On the first day of my Alaskan adventure, I set off with my brother-in-law, Tim, who is the owner and skipper of "Serein" a 43 foot Sceptre. She is an elegant sloop and her gross weight is 7.2 tons. She is new to Tim but was built in 1988.
We crack on as we have a great distance to cover. We hoped to meet Diana and a good friend and neighbour from London, Tom, in Juneau (Alaska's capital) which is 850 miles from Vancouver. As the sea is remarkably calm we planned to keep going until about 2300 that night and we estimate we will have done about 90 miles!
We expected there to be many days when progress will be much less impressive. We probably will not have such benign weather the further north we travel. Alaskan summer temperatures rarely exceed the 70s and average in the 50s. It is necessary to be prepared for rain, fog, and low visibility. One must be prepared for precipitation at all times and, of course, black flies and mosquitos are plentiful and ravenous. What fun. As the saying goes 'there is no such thing as bad weather just having inappropriate clothing.'