Tales written by Gavin McClurg and photos by Jody MacDonald on board the 5 year world expedition The Best Odyssey and then Cabrinha Quest- another 6 years of kitesurfing, surfing, and roaming the world by sail!

How can it be better than the Best?

Huahine KitesurfingWe can’t leave Huahine. And dammit we don’t want to! We picked up our skeleton crew, Richard and Paschi in Tahaa on day one with every plan of staying in the area, but by that evening (after a nice kite session of course), we were back in Huahine. Huahine has a tractor beam on Discovery that I’m happy to keep getting sucked back into. Richard and Paschi would be joining us for a week compliments of Best Kiteboarding as they won the sales competition this year (nice incentive Best!). Having just two people on board is kind of like a vacation for us and we’d make the most of it this week.

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SHARKS

Hao AtollThis trip goes down as one, if not the finest expedition of my life. To qualify as an “expedition” it should have the following attributes: remote, rarely or never attempted, difficult, and requiring great planning and usually heroic effort. Having two amazing chefs and a luxury yacht probably removes ‘difficult’ from our list, but we topped the scales on remote and never attempted on this one, and if you add what our chefs went through to get food on this boat we definitely have heroic. Although swimming with dozens of sharks cannot be described as easy…

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First Time Flight

GambiersThis log is a bit of mixed bag. I’ve elected to let the truth be told- a bit of the downside of my job, and bit of the glory. Usually logs are filled with the positive nature of the expedition, but it’s not always a walk in the park. Then again, it always has its little rewards that come just when they are needed. This is a story of the dark and light side that make up our days at sea.

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