With repairs complete, we departed Dutch Harbor/Unalaska on June 26 for the big, beautiful Alaska Peninsula. The first challenge was to sail between the Aleutians out from the Bering Sea and back into the Pacific. The passes between the islands are notoriously rough, with tidal currents running strong. On our way into the Bering in 2014 we had used Akutan Pass and had encountered a 3-knot favorable current at the supposed slack tide. We’d had bumpy conditions (contrary wind – wind against current) but nothing bad, and the 3-knot boost made it fast. This time things went even better! We chose the smaller Unalga Pass and had glassy calm seas despite a 2-knot current with us. There was thick fog, but otherwise it was very pleasant.
Thanks for visiting Gone Floatabout! We’re two young Americans who love oceans, mountains, and adventure. We sailed around the world from 2006-10 on our ancient and decrepit boat. Then we moved to the Swiss Alps, and now we’re completing a voyage to the Arctic aboard a less ancient, but wooden, boat. We’re obviously more experienced now than when we first left the dock as college kids who’d never been offshore… but we can guarantee that our adventures (either walking about the Alps or floating about the Pacific) are still every bit as full of wonderful challenges, people, wildlife, and unexpected moments! So come ‘floatabout’ with us as we share all this here