Gone Floatabout

Sailing, Photography, Wilderness


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Inside Channels to Open Ocean: Ketchikan, Alaska to Juan de Fuca Strait, Washington, August 2016

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Brown bear fishing for salmon, Southeast Alaska

Our last post ended in Southeast Alaska, where we’d encountered a whole range of sailing conditions, revisited places we’d enjoyed in 2014, and discovered new places including a river where both black and brown bears fished for salmon.

Upon leaving the touristic town of Ketchikan, we once again entered deserted channels between forested islands. Our last stop in Alaska was a little cove just a mile or two north of the Canadian border, and then we set off to Prince Rupert to clear Customs into Canada.

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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 🙂

Cheers,

Ellen & Seth

 


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Blog is back!

(not) blogging in the Bering Sea...

(not) blogging in the Bering Sea…

Hi everyone! We’re finally getting back to the blog – many apologies for going so long without a post.  We’ll get started again on chronicling our sailing voyage this past summer very soon here, but in the meantime I have some new articles out and we’ve re-worked some of the old pages to include new and bigger photos. 🙂

First off, I was honored to be asked this spring to write a feature on the history and story of the Herreshoff 12 1/2 for Classic Boat magazine.  It’s not online yet but if you can find a copy of the September issue you can read it in print!

My earlier article for Classic Boat, about cruising Alaska last summer, is up now on their site for those who are interested. And Cruising World and Pacific Yachting both ran short pieces in the summer as well: I’ve scanned a PDF of my Pacific Yachting piece.  Continue reading


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Best Photo! (and a continued blog hiatus)

STAwards2015WinnerThank you to everyone who voted in the Sailing Today 2015 Awards! I’m honored to have had my image “Laughter Lines” win Best Cruising Photograph.  Although we couldn’t be at the acceptance ceremony, I enjoyed hearing ST magazine’s editor Sam’s words, that the picture showed “the lighter side of cruising life and the joys of quitting the beaten track, shot in the Teakerne Arm of British Columbia’s unfairly-named Desolation Sound.  Ellen is busy cruising the Arctic at the moment, so we’ve dispatched her award for collection at the North Pole.”

Apologies once again that the blog has been on hiatus for so long.  We both enjoyed our time in the Arctic and are now back at home.  Unfortunately the blog will stay paused for another couple of months due to commitments at home.  Thank you all for your patience—I promise the story and photos will resume eventually!Zipline


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Please vote for my photo in Sailing Today 2015 Awards!

ZiplineI’m super excited to have been nominated for Best Cruising Photograph in the Sailing Today magazine 2015 Awards!  I’d really appreciate your vote at http://www.sailingtoday.co.uk/awards2015/  You can vote anytime until August 23 and you get entered for a chance to win a sailing holiday in Greece.  My photos is “Laughing Lines” http://www.sailingtoday.co.uk/the-sailing-today-awards-2015-photo-of-the-year/ And if you’d like to pass this on, please do!!

Thanks so much!! Really appreciate your support!!


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Alaska articles

ON Cover, May 2015I’m always so honored to be able to share my experiences and photography in print.  Recently I’ve had a lot come out and it’s all been super exciting!  First off, my photo of Seth is on the cover of the May/June Ocean Navigator!  He’s flaking our staysail after it had finally dried out following the gale we weathered entering Prince William Sound. (Post about that here.) Continue reading


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Articles and photos update

HeritageIn a change of pace from blogs about Alaska, we have some recent articles and a photo gallery to share!  The April issue of Classic Boat magazine (just out!) has an article about cruising the Maine coast aboard a beautiful Herreshoff ketch we briefly owned called Nahma.  Sailing in Maine will have any classic boat lover salivating: on almost every tack you’ll see yet another historic wooden beauty.  To accompany the article Classic Boat has just uploaded a large photo gallery!  Check it out here!

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