Voyages North

03 June 2018
22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Warm Springs Bay to Keku Strait. July 24, 2011

03 August 2011 | posted at Metlakatla
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Islands in Keku Strait.

"SE winds, 10 knots" was the forecast for Chatham Strait. We headed out planning to eat breakfast underway in what we assumed would be quiet seas. We should have known better. If a forecast of 15 knots equals 35-40 knots, then a forecast of 10 knots equals 25-30 knots. A dark foreboding sky and a chill wind added to our dismay. We beat a hasty retreat and returned to Warm Springs Bay where we anchored in a small nook to the north. There we had breakfast, deflated and packed away the kayak to make room for the dinghy on the cabin roof then deflated the dinghy and put it on the cabin roof. If we had to sail in stiff winds, at least we would be prepared.

We'd already given up plans to continue south down Chatham Strait to Coronation Island, realizing that we wouldn't make either Joyce's connections in Craig or our plans to attend the cultural festival in Hydaburg if we had to beat all the way south in Chatham's rough waters. Instead we would head southeast for Frederick Sound and Rocky Pass in Keku Strait.

Despite the winds we had a great sail with two reefs in the main and the jib rolled in to the first green dot. We first tacked across the Strait where we found even stiffer winds along the eastern shore, then tacked out to the middle where the winds slacked off to a reasonable 25 knots. Soon we were heading east into Frederick Sound. As we sailed up the sound towards Keku Strait the wind slackened even more, until we had to turn on the engine. Amazing what a difference a few miles can make in Alaska's inside waters.

We motored through the islands of Keku Strait, admiring the many limestone pillars. We anchored for the night at the entrance to Rocky Pass just as a rain began to fall.
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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