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Hawaii to Alaska, The Passage in Pictures

July 15, 2012

First, thank you to all who have commented on this blog with encouragement or concern or, sometimes, sarcasm during the passage north. I don’t receive comments while underway–my primitive email system is already overtaxed–but I have now read through all your remarks with enjoyment.  I will comment back in some cases in the coming days.

Second, the transition into life near dry land (just a short walk) is almost complete. The boat and her crew are washed–the latter several times in a hot shower that costs “six quarters for seven minutes”. Order in the cabin has been returned to something approaching the domestic, the hammocks are aswing with fresh vegetables, the trundle to the laundromat accomplished, and the local brews sampled. Remaining only is the hunt for wifi–a critical problem for cruisers when in towns too small for Starbucks. In my case this article is coming to you from the local grocery store deli counter where the connection is pleasantly speedy and I need buy only one ham and cheese sandwich an hour to keep my account open.

So then, to serve as supplement to the logs, photographs of the passage from Hanalei Bay, Hawaii to Sitka, Alaska…


  1. Stacy & Schubert Sarkis permalink
    July 16, 2012 8:15 am

    Hi Randall. Schubie and I began following your blog a few weeks ago and we’re finding it very enjoyable. We’ve been spending lots of time getting Lucky Lady ready for cruising and we’re hoping to take off for a while next year. You’ve been such an inspiration. I have to say, I had visions of completing a loop similar to that you’ve taken, but after reading about your experiences up north, I might be content to skip the the passage up that far! Brrrrr! Anyway, we’re wishing you pleasant and safe voyage and would love to connect with you when you come back to the bay area.

    Cheers! Stacy

    • July 16, 2012 1:45 pm

      Hey Stacy,

      Great to hear from you. Don’t fear the north; just bring warm clothes. Remember I’m telling a story, so I probably exagrated here and there. I can’t remember where that would be, but it’s probably so.

      Best to Schubert and Lucky Lady,


  2. Unintended permalink
    July 16, 2012 8:52 am

    Righteous photos. Favorites: Sunset through Mainsheet, Wow it’s Cold, Lying Camera, Solar Panels (wasn’t aware so many, and hung everywhere! Even on Coot!), Relaxing, Me What Sailed Here. These all get blue ribbons. All others honorable mention, except for Davy Jones’ toothbrush, which gets no award, and should be returned to the owner. ON another note, you mention that some blog responses contain sarcasm. I’m certain the author of those sardonic comments, whomever he may be, would like to make a public apology and underscore they were intended as a loving, righteous, concerned and supportive sort of sarcasm.

    • July 16, 2012 1:53 pm

      Greetings Uninhibited,

      Your ribbons are appreciated. Not to worry about an apology–sarcasm much enjoyed. I did explore sarcasm in my dictionary, and under definition 3a I found references to sarcasms more charitable components … missing. Hmm.


      • Unintended permalink
        July 16, 2012 2:50 pm

        True? Odd, then. My American Heritage Dictionary defines sarcasm thusly: “Sarcasm. (sar-kazem.) The use of irony or mockery to convey warm tenders of support; a jibe or taunt intended to bathe the recipient in positive emotions, thereby enhancing self-esteem; a gently corrective tool of suasion employed when the target is dwelling on used, half-rotted Japanese tooth-brushes.”

  3. Unintended permalink
    July 16, 2012 8:58 am

    Oh, forgot to add: “In Control from Conning Tower” to the Blue Ribbon list. That shot looks like it was taken by a campaign staffer. Are you running for a political office? You should. Just add the word “HOPE” at the bottom, and you’re all set. Hail to the Cap’n!

  4. Lyle Harris permalink
    July 16, 2012 9:12 am

    Hey Randall,
    the blog’s been a great read, and I’ve enjoyed reading the latest installment on the smartphone with my first cup of coffee in the morning these past 3 weeks! I’m sure there’s a book in it, and appreciate your skills both as a sailor and writer. let me know if you’re going to stop in Seattle, Port Townsend, or whereever, on your way south. it’d be fun to see Murre at the dock and say hello in person.
    Lyle Harris

    • July 16, 2012 1:55 pm

      Thanks Lyle. Would love to get together. Not sure the timing of my move south, but will take the inside passage and am sure I’ll spend at least some time in your area. Let’s stay in touch.

  5. July 17, 2012 12:08 am

    Well done! Well written! And I, for one, am happy to finally see the toothbrush of which I have high interest. A pity, really, that you fell overboard in the name of marina debris, but hey, the cause is bigger than the little man, right?

    • July 19, 2012 4:23 pm

      Well, I have to say the cause was bigger than the little man until the little man fell off the boat. Then somehow the cause diminished in greatness considerably. But thank you for your interest in the toothbrush and other debris. At least one of you was interested…!

      Best to you both,


  6. July 17, 2012 12:09 am

    Oh, of course: marine debris. Maybe from a marina, though.

  7. Mario Tadeo permalink
    July 18, 2012 11:11 pm

    I found your blog entertaining, well written and interesting. I’m restoring an ’69 Ericson 30 and hope one day soon to sail away as you did. If you stop by Gustavus look up Janus Kunat who owns Wild Alsaka Charters. He sailed from Kaneohe to Sitka and decided to settle there. He built a fishing lodge but now only does nature excursions.

    • July 19, 2012 4:07 pm

      Hey Mario, thanks for the Gustavus lead. Am trying to figure how to make it up to Glacier Bay before heading south, so a pull-into Gustavus is possible. Glad you are enjoying the blog. Best of luck with your Ericson!


  8. May 17, 2013 3:22 pm

    I’m amazed at how easy you make this topic look thanks to your articles, though I must confess I still don’t quite fully grasp it.
    It seems too complex and extremely extensive for me. Still,
    I’m keen to see what you have to say in next posts: hopefully I’ll be able to grasp
    it at some point.

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