Thread: Awesome boating safety ride!!
06-19-2008, 01:58 AM #1
Awesome boating safety ride!!
We just finished a four-day ride around Admiralty Island here in Southeast Alaska; Admiralty is the seventh-largest island in the United States; about 90 miles long. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admiralty_Island We did boating safety stops in the communities of Angoon and Kake. The entire trip was 325 miles and 19 hours of running time. We took 5 Kawasaki Ultra LX's plus my 37' Bayliner as a support boat. I'll post more details hopefully by the weekend and photos also, it was a fantastic ride!! Mike
06-19-2008, 11:17 PM #2
The only thing missing on that ride was ME!
Congrats what an awesome expedition!
06-23-2008, 12:54 AM #3
I didn't get any photos downloaded this weekend, but you can see a few at http://myangoon.org/ Just scroll down to the last article on the page. I'll get a story together, I promise! Mike
06-24-2008, 06:46 PM #4
Boating Safety ride
We left Auke Bay (north of Juneau) around 1130 (after I forgot my wallet in the car and had to make arrangements to retrieve it!). The water was pretty smooth and we had a really nice run to Funter Bay. (Five PWC and the support boat). Ate lunch and hiked into the woods to a native cemetary; very solemn setting. Then we passed out a couple of Ice Cream certificates to some youngsters wearing their PFD's and headed on down to Angoon. It was a fairly long day, almost 5 hours of running time and about 100 miles. We docked at Whaler's Cove Lodge and they were great hosts!
06-24-2008, 07:16 PM #5
We rode into the float plane dock in Angoon and left the support boat tied to the dock at Whaler's Cove; the currents are pretty fierce coming out of Kootznahoo Inlet since the tide drains a really large area through a really small inlet opening. The residents were pretty happy to see us and we gave away over 30 PFD's donated by Stearns. We did several boating safety demos and even had a HH-60 helicopter come in from Air Station Sitka for a rescue swimmer demonstration....it wasn't Kevin Costner, our guy was much younger! After we finished up, we fueled up and rode the rest of the way down Chatham Strait and across Frederick Sound to Kake. The water was smooth and the skies were blue; you just can't ask for much more! We did have three of our boats get tangled up in some kelp beds and I broke my paddle handle off trying to paddle them out; time to find a better paddle! We docked at the harbor in Kake for the evening and had dinner; another great day with a very pretty sunset! About 60 miles today.
06-24-2008, 07:26 PM #6
06-24-2008, 07:36 PM #7
Another beautiful day! We set up shop on the float plane dock and got a great turnout! Gave away the rest of our lifejacket supply, all the rest of the whistles, mirrors and coloring books. The helo came in again and when "Mr. Bill" (the dummy) did a header out of the helicopter, the entire crowd gasped! But our intrepid rescue swimmer leaped to Mr. Bill's rescue and the helo got close enough to 'dust' the crowd, much to their delight! After the festivities were over, we fueled up again ($5.74 a gallon; welcome to rural Alaska!) and headed for Pybus Bay on south Admiralty Island. We ran another 60 miles or so and called it a day at the Pybus Bay Lodge, a five-star accomodation to be sure! Great hosts and we were reluctant to finally call it a day!
06-24-2008, 07:46 PM #8
Woke up to rain and a fantastic breakfast at the lodge. It's a gray day and a bit windy out in Port Frederick and Stephens Passage today, but it's a following sea and we can tuck in behind the big boat to knock the waves down. We stopped in Holcomb Bay for lunch and a break, then on to Taku Harbor and Juneau. It was a 100 mile day and nobody complained. We all high-fived each other when we pulled into Juneau at the dock. What a fabulous trip, about 325 miles in four days, gave away over 60 lifejackets, a hundred whistles and lots of coloring books. We had two great rescue swimmer demonstrations from Air Station Sitka. Tons of great scenery, whales, sealions and bears. One of our riders was on her very FIRST PWC RIDE! We're busy planning our next boating safety outreach trip in Alaska! Mike
06-25-2008, 12:13 AM #9
great photos! keep em coming..
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