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Fun and Bears on the Kenai Peninsula

Clearing skies in Tonsina BayFor the first time in 10 days we saw the sun on the evening of August 16th.  Anchored in our sheltered inlet at the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula, we watched the rain ease, then cease.  The clouds rose higher, then started to break up, and by late evening we were treated to a glorious sunset.  The next day would be perfect. Continue reading


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Passage to Kenai Peninsula: August 14-15, 2014

Dock full of fishing boats hiding from the gale

Dock full of fishing boats hiding from the gale

After a rainy day anchored in Chenega Bay near the mouth of Prince William Sound while a gale raged outside, we made a break for the open sea.  As the National Weather Service had predicted, the wind moderated in the early hours of August 14, so we set off after breakfast.  It was still pouring rain, but we were pretty used to that by this point.  Continue reading


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to the Gone Floatabout subscribers!  A couple of the blogs I read have been posting 50 things they’re thankful for, and I liked the idea so thought I’d put up mine!  (They’re listed in the order in which they came to my head.) 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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Wetter in Whittier: Where’s my upside-down snorkel??

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Our route around Prince William Sound – coming in from the SE up to Snug Corner Cove, north to Columbia Glacier and Glacier Island, west to Papoose Cove, and further west to Whittier before coming south out to the Kenai Peninsula

In my last post about Prince William Sound, I wrote about the benefits of sailing without cruising guides: wonderful unexpected places and experiences.  But you also run the risk that the unexpected might turn out badly, as I hinted was the case for us in Whittier.  We found out later that the locals call it Shittier. . . . Continue reading


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Stunning Anchorages in Prince William Sound

Glacier Island anchorageIt was mid-afternoon when we left Columbia Glacier, so instead of trying to make any progress westward we decided to anchor in a cove on nearby Glacier Island.  The island had been recommended to us by Arctic voyager and fellow Blue Water Sailing contributor Claudia (s/y Belle Epoque) though she hadn’t given any details about why it was one of her favorites.  That was just fine by us, though, since it makes everything more of a discovery and more unexpected—the same reason we don’t always carry cruising guides. Continue reading


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Brown bears!

Sailing past waterfallWe left Baranof late in the morning of the 23rd and sailed across the strait to Whitewater Bay on Admiralty Island. It looked like a good anchorage; we had decent charts of it; and the stream and lagoon beyond the anchorage looked like good grounds for a dinghy adventure.  The sail was beautiful, passing by an enormous waterfall cascading from Baranof’s glaciated mountains down into the sea.  We were snug in Whitewater Bay by mid-afternoon, so as soon as we’d dropped the hook we were off to see what wildlife we could spot in the lagoon. Continue reading