We departed Yakutat in Monti Bay on May 29th at 7:45am in fog with 4-5 foot swell. As we continued further through the entrance of Yakutat Bay, the swell grew to between 7 and 8 feet with shorter periods. Yakutat Bay is bordered by shallows which extend some distance out to sea; basically it’s like crossing over a bar. To safely exit the area, we made a zigzag coarse between the shoals making our way out to sea. We were over the bar by 10am and the swell improved, lessening to between 4 and 6 feet with 10-14 second intervals. A couple hours later we were along the coast where Malespina Glacier faces the Ocean and where 18,008 foot Mount St. Elias touches the heavens. We still had fog and still had not detected any other boats in the area; we only had the playful antics of Porpoise to keep us company. It took three hours to pass the breadth of Malespina Glacier whereupon we were intercepted by another pod of Porpoises. By 4:30pm we were off the entrance to Icy Bay and Guyott Glacier with wind gusts varying between 8 and 17 knots. Once past Icy Bay the sea state lessened to 5 foot swells and more Porpoise came to play alongside Got d’ Fever. The sun finally showed its face at 6pm in a painted sky of blue; winds were 10-15 knots with 4-5 foot swells as forecasted.
|By the Light of the Moon|
|Sunset over the Gulf of Alaska|