10,000 MILES WITH TRUCE

Banging to windward all last night and today on starboard tack.  Getting to New Zealand is a battle, every mile must be won.  I am not complaining – some are still in the north waiting for a break in the weather and one yachtsman is sheltering at Raoul Island. The daybreak this morning was beautiful … Continue reading 10,000 MILES WITH TRUCE

BARTLETT COVE TO HOONAH

We arrived back in Hoonah this afternoon after an easy crossing of Icy Strait in calm conditions. Calm conditions meant we had to motor again which is not restful but preferable to wind on the nose, so we will take it. In Icy strait there is a lot more ebb than flood so correct timing … Continue reading BARTLETT COVE TO HOONAH

SHORE LEAVE IN BARTLETT COVE

Today started foggy and calm. The idea of crossing Icy Strait didn’t inspire us and we felt lazy.  It seemed a great option to stay in Bartlett Cove. Shore leave and a bit of exploring around the area was the best option. It has been an effort to get to Glacier Bay, another day here to … Continue reading SHORE LEAVE IN BARTLETT COVE

ANCHORED UNDER REID GLACIER.

Last night was special. We anchored in Reid Inlet under Reid Glacier, a extraordinary place with the Glacier towering above us. Thankfully the night was calm. Today we have motored in calm conditions down to South Sandy Cove. First we tried to anchor in the east arm of the cove but were swamped by large … Continue reading ANCHORED UNDER REID GLACIER.

GREAT CALVING GLACIERS

A peaceful night’s sleep at Blue Mouse Cove anchorage has recharged the internal batteries ready for a full day motoring up to Tarr Inlet and the Margerie and Grand Pacific Glacier. We arrived at the Margerie Glacier at midday in brilliant sunshine and clear sky after dodging around floating ice on the way up. The … Continue reading GREAT CALVING GLACIERS

OH WHAT A NIGHT, DRAGGING ANCHOR

Last night we anchored in Fingers Cove, a spot recommended by a friend we had met along the way who had been to Glacier Bay seven times previously. When we entered Fingers Cove it was high water, we made a few attempts to find a suitable anchor spot and couldn’t. There were shoals and deep … Continue reading OH WHAT A NIGHT, DRAGGING ANCHOR

DESTINATION ACHEIVED

Today we arrived in Glacier Bay. It’s been a long winding road to get here and now we have a permit for a few days to explore and experience the wildlife and natural wonders. The trip across Icy Strait this morning was easy for a change and the forecast headwinds didn’t turn up. The entry … Continue reading DESTINATION ACHEIVED

HANGING AROUND HOONAH

What a beautiful warm day, the warmest so far this trip. Hoonah turned out to be a great place to hang out, do a bit of provisioning and visit the local hardware store for interesting stuff. The hardware store proved to be a great surprise, amazing stock of just about everything from iphone charges through … Continue reading HANGING AROUND HOONAH

COMPANY, AGAIN

Logged 7th July 2016 The weather is getting warmer now or maybe this bit of Alaska is warmer I am not sure. Today I motored up to Hoonah which is quite a large village and the largest Tlingit community in Southeast Alaska.  The name Hoonah means ‘place where the north wind doesn’t blow’ and warm … Continue reading COMPANY, AGAIN

INIAN ISLAND

I awoke this morning to thick fog, a sign summer is here.  The fog cleared in the early morning and the sun came out.  But then a strong westerly wind set in and finally rain again.  A real mixed up day but plenty of variety. In the morning I motored over to Inian Island which … Continue reading INIAN ISLAND