For those CBYA members who don’t know me, I left the Costa Blanca in January 2015 to follow my dream and sail the world as crew on a variety of boats. Hugh has asked me to share my latest adventure with you.
Captain Chris, a retired pilot, and his dear wife Pam, invited me to join them for this four-month adventure aboard their very comfortable motor cruiser, a 62ft Tollycraft. We will sail the entire inside passage from Olympia Washington to Skagway Alaska, and back (a journey of about 3000 nautical miles).
We stop at some beautiful anchorages with waterfalls, hot springs, fjords, icebergs and ancient rain forest, the scenery is breath-taking and constantly changing.
I like to kayak in cold, but crystal-clear, water with the sea lions and sea otters. Star fish and anemones of all colours, too cold for me to dive. I have seen black and grizzly bears along the shore and watched bald eagles soaring above looking for jumping salmon.
We have a lot of success with crab and prawn pots, we catch salmon and halibut, we collect and grill wild oysters in garlic butter.
We pull into sleepy native towns with totem poles standing proudly and busy fishing ports with pool tables and ‘duck farts’ (Alaska’s cocktail).
We spent some weeks with Chris and Pam’s son anchored in front of his logging camp on Prince of Wales island: it was a great insight to a fascinating way of life.