Sailing with Celestial's Tripp

We are a Tripp 47 racing boat turned cruiser that we bought in Maine in 2009. We sailed it through the Panama Canal and up to Seattle then back to Mexico and over to Hawaii in 2012. In 2013 Celeste, our daughter offered to sail with us to see her

09 August 2016 | Shearwater on Denny Island, CA
09 August 2016 | Klemtu, CA
29 July 2016 | Margaret Bay
29 July 2016 | Coffman Cove
29 July 2016 | Tracy Arm, Alaska
29 July 2016 | Tracy Arm, Alaska
29 July 2016 | Tracy Arm, Alaska
13 July 2016
13 July 2016 | Juneau
12 July 2016
12 July 2016 | Sitka
20 June 2016 | 5 days out of Sitka
19 June 2016 | North Pacific
18 June 2016 | Sitka
18 June 2016 | From Pokai Bay, Hawaii to Sitka, Alaska
26 April 2016 | Ali Wai Marina

We are home again with the BOAT after six years

17 September 2016 | Seattle
2010 was the last time Celestial hit Washington waters, we have flown home every time since. But this year we sailed from Hawaii, enjoyed Alaska, sailed too quickly through Canada but were determined to make it home by Sept 1st.

Great to be back at the house with all it's amenities! Got to have adventures in the San Juans as well. Now to make the boat look like new!

Shearwater, Free Wi fi, yah!

09 August 2016 | Shearwater on Denny Island, CA
Canada is full of hideaway coves and lagoons but its nice to get back to civilization once in awhile. Believe me, they are few and far apart here in Northern Canada. We have gone 1000 miles since Sitka, AK, our entry after the 16 day sail from Hawaii. We've gone 486 miles from Coffman Cove, AK and we still have miles to go before we sleep...

We've had our share of rain but have managed to go out during just cloudy times. We had thunder and lightning and were sure we would get drenched motoring back to our dinghy after our meal at Shearwater with Steve and Elsie off Osprey from our Puget Sound Cruising Club. It was a busy Saturday night so our meal took hours but at least the rain stopped before we returned to our boats.

Shearwater has a regular marina but it was jammed full so for $20 we tied to a breakwater and got wi fi from the boat plus could tie up to do laundry and showers. They have a great facility. $6 for a huge load of laundry then I did $3 to dry but when I tried to add more quarters, it jammed so the clothes were hung up back on the boat. Thankfully we took them all in before we went to dinner or they would have been soaked all the way through with the downpour. Osprey anchored out but it wasn't much further than the breakwater.

We checked out their marina supply store and their grocery store. Elsie said she took the bus to Bella Bella and was happy with the larger grocery store there. Loved all their artwork around the marina!

Klemtu, a nice stop

09 August 2016 | Klemtu, CA
A very pleasant stop. Ended up knowing someone whom we first met in Fiji worked there so we had her come to dinner to catch up. Asked about her at the Band store and got a ride to her office!

Got to stay on a 'tourist dock' but there wasn't much room for others. Saw the hatchery and walked over what used to be the longest boardwalk in the world. The Band store was lacking fresh produce but you get used to that around here. At least it was right by the dock. We learned they use the word Band as we would use Tribe, the Band store and Band council.

We knew they did tours of the Long House but didn't take the time to see it. The sign is from the ferry landing. Great artwork!

Margaret Creek Wildlife Observation Site

29 July 2016 | Margaret Bay
072016 We had every intention of going to the Anan Bear Observatory but as we heard more about the bad anchorage and possibly having to motor 7 miles in our dinghy, it looked less likely. We did have friends who loved it and highly recommend going.

Then going to Coffman Cove instead of Wrangell, we were farther away so we found another Observation Site that we could tie up Celestial at a dock and walk to, so we did that one instead! Unfortunately this year the salmon aren't running yet so the bears aren't gathering as soon as in past years. We did have a great hike, ate huckleberries and blueberries, saw lots of chipmunks, a cute little frog, eagles and lots of SCAT so we knew bears were around, just not checking for salmon yet. The lake was very picturesque also. Just sorry I can't show more than one picture but please email us if you want more information or pictures!

Deer Sighting in Craig/Coffman Cove

29 July 2016 | Coffman Cove
071716 Our plans changed from stopping at Wrangell to see family; to going to Coffman Cove when my cousin, Bill Feller let us know that the ferry had broken down and couldn’t return his camper van to Wrangell from Coffman Cove. The Alaskain Ferry system dogged us again and again. You really can’t use them unless you have lots of time to conform to their schedules.

Coffman Cove had an expanded floating dock so we easily found a spot for $35 a night. For the most part, Alaska has very few shallow anchorages. We had to extend our anchor line a number of times to have enough scope so when we could find a dock, that was great!

My cousin and his girlfriend were there to greet us, they had just sent off other family members that morning. They have property 2 miles inland so we had fun getting to see it, checking out Craig 65 miles across Prince of Wales island and low and behold, there is a trophy mount that Scott finds at a thrift shop and picks up for our daughter, the artist who loves bones, hides, etc. We placed it in the head then asked Celeste to go fetch something and there it was! Now to get it home to Seattle…..

Part 3 of Tracy Don't try this at home

29 July 2016 | Tracy Arm, Alaska
As we were motoring down the channel, I decided to set Celeste, our daughter off on a big iceberg for pictures. I put the bow straight into a berg and left the motor idling and told Celeste to jump onto it. She grinned from ear the ear and jumped as we got some great pictures of the dangerous event. It was so awesome we picked another one and she did it again so we could get even better shots.

Not recommended but fun!

Part 2 of Tracy We made it to the Glacier

29 July 2016 | Tracy Arm, Alaska
Thank goodness, after getting in the tight glacier head and viewing the glacier up close,watching a few calving events--glacier pieces falling off, it turned out to be a lot easier getting the boat back out. The ice continued to shift until we could see an easy way back to the main channel. It was hard to think we almost didn't go all the way to the end of the North Glacier. The South Glacier looked WAY too closed up and we didn't see any tour boats going up that way either.

The whole day was super and we even got some sun to help us fight the bitter cold. By the time we sailed into Williams Cove again, I was physically and mentally tired but WHAT A DAY! We just had to do one more crazy thing.....

Part 1 of 3 - Icebreaking our way up Tracy Arm

29 July 2016 | Tracy Arm, Alaska
Tracy Arm was crazy beautiful with the mountains, waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and thousands of icebergs, large and small. July 9th was a very long day with 50 Nmi of mostly motorin, starting out at Williams Cove. We had to find a path through the ice as it constantly moved and shifted with openings turning into dead ends in minutes. Celeste was on the bow and hanging over to fend off with the boat hook. We pushed thru and crunched thru the small stuff as we avoided the big monsters.

Several chunks got under the boat and one took out our knot meter impeller. Finally we just had to turn back but shortly after that a new path opened up and we make it all the way to the North Sawyer glacier face and saw up close the power and noise of a calving glacier. An icy downdraft came off the face and was major cold but the shades of green, blue, and white reminded me of how great an artist our God is.

As I watched the grand spectacle, a nagging thought was slowly getting louder, "What if the ice shifts too much to get back through?" 'To be continued'

Tenakee Springs

13 July 2016
We had a great 4 day sail with Scott's cousin and wife going from Auke Bay to Funter Bay to Tenakee Springs and back.

The bath house is perfect temperature and the locals couldn't have been more friendly. One local was making salmonberry ice cream and passing it out in cones for free. He says he does it a couple of times a year. The bakery was out of cinnamon rolls (rats) but the scones, coffee bread, brownie and apple pie were fantastic. Each bite was better than the last. We got to hear a few 'near miss' stories about bears and saw locals with whistles around their necks. One local had the smallest sign stating homemade sale so we went in and purchased some knitting and crochet items. I am so glad we stopped although we couldn't stay for the slug slinging contest, sounded like fun! There were plenty of slugs on the road (only 4 wheelers on the island) for us to avoid.
This picture is off the internet but shows the bathhouse perfectly.

Mendenhall Glacier

13 July 2016 | Juneau
What a treat to be able to walk up pretty close to the Mendenhall glacier and experience the thunder of a glacier waterfall up close. There were a number of good hikes and a visitor center to watch a time lapse of the glacier receding, very cool. Even ‘cooler’ was the piece of glacier you could touch. LOL. Unfortunately we don’t have our Sailblog Gallery anymore so most of our pictures are on facebook, sorry non-facebook people. Here is a link you can use to see the ones Celeste uploaded.
For our boater friends, although the Harris marina is closer to downtown, Auke bay is great for the bus line and getting around somewhat.

Auke Bay

12 July 2016
Coming in from Sitka, some 165 miles, anchoring along the way, Auke Bay Marina looked wonderful. Then we found out we could use a condo overlooking the bay and that was great! Being able serve meals off the boat, use a regular shower, etc. who could ask for more! Even Victoria, our tortoise got to stay warm in the bathroom and out on the deck. Our friend let us use a car so we got to do tons of grocery shopping and tourist stops. Their marina was only $0.55 a foot vs. Sitka, at $0.93 a foot so that was a bargain also. We did get Wi-Fi in Sitka so that’s where most of my postings were done prior. We were there for the Fourth of July events—12:01am fireworks, then back into the city at 10am for the parade. It was a fun filled day.

From Sitka to Juneau

12 July 2016 | Sitka
We stayed 4 days in Sitka but felt like we got to know the town better. The National Park had totem poles all down a walking trail and you could dial up a tour guide as well! We got to watch a native carving a canoe and watch a video on the history of Sitka.
We learned about the Russian Heritage there and the Mission House, the Orthodox Church and tourist shops with Russian Icons and Art was well worth seeing.
Even though we went to see the Fortress of the bears, it was great seeing so many juvenile and adult bald eagles up close and plenty of ravens. The weather was good most of the time but cold once we were on the water again.
We left and had to time our trip to go through the Whitestone Narrows, Sergies Narrows, Salibury Sound, Peril Strait, and Kakul Narrows. We found anchorage in Schulze Cove, Appleton Cove, Pavlof Harbor and Funter Bay before our destination of Auke Bay/Juneau on June 25th.
Vessel Name: Celestial
Vessel Make/Model: Tripp 47
Hailing Port: Mere Point, Maine
Crew: Scott, Donna and Celeste Hansen
About: On our first boat in 1977 Scott said, "One day I'd like to sail around the world." We did that from 1988 to 1996 on a J-36. Now we own our 4th boat, a Tripp 47 'Celestial' that we are retiring on.
Extra: We sailed from Maine in 2009 to Panama, up to Seattle, back down to Mexico and over to Hawaii in 2012. We went to NZ, Aust. and the South Pacific returning here in 2015. This year we will sail to Alaska and back to the Northwest.
Celestial's Photos - Te Papa and Weta Cave and stitches
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Great history in Wellington: 1912 gate to the ferry dock
Our walk to the Museum
Great story about a sheep found in the wild
My granulated wound now stitched up: I had a wound for 6 months that wouldn
We tried silver nitrate to burn it off but that didn
The outside part of Te Papa
Love those sunsets!
So many bones!  We loved it
This was at the maximum Height of the cyclone
Now you can see it going away.
Te Papa and Scott
Weta Cave : Where the weapons and characters are shaped and created for Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit