Summer Cruise to Southeast Alaska – 2012
Urs and Judy Boxler on S/V Raven Song
Invitation to Digital Slide Presentation – Vancouver Maritime Museum
(Annual Ocean Cruising Adventure Series)
Date and Time: Friday, February 8, 2013, 8 pm (door opens at 7 pm)
Location: Vancouver Maritime Museum
Tickets: $13; ($11 for Seniors, VMM members and Pacific Yachting subscribers)
This presentation titled “Summer Cruise to Southeast Alaska – 2012” is about an extensive cruise of 3,500 nautical miles to Southeast Alaska by Urs and Judy Boxler aboard their sailboat “Raven Song.”
They had wanted to travel to Alaska since the 1970’s. But there were always other distractions that got in the way, such as work, living overseas, travel around the world, remodeling their Vancouver house, building a cabin in the Gulf Islands, sailing charters, off-shore sailing as crew, and myriad other distractions. After retiring early in 1998, they took the big plunge and had a world-cruising sailboat built by a BC builder. In 2000 their semi-custom steel 46-foot Kristen sailboat “Raven Song” was launched. For the next 12 years they cruised for several months each year on the BC Coast. Because the Pacific Northwest coasts of BC and Alaska are such great cruising grounds, they never got the urge to go off-shore again. Instead, they concentrated on exploring these waters extensively.
As a result of their wide coverage of the Pacific Northwest, and a sincere interest in photography, Urs has presented at the Ocean Cruising Adventure speaker series at the Vancouver Maritime Museum on four previous occasions, all about the BC coast.
This presentation covers over three months of exploring Southeast Alaska, from the Misty Fjords of the south to the far northwestern corner in Glacier Bay. Apart from staying in 60 wilderness anchorages, Urs and Judy also visited many cities and villages to explore the local flavours and learn about the folklore and history in their museums. They visited several native villages, including one abandoned Haida village dating back to the 1700’s, hidden in the forest, were they found remnants of houses and totems, including some still standing totem poles. The presentation also includes selected historical photographs of the “old times” in Alaska. However, the bulk of the presentation is focused on the spectacular scenery and the many experiences with wildlife, including some up-close encounters with grizzly bears.
At North Sawyer Glacier