This morning Ngozi departed Truce on her way back to New Zealand. The Harbourmaster at Hoonah very generously gave her a lift up to the airport. I am now alone again and have missed having company today. And no, it’s not just to have help with the cooking and cleaning!
The voyage from Canoe Cove to Glacier Bay has been a great experience for me. I have experienced rain, cold, headwinds, glorious days, calm nights, wildlife, interesting people and made new friends along the way. Truce has proved to be a wonderful little boat, well built, comfortable, capable of looking after me and tolerating my mistakes. The next voyage to the south will mean a bit of backtracking but I will try and avoid visiting previous stops.
I was a bit lazy this morning, probably a bit flat after Ngozi departing. Eventually I managed to get off the dock and headed out into Icy Strait, still not sure what route to take south, only knowing I was heading east first. Once I got into the Strait a westerly breeze picked up and I set all sail, so relaxing to be sailing and switch the motor off. At the east end of Icy Strait, the wind shifted to the south, blowing up Clarence Strait. My route was now decided, I was not going down Clarence Strait, I sailed up Lynn Canal with a good following breeze. I will now head down Stephens Passage, into Frederick Sound and Wrangell Narrows. This is all new territory for me.
The weather was very warm today with clear visibility. I was sailing in just a pair of shorts in brilliant sunshine, sparking seas with vistas of snow-capped mountains and glaciers. Magical. There was a lot of boat traffic about today, fishing boats, sports boats, tourist boats, the most I have seen in Alaska. Auke seems to be the centre for boating out of Juneau.
After sailing for seven hours today, mostly not too fast, I have anchored in Auke Bay for the evening. In the anchorage there is another yacht, a French yacht also heading south. The anchorage is a bit bumpy due to all the boat traffic passing by at high speed, also a bit noisy with 3 jet skis buzzing around and music coming from the shore. This place looks like a holiday destination with nice homes doted along the shore line. Total voyage distance 41.4 miles.