Note: Our arrival location and time is changed a bit. We will
now arrive at Steveston Marina August 11 at 15:00 (3:00 PM
local) or up to 2 hours early. We will leave Steveston at 12:00
on Aug 12 and arrive at Shelter Island Marina at about 15:00.
We arrived in Kodiak 10:40, July 9. Weather forecast is calling
for 40 kts and 16' seas so we weren't in a hurry to leave. This
is a very nice town & harbor. Kodiak has nice trees, but the
other end of the Island is as bare
of trees as all the places since we left Russia. It is very
people, great scenery and a great harbor. In fact if you
consider all the previous and the closeness of all the services
its the best harbor that we have ever been to. The people were
helpful with everything, the harbormaster office is close and
helpful, there is a marine supply store, hardware store, laundry
& internet, 2 bars, 2 restaurants and other services within 1
block and a grocery store within 2 blocks. There were many other
stores and 2 museums and fuel supply close. We hope to come
We were in someone else's slip, but he let us stay there when
he came back and gave us great smoked salmon and frozen halibut.
We met Kevin, Marcie and Ayla Millett on a beautiful cat from
HoloHolo Charters from Hawaii. He made the boat himself and
planned to sail south to warmer waters from here.
Also local Alaska cruisers Jerry and Janet George who may be
the only Alaskans to get married in Westminster Hall. He is well
known in Alaska from Engineering many construction projects as
well as lending his expertise by teaching in both Russia and
China. Thank you for the wonderful supper and stories.
Lovely sunshine July 12 in Kodiak and we were off for Elfin
Cove at 15:30 after fuelling up. We had nice weather for our
final blue water crossing.
After this open ocean crossing we will be in the Inside
Passage and in protected waters for the balance of our Voyage.
It was a memorable crossing with nice weather, light winds and
nice golden twilight at the darkest hour, and if that wasn't
enough we had a bright full moon. This kind of sailing will make
it hard to give up and become a landlubber again. We put out one
stabilizer to reduce the roll and are enjoying the big swells.
Note of interest. We picked up a NOAA radio information sheet
and it has some interesting facts and records for Alaska.
Attu - highest wind gust 159 mph, Dec. 7, 1950
Cold Bay - averages 304 cloudy days per year
Whittier - most snow (sea level station) in 1 month, 204
inches Jan. 1948
Thompson Pass - most snow (mountain station) in one season
Fort Yukon - highest temperature recorded in Alaska 100 F in
June 27, 1915
Prospect Creek - lowest temperature recorded in Alaska and US
-80F January 23, 1971
Valdez - most snow (sea level station) in one season 561
Elfin Cove is a very beautiful little place. We walked the
lovely boardwalks, phoned and bought some groceries, but no luck
on the internet.
Don't let anyone ever convince you that there is good
communication world wide.
We spent the night of July 15 at Elfin Cove, then on to
Glacier Bay where the fog lifted and we saw some spectacular
Our pictures will tell most of the story at Glacier Bay.
There are many different glaciers and fantastic inlets. Like so
much of the real far north by the sea it is cool, but that is a
small price to pay for this rugged scenery.
Dan Green from Oregon contacted us and so we stopped at
Beartrack Bay and visited him and his interesting friends. Then
at 23:00 we headed out for Peril Passage and Sitka.