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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Monday, June 4th, 2012
Sailing Favorite Channel

My friend Sebstian Schnuelle takes his Orca Burger for a spin in Favorite Channel north of Juneau last week. A rare sunny morning lured us out on the water, but by the time we were at Tee Harbor it was overcast and a couple of hours later it started to drizzle. Juneau had measurable precipitation on 29 out of 31 days in May! Below, yours truly sailing Favorite Channel.

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Monday, May 9th, 2011
Freedom Of Sailing

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Sailing – A Poem By M. Halyard

Cast off the lines, chuck them on a weatherbeaten dock,
And let us turn our faces to the wind.
Away from traffic, away from an inviolable clock
And towards a beckoning blue horizon.

Now pause as we point directly to the wind;
To the mast we scramble and sort rigging;
Fasten the main, crank the winch around, and then
Up she goes, bright white flowing curtain.

Fall off, and lean, and our vessel takes a bow,

Unfurl this massive jib, and check its balance;
Suddenly released, our sailboat surges forward and we allow
A passing wave to splinter; salt spray splatters us.

Whoosh! We’re really moving! watch the water rush
With bubbles dancing, darting in our wake;
We grin and listen to the gentle shush
Along the waterline from Poseidon’s lake.

A rhythm takes us soon, and over the tops of little hills we tumble
To a moment’s breath, and then we rise again
Upon another shining wave, another scramble,
And another dip of the rail into the ocean.

Emboldened by rising seas and stronger gusts of wind,
We dare to seek the sailors’ holy grail:
The perfect tack, the quintessential jibe,
The …

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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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Friday, January 14th, 2011
Sailing To Antarctica

For those up you living in Juneau and following my blog, I hope you can join me tonight, January 14, 6:30 & 8pm (repeat) at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. I will be sharing images from my sailing journey to Antarctica, a re-enactment of the first scientific journey to the continent in 1897/98.
For those of you interested in going to Antarctica yourselves, I am currently putting together a month-long photo expedition on a sailboat to the Antarctic Peninsula in January 2012. I am in the process of building a dedicated website for the expedition, so stay tuned for detailed information about this unique trip!

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