USA and Canada
Travellers of all ages are welcome!
This experience is almost confirmed
6 spots available
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Brief description of the holiday
THE KENAI PENINSULA where huge sea glaciers crash into the Pacific Ocean
Strong points :
- True concentrate of wild nature!
- Observe drifting icebergs and hear the crash of glaciers
- Watch for whales and killer whales in the sailboat's wake
- Fish on board, trolling and in anchorages
- A skipper-adventurer, ready to introduce you to navigation
South of Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula is dedicated to travelers who love virgin spaces and wild encounters, with high peaks and countless glaciers that descend to the Pacific Ocean by fjords filled with icebergs, a fjord being an area that has been carved by an advancing glacier. The scenery is breathtaking! Its direct access to the ocean makes it the passageway for the summer migration of a very dense marine fauna: killer whales, sea lions, seals and many species of whales, from belugas to blue whales. It's also every angler's dream, its waters teeming with huge halibut and salmon. The first inhabitants of the place were the Native Americans of the Athabasca nation who lived off fishing like the few inhabitants of today.
A little sailing experience would be desirable but not mandatory (however, do not confuse the adaptation of the first days with recurrent seasickness)
Day 1-2 Kodiak
Embarkation and coastal navigation from Seal Bay to the port of Saint Paul de Kodiak. Visit of the very informative permanent exhibition of the Kodiak National Park located near the port.
Day 3 The Kodiak Archipelago
Offshore navigation from Mc Artur Cove to the northeast tip of Kodiak Island, anchorage at Seal Bay. Kodiak Island is the second largest island in the United States, with an area of 9,311.24 km2. Kodiak Island is mountainous and heavily forested. The island has many deep bays, which are sheltered anchorages for boats. The Kodiak bear and king crab are native to the island. The fishing industry is the most important economic activity, the fisheries include Pacific salmon, halibut and crab.
Day 4 McCarty Fjord (Kenai Peninsula)
The McCarty Fjord, giving access to the McCarty and Dinglestad glaciers. McCarty Glacier is a sea glacier located in the Harding Icefield of Mount Kenai. It has been seriously affected by global warming and this since the early 1900s, its terminus has moved 15 km away from the mouth of the bay. Mc Arthur Cove anchorage.
Day 5-6 Northwestern Fjord (Kenai Peninsula)
Northwestern Fjord, a continuation of Harris Bay, provides access to three maritime glaciers: Ogive, Anchor and the impressive Northwestern calving enormous seracs. Here the fauna can be seen up close at all times, seabirds cover the horizon of islands and glaciers, whales and Steller sea lions are numerous. Anchorage at Otter Cove.
Day 7-8 Aialik Fjord (Kenai Peninsula)
Entering the Kenai Peninsula in a succession of fjords each with several glaciers, starting with Aialik Bay, where the Holgate and Aialik glaciers, suspended on the sides of the mountain, pour ice into the blue-green waters, creating some of the most impressive scenery in Kenai Fjords National Park. Anchorage at Verdant Cove.
Day 9: Prince William Sound
North-south crossing of Prince William Bay, to Erlington Island, anchorage at Farm Bay. Most of the land surrounding Prince William Sound is part of the Chugach National Forest (the second largest national forest in the United States) is surrounded by the rugged Chugach Mountains. The coastline is a maze of numerous islands and fjords, many of which contain magnificent sea glaciers. We will sail between the main barrier islands forming the south of Prince William Bay.
Day 10 Valdez and the sea lion rockery
Landing at Valdez, approaching a rockery of a hundred sea lions, near Glacier Island.
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
Kodiak, Alaska, Stati Uniti
Tuesday 8 August from 9:00 until Tuesday 8 August at 10:00
Our trip ends here
Valdez, Alaska, Stati Uniti
Thursday 17 August from 17:00 until Thursday 17 August 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.