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2012 Sail Alaska

Sail Alaska 2012 departure news

Summer Solstice will kick off Sail Alaska this year. We will be leaving from Bedwell Harbor on Sunday morning, June 24th after the Jeanneau Rendezvous. There will be a skippers’ meeting and slide show of the 2011 trip Saturday morning, the 23rd. Coffee and doughnuts on the dock for the Sunday morning departure.

For those of you who like to sleep in, the tides this year will generally work in our favor in the afternoon and evenings, giving us time in the mornings for fishing and a leisurely breakfast of fresh crab omelets. We should have plenty of light to get into dock or anchorage for the night. Seymour Narrows ebbs north at 6.9 knots at 2:00pm on June 26th, so we will miss the big “tide ride” this year. We will go through on the first part of the ebb and push as far north as the current allows. We should leave Campbell River about 11:00 am. This current will only be an issue for the first three days, till we get to Queen Charlotte Sound; then we slow down and get into the cruising mode.

I have put together what I think will be a great route. The first half of the trip will be similar to last year (weather permitting); Misty Fjords, Anan Creek, Wrangle, Petersburg, and Frederick Sound. The second half will be Rocky Pass to Dry Pass, down the west side of Prince William Island and back to Ketchikan. This will be some new territory to me. For local knowledge, we will have Dave Dow along, veteran of many trips to this area. Dave brought Ruby Slippers home this way last summer.

For guests coming in for a visit, we will be near a jet port every 10 to 12 days. I will put together a map with an approximate itinerary for those stops. Let me know when and where guests might be arriving and I will adjust as necessary. I will be sending out an entry form out later this week. If you have any questions, give me a call anytime.

Be sure to check out the 2012 Sail Alaska YouTube videos:

Part I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNmmGfcxnIY
Part II: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFp83mPsdeQ
Part III: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mgVNdHh16s

(206) 369-2290 cell

Jim Rard, veteran of 9 trips to Southeast Alaska, will again be leading a flotilla up the inside passage ! Check out last years trip on FaceBook at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001967097608&sk=wall Or log on to FB and search for Sail Alaska.

We will be kicking off the 2012 cruising season with 2 seminars at the Seattle Boat Show. Friday 1-27-2012 at 6:15 and Wednesday 2-1-2012 at 5:15
We will show you photos of last year’s trip. Talk about routing schemes to outsmart the weather and make the most of your summer vacation. Fishing, hiking, and sightseeing. Side trips and overnight camping excursions in the wilderness. Information on outfitting, provisioning, fuel, water, and propane. Communication systems from cell phone to satellite and everything in between! We will bring you up to speed on the latest communication systems to keep you in touch with the lower 48.