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

Woodspit, Holkham Bay. July 6, 2013

24 July 2013 | posted at Craig
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Osprey anchored off Woodspit with the Sumdum Glacier behind.

We left Juneau in time to get under the Gastineau Channel Bridge before the tide came in. Our goal for the day: get as far south as reasonable to position ourselves for going up the Seymour Canal the next day. We had reservations on July 8 for the Pack Creek Bear Conservancy. If you don’t arrive in time for your appointment, for whatever reason, you lose both the appointment and the $50 per person fee.

The day was calm and the weather good so we made good time. The weather forecast was for light southerlies that night so we looked for an anchorage with protection from the south. Both the Douglasses’ Exploring SE Alaska and Charlie’s Charts note the bight behind Woodspit is well protected from the south (although open to the north) and a good place to wait to go into Endicott Arm. It looked like a good place to wait to cross Stephen’s Passage too.

What neither guide mentions (although it’s been awhile since I’ve read Charlie’s Charts so I might have missed it) is the anchorage has one of the most spectacular views in SE Alaska with the Sumdum Glacier hanging above the green spit. It’s worth a visit just to spend an evening with the view.

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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