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Brief description of the holiday
ALASKA: PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND GLACIERS aboard a sailboat
Strong points :
• Glaciers calve thousands of tons of seracs every day
• Observation of mythical species: grizzly bears, humpback whales, bald eagles, tufted puffins…
• Sailing in small groups: maximum 6 passengers, excellent cuisine and fishing on board.
• A skipper ready to introduce you to navigation, beginners welcome!
From island to island, from fjord to fjord and from glacier to glacier, a cabotage in Prince William Sound (Prince William Sound), in the heart of the Gulf of Alaska, where the Columbia Glacier calves thousands of icebergs every day . This huge bay – more than 200 islands and 40 glaciers flowing into the sea – concentrates the greatest diversity of wildlife habitat along the North Pacific coast. Navigation among killer whales, whales, and a multitude of birds. And, once at anchor, discover the coast, depending on the possibilities of landing, sometimes at the foot of the glaciers of Prince William Sound. In a raw, true nature, left to itself, the south of the bay offers the astonishing contrast of luxuriant vegetation, under the effect of the warm sea current Kuro-Shivo and the opportunity for beautiful hikes.
Day 1 Boarding in Valdez
Boarding Qilak in Valdez. Anchorage at Glacier Island.
Day 2 Columbia Glacier
The Columbia Glacier is the largest maritime glacier in North America, it is 64 km long and calves millions of tons of ice. Approach to the glacier, but it is very rare to be able to pass its moraine which is 6 miles from its frontal zone. Anchorage at Jade Harbor.
Day 3 Maeres Glacier
The Maeres glacier is the only one in Prince William Bay that has not yet regressed! At the foot of the glacier front, seals and sea eagles (bald eagles) soak up the sun on large chunks of ice. Anchorage at Miners Bay
Day 4 Surprise Glacier
We access by Esther Passage to Surprise Glacier which has very slender needles at its summit and whose ice is so blue! Anchor at Serpentine Cove, a small well sheltered bay.
Day 5 Coghill Lake
We leave the frozen mineral world, to follow bear tracks in lush vegetation, on the occasion of a magnificent hike to Coghill Lake. Anchorage at Coghill Cove.
Day 6 Blackstone Glacier
Route south to the most popular glacier for photographers: the impressive Blackstone Ice Cliffs. Willard Sound anchorage.
Day 7 Cochrane Bay
Explore Cochrane Bay and hike to Shrode Lake. In a green setting, we have access to exceptional sites: our most beautiful anchorages in Prince William Sound!
Day 8 Culross Passage
The inner passages of Culross offer beautiful corridors amid endless islands and islets. Approaching a rockery of a hundred sea lions. Anchorage at Goose Bay.
Day 9 Shoup Bay
Hike to the foot of the glacier in Shoup Bay, located at the entrance to the deep bay of Valdez, a passageway for humpback whales. The anchor sinks into the milky blue water from the Shoup Glacier.
Day 10 Landing in Valdez
Return and disembarkation in Valdez.
These prices do not include airfare and hotels, nor transport from the airport to the sailboat, nor alcohol (other than wine at dinners), nor restaurants (including the last meal of Day 10) nor bars. Participants arrive at the port of embarkation the day before Day 1 (D1) and spend one night in a hotel. Boarding takes place on the morning of D1 at 9 a.m. and we set sail shortly after. Disembarkation is around 6 p.m. on D10.
NB: Extend your stay!
This expedition aboard the sailboat is part of an itinerant journey along the Pacific coast, from Vancouver Island (Canada) to Kodiak Island (Alaska). You therefore have the possibility of extending your trip by registering for several expeditions:
- Haida Gwaii - Port Hardy to Prince Rupert
- Alaska's "Inside Passage" - From Ketchikan to Juneau
- Crossing the Gulf of Alaska - From Juneau to Valdez
- Prince William Sound - From Valdez to Valdez
- Prince William Sound - From Valdez to Valdez
- Kenai Peninsula - From Valdez to Kodiak
- Kodiak Archipelago - Kodiak to Kodiak
- Kenai Peninsula - Kodiak to Valdez
- Crossing the Gulf of Alaska - From Valdez to Juneau
- Alaska's "Inside Passage" - From Juneau to Ketchikan
- Haida Gwaii - From Prince Ruper to Port Hardy.
Plan Michel Joubert, Chantier Meta
Goélette de 16 mètres en aluminum. Mise à l'eau en 1999 par l'architecte naval Michel Joubert, son concepteur et premier propriétaire, qui réalisa le passage du Nord-Ouest du Groenland à l'Alaska en 2012 en company de l'explorateur polaire Janusz Kurbiel.
Conçu comme a fifty d'expédition pour naviguer dans les conditions les plus extrêmes. Cette goélette est doté de 2 moteurs de 110 CV and de réservoirs d'une capacité de 4000 litres he assurant une autonomie très importante.
- Longueur 16m, large 4.10m, tirant d'eau 1,70m
- Matériau: aluminum renforcé
- Capacité de vie à bord pour 10 personnes, que nous limitons à 6 passagers et 2 marins
- A large cockpit ouvert pour manœuvrer, observer and pêcher
- A post de timonerie totalement à l'abri des éléments
- Grand carré surélevé pour une vision assise panoramique, recevant confortablement 8 personnes à table and a salon avec 2 larges banquettes
- Capacité de couchage: 8 couchettes individuelles sont disponibles + 2 en couchettes doubles, the ensemble en 3 cabines et une coursive
- Douche chaude, 2 cabinets de toilette, WC
- Réserve d'eau: 1500 liters
- Poêle-chaudière à gazole «Refleks» équipé d'un aérotherme central + air pulsé par le moteur
- Courant 220, 110 et 12 volts à bord
- Annexe pour 8 personnes avec moteur 15 CV
- Matériel de pêche utilisable en navigation ou au mouillage
- Bibliothèque variée à disposition
Our trip starts here
Valdez, Alaska, Stati Uniti
Wednesday 21 June from 9:00 until Wednesday 21 June at 10:00
Our trip ends here
Valdez, Alaska, Stati Uniti
Friday 30 June from 17:00 until Friday 30 June at 18:00
Other important information
Your skipper Didier F. , a geographer by training, is a Captain 200 of the Merchant Navy and has numerous certificates such as Mechanic 250 kW or Medical III. He also holds the Sailing Instructor State Certificate. Navigator since 1984, he sailed in all latitudes, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, including 2 trans-Pacific New Zealand - Cape Horn and several transatlantic.
He is assisted by a general-purpose sailor, responsible for the galley for the entire duration of the trip. Your cook & sailor is Dorian , born in Valparaiso and son of your captain. Sailor and traveler, his experiences in the kitchen are multiple, they managed a fish and seafood restaurant as a family. Cooking and sailing are a great match. A good dose of creativity and good humor always enhances his dishes! Varied and fresh cuisine (provision of fruits and vegetables without difficulty). Please note, however, that we cannot provide the service of special menus! Everyone's participation will be appreciated for the dishes.
Depending on the weather conditions, the program can be modified and arranged. The navigation times take place mainly during the day to take advantage of the observations and avoid the fatigue of night crossings. Sailing times vary greatly (from 4 to 8 hours).
How do we move on land?
On the occasion of shore excursions, safety rules must of course be observed, such as going out only in groups, because it is possible that we will come across bears on your way. We bring a rocket stylus and bear repellent on each shore trip. Walks on land are mainly on the shore and along the rivers because the interior of the forests is sometimes impassable.
Physical level and preparation Although no special physical condition is required, we simply ask that you be fit enough to get on and off the boat easily and to walk on sometimes slippery ground such as the rocks on the edge of the sea. It is not necessary to have prior knowledge of sailing, beginners are welcome to maneuver.
We often imagine that a sailing trip in the Far North resembles a dive in the intense cold. An idea that turns out to be wrong when you go along the Pacific coast, thanks to the Kuro-Shivo, a warm sea current. Although the weather is changeable throughout the year, the rains are mostly winter.
Before July, the temperature can vary from 17°C during the day to 4°C at night, take your equipment into account if you are sailing at this time.
From July, navigation is generally very pleasant, with a temperature of 15 to 25°C in Alaska and British Columbia, except in the immediate vicinity of the glaciers, with alternating long sunny periods and overcast weather with sometimes cloudiness. fog in some areas and some rain.
It is therefore necessary to provide equipment of the type that one takes for a hike in the mountains. Note also that it will not be possible to wash your clothes on the way. We therefore advise you to provide enough change, while remembering that you are on board a boat which has non-extendable storage!
• 1 large capacity flexible travel bag (90 liters or more), suitcases are prohibited on board + 1 small empty travel bag (placed in the largest during the transatlantic flight), in order to better store your belongings in the cabin
• 1 medium-sized backpack (approximately 30 litres) for your walks on land + on a waterproof bag during transfers in the dinghy
• 1 pair of fairly high boots: no mini-boots (boots that you will find at 10€ in the fishing section of Decathlon stores)
• 1 pair of light hiking shoes
• 1 pair of soft shoes for the deck (without black soles so as not to mark the floor of the sailboat)
• 1 pair of slippers for inside the sailboat
• 1 warm fleece jacket
• 1 windproof and waterproof jacket, with hood (no need to bring a heavy watch jacket except for the Aleutians and Kodiak)
• 1 pair of tights or 1 long underwear, in fleece or technical fabric
• 1 trousers + 1 over-trousers
• 1 warm hat + cap
• 1 pair of fleece gloves
• 1 shorts
• 1 swimsuit
• quick-drying bath and hand towels
• sleeping bag (comfort temperature 10-15° C)
• sleeping bag sheet
• mini-toilet bag (avoid scented products)
• pair of binoculars for wildlife observation
• a few plastic bags to protect your belongings
Your individual pharmacy
• anti-inflammatory (tablets and gel)
• if you are prone to seasickness, remember to bring appropriate treatment
• disinfectant, dressings (various sizes)
• mosquito repellent
• in addition: earplugs, your personal medication.
Be up to date with Covid vaccinations!
Cancellations and Refund
This experience undergoes Sailsquare's standard Cancellation and Refund Policy:
- As long as the Experience is Not Confirmed, you can cancel your reservation at any time and receive a refund of the amount paid.
- If the Experience is Confirmed, you can cancel your reservation up to 30 days before departure and receive a full refund.
- If available for the selected Experience, you can choose our Extended Refund Terms and cancel your booking at any time up to the departure, and receive a refund of the paid amount, upon the occurrence of certain conditions (illness, including Covid-19, work-related reason, domestic emergency, previous medical conditions and many more).
Knowing what expenses are included and excluded from your booking fee will enable you to have a good idea of the total cost of your chosen experience.
Included in the price.
- Final cleaning
Not included in the price.
- Meals/drinks consumed ashore
- Trip from and to embarkment/disembarkment port
To be paid onboard.
In addition to the price, there will be some additional expenses that you will incur during your trip. Expenses have been listed below.
- Meals onboard
- Mooring fees
- Drinks onboard
The estimated expenses for the rest of the holiday are approximately > 300€ per person.