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2013 July 18 Day 57 Sitka Baranof Island 34.5 NM Total 1930 NM

We are back to urban Alaska, Sitka a town of almost 10000 inhabitants, after an interesting segment through Neva Strait and Olga Strait. As we had gone through Neva Strait, a narrow but very well marked channel, we were still … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 17 Day 56 Sukoi Inlet 34.5 NM total 1905 NM

 We start a bit early today to have calm weather on the heavy ocean. We get out of Falcon Arm with the GPS track showing s on land again. We decide that it is not safe to go through Piehle … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 16 Falcon Arm in Slocum Arm 18.5 NM Total 1870 NM

Our Garmin Chart-plotter is playing tricks on us. We notice that Chart 17323 has an island located in the wrong place. We continue to Waterfall Cove and it looks odd still on the chart. The waterfall is impressive coming straight … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 15 Day 54 Chichagof Klatz Bay 17.9 NM total 1852 NM

Through Surveyor and Ogden Passage, both narrow and at time shallow, we get most ragged  landscape accentuated by the grey overcast sky. At low tide the rocks are even  sharper. We pass a couple sea lions, a couple whales, many … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 14 Day 53 Pinta Bay Portlock Harbor 35.8 NM Total 1834 NM

  We have planned a late departure to arrive in Mirror Harbor at high slack as the passage  inside the anchorage is too shallow at low tide and very narrow as well, under 10 yards at times. We arrive there … Continue reading

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Alaska July 13 Day 52 Pelican Lisianski Inlet Chichagof Island 19.8 NM total 1798 NM

Nice caves, spires, and scenery on the way to Pelican, a small town deep in Lisianski Inlet. It still has a Post-Office and a library and a school, but no grocery store. The general store has closed. And there is … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 12 day 51 Elfin Cove through Inian Pass 23.7 NM total 1778 NM

Overcast, cold and foggy, we have no regret leaving Glacier Bay  despite the short time allowed by our permit. We have now turned around for sure and will be  heading South, or towards the South in a round- about way. … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 11 Day 50 Bartlett Cove Glacier Bay 31.1 NM Total 1755 NM

It is not easy leaving Blue Mouse Cove. It is warm and sunny and it means that we are now on the return leg of our cruise. A little bit sad about it all and leaving Glacier Bay well before … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 10 Day 49 Johns Hopkins, Margerie Glacier, Blue Mouse Cove Glacier Bay 45.8 NM Total 1723

Today is the culmination. Sunny and clear for miles. Reached 59 degrees latitude North at 11:24 am in Tarr Inlet on the way to Grand Pacific Glacier. Almost got back into Canada, just stuck  one mile from the border but the … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 9 Day 48 Reid Inlet and Glacier in Glacier Bay 31 NM total 1683 NM

The weather could not be worse, rain,  rain and showers and cold and misty, but we could not be happier, anchored in Reid Inlet after  an easy sail up West Glacier Bay. Reid Inlet is a delightful  bay separated from … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 8 Day 47 Glacier Bay North Sandy Cove 40.4 NM Total 1652 NM

After a horrible night at anchor in the  high wind close to the park entrance, we make it into Bartlett Cove, at the Head-Quarters for our orientation session. We now know to stay away from a lot of places and … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 7 day 46 Pleasant Island Icy Passage 27.1 NM Total 1606 NM

We sailed across Icy Strait or rather to the middle of it, and the wind pooped, but here we are anchored between Pleasant Island and Glacier Bay. We are not allowed in the park until tomorrow so we are as … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 6 Day 45 Neka Bay Port Frederick off Icy Strait 11.9 NM Total 1579 NM

In the end Glacier Bay granted a permit for July 8 and 9 and this morning, an extension for July 10, 11, 12. They go from midnight to midnight so that will allow us four nights in the National Park … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 5 Day 44 Hoonah 42.3 NM Total 1567 NM

We are leaving Juneau as the fishing fleet is coming back in and they are rafting 7 deep on the breakwater. No way we would find a spot for our sailboat in this grab what you can system of allocating … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 2-3-4 Day 41-42-43 Juneau 82 NM Total 1524 NM

So we took all of July 2 to get back from Whitehorse to Juneau via Carcross, Fraser, Skagway. We left Richard Hicks in Whitehorse to fly home to a well deserved rest after all our adventures together. He was very … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 1st Day 40 Whitehorse Yukon

We are not travelling on the water today. We are boarding the White Pass train to Fraser BC and then a bus to Whitehorse, Yukon. So in a few hours from Alaska, briefly into BC and then in the Yukon overnight … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 30 Day 39 Skagway 82 NM total 1442 NM

Today we travel on the Alaska Marine highway on the Alaska ferry Malaspina  to Skagway at the end of the Lynn Canal. The weather is unbelievable even the locals are in awe. It is hot and dry and bright. We … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 28-29 day 37-38 Juneau Auke Bay 57.5 NM Total 1360 NM

Long but easy day on the water past Taku inlet with Taku Glacier and the boundary peak called the Devil’s Paw.  The boundary peaks with Canada are forming the border, or rather the border is a line that jumps from … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 27 Day 36 Tracy Arm Cove via Sawyer Glacier 46 NM 1303 NM

We started in very overcast and cold weather again wearing all the layers we could fit on top of each other inside the foulies. The wind was funneling in the fjord but this was all worth it. Moving through thicker … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 26 Day 35 Tracy Arm Cove 38.8 NM total 1257 NM

We met with a large pod of humpback whales near Entrance Island and they came quite close to our stopped boat as we were trying to keep some distance. They are not afraid of us at all and very curious. … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 25 Day 34 Foot Island Steamboat Bay 42 NM Total 1218 NM

Another very grey morning, we are back in Alaska after a long sunny week-end in Paradise. Calm seas though which is good to leave Petersburg fighting strong currents and then going with them all the way across Frederick Sound past … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 23-24 Day 32-33 Wrangell Narrows to Petersburg Mitkof Island 40.1 NM 1176 NM

The weather is incredible  and we need the good visibility to go through the narrows safely.  21 miles of a narrow channel, at times very narrow, sometimes dredged , but always deep and well  marked. We wait for the start, … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 22 Day 31 Stikine River on a Jet Boat

This a great adventure, it feels like a vacation day as we are on a tour on a small jet boat with 3 other customers and our guide Zach who was born in Wrangell, owns a cottage on the Stikine … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 21 day 30 Wrangell AK 20 NM Total 1035 NM

As we reached the mouth of Anita Bay, Zimovia Strait was invisible. A bank of opaque fog had rolled in early morning. We had to stand by for a while and then  proceeded as the fog lifted with the radar … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 20 Day 29 Anita Bay Zimovia Strait 38.1 NM Total 1015 NM

This is our Dunnery and Francoise in Alaska,” meet the bears”  little story part II. This morning Dunnery went for an early paddle, maybe not that early if you consider that it was full daylight at 3:00am, but nevertheless, before … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 19 day 28 Anan Bay Bradfield Canal 10.2 NM Total 977 NM

 Anan Bay is the site of a US Forest Service Bear observatory,  that is a safe structure to hide in and take refuge to watch the bears eat the salmon at Anan creek in the waterfall. Unfortunately, we have arrived … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 14 Day 23 Yes Bay Behm Canal 47.2 NM total 865 NM

Brilliant time on the buoy in Walker Cove last night as a storm passed through. We awake to find a small cruiser used as a tender for kayak tours in the bay. Seems like a very nice way to kayak … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 18 Frosty Bay Main Land 56 degrees Lat. North 25 NM 967 NM

Sunny and calm day with just enough wind to slowly  sail all the way to Frosty Bay minus a few miles to recharge the batteries. Most beautiful little inlet at Frosty Bay with a US Forest Service cabin and a … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 17 day 26 Meyers Chuck Cleveland Peninsula 37.7 NM total 942 NM

Highest winds from the south at 32 knots today in Clarence strait with the ebbing waters going the opposite direction, so the whities were aplenty and the waves pretty turbulent.  Good thing we had speed up to 11 knots so … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 15-16 Day 24-25 Ketchikan 39.6NM total 904 NM

It is sunny and warm as soon as you land, still chilly on the water. We have come back to Ketchikan to re-fuel, get some fresh groceries, change the transmission oil, and do laundry and other menial chores. The wind … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 13 Day 22 Walker Cove in Behm Canal 24.1 NM total 817 NM

Walker Cove in another incredibly deep fjord with a very narrow and shallow entrance and almost vertical cliffs on both sides, many waterfalls going down straight from the snowy cliff tops. We are very luck today as there is really … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 12 Day 21 Rudyerd Bay South Arm at the head 35.5 NM total 793 NM

Misty Fiords* National Monument: The most beautiful cruising I have ever done by a long shot.  Rudyerd Bay branches off East from the Behm Canal which is not a canal at all but a humongous  fjord. Rudyerd Bay is also … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 11 Day 20 Carp Island Smeaton Bay Behm Canal 34.5 NM total 758 NM

Backtracking to the Behm Canal and Misty Fiords National Monument now that we are all clear with CBP. The anchorages are very deep and shelter is rare. We have tucked behind Carp Island and had a slight case of anchor … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 9/10 Day 18/19 Ketchikan AK 37.6 NM total 723 NM

This is a very notable day for two reasons, first and surprisingly it did not rain at all for 2 days. Second, we officially landed in the United States, state of Alaska in the town of Ketchikan. We thought the … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 8 Day 17 Foggy Bay, Alaska 51.6 NM Total 686 NM

The International border was crossed early morning at mile 668. It was actually very early as we started the day at 4:00 am to catch the  high waters through the narrow navigation channels out of prince Rupert, and to take … Continue reading

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Alaska June 7 2013 Day 16 Prince Rupert Lay Day

This is a day off, no nautical miles, just a lot of running around,  a day to relax during our three month vacation while on  retirement ! We are not, however, spared continuous rain. Still, nothing can spoil the freedom … Continue reading

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Alaska June 6 2013 Day 15 Prince Rupert 35 NM total 634 NM

This is a benchmark, we have reached Prince Rupert, a real town with all the comforts. We are nicely tucked in at the Prince Rupert Yacht Club, a very friendly place, and it is a good thing as the  marine … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 5 Day 14 Kumealon Inlet Grenville Channel 27.8 NM total 599 NM

Just another very rainy day and just one brief “bright Interval” as the BBC calls a sunny outbreak, to get a few shots of the snowy mountains either side of the Grenville Channel. We only did a short day with … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 4 Day 13 Lowe Inlet Grenville Chanel via Hartley Bay 47.9 NM total 571

After another long soak at the Hot Spring to invigorate ourselves  on this rainy day we navigated around the North of Gribbell Island to Hartley Bay. It rained on and off, mostly on and visibility got so poor in the … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 3 Day 12 Bishop Hot Springs Ursula Channel 50.4 NM total 523 NM

Two milestones today, we passed 53 degrees latitude North around Butedale  and the trip odometer has over 500 nautical miles. Hiekish Narrows at 9 knots, Graham reach, Fraser Reach, amazing sceneries, lots of snow, some wing to wing sailing. Swanson … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 2 Day 11 Inner Goat Cove, Roderick Island 60.2 NM total 473

The dream Inside Passage, sunny, calm, narrows, passages, channels, gentle rapids, and steep faces.  Snow in Fjord Land on the highest mountains above 3000 ft. Again a school of Dahl Porpoises, the friendly dolphins, joined the boat for a few … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 June 1 Day 10 Yeo Cove Spiller Channel via Bella Bella 36 NM 412 NM

Crossed to Bella Bella/Shearwater through Gunboat Passage, a narrow channel with many rocks and islets but easy to navigate, in overcast and rainy weather. We fuelled there and made one phone call to Veronica having a birthday tomorrow from the … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 May 31 day 9 Codville Lagoon via Namu 32 NM total 376 NM

Namu an old cannery was deserted except for the care-takers who are about to retire and move to the Lama Passage with their float home and all the docks. It does not sound like the owner is planning any renovations … Continue reading

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Alaska Day 8 May 30, 2013 Pruth Bay and Hakai Beach 27.2 NM total 344NM

Departure is delayed this morning as I attracted two Dungeness  crabs to our trap under the boat with meatballs from our dinner. This will make for a nice lunch as we promptly got them boiled and shelled and added to … Continue reading

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Alaska Day 7 May 29 2013 Goose Bay, Rivers Inlet, past Cape Caution 49.7NM Total 317NM

5:30 am start with the ebb in heavy showers and flat seas. It is chilly out there. Motoring past many islands and islets in rainy overcast  conditions all the way to Goose Bay past the mighty Cape caution feared and … Continue reading

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Alaska May 28, 2013 Day 6 Blunden Harbour, Queen Charlotte Strait 23.9 NM 267NM

Visited the town of Sointula, Finnish settlement, and the bakery carried Pulla bread, a kind of egg bread with butter and spices which was quite delicious.  Not quite sure what the spices were as the blackboard was all in Finnish, … Continue reading

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Alaska Day 5 Sointula, Malcolm Island in Johnstone Strait 70 NM total 243NM

Many showers through the night, but it stops raining  at 8:00 am when we pull anchor. The ebb is giving us about  one knot of push.  North of Desolation the tides are reversed and now the ebb goes  North, so … Continue reading

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Alaska Day 4 to East Thurlow Island through Yuculta and Dent Rapids

Surprisingly sunny weather as we leave the shelter of Pender harbour. We are making good mileage up the Coast along the B.C mainland past Powell River, Lund and the Copeland Islands reaching Sarah Point in good time. By then, some wind … Continue reading

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Alaska Day 3 Garden Bay Anchorage (and pub) Pender Harbour 33 NM total 96.2 NM

The new laptop got packed and everything else on the boat tucked away preparing for an arduous crossing from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island to the main land. We were expecting lots of rain, strong winds and lumpy seas. It started raining … Continue reading

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Alaska Day 2 Nanaimo Yacht Club about 30 nautical miles

We left early to go through Dodd Narrows at slack water and ended up just a bit late so going with a 2 knot current. Nice. In Nanaimo, our friend Joe had already located a new laptop and drove to … Continue reading

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