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Death in the Ice, the mystery of the Franklin expedition

This is the title of the special exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa that we went to visit. The exhibit is well worth seeing even for us who have spent the last couple years reading every book … Continue reading

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What are we waiting for?

Long days, high temperatures in most of the world, why are we not off to Greenland right away, I have been asked a few times lately. We are waiting for the Arctic sea ice extent to shrink. If you look … Continue reading

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Alaska 2013August 7 day 77 Teakern Arm Desolation Sound 98.3 NM Total 2799 NM

Four hours of total fog out of Port McNeil very early, in less than 1/8 of a mile visibility. This is the price we pay to arrive in SUMMER. And summer we get, most beautiful day through Johnstone Strait and … Continue reading

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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 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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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 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 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 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 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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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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Dufour 40 “Frogs” on the Travel-Lift

A short trip to Wesport Marina in Sidney BC to haul out and apply anti-fouling bottom paint and check the bottom (perfect) and replace the zinc anodes ( to prevent electrolysis and damage to the  folding prop). These guys are … 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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