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 Waggoner Guide Flotilla 2017 Wrap-up

We came together as strangers and departed Ketchikan as good friends. I continued north to leave my boat in Wrangell and five boats decided to tag along. We stopped for a night in Meyers Chuck in very pleasant weather and then on to Wrangell. Some continued working their way up to Petersburg and then to Le Conte Glacier, Tracy Arm and the Sawyer Glaciers, and Juneau. Others proceeded to explore other areas with some working their way toward their appointed time slot for Glacier Bay. Some had family and friends joining them in SE Alaska meeting them in Petersburg or Juneau. Throughout the last several weeks of the summer, we have been hearing of their travels and all are having a great time.

Cruising Around Southeast Alaska

I took advantage of the convenience of long-term moorage in Wrangell, and Alaska Air service to Seattle to fly back to attend to business and family matters. I flew back up on July 3 for the 4th of July Fireworks on the night of the 3rd and the parade and other festivities in Wrangell. It is a special community and they love their 4th of July. From there it was on to Petersburg, Le Conte Glacier, Pybus Bay and Cannery Cove, and Tracy Arm with a dash to Fords Terror. That was the furthest north I could go. I had my work to update the Waggoner Cruising Guide calling and started south through Kake and Rocky Pass, Point Baker and back to Ketchikan to attend to more Waggoner business.

We achieved our objectives with the flotilla. Our group learned a lot in our 3-day seminar in March and put it into practice on the trip. Our trip was excellent with two smooth water and open ocean crossings. We had events with speakers, great food, and excellent camaraderie. For this trip, more than any of the others, we saw an extraordinary number of whales, swimming, tail slapping, breaching and even bubble feeding. We saw many bears on the beach and shared the experiences with one boat calling out a sighting to the others. The group jelled like an extended family and most of all, we had a lot of fun.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla 2018

The Waggoner Guide will run another flotilla to Alaska next year gathering in Anacortes on May 19, 2018, and leaving early the next day with 8-9 boats. We are planning to add a few new features to the trip and will have new information on the flotilla on our website in a couple of weeks. The word is already out and three boats have put their names forth to be a part of the 2018 Flotilla to Alaska. Interested? Fill out a form HERE or call our office at (425) 780-5015.

If you are interested in going on your own, consider our 3-day Cruising the Inside Passage to Alaska seminar which will be held March 16-18, 2018.

More information will be posted HERE

We will also have several 3-hour Cruising to Alaska programs as part of the 2018 Seattle Boat Show starting on January 26- February 3rd. Registration will be open for these popular courses in November.


~Mark Bunzel

Click HERE to read more about the flotilla’s travels.

To see a map of where we have been:

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