2016 Moon – Japan Alaska Canada
2016 Log books
|w13||Tannowa Marina in Japan|
|w14-22||Sailing in Japan part 3|
|w23||From Japan to Alaska|
|w24-30||Alaska, Attu to Seward|
|w31-38||Alaska, Seward to Prince Rupert, Ca|
|w46-52||Canada, Prince Rupert – Seward|
|V46||SXK Shipsbell award|
Moon stayed in Tannowa Marina southeast of Osaka Japan between November to March when we returned from Sweden.
Our spot in the marina was perfect and the weather was gentle and mild and without any typhoons while we were overseas.
In April we started our sailing towards Hokkaido 1340 nm, but first a few weeks of preparations.
We choose to sail “back” through Seto Nakai and out in Sea of Japan along the west coast of Honshu. A route with normally good winds and not too big swells. When we sum up the year, during this part we had many days under sail and sometimes strong wind compared with offshore and Alaska.
In June, from Hokkaido to Alaska, we “sailed” 1400 nm, mostly with the support of the engine because lack of wind and arrived at the island Attu in Aleutians after eleven days. We kept close to the Russian islands and the water temperature was down to two degrees Celsius.
July – August. Along the Aleutian chain of islands to Prince William sound 1650 nm with several stops in nice places along the route.
Compared to our Alaska trip five years ago we had very little wind this year and not so many days with sun shine. We were some weeks earlier this time so our timing in Geographic Harbor was not good, saw only two bears, waiting for the salmon to come.
August – September, Seward/Prince William Sound to SE Alaska and Ketchikan 1550 nm.
Before we left Seward we installed a new diesel high pressure pump, imported from UK.
Spent a few weeks in Prince William Sound in lots of rain and a few days with sunshine. Several tidal glaciers were explored and we had a nice sail across Gulf of Alaska to SE Alaska.
South inside in SE Alaska with lots of Humpbacks breaching and more fjords with glaciers. Many logs floating in the water to avoid.
September- October British Columbia, Prince Rupert – Ladysmith, Vancouver Island 670nm.
The final for this year through Canada using the inside passage and the fantastic fjords with numerous protected anchorage. Still very little wind and lots of motoring
We chose to moor Moon in Ladysmith Marina in late October and flew to Sweden in November, coming back in early January.
Annika & Björn