Voyages North

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

Why We Sailed to Alaska 5 Times

15 March 2014
Elsile Hulsizer
Steve and I are giving a presentation at the Puget Sound Cruising Club next Friday on our 5th trip to Alaska, called "Why We Sailed to Alaska 5 Times."

Many sailors have noted that a trip to Alaska is good preparation for blue water cruising. But taking repeated cruises to Alaska is a cruising life style with advantages all its own. There's the fun of getting to know a place and its people more intimately and the comfort of coming back to your own home at the end of the summer. We like being able to contribute to our community and coming back every winter lets us do that.

We've met boaters up there who've made the yearly trek as many as 20 times. There's something up there that keeps calling us back. First, there are the glaciers, bears and totems I portray in my book of the same name - they are endlessly fascinating and endlessly changing. But there are other, deeper, reasons for repeated trips to Alaska.

So why sail to Alaska 5 times?

To Experience the journey
To Explore New Places
New Places
To Experience Nature
To See Old Friends
To Experience Alaska's Unique Culture

Come to the PSCC meeting Friday night and learn more about cruising to Alaska. All are welcome. For more information including directions, visit

I'll have copies of Glaciers, Bears and Totems:Sailing in Searh of the Real Southeast Alaska, written after 3 trips to Alaska for sale at the meeting.
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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