Beginning in May 2016 we are introducing several new trips to our Alaska schedule. All of these new itineraries will be aboard Westward, our 86’ classic 1924 motor yacht.
These voyages are centered in Sitka, Alaska, and on the northerly leg extends to Juneau, Alaska’s State Capital. The southerly leg terminus is Petersburg, a small proudly Norwegian fishing village.
Each trip has a duration of eight days and seven nights, and either begins or ends in Sitka, with the opposite port being either Juneau or Petersburg. To make things a bit more challenging we offer two itineraries for each route, one is inside and has a cultural focus and the other is outside and is more exploratory.
The inside route offers more protected passages, with stops in small towns where we will meet with residents; in Angoon, a Tlingit elder who will share some of his clans stories; in Tenakee a forester who practices sustainable techniques in his small logging and sawmill operation, and in Warm Springs Bay where we will speak with researchers with the Alaska Whale Foundation.
The outside route will take us along the wilder outer coasts of Baranof, Chichagof and Yakobi islands. Trips between Juneau and Sitka will have an opportunity, subject to sea conditions, to visit remote Lituya Bay. Guests on the voyages between Sitka and Petersburg will, with favorable weather, visit wild Coronation Island, a puffin nesting area.
All trips will feature several walks and chances to kayak in remote and protected bays along with guided visits to outstanding museums in Sitka, exquisite food and an unique voyage in Westward, purpose built as the very first charter vessel in Alaskan waters and now registered as a Historic Place by the National Park Service.