Tided Up Dutch Harbor

Bucket list checked . . . we safely sailed from Hawaii to Dutch Harbor Alaska! Five minutes to noon HST we rafted to a boat that just sailed from China bound for California. Congratulations to Kirk for winning Math Be Hard For Sailor’s Game and the Penrhyn Black-tip Shark poster. […]

After 16 Days Land Ho!

Around the time we turned over watch we were 24 miles from the beginning of the Samalga Passage leading into the Bering Sea. The Pacific Ocean floods into the Bering Sea, so our plan was to enter the pass at the end of the flood current, then the water current […]

End of the Pacific Ocean

Today was nice and relatively calm motor sailing. The sky was never clear, but the fog seemed just a little bit brighter at times, like the sun might try to come out, and this extra quasi brightness seemed to increase the temperature a bit. No fish were caught today, again. […]

Cold Feet

Well it finally happened. Actually, it happened yesterday, at around 5 pm to be more precise. Wade finally could not take it any more, his threshold had been determined and realized. That being a temperature of 53 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature at which he finally had to put on shoes […]

Generator

The average wind speed for the last 24 hours has been over 20 knots. We have reduced the mainsail to 80%, furled the Genoa, and are using the staysail. Our staysail is our heavy weather foresail. In higher wind conditions we we can point higher into the wind and the […]

Points North

Over the last 24 hours we made negative 28 miles towards our destination of Dutch Harbor. Yes we are now actually 28 miles further away over the last 24 hours. However, at 2 pm today, we tacked and are now heading due north, pinched close to the wind, at a […]

going no-wheres fast

Over the last 24 hours we made 14 miles towards our destination of Dutch Harbor. Yes that is no typo, 14 miles. The wind switched to 20 knots out of the north, the direction we want to go, but cannot sail. And because the wind is suppose to switch to […]

Feeding Birds

We lost a cedar plug and the next one we put on actually split, so we are now on a third cedar plug. However, we still caught two Albacore tunas, 45 and 35 lbs. Five zip lock quart sized packages of steaks were pu in the freezer, we saved some […]

Sara’s 1st Fish

Fishing for us has always been a team effort. We both put the lines out and both pull in the lines or Wade might gaff the fish when Sara gets the fish near the back of the boat, but this time Sara caught, filleted, and cooked her very first fish. […]

Saltwater Shower

Sailing with our new cockpit enclosure has been wonderful and the protection from saltwater dramatically changes our sailing experience. Not that we needed much protection during the light winds of early morning. So before morning coffee we took advantage of the conditions and filled the boat fuel tank with diesel […]

Half Way Between Hawaii and Alaska

The thermometer says we have reached the frigid temperature of 65 degrees, which surprisingly has us both wearing jackets. Obviously we are going to have to go through an adjustment period. But why are we going to a colder place where we need to adjust? Perhaps Captain Ron says it […]

Blah Waves

Another day, another mahi. 🙂 The mahi bite is starting to slow, but the area from Hawaii to 600 miles north thereof seems plentiful with them. Now if we were to ask if the mahi could be just a little bigger, would that make us look disgracefully unappreciative? Thankfully and […]