These are the voyages of the sailing vessel, Wings.

30 September 2021 | Home in Anchorage
16 September 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
12 September 2021 | Pension Tiare anui
10 September 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
09 September 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
05 September 2021 | Raiatea
03 September 2021 | Raiatea
01 September 2021 | Apu Bay, Taha'a
31 August 2021 | Apu Bay
28 August 2021 | Bora Bora
22 August 2021 | Bora Bora
21 August 2021 | Bora Bora
20 August 2021 | Now, Bora Bora
15 August 2021 | Faaroa Bay, Raiatea
14 August 2021 | Fare, Huahine
10 August 2021 | Avea Bay
01 August 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
30 July 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
27 July 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
25 July 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui

Appleton to Baranof Warm Springs

31 December 1969
What a great day! We left Appleton at 10 AM, after a very restful night, with no wind or waves disturbing our much-needed sleep. On our first try with the new crab pot, we caught (of all things) a tiny halibut that we returned to its watery home. Nothing more did we catch, alas

We slipped the mooring lines (we use Forest Service cabin mooring buoys whenever we can) and Conni piloted us out of Appleton while I examined the heater circuit. We had arrived at 2:30 PM in Appleton and had a long evening, with a long nap until 5 or so, then cocktails and dinner. We watched two episodes of Father Ted (thanks, Ennisini) and went to bed. With so much use, the batteries did not have enough juice to start the heater on the first try and my little hand grenade wife was NOT happy. I did get it started at last, but I need to change some circuitry to make it work a bit more reliably.

We had expected terrible weather all day. We started out in 25+ kt winds and 3-4 ft seas: not terrible but challenging. As the day wore on, conditions improved dramatically. The wind abated a bit, the leaden skies pealed back allowing us to see this most famous stretch of coast. We lucked out again.

We sailed almost all day, tacking back and forth down Peril Straits, then down Chatham Straits. Once we got to Chatham, the wind died a bit and we had a fine time of it, motor-sailing along. We finally sailed into the entrance to Baranof Warm Springs about 7 PM, as the sun was setting. As we made our way into the bay, we were amazed by the "sea smoke" on the water, then realized that it was condensed water vapor from the warm springs! And it smelled distinctly of sulfer! Cool. The falls that pour from Baranof lake was enormous, and more so because of the downpour that the area has had for the past few days. We'll snap some photos to post. There's a hot springs, of course, and a lake, and a lot of hiking trails. The plan is for at least two nights here, then to (we hope and weather permitting) to Red Bluff Bay, advertised as "perfect protection". "Perfect"? I've got to see that!
Vessel Name: Wings
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Crew: William Ennis and Constance Livsey
About: We've been married since 1991, and both retired from our respective jobs (teacher and attorney) after long careers. We live in the most exotic of the United States: Alaska. We cruise on Wings for half the year, enjoying our home state the other part of the year.
We've sailed Wings Southward from Alaska since August, 2010. We joined the BajaHaha from SoCal to Mexico in 2012. We joined the Pacific Puddle Jump in 2013 and crossed the Pacific Ocean. Wings "over-summered" in French Polynesia. We continued our journey through western French Polynesia, [...]
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