Progress Report No. 2
At Sea, Gulf Of Alaska - Friday July 9th
We are two days out into the Gulf of Alaska ploughing a bumpy furrow
into headwinds, but it's great to be on our way at last.
The paperwork over the last few months was something else, mostly in
getting the 3 month Russian visas stamped into our passports. The all
important permit to sail our boat in Russian waters has arrived in
Dublin (in Russian naturally) We hope it says what we need.
On board now are Jarlath & Paddy with Brendan Minish, Tom Moran,
Joan Burke and Eoin McAllister with us as far as Anadyr, 300 miles
this side of the Bering Strait.
Prince Rupert people are fantastic - generous and helpful to an
extraordinary degree. It was there that Northabout had been left for
winter, happily snug and unchanged, except for the eagle s--- on her
deck and a two inch accumulation of mussels on her bottom. Everything
grows big here, trees and salmon especially. Getting the boat ready
and loading up took a busy 13 days with occasional time off for tunes
in Solly's pub, beer served in jugs makes it hard to keep a consumption
All behind us now, Dutch Harbour in the Aleutian Islands is just
under 1,000 Miles ahead.
There we will top up our diesel tanks and hopefully (essentially)
collect Jarlath's and Paddy's two passports, being couriered out
with Russian Visas.
We will let you know how we get on there..
End of progress report no. 2