IOLEA 2019

We are an Australian couple who have been cruising on our Hylas 49 since 2010. We are currently in Alaska having sailed from NZ via French Polynesia and Hawaii last year.

29 July 2019 | Prince William Sound: Snug Harbor
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16 July 2019 | Aialik Bay, Kenai Peninsular
14 July 2019 | Northwestern Glacier
13 July 2019 | Kenai Penninsular
12 July 2019 | Pilot Harbor, Kenai Peninsular
11 July 2019 | Kenai Peninsular
10 July 2019 | Kenai Peninsular
09 July 2019 | Afognak Island
08 July 2019 | Afognak Island
06 July 2019 | Afognak Island
05 July 2019 | Kodiak Island
04 July 2019 | Kodiak Island
04 July 2019 | Kodiak Island
04 July 2019 | Kodiak Island
03 July 2019 | Kodiak Island
03 July 2019 | Kodiak Island
30 June 2019 | Kodiak Island

Prince William Sound - the west side

29 July 2019 | Prince William Sound: Snug Harbor
Paul and Kate Duncan
Back to Seward, a mad dash to the laundry and then to the supermarket, a refuel and we were off to Prince William Sound where the tourism almost disappeares and we were alone in anchorage after anchorage again.

Our first stop was Fox Farm Bay in the SW outside corner of Prince William Sound. This is yet another well protected anchorage; one often used by fishermen to hide from a storm.

Fox Bay

From Fox Bay we travelled up Bainbridge passage. Bainbridge has a moderate tide with the flood running at up to 3 knots and the ebb a little less. We timed it so we could catch the flood which gave us an extra 2 knots until the passage widened. From there the tide was still ebbing bringing with it the occasional iceberg from Chenega and Tiger glaciers to the west.



We stopped at Otter Cove for the night and watched salmon jump, bald eagles hunt, and a small but fiesty otter fend its territory from Kate in her kayak.

DANGER: ANGRY OTTER

The next morning we slowly picked our way through the icebergs to Tiger glacier; passing Chenega glacier which was carving ice at a great rate.

Tiger Glacier

We saw a small sailboat which had obviously visited the glacier sail confidently through the ice.

Sailing through the ice.

We had planned on anchoring east of tiger glacier but it was so cold we decided to try Whale Bay instead. The top of whale bay is excellent anchoring and it is surrounded by streams and grass.

Salmon were jumping everywhere and desperately trying to head into the streams which were running only lightly. It would have been so easy to walk into the stream and pick one up for dinner but we still have a freezer full. We kayaked around the head of the bay and up through a small lake which lead to another stream. All full of salmon. We had a harbor seal follow us everywhere; a monk's cap with eyes.


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Vessel Name: Iolea
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 49
Hailing Port: Sydney, Australia
Crew: Paul and Kate
About: We are an Australian couple on a 2003 Hylas 49 and have been cruising from the Caribbean to the South Pacific since 2010. We are now in Alaska after 6 years in the tropical Pacific
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