Gone Floatabout

Sailing, Photography, Wilderness


Happy 2017!

Happy New Year to the Gone Floatabout subscribers! And welcome to our new subscribers – so glad you’re enjoying our blog!

To welcome in the new year, we thought it would be fun to look back on some of the highlights of a hectic but good 2016. Here’s one for each season: Continue reading


Memories of skiing in the Swiss Alps

Hi everyone,

Although we’re actually back with Celeste now (posts to come!), we promised a post or two about life in Switzerland. So here is a three-part photo series on the blog of our partner ZEAL Optics – all about skiing in the Alps! Enjoy!

And here’s a few more photos that weren’t in the ZEAL posts:


New pages on Gone Floatabout

Hi everyone,

Bear and sprayWe’ve been doing a little renovation to Gone Floatabout and added some new pages. Finally the Arctic Voyage tab now has a full account of the voyage, from our first shakedown cruise in British Columbia in 2013 to our rounding of Point Barrow and return to the Aleutians this past summer. If you’re really ambitious and or really bored, all the posts are in order now on the 2014: Alaska page and the 2015: Arctic page 🙂

Much more exciting is that we finally did something about the Photography page! It’s now under the new Media tab and has three extensive galleries: Wildlife, Nature, and Adventure & People. We had a lot of fun putting that together, so hope you enjoy it!

Finally, sorry for the last post that got sent out – it was a snafu that happened when we were editing our home page.

Hope everyone enjoys floating about the revamped site 🙂


Ellen & Seth



End of the 2015 Voyage: Decommissioning, Salmon, and Aurora Borealis

Our last post, recounting our rather difficult 3-week passage from Point Barrow, ended with just one day to go to Dutch Harbor and with the highest mountains of the Aleutian Islands (namely Shishaldin Volcano, 75 miles away) just in sight. That final day was overcast and a little foggy, but the sea conditions were happily just as kindly as they had been the day before, when the fin whales had paid us a visit.

Ellen reading on passage

Ellen in the companionway on our last passage day  (no more wool hats – amazing!)

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Swiss Hiking at its finest!

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We’ll wrap up our arctic sailing adventures soon, but first a brief interlude of land-locked goodness! We actually spend most of the year working in Switzerland, so we grab a Saturday here and there to do some hiking and skiing in the gorgeous Alps. We had beautiful hiking weather this past fall and set out to find some golden larches right after the first snowfall. Check out more photos on ZEAL Optics blog! Click here or on this link: http://blog.zealoptics.com/post/140634392619/swiss-hiking-at-its-finest-experience-first


Last day to help Seth raise funds to fight cancer!

MustacheOnce again, a big thank-you to all of you who have already supported Seth’s fund-raising campaign to fight cancer!  We really appreciate your contributions!!

Today’s the last day of the campaign, so there’s still time if you’d like to donate: http://mobro.co/sethleonard

The drive is for the Movember Foundation, which supports men’s health – in particular prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and the effects of physical inactivity.  Throughout November Seth has participated in both the Movember mustache campaign and the MOVE challenge to do something physical every day.  Mostly that’s been nighttime runs after work, but there’s been a few hikes thrown in and even one day skiing after a nice snowfall.

If you feel able to donate, please go to http://mobro.co/sethleonard.  Thanks so much!!

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Help Seth raise funds to fight cancer!

This month Seth is trying to help raise money to fight cancer and support men’s health through the Movember Foundation, and we’d love to have any support you feel able to give!


As well as the standard Movember facial hair (!!), Seth’s doing the MOVE Challenge to do something physical every day in November.

Seth on an all-day hike at the beginning of "Movember".

Night run past castle

The Movember Foundation tackles many important health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Your donations will help them make an impact, so if you feel able, please donate online at http://mobro.co/sethleonard

You can learn about the work Movember is funding and the impact your donation will have at http://ch.movember.com/en/programs/strategy

Thanks so much! We appreciate your support!