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

Ketchikan to Ryus Bay, Duke Island. August 8, 2011

23 August 2011 | posted at Port McNeill
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Islands in Ryus Bay silhouetted by the sunset

We had three days to get to Prince Rupert but we only needed two. Moorage is so tight in Prince Rupert (the harbor is too deep to anchor) that to make sure we had a spot, we'd called ahead the week before to put our boat on the waiting list at the Prince Rupert Rowing and Yacht Club. To allow for weather and other unforeseeable events, we'd picked August 10.

Where to go on the extra day? We had never explored Duke Island, south of Annette Island (where Metlakatla is located). Ryus Bay on Duke Island's north coast looked well protected and interesting -- with little islands and reefs to explore.

The weather report had promised northwest winds, perfect for sailing south. But instead we had the usual light southerlies so we motored -- going down Nichols Channel on the east side of Annette Island. When we turned the southeast corner of Annette Island, suddenly we had all of Felice Strait and Duke Island to ourselves.

To enter Ryus Bay we wove our way through some very jagged reefs. Once we anchored, I explored the bay in my kayak, poking into nooks and crannies and admiring the thick cedar trees, set like old patriarchs in fields of scrawny hemlocks. As I approached a stream, I saw a deer feeding on the grassy shore. I paddled quietly towards it, expecting it to bolt when it saw me. But Instead it came right down to the water's edge as if it were observing me.

That evening the reefs and islands were silhouetted in a pink sunset.
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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