Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Weird Spring In Alaska

Sailing In Lynn Canal north of Juneau - (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelIt’s been a weird spring over much of Alaska, and calm and warm days like this one in Lynn Canal earlier this month have been few and far in between. Winter is refusing to leave, as this article points out. Hard to believe that in a little over a month the days will start getting shorter again!

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Friday, December 14th, 2012
Sailing Gastineau Channel

A sailboat is tacking in Gastineau Channel earlier this week. Most sailboats can sail at about 45 to 50 degrees off the wind.  Tacking, or coming about, is turning from one side of the wind to the other by turning through the eye of the wind—the direction the wind is coming from. Here, the wind was coming up the channel from the south, and the sailboast was tacking southeast and southwest.

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Favorite Channel Sunset

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The fishing wasn’t particularly hot these past couple of days, but the weather was, with mostly clear skies and temperatures climbing into the 70’s. After a day’s worth of trolling for kings, the gorgeous weather was an excuse to head up Favorite Channel with Uncle Sean and Florian to look for whales and other marine mammals. We saw a lot, and I will post a few shots of this trip in the next few days. As we returned to Tee Harbor, we passed this sailboat anchored near Point Stephens. This shot is looking past Cohen Island up Favorite Channel after the sun had set behind the Chilkat Range. After a few days up in the Interior, it feels wonderful to back in Southeast Alaska.

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Sunday, May 8th, 2011
Southeast Alaska Sailing

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With the 2011 season kick-off day race just one week away, I thought it would be timely to post a shot from last year’s race. Here, one of the participating sailboats heads past Taku Inlet, with the Coast Mountains looming in the distance.

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Thursday, April 7th, 2011
Sailboat Cruising Down Gastineau Channel

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I have seen this little sailboat numerous times north of Douglas Island earlier this spring, and rarely with its sails down. What caught my eye looking from my vantage point on the Juneau-Douglas bridge were the unusual patterns created by the sun reflecting off Gastineau Channel. When I looked at my files, I noticed that the effect I was looking for had been somewhat been distorted by a digital artifact, which essentially is an undesired alteration in data introduced in a digital process by an involved technique.

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