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The Voyages and Adventures of "Your Rock and Roll Argonauts".

26 June 2017 | Gulf of Alaska, East of Kayak Island, West of Icy Bay
25 June 2017 | Gulf of Alaska
24 June 2017 | Seward, Alaska
21 June 2017 | Seward, Alaska
20 June 2017 | Seward, Alaska
22 April 2017 | Seward, Alaska
22 April 2017 | Passage to Kodiak
22 April 2017 | Chignik,, Alaska
22 April 2017 | Sand Point, Alaska
12 July 2016 | Dutch Harbor, Alaska
11 July 2016 | Dutch Harbor, Alaska
05 July 2016 | Dutch Harbor, Alaska
22 June 2016 | Dutch Harbor, Alaska
21 June 2016 | Tied to Municipal Dock, Dutch Harbor
19 June 2016 | 64 Miles From Initial Approach Fix
19 June 2016 | 188 Miles From Initial Approach Fix
17 June 2016 | 274 Miles From Initial Approach Fix
17 June 2016 | 313 Miles From Initial Approach Fix
16 June 2016 | 392 miles from Initial Approach Fix

Passage Seward to Yakutat

26 June 2017 | Gulf of Alaska, East of Kayak Island, West of Icy Bay
Rod
Monday, June 26

It is now Monday, June 26, and the beginning of our third day. The passage is going fine. A little cool in the mornings, but not a problem with our handy North Face jackets. It's being a nice uneventful trip - just the way we like it. We are sailing now, but have been motoring for most of it. The wind has just been too light, but now it has come up to a level we cause. Since the wind is from the straight west, and we are heading straight east, any wind automatically gets subtracted off of our boat speed. Of course, this means that we do need more wind to go direct downwind that to beat into it. Anyway, we have that now and we are moving right along. We have been slowing our pace a bit since we do not like to arrive at night regardless that we have 24 daylight. Between midnight and about three in the morning, there is a nice bright twilight.

Recap, the water is nice, the boat is working nicely, and we are enjoying our boat ride!

Thank you for reading, and we will hopefully be announcing our arrival early tomorrow morning.

Be Excellent to Each Other!

Rod and Elisabeth,

"Your Rock and Roll Argonauts" "Les Pirates d'Honneur"

Passage Seward to Yakutat

25 June 2017 | Gulf of Alaska
Rod
Sunday, June 25

Good Morning! It is Sunday, June 25, and we are just about 24 hours at sea, out of Seward. The forecast has proved accurate with very light winds, so we have been motoring most of the time. Since the Gulf of Alaska is known to be a difficult body of water with many gales and general treachery, we are quite happy to have it light. The 24 hour daylight is nice, especially at night. We will miss these super long days with their midnight sun as we travel south. It just makes everything easier to have the daylight.

Our departure from Seward was fantastic. Seward is one of the most beautiful places on Earth when the weather is nice with a blue sky. Not many of those blue syies are to be had there, though. But, yesterday, we had one of the prettiest blue sky days ever as we left. It made for a very upbeat and happy day. This means we got to see the bear glacier, and many others as we passed out of Resurrection Bay into the Gulf. Beautiful.

We hope to be in Yakutat on Tuesday morning. If we were sailing, we would be in on Monday evening, but sailing is always much faster than motoring. The weather is still forecast to turn early Wednesday morning, so we are motivated to keep up a good pace. No shame in motoring this course, and we have the fuel. Ok, this one will be short and sweet. Thank you for reading. And....

Be Excellent to Each Other! (You know, this is not just cute, it really can make a difference in making the world a place where we actually want to be living.











Rod and Elisabeth,

"Your Rock and Roll Argonauts" "Les Pirates d'Honneur"

We leave Seward in the morning

24 June 2017 | Seward, Alaska
Rod
Yes, it is time, and the weather appears (at this hour) to be good. We have a window of good weather that should last until Wednesday or so. This should allow us enough time to get to Yakutat, about 300 miles east. We are crossing the Gulf of Alaska Gulf, and notoriously hard hitting rough body of water. No one here takes it lightly, and neither will we. But, at this point, it looks good. A low is just passing by, and the next one does not arrive until Wednesday. So, we should have time to arrive Yakutat about Monday night of very early Tuesday morning.

We will miss Seward. After being here nearly a year, we have friends and it is always hard to leave friends. The beauty here is also incredible, and we will always remember it. (But, we plan to come back!) I chose a photo of Elisabeth (always Elisabeth) when we flew over the Harding ice field. It is simply to show the beauty we have experienced over the past year. Hope you like it.

Proximity is saddled and bridled, and ready to go. So, saddle up, and away we go in the morrow! I'll report, but with out photos until there is internet. meanwhile, be good to you and.....
Be excellent to One Another!
Your Rock and Roll Argonauts

For Sale

21 June 2017 | Seward, Alaska
Rod
Yes, as I mention in our previous post, Proximity is truly up for sale. As such, I have added a link to this blog (it's in the right column) of Interior photos and an equipment list. She's a great great boat, and we do love her dearly. But with the cost being what it is to keep a boat lie this moored in California, and to hangar an airplane, along with annual maintenance on both, it is the right decision. We do not want to see her deteriorate after all we have done to put her in the superb condition she is in. She needs to be actively enjoyed by someone who will love her as we have. Ha! feeling a bit choked up as I write this. We will be asking $120k USD in Seattle, but would let her go to a blog reader for $100. Ok. That's it for now.
We are waiting for weather now, and it looks like Monday is the day we go.
Best to you all, from "Your Rock and Roll Argonauts"
Be excellent to each other. (Didn't think I would forget to say that, did you?) We mean those words from the depth of our hearts!

Wave Off and Proximity is now officially for sale.

21 June 2017 | Seward, Alaska
Rod
Sorry, but we will not leave today. The short period of weather suitable for our departure is just too short to make it to our next stop before it turns around and hits us head on with strong winds. The low is approaching, and the isobars are just too close together to make leaving attractive. It appears that our next opportunity will be in about 6 days. Seems like a long time, but we want to enjoy this sailing rather than simply endure it. Alaska has a whole different set of weather rules than the South Pacific, so we respect that.

Meanwhile, we bought an airplane while "on vacation" in California. We plan to "cruise" the small grass strips of the US and Canada, camping under the wing, etc. So we now announce that our beloved Proximity will up for sale when we arrive in Seattle. We will ask $120,000 USD for her, but if any blog reader wanted her, we would give a special price. It is kind of like having a beloved pet that you cannot justify keeping, but want to go to a good home. If you might want her, let us know. And you also know that she has been completely refit with all new equipment and systems throughout. You will not find a better boat for this money, and she is a boat that can take you safely anywhere in the world.

Our airplane is a lovely 1948 (nearly 70 years old restored antique) Cessna 170. The next chapter awaits. But for now, let's get that weather for the passage in order!

Be excellent to one another.
Rod and Elisabeth

Time to leave Seward

20 June 2017 | Seward, Alaska
Rod
We've been in Seward since August, and now it is well time for us to travel. Alaska has been a truly wonderful experience, and we are very sad to leave. While we were here, we bought a Jeep and drove up to the town of Deadhorse where we went wading in the Arctic Ocean. Was it cold? Well, at 32 degrees F, yes. We also took that Jeep down the Alcan highway to California in December and got to experience 40 below zero in the Yukon. Also while we were here, I got to do what many pilots dream of - I got to do some flying over the glaciers and snow in a Citabria outfitted for the bush. And, of course, we met many great people, as we always seem to do wherever we go. Alaska is not so far away from the Lower 48 people, so put it on your list to get here. You will love it.

We expect to leave tonight about midnight (yes, it will still be light this time of year - how cool is that?) Our first destination as we head east, then south is Yakutat about 300 miles from us. The weather is only forecast to be good for a few days, so we will stop in Yakutat and then wait for the next opportunity to continue to the Inside Passage to Canada.

Thanks for being here with us, and we look forward to hearing from you on our comments section.

Be excellent to each other! (More important now than ever)
Rod and Elisabeth
Vessel Name: Proximity
Vessel Make/Model: Swan 41
Hailing Port: San Francisco
Crew: Rod Lambert, Elisabeth Lehmberg
About:
Who Are Rod and Elisabeth? We are Rod Lambert and Elisabeth Lehmberg. Elisabeth is from Bremerhaven, Germany, and Rod is from Monterey, California. In our youth we each had dreams of living on the water and sailing long distance. [...]
Extra: 2017 Update. From 2009 to Summer 2016, we sailed the South Pacific Ocean, visiting many many wonderful places and meeting incredible all along the way. Finally, it was time to do something a little different, so we headed North. North to Alaska. The dream continues. Welcome!
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