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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

07/10/2018 Update: 2018 Sail Alaska

Update from Jim Rard 2018 Sail Alaska Tuesday Morning -07/10/2018: The fleet is coming up on Prince Rupert! Jim says the fleet has had to do a fair amount of motoring and not much sailing as the winds have not been in their favor recently. Everyone is having a great time! Some of the wildlife they've seen in recent days are eagles and whales. The bears aren't yet out in mass on the beaches, as the main salmon runs are a little late coming in this year. As soon as the main salmon runs hit, the bears will start coming [...]

07/07/2018 Update: 2018 Sail Alaska

Update from Jim Rard 2018 Sail Alaska               Saturday -07/07/2018: Everyone has been catching fish, spent the night at the hot springs last night. The weather has been party cloudy with some sun.  We haven't been able to do much sailing yet, finally have the wind behind us today. #MarineServicenter #SailAlaska

Sunrise at Campbell River, getting an early start for Seymour Narrows

From Jim Rard update: 7/01/2018  We are on Calvert Island and going hiking tomorrow. The weather is starting to clear up and the sun is out today..  We'll be at Shearwater on Tuesday. Should have good internet for more updates.


Sunday June 24th, 2018  Jim Rard navigates Ruby Slippers out of Cap Sante Marina -in Anacortes, WA. He's followed by numerous other boats, some of which are participating in this year's Sail Alaska adventure and some of which will be turning back after Booker Lagoon. By the time Ruby Slippers returns to her home in Anacortes, WA, it will have been 12 weeks and she'll have cruised over 2,500 nautical miles. Music by: Brooks Williams

Sailing North to Alaska with Jeanneau Dealer

For the past 7 years, Jim Rard, owner of Marine Servicenter in Seattle, Washington has spent his summers leading a group of adventure seekers up the Inside Passage to Alaska. Join Jim on Sail Alaska for this look behind the scenes of this fantastic trip of a lifetime. - Since 1956, Jeanneau has been dedicated building quality boats for those of us who share a passion for being on the water. Today, Jeanneau is a global leader in yacht production — Big boats, small boats, power and sail. Wherever there is water, you will find people enjoying their Jeanneaus.

Sailing On

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 [...]

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