitions on Hobie-cat 16 catamarans, to racing 80ft yachts and with time widened this interest to every kind of water sport you can imagine. Today my life revolves around kitesurfing, diving and surfing.
Over the last 5 years while working on various yachts, classic, traditional and super modern, I was lucky enough to cross the South Pacific 3 times and with 2 Atlantic crossings this has put up to 62,000 nautical miles on my personal log! The Cabrinha Quest project has always been my dream job, being in charge of a eco friendly sailing catamaran and exploring the big blue in search of dream kite and surfing spots.
“Emmanuelle Sant is a French film producer and never imagined she’d find herself sailing around the world. But life can be crazy and when she met Skipper Tom the sparks flew and we had to make a decision- hire Emma, or lose Tom. Easy decision! Hire the girlfriend and get them both!” —Gavin McClurg Emma joined the Cabrinha Quest in November, 2014 in Polynesia and Discovery is now her home and in her care. Discovery is thrilled, and so are our members. Emma is a great addition to an already stellar crew.
The Cabrinha Quest is as much a culinary experience as a kiteboarding, surfing, paragliding, and sailing expedition. We take food very seriously and our chef, Bobby Sofyadi from Bali is the best we had on The Best Odyssey- so we're bringing him back! Bobby is bar none one of the finest chefs, and finest people on this planet. He is a master at his craft and makes each and every day on board Discovery magical. He combines a lifelong background of Asian specialties and a fine appreciation and knowledge for ethnic cuisines from around the world.
Joaquin Hubbard was born in Santa Cruz, CA to parents that were heavily involved in the sail boat building and racing industry. He grew up spending everyday on or in the water, sailing everything from Lasers to legendary boats like the Merlin. Joaquin has an abundance of ocean sailing experience, including Olympic campaigns, One Design racing, ultra lights/maxi racing, and an Americas Cup Campaign with Oracle. Through the years he has worked as a sail rigger, marine diesel mechanic, marine welder, and delivery boat skipper crossing the Pacific, Atlantic, and into Central America.
A Firefighter/EMT (emergency medical technician) for 12 years, Joaquin now works for the Seattle Fire Department. He has numerous certifications in emergency medicine, fire/rescue and people management. He has taken classes specifically oriented to sea going and wilderness emergencies. Joaquin is an avid recreational diver, is a member of a dive rescue team, and naturally- is an awesome kiteboarder! He sailed Discovery from Tonga to the Marshall Islands in November of 2008 and from Falmouth, England to Ibiza, Spain in September, 2011.