20130923 UPDATE: Where are the yachts today? What is the forecast weather? Where are the yachts planning on being for this gale? Security Cove Alaska? This gale's forecast path sure looks like a direct track for Security Cove.
All reports agree that the best weather usually occurs in March and April of the early spring During the summer southeast to southwest gales are frequent lasting from two to five days These storms gradually blow themselves out and are generally followed by a few days of good weather In the early fall northerly winds are frequent and are usually accompanied by a clear sky After the middle of September strong gales become frequent and prolonged.
I have extensively navigated around Togiak in the Spring (Herring tendering) and Bristol Bay in the Summer (Salmon fishing/tendering) I would not recommend Security Cove as an anchorage for shelter from an approaching westerly Gale. (Passage means NW 30-40kt winds directly into the anchorage) Once committed from a clindestine late arrival into Security Cove there is little to be done since there are no other good close anchorages. CAUTION - the navigation charts here are extremely inaccurate since an earthquake - there are navigation hazards where none exist on the charts. I hope they do not go
exploring and stay in Security Cove then depart direct for Unimak Pass.
In the alternative you might consider Hagemeister Island but the currents and shoals are notorious. BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL.
I have advised the yacht I have communications with of these hazards. I wish they had asked or posted their intentions sooner rather than keeping it to themself at this late date.
SO WHAT ALTERNATIVES DID THIS YACHT GROUP HAVE? HOLDING AT NUNIVAT ISLAND IN NASH HARBOR ON THE NORTH SHORE THEN SHIFT TO THE SOUTH ANCHORAGE OR VICE VERSA DEPENDING ON LOW PRESSURE TRACK, ALLOW THE GALE TO PASS TO THE EAST THEN PROCEED DIRECT TO UNIMAK PASS. I LIKE THAT A WHOLE LOT BETTER THAN GOING OUT OF THE WAY TO SECURITY COVE.
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Another group of NW Passage yachts have departed Nome Alaska to cross the Bering Sea to the south before winter temperatures freeze-up Nome harbor.
Here are today's surface analysis and the 48 hour future forecast with the wind and wave forecast valid on September 24th.
And a 96 hour future forecast and wave/wind forecast.
What might be your tactics from where the vessels are shown above knowing you want to minimize or better yet avoid heavy weather on a route via Unimak Pass to Sand Point Alaska?
Would you consider as an alternative upon reaching Unimak Pass to sail direct for the Straits of San Juan de Fuca to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada?
Other alternatives? Hawaii from Unimak Pass?