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!