Finding our sea legs on an epic weekend cruise

Hand over hand, I pulled the mainsail up like a mad sailor who could hardly wait to shut the engine off. I couldn’t. Outside the breakwater in Resurrection Bay, a 15 to 20 knot northerly whipped through the rigging and when the sail was set, Jill twirled the helm to starboard. The main filled quickly and off we shot like a rocket down the bay towards snowy peaks and sparkling wave tops.

With the engine off, all was right in the Yahtzee world again. Our crew was all smiles pulling lines, grinding winches, steering and walking on deck. Porter and Magnus both gushed about loving being out and the sentiment was mutual between us all. It was great to be getting our sea legs back.

Porter was one happy sailor.

The destination for the weekend, which coincided with my birthday, was a spectacular bay called Thumb Cove; about 8 miles south of Seward. Hot on our heals was a full crew of friends aboard Blown Away, a Beneteau First 42, and when we peeled into the confines of the cove together the scene changed. Gone was the wind and waves, and glacial-lined mountain peaks towered above a flat pane of water.

The breathtaking approach into Thumb Cove.

When the anchor was set in a small nook up against the beach, Blown Away rafted to our starboard side and the fun and festivities commenced. Porter was eager to get on the standup paddleboard again and quickly made his way to the beach while everyone else shed layers and simply soaked in the scenery. Without a doubt, this little pocket of Alaska is one of the most amazing places on the planet.

Porter the Adventurer heads for the beach.

The plan for the afternoon and evening was a simple one: Play on the beach, explore the woods and water, laugh a lot and make some delicious food around a fire. I’m happy to say we accomplished that and then some. We were in our element, loving every minute of it.

More than anything, it was fun to watch the boys living a life they know so well. And being able to share it with friends their age made it all the more special. For the adults, it was a perfect way for three couples to get away for a weekend and leave the stressors of life ashore behind. No cell service, no news, no errands, just hanging with great people.

The boats rest at anchor while the crews gather on the beach.

Magnus and Amelia run the beach.

Sunday morning seemed to come too soon and though we all needed to get back at some point, nobody was quick to move. The crews headed to the beach again for some exploring and then the kids swung around in the rigging like monkeys while we basked in the sun. Shortly after noon, I could see a southerly kicking up on the bay and about an hour later when we set sail it provided the perfect boost back north towards the marina — perma-smiles still plastered on our faces.

Porter and Amelia play in the rigs.

I don’t throw the term epic around lightly, but this weekend was it. Downwind sailing both ways, unbelievable scenery, awesome friends, warm weather and lots of outdoor time made it so. It was truly one of those energizing sailing adventures that we’ll ride high on for days to come. Which is how it should be.

15 thoughts on “Finding our sea legs on an epic weekend cruise

  1. What a wonderful weekend!! I could feel your happiness through your words!! Keep on adventuring!! What an awesome life you are giving those boys!!! ( and yourselves!!). Love and miss you guys!!

  2. I’m jealous that not only do you get to enjoy your passion, but you get to see that joy echoed by your children. You and Jill are my alternative-lifestyle heroes.

    Love the updates!

    -Chris Troutner

  3. We love following your posts. The stories you tell of you and your family living life to the fullest and focusing on what is truly important are so inspiring. What lucky boys you have, they are growing up in the best of worlds. Thanks so much for sharing. We have great memories of meeting all of you at Sullivan Bay in the summer of 2016. We were on our little Ranger Tug docked next to you.

  4. Great travelogue and photos. One question – given the area, what are your thoughts/precautions in regards to bears. Asking for a friend 🙂

    1. Thanks, Allen. The bears are just starting to wake up around here, which means our caution level is high. Actually, the boys and I came across some big prints in the snow yesterday. We make a lot of noise, stick close together while hiking and I always keep my head on a swivel. When we have come across them, they tend to leave the area fairly quickly.

  5. Thanks for writing this. Our first 10 years of sailing were out of Seward, and it is indeed a gateway to paradise (4 months of the year, anyway). I hope you stay until August, when the salmon jump right into your boat!

    1. You’re welcome, Lisa. Thanks for reading! We first came through Seward last August and had our fair share of salmon and then in September we stocked the freezer!!

  6. I really agree with you when you’ve got wind, transmission’s are great. But when you’ve hit a log you cannot see and there is no wind and you have to be in an anchorage before dark, (as you’re on the west side of Vancouver Is.). So I just tie my 12 foot fold boat dingy alongside and crank up the O/B and be on my way at 2 1/2 to 4 knots depending on the sea conditions and remember to tie your dinghy up on the opposite side of the sea’s. Yes I know there aren’t floating logs out in the ocean, but I hit mine coming out of Vancouver, B.C. where the Frazier River’s water color hides logs, that may be floating only in the lower salt water. I guess it does help when I’m in my sailboat Odyssey, a Newport 30.

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