Into the Arctic!

A day after leaving Nome, at 1550 local time, Irene crossed latitude 66°33’46.9”N (the Arctic Circle) northbound – officially beginning our Arctic adventure. We felt good, we were as prepared as we could manage given limitations of time, budget, and our abilities. Of course, we were carrying some doubts and worries as well. We felt […]... Read More

Where is Irene?

We are leaving Cambridge Bay, Nunavit, Canada today. Getting close to the most technical part of the trip as we get near the ice. We are making new friends, taking lots of photos and enjoying our trip. When we get real Internet it will be possible to pay photos and updates. Until then We post […]... Read More

Hop North to Nome

It was exciting to set sail and leave the Aleutians behind, heading due north into the Bering Sea. Watching the gorgeous green islands recede in our wake, we remarked how similar they looked to the high islands of the south pacific. Just colder… The Bering Sea was kind to us, choppy but not too rough, […]... Read More

Dutch

Giant Bald Eagles dominate the waterfront at the Dutch Harbor Small Boat Harbor. Approaching our berth we were scrutinized by a brood at the 12 Mark. Admittedly, it’s a bit intimidating to make that turn while standing on deck just in case you get too close for their comfort. Possibly because of several nearby fish […]... Read More

Cruising the Salish Sea

Check out Irene’s wake! Is it our imagination or does that new feathering propeller really make a difference? We enjoyed a quick run down sound to do some cruising and debug systems. It was hard to leave our Port Townsend flight simulator training when we were making such good progress, but the sea called! In […]... Read More

2017 Spring Projects

. Varnishing occupied much our time in March and April aboard Irene. Both masts needed a few coats of varnish each. The cap rail, toe rail and grab rail were all stripped and refinished. (That thermometer is showing the inside temp. It was cold out there!) Ginger made new soft shackles for the staysail and […]... Read More

Departed Puget Sound 6/7/17

Irene and crew are underway again. Here’s a link to our position reporting map: https://share.garmin.com/PeterNiemann We expect to be at sea a couple of weeks as we cross to Dutch Harbor. Cheers, Ginger and Peter... Read More

2017 Winter projects

Wintering over at a marina and boat yard where the Dude abides! Port Townsend Boat Haven was a great choice for our winter boat projects. We spent our days on the dock surrounded by wildlife in this healthy marina. Herons stalked between boats for fish and shrimp while turnstones cheerfully peeped and moved en mass […]... Read More

Blown Away by Port Townsend

There were many paths available to our country this fall. No matter how people voted in November elections it seems many people feel persecuted and vulnerable, Port Townsend residents are no exception. This liberal town is closely surrounded by a vocal conservative rural community. It feels frivolous to write about travels and boat repairs at […]... Read More