Rounding the “Cape Horn of the North Pacific”

The rigger has mounted a new, stronger traveler and the boom brake has been remounted with a new line. Carsten has posted a portion of our blog regarding our crash gybe on Cruisers Forum, hoping to get some feedback and good advice from other, more experienced cruisers, regarding boom brakes, mounting etc.  As usual, the…

Port Angeles to San Francisco

August 11, 2022 and we are back in our “home harbor”, Port Angeles Washington, after 3.5 months sailing in Canada and Alaska – just a little loop of 2317 nautical miles.  During the coming week we will be getting Capri, ready for real ocean sailing. Since we more than 2 years ago made the decision…

Alert Bay – The First Nations

One thing that Vinni and I have missed on our Alaskan journey is some history of the original population, the First Nations or Indians. They were spread over western Canada and Alaska and while they were not many in number, they lived throughout the area. They were hunters and fishermen. They did not have metalworking…

Reflections on Alaska

Mid-November 2019 we weighed anchor at Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas, bound for Hawaii.  We had been lured northward by many of our cruiser friends who had sailed Alaska and entertained us with stories, each more exciting than the last.  Glaciers, eagles, sea otters, grizzlies, sea lions, whales, orcas and anything else you can imagine.…

Pack Creek National Forest

Alaska part 5 Alaska has three types of bears: Polar Bear, Brown Bear (this is the Grizzly, can be brown or beige) and the Black Bear (brown or black.  The Polar Bear lives in the far north Alaska, deep in the Arctic.  The southern part of Alaska has many Grizzlies and even though we haven’t…

Glacier Bay – Alaska part 4

June 21st and we took in our lines to sail the twenty-fine nm from Hoonah to Glacier Bay.  Visitors to the Bay are strictly limited, the better to protect the marine life and the fragile environment.  We are one of the lucky boats that have gotten permission to sail the bay for seven days.  The…

Hoonah

After our unforgettable experience in Tracy Arm, we sailed northwards, heading for our northernmost destination on this journey – Glacier Bay.  Glacier Bay is a National Park and in an effort to keep it as pristine as possible, the number of visitors is restricted.  Entry can only be gained by applying with the Rangers at…

Alaska Part 2 – Tracy Arm

We left Petersburg very early in the morning (due to the tide).  Despite planning to hit slack water the last couple of nm out of Wrangell Passage, we had a following current running at least 4 knots. Oh well, rather a following current that a contrary current.  When we exited the Passage, the current just…

Alaska Part 1

It is the 1st of June and after spending three-and-a-half weeks sailing north through Canada, we’re finally ready to cross Dixon Entrance and enter Alaska.  We need to clear out of Prince Rupert (Canada) and clear into the US in Ketchikan (Alaska).  The distance between the two towns is only 90 nautical miles, half of…

Northern Canada

We crossed Queen Charlotte Sound in what passes for magnificent weather in these parts (read – there was no storm).  We had decided to anchor up in a small well-protected cove that is, funnily enough, named “Safe Cove”.  As you might guess, “Safe Coves” are not found everywhere up here and it probably isn’t named…