Tag Archives: Inside passage

Alaska 2013 August 6 Day 76 Port McNeil Vancouver Island 83.3 NM Total 2700 NM

We  must go round Cape Caution and cross Queen Charlotte Sound today and depart at 6 am to catch the full flood. It is a good idea to be safe and even more important today as we are completely fogged … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 Fogust 4th Day 74 Codville Lagoon (2) via Shearwater 82.3 NM Total 2590 NM

Our moving days are getting longer as we are anxious to get home soon.  12 hours today and more scrabble as the water is pretty flat. We start quite early in a bit of fog and  the cold weather, fogust … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013 Aug 3 Day 73 Green Inlet Graham Reach Inside Passage 65 NM Total 2508 NM

Another full day with 60 miles to the South. Early departure means calm waters and we can sail or motor-sail while taking turn at Scrabble, a new challenge for Dunnery. When we reach the arm between Gribbell  Island and Princess … Continue reading

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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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Test run to San Juan Island! Sailing to Friday Harbor on Frogs

We have been working diligently preparing Frogs.  Most repairs and upgrades are now complete. A lot of  stuff has been removed, and replaced by only those items on the list of what we think we are going to need. Nothing … 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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