SOUNDS, STRAITS, CHANNELS AND NARROWS

Today has been a long day motoring.  It’s also been a day of calculating the tides and timing the passage down towards Sitka.  This morning we caught the tide down Hoonah Sound then Peril Strait, Sergius Channel, Kukul Narrows, Salisbury Sound, Neva Strait and finally Olga Strait.

US Ferry Columbia heading to Sitka. Photo Ray Penson
US Ferry Columbia heading to Sitka. Photo Ray Penson

The engine was running for nine hours and I am happy to be at anchor in Cedar Cove at the end of Katlin Bay.  The weather has been flat calm all day with low cloud and rain – a sort of brooding damp day.  In Hoonah Sound I saw Humpbacks breaching again.  The whales were about half a mile away; I saw one breach four times.

Current in Sergius Narrows. Photo Ray Penson
Current in Sergius Narrows. Photo Ray Penson

Today there was a lot of boat traffic about, fishing boats, pleasure boats, ferries, large charter boats, expedition yachts and fast runabouts zipping around.  Tomorrow it’s just a two hour run down to Sitka.  I am looking forward to a shower, laundry and some fresh provisions.  Total voyage distance 1,221.0 miles.

Logged 21st June 2016

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