expedition yacht seal
summer 2014 expeditions in Alaska --
Prince William Sound, Kodiak, Alaskan Peninsula, Aleutians
piloting private expeditions in Antarctica & South Georgia
all photos taken on Seal's 2013 voyage through Alaska
latest news from SEAL:
"... a Cape Horner for the 21st century ..."
12 September 2013
Kodiak, Alaska --
Seal and her crew are back in the latitudes we love most.
After six months in the tropics, sailing from New Zealand, through Tonga, Tuvaulu, Kiribati, Kosrae, Guam, and Japan, we arrived in the Aleutian Islands in May.
Summer is winding down in Alaska, and we are now preparing to head into Prince William Sound for a reconnaissance, before sailing to Cordova to hide for the winter. Preparations are underway for next year's charter season (April-September 2014), with trips shaping up for longer expeditions to the Aleutian Islands, Kodiak, and the Alaskan Peninsula. There will also be a few shorter trips in Prince William Sound, which will be particularly suited towards families and possible to achieve in only two weeks' vacation time.
We are holding the boat open to full-boat bookings (1-4 people) until November, at which point we will list the remaining spaces as “by the bunk” trips, ideal expeditions for solo travelers or couples to join. We can also offer a discount on the full boat rate for a couple willing to have other people on board. Contact us for more information.
All Seal's trips are non-smoking. No sailing experience is required - our guests have included round the world race skippers, experienced coastal cruisers, novice sailors, and scientists and photographers who have never before set foot on a boat. Guests should be willing to be part of the expedition - helping out around the boat and with meal preparation and clean up (we do all of the meal planning and most of the preparation, unless there is an enthusiastic volunteer!)
We built Seal and launched her in 2004, and have done high latitude charters in Greenland, five years in Antarctica and South Georgia, and arrived in the Aleutians in spring 2103 after a year in New Zealand (including Fjordland and Stewart Island) and a season crossing the tropics through Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, and Japan.
Personal equipment for basic sailing is provided (foul weather gear, harnesses, life jackets), but guests are welcome to bring their own.
A sailing and rowing dinghy is available for exploring fjords and coves, as well as an inflatable dinghy with a quiet four stroke outboard for viewing wildlife. Scuba diving or kayaking are available if arranged in advance.
We've updated Facebook more regularly than this website while we've been in the Pacific. You can view our page at Facebook without being a member as long as you are working on a full-sized computer (Facebook mobile requires that you are logged in).
If you're heading towards Antarctica or South Georgia in your own yacht next season, Hamish is again available for piloting.
We've given Seal a hard test in the last nine years and over sixty five thousand miles, taking in everything from uncharted Arctic and Antarctic regions to coral atolls and long ocean crossings. There are now several sister-ships to Seal under construction for private owners.
"Both [Kate and Hamish] are first-class seamen.
I quickly develop a great respect for their quiet competence, their
knowledge of the boat, and their love of the area."
-- Peter Nielsen in Sail
"It is not hard to
imagine sailing to Antarctica or any other place on earth aboard Seal."
-- Andy O'Grady in Ocean Navigator
© Kate & Hamish Laird 1999-2013
Seal near Cape Horn