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Mon Dec 19 16:49:54 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

Saturday was a pleasant-enough day for a daysail--Friday's gale was over and there were just light winds and occasional rain in the forecast before Sunday's gale. The frost on the deck even cooperated by melting before we left the dock.

Fri Dec 16 21:19:17 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

Tugboat Sonja H pushing a barge at sunset.

Sat Dec 17 2:18:16 EST 2011 | Amos
Beautiful picture!
Sun Dec 18 0:51:05 EST 2011 | Victor
What is behind Sonja H, another push barge? or is it just something co-incidental behind on the horizon. Strictly in-port procedure I think.
Sun Dec 18 11:38:20 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Amos and Victor.

Behind Sonja H are islands. The setting is just outside the breakwater.

Mon Dec 19 10:16:27 EST 2011 | AMos
Behind the tug cabin on the x axis is the long flat rear deck of the tug, and the plume of her wake while shoving a much heavier object.
A Balmy Day in December (cont'd)
Thu Dec 15 11:53:43 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

Fri Dec 16 17:09:32 EST 2011 | Terry
nice pic .... sitka looks like a nice town .... are you there for the winter ??
Fri Dec 16 18:44:57 EST 2011 | Victor
That cloud looks like modified UFO
Fri Dec 16 21:14:23 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
Terry, yes, Sitka is a nice town.

Victor, yes, the cloud does look like a UFO--perhaps that explains the sudden change in the weather :)
A Balmy Day in December
Tue Dec 13 1:21:22 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

This is another picture from the other day when the weather was so nice. Since then, there has been a howling gale with heavy rain and hail to make one better appreciate how nice it can be.

Tue Dec 13 12:37:38 EST 2011 | Amos
Oh, that fickle Mistress, weather!! Just goes to show how alert you have to be. I am glad at least the gales find you in a snug harbor.
Thu Dec 15 11:39:22 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
Amos, thanks, it is very nice to be in a safe harbor for the storms and only go sailing in the pleasant weather.
A Balmy Day in December
Sun Dec 11 20:45:54 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

It was a beautiful day in Sitka yesterday, and we took advantage of the opportunity to go out for a pleasant daysail and to test the autopilot (which is finally working).

We motored out of the harbor, then sailed to windward in a very light breeze. After a while, we turned back.

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A Balmy Day in December
Sun Dec 11 20:44:06 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

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We set the spinnaker to sail back with, and to dry it out. By the time we had it set, though, the wind had lightened to almost nothing and we were making less than a knot thru the water. The current was in our favor, but carrying us too close to Old Sitka Rocks for comfort, so we dropped sails and motored back to harbor for sunset.

Fri Dec 9 21:56:05 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

Sat Dec 10 16:36:32 EST 2011 | Terry
i think "sea king" needs a gallon of TrimClad
Sat Dec 10 22:51:25 EST 2011 | Victor
I was just about to add something similar like this must be The King. Otherwise I see no winds, no inclement weather which usually is
a Talked of the Town.
Sun Dec 11 10:32:07 EST 2011 | Ron Ouwehand
Hello, the place you are staying in now certainly has a much nicer view I'm sure than the Scarborough Bluffs! Good luck with your heating systems.
Sun Dec 11 20:11:57 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
The boat does look like it could use some paint.

The weather has been warmer lately--all the snow has gone and it was a calm day.

Yes, the view is much nicer here than where I wintered last year.
Mon Jan 9 10:32:33 EST 2012 | bowsprite
i love it! I wish I could paint this boat before it gets painted! Lovely noble vessel. Hail, Sea King!
Thu Dec 8 23:13:02 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

Issuma's masts are just visible above the M in Masonic. Sitka harbor mostly has fishing boats in it. The boats closest to Issuma are all higher, so provide a nice windbreak.

Sat Dec 10 22:53:44 EST 2011 | Victor
Those must be a Tall Ships with a little draft.
Sun Dec 11 20:05:00 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
Victor, yes, they are pretty high out of the water. Many of the fishing boats have a big enclosed area at the stern (what looks like stainless steel sheet metal on the aft deck of Hukilau in this picture) that stops a lot of wind.
Mon Dec 19 1:00:59 EST 2011 | Pete Elwell
Masonic ! I can't remember the owner's name at the moment, but know him from kodiak ! Love your stories . Pete Elwell S/V Mariah , Ny, NY
Mon Dec 19 1:03:16 EST 2011 | Pete Elwell
You were speaking of the shelter decks on longliners they put on in the winter ... Or the wave wall ? part time commercial fisherman / part time sailor here
Mon Dec 19 11:59:30 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
Pete, thank you. I was speaking of the shelter decks on the longliners nearby providing a windbreak for Issuma. I did not know what they were called before.

Tue Dec 20 23:11:45 EST 2011 | Pete Elwell
Darius ( ! ) is the skipper of the Masonic . He is a really nice guy . Fished near him on the F/V Pacific Cloud in Kodiak .
The stories from the Orbit II are amazing . Issuma seems unique . Who/where was her builder ?
Wed Dec 21 1:07:47 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
Pete, thanks. glad to hear you've enjoyed my website.

Thanks for Darius's name. If I see him I will tell him you said hello.

Thu Dec 8 0:32:57 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

I'm not used to driftwood that's bigger around than I am tall. I got quite used to no driftwood at all this summer in the Arctic. I guess I'm going to get used to driftwood like this and larger as I go south.

Speaking of going south, I'm delaying that for a while. While the weather hasn't made sailing impossible, it has made it difficult enough that I'd rather delay for a while. It was getting to be a week or so of gales, storms or strong headwinds, followed by 1-2 days of reasonable traveling weather, which made for slow progress. Also, there are some things on the boat that I want fixed (like the cabin heater that works off the engine cooling system) before continuing in cold, windy conditions, and fixing stuff is much easier when one is not traveling.

Maggie had to go back to work, so she is back in New York now. She took this picture last week.

Thu Dec 8 8:19:30 EST 2011 | Amos
Times of change, always interesting. Sorry to see Maggie go. I think fixing the cabin heater is wise. Keep up the great pictures.
Thu Dec 8 23:15:23 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Amos. Heaters are wonderful things when they are working.
Sat Dec 17 21:08:34 EST 2011 | Jesse
Ahoy Richard,
Sitka sounds like a great place to spend some time. A fine place to hole up for the winter. Glad you made it there. Interested in any tales you may come up with while exploring the area, meeting the people and experiences the place and its unique character. Get that heater working!

Sun Dec 18 11:32:46 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
Jesse, thanks. Sitka does seem to be a nice place in winter. I'll see what I can do with the local tales.

Wed Nov 30 23:21:41 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

We hadn't done a thorough enough job of tying the sheets (ropes that control the sails) up off the deck before the last snowfall, so they were full of snow and ice, and quite difficult to move thru the blocks. The winch sockets (where the winch handles fit in) were also full of ice (I'll have to make some covers for these), so the winching was done without the winch handle and we didn't put up a lot of sails. Still, it was an enjoyable sail.

Wed Dec 7 11:54:38 EST 2011 | Amos
Man, the details you need to remember when sailing in frozen climates. It's a specialty in itself!
Wed Dec 7 15:02:24 EST 2011 | michael
Let me congratulate you on your magnificent achievement this last year. I follow your account often and find it fascinating, so I've added Issuma blog to the "live feed" on DoryMan.
I've been puzzling for a few weeks why your posts reside so low on the list ("live-feed" means that a new post moves to the top of the blog list). I believe it's because of the dates on your posts. Perhaps you could list the log date in the body of the post and leave the current date as a posting date? Then we'd have a better idea of when you've put up another great photo!

michael bogoger
Thu Dec 8 0:31:02 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
Amos, yes, sailing in below-freezing conditions is quite different and there's not a lot of information around about techniques and what works/what doesn't.

Michael, thank you very much. I had a look at your picturesque DoryMan blog, it's nice to see people making good use of deadeyes and lanyards.

I hadn't thought about the post date being used by the live-feed on other blogs. The post date is also used by the dreaded map, and of late I've been trying to keep the post dates close to those of the pictures and text they are about. The next several posts are all going to be in Sitka, so I'll use the posting date instead of the picture date.

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