sunnuntai 27. kesäkuuta 2010

June 27th 2010

Dutch Harbor, Unalaska

53º54.379' N, 166º30.634' W

We left Sand Point late Wednesday evening and arrived in Unalaska Saturday afternoon rather exhausted after fighting hours and hours against 35 knot winds and changing currents both in and after Unimak Pass. Although we were motor-sailing as hard as our old Perkins would allow, at times we were drifting backwards and then again sideways without making any progress whatsoever. And it did not matter however much we altered our course, we had headwind all the same. This is one of those inexplicable phenomena that can only be experienced when sailing!

Although we would have preferred a slip in the small boat harbour near the centre, we were given one on the long spit on the outskirts of the harbour, which was a little disappointing. We are now alongside a rusty old tugboat which makes getting on and off Sarema a bit of a challenge. The only advantage of the location is that there is ample space to take Latte for a walk but that's about it. The downside, of course, is that most of the services are far away from us. Thank God we have our bicycles!

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