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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Windy Bay Fjordland to Klemtu to Osment Inlet

June 22, 2011
Anchorage Position 52°31.8706 N 128°41.6769 W
or according to Google Earth 52°31'51.55"N 128°41'37.86"W
Osment Inlet

Today we sailed out of Fjordland down Sheep Passage and south down Finlayson Channel where we spotted a salmon jump. Stopped the boat to do a little fishing with a Buzz Bomb and then spotted a small pod of Orca Whales. Drifting slowly with the current and fishing, the largest of the Orcas cruised closely by our bows. Very Cool! We made a provisioning stop in the small village of Klemtu. Stopped at the Klemtu Band Store for some greens, filled the tanks with diesel and had lunch at the cafe. On the fuel dock we met John of m/v Madera whom graciously gave us some fishing advice and even some lures. John works eight days on and eight days off at the Kiaso Seafoods facility in Klemtu, as we met John he was on his way home and waiting for his seaplane to arrive. Thanks for the fishing tips John! The Seaplane flyboys sure do know how to dock a seaplane. Next time I feel stressed docking my boat I'll think of the talented pilot I watched dock at Klemtu who with just inches to spare slid his plane into the dock past another seaplane. Look for a video at some point.

After lunch and a nice chat with a cruising couple, Jerry and Fran from Tacoma, WA aboard WindSong III we acquired a copy of Charlie's Charts Alaska as they had two copies. THANKS s/v Windsong!!! Your generosity will not be forgotten and passed along at the earliest opportunity.

On our way we transited Meyers Passage at perfect high water then sailed south to Kitasu Bay and checked out Cowards Cove which we deemed just too tight and then ventured deeper into the bay to the uncharted Osment Inlet. Proceeding at a painstakingly slow pace through the uncharted waters, we poked our way deep into Osment Inlet around many dangerous rocks and numerous Lions Mane jellies. The effort payed dividends as we dropped anchor in a truly gorgeous anchorage on mirror still waters. Check it out yourself on Google earth using the coordinates above. Loosely planning on spending two nights here as there is much to explore.

PS the pictures posted on the blog are not in order nor captioned, this will need to wait until we have good internet. This post is via SSB radio thanks to Sailmail.

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