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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 of Marine Servicenter, or Karl Kruger of Kruger Escapes. Jim Rard brings humor, charm, 50 years and hundreds of thousands of miles of boating experience. Rard says, “2020 Will be my 20th trip to Southeast Alaska, and I have only seen a small portion of this amazing part of our planet. Karl Kruger is an experienced Pacific Northwest captain who holds a United States Coast Guard 100 Ton Master’s License with sail and tow endorsements. He has cruised the west coast for the last 30 years, from Alaska to the San Juan Islands and Canadian Gulf Islands for pleasure as well as for sailing charters.


Sail Alaska participants can expect that 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, as well as the basics for foraging for food. They will also have a great story to tell about their trip of a lifetime from Anacortes to Alaska and back!

Sail Alaska Team

Jim Rard


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Karl Kruger

Karl Kruger

Flotilla Leader

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Sail Alaska Blog

Jim Rard’s Seminar Schedule for the 2020 Seattle Boat Show

                Jim Rard Seminar Schedule -2020 Seattle Boat Show Jim Rard & Karl Kruger Alaska Foraging From Your Boat Stage #3 North Hall 5:15:00 PM 1/30/2020 Thursday Jim Rard & Karl Kruger Cruising Alaska Getting the Most Out of Your Alaska Adventure Stage #2 North Hall 5:00:00 PM 1/28/2020 Tuesday Click Here: Full list of Seminars at the Seattle Boat Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 3rd, 2020 -Sail Alaska

Marine Servicenter’s President Jim Rard Partners with Karl Kruger of Kruger Escapes to Provide Two Sail Alaska Flotillas for 2020 Serving Northwest Boaters Since 1977 ANACORTES,  January 3rd, 2020 –Marine Servicenter announced today a partnership for Sail Alaska between Marine Servicenter’s president Jim Rard and Captain Karl Kruger from Pacific Northwest’s Kruger Escapes. Sail Alaska is a 2,500 mile, 12-week cruising educational program, going on its 10th year.  Rard says, “2020 Will be my 20th trip to Southeast Alaska, and I have only seen  a small portion of this amazing part of our planet. The best quote I have [...]

2019 Sail Alaska Update: 8/7/2019 | The Fleet sailing across Clarence Strait.

The 2019 Sail Alaska Fleet is in Petersburg, Alaska! It's time for some provisioning, laundry, and site seeing around Petersburg.

2019 Sail Alaska Update: 7/22/2019

The 2019 Sail Alaska fleet is leaving Craig, AK today and heading out to go fishing for salmon. The fleet's goal for today is to catch salmon for  smoking at Devil Fish Bay tonight and hopefully tomorrow. Thanks to Mike & Linda for the beautiful pictures to add to this update! We even have a picture of Jim & Mark! 

2019 Sail Alaska Update: 07/09/2019

The Sail Alaska Fleet is on their way from Lowe Inlet to Kumealon Inlet! They will be fishing for halibut in the bay & visit tidal falls in the lagoon! Wolves have been sighted on the beaches around this area.   Lowe Inlet from 2017 Sail Alaska!

2019 Sail Alaska -Update: 7/2/2019

2019 Sail Alaska -Update 7-2-2019 The 2019 Sail Alaska Fleet spent sometime exploring in  -Pruth Bay along Calvert Island | June 30th. Jim Rard has communicated that they are a day ahead of schedule. The fleet is currently along Nalau Island, according to Marine Traffic. Their plans are to spend the 4th of July at Shearwater Resort & Marina. Want to know more about Shearwater Resort & Marina? Click Here

That’s a Wrap on 2018 Sail Alaska

2018 SAIL ALASKA   2018 Sail Alaska has come to an end, as all boats in the fleet, are in their home anchorage or on their next adventure. We had a great group this year! Thank you to all the participants and thank you for the camping chairs for potlucks! They’re already getting put to use! Now on to planning 2019 Sail Alaska! Want to Learn More About Sail Alaska? Stay tuned for photos and videos -coming soon!

07/11/2018 Update: 2018 Sail Alaska

Update from Jim Rard 2018 Sail Alaska Wednesday Morning -07/11/2018: The 2018 Fleet spent the night on Dundas Island. They've been catching fish and kayaked in the lagoon at Kumealon Inlet as well as played in the waterfall. They left Dundas Island at 6:00am.  They are currently crossing Dickson Entrance and have arrived in Alaska. All who have sails, are sailing as the wind is westerly at 10 knots. The weather is in the high 50s to low 60s with low clouds.  The Fleet is expected to arrive in Ketchikan around 4:30pm tonight. Cell service should be good there.

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