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Maritimo 2021 - M600 - LEADERBOARD

Slowboat Flotilla to Alaska - Sitka to Appleton Cove - Day 30

by Slowboat Team 25 Jun 19:08 PDT
Humpbacks © Laura Domela

Sitka skies this morning were mostly gray and cloudy, but the wind was light and it wasn't raining. We left the harbor by about 6:30 a.m., timing our arrival at Sergius Narrows for near slack (9:48a.m.). On the way into Sitka, we'd jockeyed with lots of traffic from Sergius Narrows all the way into town. This time, we enjoyed nearly empty waterways and light traffic.

As we continued east in Peril Strait, we came upon two humpbacks (plus one more in the distance) hanging out right at the surface. We slowed (well, stopped, actually) to let them go where they wanted to go, and watched them for a few minutes until they dove.

We arrived at Appleton Cove expecting the whole place to be jammed with commercial crab pots, but it wasn't too bad at all. We all found nice spots to anchor in 50-60ft, and there was plenty of room for several other boats that arrived later in the day.

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