Welcome to Sail Alaska!
Sail Alaska is a 2,500 mile, 12-week cruising educational program for boaters of all levels of experience with both sail and power. The trip is designed to give captain and crew a taste of long-distance cruising and the basics of self-sufficiency in a very real environment, surrounded by like-minded people to share with and learn from.
Sail Alaska attendees benefit from the guidance of Jim Rard, owner of Marine Servicenter, located in Anacortes and Seattle, Washington. Rard brings humor, charm, 50 years and hundreds of thousands of miles of boating experience. Working alongside mechanics and electricians from the boat yard, participants acquire hands- on experience on boat systems and preparation, but most importantly….what to do if things don’t go as planned.
Each night, there will be a briefing on what to expect the next day with time for discussion and questions. Attendees of “Sail Alaska,” also receive instruction on navigating the extreme tides, strong currents, and other challenges presented by Alaska’s coastal waters, as well as how to use currents and back eddies to make the cruise easier and safer. Of course, among all the learning there will be plenty of time to relax, go hiking, kayaking, fishing and experience spectacular Alaska! Friendships will be made and many stories shared around the campfire.
At the end of the tour, boaters will know where and how to anchor, how to decide what time of day passages should be avoided or traversed, and lessons not offered by the average boating course (how to avoid grizzly bears, build a pizza oven out of shore rock, and the basics of catching and smoking salmon). They will also have a great story to tell about their trip of a lifetime from Anacortes to Alaska and back!
Sail Alaska Blog
By Erik Dolson and Jane Miller There were 23 people left on six boats when Sail Alaska returned to Ketchikan. Everyone showed up for the formal good-bye dinner at Cape Fox restaurant. Ivy the waitress laughed and teased as she took orders for drinks and entrees in a crowded restaurant made more so by the size of this group. As usual, talk was about boat parts and repairs, like the transmission that worked well when cold but slipped when hot and at low rpm; about salmon and halibut caught; and about the torrential rain and wind that assailed the [...]