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/
After 10 years and 40,000 miles of ocean sailing, our foul weather gear was due for replacement, so we were thrilled when Helly Hansen agreed to support our adventures!
Outer-wear has come a long way since Seth and I last bought foul weather gear at the start of our circumnavigation, and Norwegian company Helly Hansen has been one of the leading innovators of lightweight and breathable, yet waterproof, sailing garments.
We wrote our last post from Kodiak, a wonderful town where we met a lot of very friendly people. As well as completing necessary chores like laundry, internet, fuel, and groceries, we had fun hiking the hill behind town. We really fell in love with the island of Kodiak, though, when we left town to sail to a deserted bay. Deserted, that is, except for humpback whales, sea otters with babies, and hundreds of puffins and auklets! Continue reading
I’m excited to share a bunch more articles that have come out this winter and spring! For those of you who like pretty pictures, out right now in Cruising World‘s June/July issue is a double-page spread of Celeste in the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean – it’s an ‘under-over’ shot (half underwater) but no, we didn’t go swimming to take it – just leaned over the gunwale of the dinghy!
We’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
In my last post, I introduced Pat and Sue, a wonderful couple who take Arctic sailors under their wing. Seth and I had talked (with each other) about rowing our dinghy up the Snake River that empties into Nome’s harbor, but on our very first full day, Pat and Sue took us up it in their motorboat for a fishing expedition!
Unalaska returned to its more normal state of cold, wind, and clouds after our hike and we went to work on the boat in earnest. Andy and Daneen had very nicely offered to store all our junk in their attic, so we took everything off the boat. The point of this on the inside was mostly to prevent mold from growing on the cushions, sails, books, woodwork, etc. and to keep stuff from freezing that probably shouldn’t freeze (like my dad’s Mason jars of soup, pasta sauces, etc.). The point on deck was to prevent loose stuff from blowing away or getting stolen (like our Mantus anchors and extra propane cylinder). This took a couple days and more than a couple truck loads. Continue reading
We just loved Unalaska! We arrived after our 36-hour passage from King Cove (about 220nM) on September 3, 2014 at about 16:00. We were first greeted by the most adorable sea otter. He even looked like he was waving his little paws at us. So good to see, especially since sea otters were hunted (for their thick and beautiful fur) almost to extinction in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Aleutian Island populations were among the hardest hit since these were the first places ‘discovered’ by the Russians in the 1740s. After a few photographs of this wonderful creature we turned our attention to docking, and soon thereafter our good friends Andy and Daneen arrived on the dock! Continue reading
Before we went hiking above King Cove, we had talked to the harbor master and he’d confirmed our supposition that the “light and variable” forecast was unusual for that time of year. None of us thought an opportunity like that would come again that summer/fall, so we planned a direct passage to Unalaska Island, heading out early the next morning (September 2, 2014) in order to catch the tides through Akutan Pass by mid-morning on September 3. Continue reading
Amazingly enough, the forecast for the next few days following our arrival in King Cove and late night with our new friends on the fishing boat was for clear skies and “light and variable” winds. We could even take a day to explore the place before sailing the following morning (September 2) around 4AM. That would time us perfectly for the tidal current in Akutan Pass, the pass into the Bering Sea which Francisco had recommended.