June 16, 2011
After arriving in Sitka, we spent two days re-provisioning and cleaning and then went to Kalinin Bay on Kruzof Island to check out the fishing. Miriam and I took Spirit out into the ocean outside of Salisbury Sound and managed to catch one King salmon and 5 Coho salmon before entering Kalinin Bay and rafting to Sea Jay.
June 17, 2011
Today was a fishing day, in the morning from Sea Jay's tender and in the afternoon from Spirit. We landed one King and four Coho salmon before returning and celebrating Jim Matheson's birthday.
June 18, 2011
Today was also a fishing day, spending the morning on Spirit looking for salmon, but only finding one Coho. A pod of Orca went through the fishing fleet and after that incident, the fish disappeared. We returned to Sitka in the afternoon and had a dinner at the Channel Club with.
June 19, 2011
Miriam and I spent Father's Day deep cleaning Spirit and getting off the fish scales and other debris from fishing. Ron and Bonnie Zuckerman from the Selene 48 "Z-Worthy" joined us for a BBQ dinner in the evening.
June 20, 2011
We tried fishing in the morning, but the wind came up and the seas were too rough to go fishing in the tenders. In the evening we attended a "Winemaker's Dinner" at the Westmark Hotel, to introduce the new chef at the hotel and also Rodney Strong Wines. The winemaker, Rick Sayre gave a very interesting talk about the wines and the food as the evening progressed.
At 12 PM this evening, near the longest day of the year, the sky is still light to the west!
June 21, 2011
Today we leave Sitka, perhaps for the last time this season and head back to Kalinin Bay where we will fish for one or two days before heading north around Chicagof Island and then down to Wrangell via Petersburg. We will only have intermittent cell phone service and no internet until we get to Petersburg.
We have now travelled over 1550 nautical miles.