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August 29 – Gardner Bay

What a great day! First, the weather was perfect, light winds and partly sunny as the day wore on. Second, the scenery was spectacular as we motored through protected channels created by the dozens of little islands in the bay. Lastly, we had some unfo…

August 28 – Kassa Island Bay

We departed at oh-dark thirty in order to hit slack at Tlevak Narrows, about 19 miles from Craig.  Even though we were only about forty minutes past slack, we already had a 2 knot current (in our favor fortunately) in the narrows and nearly knots …

August 27 – Craig

We got a fairly early start in order to get close to slack water through the Tonowek Narrows. The cruising was pleasant and we arrived in the town of Craig shortly after 12PM. Along the way, we saw the requisite sea otters. We also had become sensiti…

August 26 – Cyrus Cove

From Dry Pass Lagoon, we traveled a few miles further and anchored a short distance from the dinghy dock for the El Capitan Caves. In hindsight, we probably should have skipped last night’s anchorage and just anchored here.  Next year, maybe. …

August 25 – Dry Pass Lagoon

The weather was excellent for rounding Cape Decision. While we lowered our stabilizer poles just in case we needed to drop the “stabi’s” in the water, we never needed to. The photo at right is the Cape Decision light house. After rounding the …

August 24 – Port Malmesbury

We continue our path down Chatham Strait with the intent of rounding around the bottom of Kuiu Island. Port Malmesbury is one of the last anchorages before Cape Decision at the bottom. The weather was a bit foggy at the beginning of the day but fortun…

August 22-23 – Red Bluff Bay

After our relaxing time at Warm Springs, we headed a short distance further south to Red Bluff Bay. Both guidebooks and firsthand accounts rave about how scenic Red Bluff is so we are looking forward to it. Besides the scenery, the guides also talk abo…

August 21 – Warm Springs Bay

The run to Warm Springs Bay was comfortable in calm seas. On account of the name, it is no surprise that the attraction here are the natural hot springs. There is as small community of vacation homes and a state public dock, which is generally occupied…

August 20 – Appleton Cove

We departed Sitka about 10 AM in order to time a slack current transit of Sergius Narrows, the protected water route from Sitka to Chatham Strait. A local eagle sat on the stabilizer poles of a nearby fishing boat and watched us depart. Along the way…

August 14-16 Touring Sitka

We got back this afternoon from doing a short two night cruise to some local anchorages. Our “guide” has been Wade, a friend of the Nagles who is joining them for the return trip to Seattle. Wade is a retired United Airlines 747 pilot who, post ret…