A big departure from my earlier Critter Posts: this one doesn’t live in Alaska and doesn’t breathe air! The Blue Tang is a reef fish native to the tropical Atlantic, so with this Critter Post, we’re harkening back to Seth’s and my global circumnavigation aboard HERETIC, during which we snorkeled with Blue Tangs in the Caribbean on the way out (2006/7) and the way home (2010).
After a couple days of rest upon reaching the sheltered waters of Southeast Alaska, we set off for a nearly non-stop trip south down the rest of the Inside Passage. We started on this marathon on September 9 and our goal was to be back in Port Angeles, Washington in two weeks. Continue reading
We left the Inside Passage behind for our third Gulf of Alaska crossing on June 9, 2017 and had an easy passage except that first I, and then Seth, came down with some sort of flu. I think we may have caught it from a few people who were sick at Baranof Warm Springs. It didn’t manifest itself until the second day – the first day was very pleasant sailing with a moderate south swell and light south wind. We were sailing a close reach because the apparent wind was so much further forward (due to Celeste‘s speed) than the true wind. On the second day, the sailing was still good, with the wind up and down in strength but steady in direction from the south. By the afternoon, though, I had started to develop a headache and fever that persisted almost until we raised the islands off Prince William Sound. It was made rather worse on Day 3 by the wind dying but the swell increasing – a nauseating combination. Seth came down with the bad headache/fever as well on that day. Fortunately the sailing/motoring was easy, so we didn’t have to work too hard while we were ill. We both recovered on Day 4 and by evening we came into Prince William Sound and anchored a few hours later in a lovely, deserted spot on Knight Island. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, we were honored to be asked for an interview by Fabio at the Psychology of Sailing website, whose focus is how sailing and psychology can influence each other and promote mental health and well being, as well as a sense of purpose in life. Our interview just got posted yesterday, and you can read it here. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed answering Fabio’s thoughtful questions! http://www.psychologyofsailing.com/outdoor_life_interview/
I’ve been thrilled to have a lot of articles published in sailing magazines this winter. For those of you who are interested, here’s a quick recap:
- Out right now in Ocean Navigator March/April 2017 is “Sail Fast! Aleutian Islands to Juan de Fuca Strait in Seven Weeks”, about our summer 2016 voyage. Despite having a schedule to meet and thus having to move faster than we would have liked, it was a great cruise and we managed to pack in the spots we most wished to see.
- For those of you who are Cruising Club of America members, the same piece will be coming out in this year’s Voyages.
- I’m also honored to be the newest member of the editorial team for Voyages – I had a lot of fun creating the maps for each article this year.
- And I was honored to be one of the judges for this year’s Chuck Husick Technology Award, presented by Ocean Navigator to an innovative technology product in the boating market. It was a hard choice among all the great nominees, but the you can read about the final winner here.
- Cruising World just posted Episode 2 of our Arctic Voyage video series! It’ll be up on YouTube soon. 🙂
- In the January/February issue, Cruising World published my piece “Alaska’s Wild Coast” about our 2014 cruise along the Alaska Peninsula the ‘wrong’ direction – from east to west – and now it’s online here.
- Sailing magazine published my article “Captain Cook’s Paradise: New Zealand’s Bay of Islands” in the January issue – unfortunately it’s not yet online.
- Across the Pond, Sailing Today ran my “Introduction to High Latitude Outfitting” in their February issue whose theme was the cold northern climes.
- Also in Britain, last but not least!, Water Craft ran my story about the Steamboat Liberty Belle as their lead feature, along with a cover shot!
As always, a big thank-you to all my readers and hope you enjoy these pieces!
We’ve made the foray into videos! And Cruising World magazine has picked them up for their website! They’ve posted the first two Arctic Voyage videos so far here, and they’ll roll out one episode per month hereafter.
A big thank-you goes out to our amazing friends Chris and Jess Bray for persuading us to start taking footage in 2015 (you guys are right – it’s super fun!) and to our awesome friend Jeff for getting me into editing!
So here’s our first attempt – a short “trailer” that gives some context to our Arctic Voyage episodes:
Hope you enjoy! And feel free to sign up for our Gone Floatabout YouTube channel where we’ll post the episodes after they’re live on Cruising World‘s site!
Ellen & Seth
Seth and I were recently nominated by a fellow blogger for the Sunshine Blogger Award -thank you, Diana! Diana writes Handstands Around the World – about hiking, travel, and the outdoors. Diana is a former gymnast, hence the handstands and the name of her site. She has great pictures of the Mountain West and beyond!
What’s the Sunshine Blogger Award? It’s kind of like a chain letter… (did that date me?) given to bloggers by other bloggers who are “positive, creative, and inspiring”. We’ve really enjoyed other sailing and non-sailing blogs since we started writing Gone Floatabout, so it’s wonderful to know that others have enjoyed our site!