Mid August in the Middle of the NWP

On August 11, 2017, Irene rounded Cape Bathurst (catching a glimpse of the smoke from the famous Smoking Hills underground coal fire at sunset) and entered Amundsen Gulf and the region of the large islands of the Canadian Arctic. We were happy to be making progress to Cambridge Bay, 675nm from Tuk. Cambridge Bay is […]... Read More

Eastbound Detour to Tuk

Early in the planning stages of our NWP adventure we decided it made sense to stop at the Canadian Arctic native village of Tuktoyaktuk. It was one of the few places in the Arctic that a boat could refuel without ferrying jerry jugs in a dinghy, we could clear into Canada at the RCMP outpost, […]... Read More

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

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
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Sitka

We arrived in Sitka yesterday! 20 days after leaving Seattle we arrived at our first milestone on our way to Nome. Peter has already changed the engine oil and has removed the wet exhaust mixing elbow (in a couple of pieces) because it started showing signs of trouble with all of our motoring. The good […]... Read More

moving on

We made a brief stop in Ketchikan to clear into the country and take care of some boat jobs, made new friends here too and enjoyed a fantastic dinner with some very experienced arctic travelers Jill and Doug! (Looking forward to reading her book Rowing to Lattitude as we head North) We’re on our way […]... Read More