Sunday, June 30, 2013

13th June. Juneau to Funter Bay – 52 miles

We filled up with diesel before heading down Gastineau channel. I must say It’s good to leave Juneau and get on our way to see more of this wonderful area. We have much to look forward to including Glacier bay, salmon and halibut fishing, Sitka and much more.

The weather still continues to be clement with little or no rain and quite a bit of sunshine. We keep waiting for it to break and expect a deluge but fingers crossed it has not happened yet.

Our plan was to see if we can get into Auke Bay but, as mentioned in the guide books, it can get pretty busy  and indeed the marina was full given the time of year and the good weather. So, we motored on to get to Funter bay by the evening. As we rounded point retreat and into Lynn Canal the wind picked up from the south and we managed to raise the sails. A couple of whales were feeding off the point, one passing a few hundred yards in front of our boat.  These are the first whales we have seen for a while and we hope to see a few more in the coming weeks.

We dropped the anchor in Coot Cove on the north side of Funter bay, with only one other boat in the cove we had plenty of swinging room. In the evening Ben entertained us with the guitar playing and Steve is his usual vivacious self. We all caught up on what we have been doing since we last met, enjoyed a few beers, a few more beers and Jude’s excellent cooking of the Rockfish that we caught in the evening.

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