In partnership with Jim Rard, president of Marine Service Center, Karl will be captaining S/V Ocean Watch, leading a flotilla through South East Alaska.
Sail Alaska is a 2,500 mile, 12-week educational cruising program that guides boaters of all levels of experience on their own vessels from Anacortes, Washington up the Pacific Northwest Inside Passage of Canada and Alaska. Created by Jim Rard, president of Marine Service Center, located in Anacortes, WA and Seattle, WA, Sail Alaska is now it its 10th year.
Sail Alaska welcomes boaters of all levels of experience with both sail and power. The trip is designed to give both captain and crew a taste of long-distance cruising and the basics of self-sufficiency in a very real environment. Participants will be surrounded by like-minded people to share with and learn from.
Historically, Sail Alaska flotillas would encompass 10 -12 boats, including Jim Rard’s 49’ Jeanneau, named “Ruby Slippers,” as the lead boat.
Karl's Sail Alaska flotilla will be lead by “Ocean Watch,” a 64’ Bruce Roberts steel cutter.
Participants of “Sail Alaska,” learn best practices on navigating the extreme tides, strong currents, and other challenges presented by Alaska’s coastal waters. Of course, among all the learning there is also time to relax, go hiking, kayaking, fishing and experience spectacular Alaska!
Friendships are made during flotilla picnics, group adventures and many stories shared around the campfire.
At the end of the 12 week tour, boaters will know where and how to anchor, how to chart a course, and lessons not offered by the average boating course (how to avoid grizzly bears, build a pizza oven out of shore rock, and the basics of catching and smoking salmon).
If you join Karl, you will also have a great story to tell about your trip of a lifetime from Anacortes, WA to Juneau, Alaska and back!