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Our neighbors Capt Joe and Crew Ray of the whale watch vessel “Kitty Kat” receive a special commendation from the CoastGuard today for an incredible rescue at the Farallons- well done!

Looking for a serious adventure? Sail with Muktuks this year!

SAILING ABOARD “MUKTUK” 2016

Here is an excerpt from a letter from friends… some great sailors who will be taking  on passengers this year from Mexico to Alaska and if you are looking for a real adventure you will want to sign on as guests!  Karl and Ali are serious sailors with a terrific boat and Ali is a fantastic cook, too… Please get in touch for more details and dates if you are interested in longer distance chartering (and it’s very affordable!):

Back to Alaska Instead of Sitka spruce and snow fields, cactus forests, red rock formations and sand dunes are passing by our hull along the coast of Baja California/Mexico, one of our favorite cruising grounds. Despite the charms of the Sea of Cortez, we often reminisce about Alaska. Especially during this time of the year we remember our white Christmas in front of the Prince William Sound glaciers last season. So, we have decided to turn our bow north once more next spring. “The Last Frontier” has a strong grip on us and we would like to invite you to experience Alaska aboard Muktuk. Our trip will take us from the Aleutians along the Alaska Peninsula to the Shumagin Islands and from there to the Katmai National Park and Kodiak. In autumn we will set sail towards our winter hide-away in Prince William Sound. Alaska offers something special for everybody and previous sailing experience is not a prerequisite: only the love of wilderness and an enthusiasm for nature and new experiences are essential. Humpback, fin, and killer whales blow the waters and sometimes one even spys grey whales. Sea and river otters can be seen in the harbors and seals and sea lions bask on the rocks. Sitka deer come to the beach to lick some salt, bald eagles glide through the air, and bears look for sweet grass, berries, or salmon depending on the season. The scenic landscape invites long hikes and occasionally one can even spot a moose. For people interested in fishing, halibut, salmon, rockfish and cod can be guaranteed; and the fresh catch lands straight in the galley – good cuisine is an important part of everyday life aboard Muktuk. Three whole years in Alaska have taught us a lot about this area: we listened closely to fishermen when they gave us tips and revealed the best fishing spots. Over and over again we met „natives“ and „sourdoughs“, who not only enlightened us about their long history and traditions but also informed us of edible plants and mushrooms. Whenever we met a captain, no matter if he was steering the Alaska State Ferry or a small fishing boat, we exchanged information about safe anchorages, weather and wind patterns, and routes through the tidal waters. It is our joy to share our knowledge and our fascination for this area and the vagabond lifestyle with you!

happy ending to a tough chapter… lots to be thankful for!

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Sadly, the sailing season passed us by this year.  My son Julius was run over on the Fourth of July and very nearly lost his life but thanks to the great work of the emergency services and the surgeons at UCSF Oakland Children’s Hospital he has made a full recovery!  We just came back from an ultrasound and though his pelvis is still broken, all internal organs appear to be working normally, so I feel we can finally close this chapter!  The sailing community, led by Kirk Miller of Capt. Kirk’s Charters, pooled together to raise some money in Julius’ name and he was able to present them with a big check.  This thanksgiving we have an awful lot to be thankful for, and we are back on the water sailing to celebrate!  See you out there… and thanks to everyone who contributed, and especially Capt. Kirk for your generosity!!

New crew for 2015

I have gone a little quiet on the blog for the past 6 months or so but I’ve been working on a very special project… New crew aboard!  Welcome to the world Sawyer Richard Siegfried!

We just took a lovely sail out the gate for Opening Day and I’m excited for this new season.  Baby Sawyer is still in training so you won’t see him on charters but Carodon, Gas Light and USA 76 are up and running for the season so book a sail with me today!