Gulf of Alaska Crossing
01 July 2012 | Elifin Cove to Seward Alaska
We are back home in Anchorage, arrived in Seward last Saturday June 30 at 6 am after a 3 days crossing of the Gulf of Alaska.
The numbers for our trip, 1851 nautical miles (NM), 52 days, average speed of 6.8 kts / hr. To put it in prospective, we traveled more than the distance from Mane to the Florida Keys.
Gary joined us in Juneau to help with the Gulf Crossing. We spent a week in Glacier Bay, had 5 days of sun and saw more whales that I could count. The rain did finally come and so did our weather window to make the 430 NM Gulf of Alaska crossing to bring us home.
We waited in Elifin Cove near the entrance to the Pacific Ocean watching the numbers on an offshore buoy waiting for the seas to lay down a bit from 9 ft to 6 ft We took off escorted by a pair of orca's with a multi day window of calm weather. We still ended up bucking confused seas caused by the left over storm waves and the relentless southwesterly ocean swell. It was a difficult 12 hrs with washing machine like 6 ft seas.
Things did settle down finally and we made excellent time, covering 170 NM towards Seward in one 24 hr period. We were all thinking we be in Seward in time for dinner Friday. Then the winds kicked up a bit more than forecasted veering to the west, directly from the direction we need to be going. The uncomfortable chop cut our progress significantly as the boat pounded thru the seas. Things settled down and our speed picked back up with the calm seas and we had a nice end to the crossing
The boat is cleaned up, in its slip and we are enjoying being back home on firm ground.