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Alaska 2013 Aug 2 Day 72 Lowe Inlet (2) Grenville Channel 59.6 NM Total 2443 NM

Mike and Paul are off to the airport in Prince Rupert to catch a flight back to Ontario early morning and we sail as they go in a very overcast sky. Not foggy per say, just a low ceiling. After … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 31-Aug 1 Day 70-71 Back Home to Pilsbury Inlet and Prince Rupert, BC 78.7NM and 3.6 NM Total 2384 NM

Our plan to leave Nichols Bay early for the Dundas Islands across the border is thwarted by the fog. We go, and abort and re-anchor to wait. After a short while, the fog is omnipresent but not that thick so … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 30 Day 69 Nichols Bay POW Island 37.2 NM Total 2301 NM

Another glorious day in paradise Alaska. No other boat around, bright sunshine, whales, rock gardens, a few dolphins, a bit of sailing,  all the usual fun. We are reaching the south end of Prince of Wales Island and as we … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 29 Day 68 Mabel Bay Prince of Wales Island 47.4 NM Total 2264 Nautical Miles

We have a very special day going south of the 55 degree latitude north line in gorgeous  weather with warm winds and end up swimming in Mabel Bay  by the time the anchor is down. We reach a speed of … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 28 Day 67 Craig POW Island 23.8 NM Total 2217 NM

Our prawn trap contains a starfish, a small rock fish, and only 2 dozen spot prawns this morning. Sounds like somebody ate our prawns. It is the second glorious day in a row and we just rave in the sunshine … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 27 Day 66 Nossuk Bay Prince of Wales Island 20.7 NM Total 2183 NM

Getting on the way is a bit delayed today as  a very large starfish has caught tight hold of our anchor chain and we need to kick it off with the boat hook. It is a bright sunny day and … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 26 Day 65 Sarkar Cove El Capitan 43.4NM Total 2172 NM

From misty early to a glorious sunny day we passed a few trawlers in Chatham strait, then Mt Calder and soon turned off into El Capitan Passage. It is a very narrow passage through a maze of islands and islets, … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 25 Day 64 Port Protection Prince of Wales Island 32.1 NM Total 2129 NM

We successfully went through Rocky Pass,  37  navigation aids set by the Coast Guard  to help guide you in narrow and very shallow waters  in superb surroundings. The passage has to be time for the high slack at Devil’s elbow, … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 24 Day 63 Horseshoe Island Top of Rocky Pass 47 NM Total 2097 NM

We take an early start to be able to go to Kake and on to the top of Rocky Pass to be well set-up to wait for the right time to proceed safely tomorrow.  The first two hours are no … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 23 Day 62 Red Bluff Inlet Chatham Strait 21 NM 2050 NM

More hot-springs  in the rain  in the morning and an easy ride to Red Bluff inlet. Indeed red bluffs are surrounding the inlet and also vertical cliffs and giant waterfalls. Water  is deep right to the shore and we were … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 22 Day 61 Baranof Warm Springs Cove 38.6NM Total 2028 NM

A few hours of travel through Peril Strait into Chatham Strait and we hide away in Warm Spring Bay on the state float by a giant waterfall in  the small village of Baranof on Baranof Island. There is a lodge … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 July 21 day 60 Sergius Narrow Peril Strait to Appleton Cove 60 NM Total 1990 NM

With our extra crew  settled on board, we  have planned to go through the serious Sergius narrows at slack. It means departing Sitka at 6:00 am in the usual mist and we can barely see the silhouette of Mt Edgecumbe, … Continue reading

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2013 July 19-20 Day 58-59 Sitka Baranof Island Alaska

A little memo to say we are fine in Craig on Prince of Wales Island but I will keep the blogs coming in order as I catch up. There is very little internet in this  grizzly neck of the woods! … Continue reading

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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 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 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 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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One month to get ready to sail to Glacier Bay Alaska on Frogs

May 23, 2013, is the day set for sailing away from Oak Bay Marina in Victoria, BC aboard “Frogs” our 40ft Dufour sailboat built in Périgny near La Rochelle in France. We (Dunnery and I -the Sailing Frog-) started planning … Continue reading

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