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Inside Passage, express style. (September 2017)

Fishing boat in Cross Sound

Fishing boat in Cross Sound, the evening we reached the Inside Passage again

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


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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!

Schooners under Nahma's lee Continue reading


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Desolation Sound Article in Sailing Today magazine

Desolation SoundSailing Today magazine in the UK has very nicely given me a PDF of my feature article on Desolation Sound, British Columbia to share on Gone Floatabout!  The print article appeared in the October 2014 issue and looked fantastic in ST’s big, beautiful layout.  If you’d like to read the PDF, please click here.  The piece covers our cruise aboard Celeste last summer (2013) from Victoria, BC to Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands, tucked between Vancouver Island and the mainland.  We have more photos up on the British Columbia page.  And if you’d like to check out Sailing Today‘s site it’s http://www.sailingtoday.co.uk.  Thanks very much to the editors!

Back with more about Whittier, a land excursion, Prince William Sound, and our 2014 Alaska sojourn next week!


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Rolling with the punches (and the waves)

Zeal BlogFirst, a huge thanks to all our sponsors and supporters for their continued enthusiasm for our adventures this summer!  They were all super supportive of our decision not to rush things, and over-stress ourselves and the boat in the process, by heading for the Arctic after our delays and setbacks in June.  It turned out that our voyage through Alaskan waters was every bit the type of challenging and rewarding adventure we love, and we would have greatly regretted it had we missed the whales, bears, glaciers, waterfalls, exciting (sometimes too exciting!) sailing, and general wilderness that make the 49th state so unique!

We particularly wanted to share with everyone Ellen’s blog for ZEAL Optics that recounts, as ZEAL says, how “Murphy’s Law came into play” but also how another incredible journey was right there to be found!  The blog has some great pictures that we haven’t put on Gone Floatabout.  Hope you enjoy! http://blog.zealoptics.com/post/95097121642/rolling-with-the-punches-and-the-waves

(We’ll be back with more about Prince William Sound next post!)