Sail Extraordinary, LLC offer multi-day sailing voyages aboard their 65’ steel charter sailboat, Extraordinary. Guests relax and explore while getting up close to all of Alaska’s natural beauty and wildlife.
All-inclusive, Family-friendly Adventures
You and your family or friends (up to six guests) will sail to remote anchorages, spotting, among other wildlife, whales, puffins, and sea lions along the way. Stop to eat lunch before a tidewater glacier and sail the afternoon away before dropping anchor in a peaceful, breathtaking cove. Once the boat is anchored for the night, take a kayak out for a paddle or go ashore before dinner to take a walk or snap photos. While away the long Alaskan evenings with games, or relax and share travel stories.
Meals are a special affair on all trips with Extraordinary. Sit back and let your capable crew serve you up meals custom catered to your tastes. From simple fare to culinary adventure, First Mate/Chef Samantha will cook to suit your preferences. Plenty of freshly baked treats complement a varied, tasty menu. Non-alcoholic beverages and meals are included on every charter.
Open Schedule, Idyllic Setting
A sailing expedition aboard Extraordinary offers a more intimate experience than a day trip or a traditional cruise. Since trips are exclusive (just you and your party), you get more say in what you do: Maybe you’ll stop for birdwatching or spend extra time near glaciers or whales. Learn to sail or just experience steering an 86,000-pound boat smoothly through the water; hands-on involvement is encouraged, but not required.
Capable crew for Remote Voyaging
The company is run by husband-and-wife team Jesse and Samantha. Jesse—a licensed USCG captain since 2008—has lived in Alaska since 1987. In his sailing career, he has not only completed a transit of the Northwest Passage and sailed to both Greenland and Iceland, but he’s also a renowned teacher—he was voted Sailing Instructor of the Year by the American Sailing Association in 2011 before departing for the Arctic. It was on the Northwest Passage trip where he met his wife, Samantha—an accomplished sailor in her own right, on Great Slave Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories, where she worked as commercial pilot. Her arctic flying experience also served her well when she joined Jesse to sail the second half of the Northwest Passage. As a team, they operate safely in remote locations without outside assistance and have the experience to carry you far beyond the horizon, in both comfort and safety.
A Stable, Comfortable Boat
S/V Extraordinary is a 65-foot cutter-rigged, steel sailboat built in 1998 in Ketchikan. It has made its way all around North America, and came back to Alaska by way of the Northwest Passage in 2015. On deck, there is plenty of room to walk around and the clear, large enclosure provides a comfortable viewing area, protected from the elements. Below decks it has ample living space, a full galley, a roomy salon and dining area, hot showers and three staterooms for guests; one with a queen sized bed, the others, two twin bunks. It’s also environmentally friendly: a full day of sailing might burn, at most, two or three gallons of fuel. That also makes for a blissfully quiet sailing experience. Once the sails are up, the full magnitude of the landscape that surrounds you can be enjoyed in near silence, save for the sound of water rippling under the hull.
Here are five itineraries offered for 2018 – custom trips available also!
7-Night Prince William Sound Cruise
Beginning and ending in Whittier, this weeklong voyage lets you explore the roughly 250 nautical miles of Alaska's wild coast in Western Prince William Sound—with its views of deep icy fjords and green lush islands. Stops include Knight Island, where you can hike to abandoned mining camps and fish canneries from bygone days. Next, you’ll got to Icy Bay (home of Blackstone Glacier), Jackpot Bay, and the remote local village of Chenega. The trip wraps up along the east coast of Knight Island—with anchorages in nearly-complete seclusion—before the sail back to Whittier.
5-Night Kenai Fjord National Park Cruise
Spend 6 days / 5 nights exploring the best of Kenai Fjords National Park. Each day brings a new anchorage, and your first two nights will be spent in Resurrection Bay, looking for wildlife, seabirds, and taking in the scenery. The crew will drop anchor so you can enjoy a hike or kayak trip before dinner. On day 3 you'll head out of Resurrection back to either Aialik or Harris Bay. Day 4 brings more relaxation and another opportunity for a hike on the beach. The S/V Extraordinary will then sail to a nearby tidewater glacier, where the water around you is studded with icebergs. On day 5 you'll head back to Resurrection Bay, passing by Capie Aialik and the Chishwell Islands. Both are known marine wildlife and seabird viewing spots. The last day of your trip will include another fabulous breakfast prepared by your crew, and a hike before you dock in Seward to disembark. This itinerary begins at noon every Monday, and ends at noon on Saturday.
5-Night LAND / SEA / FISH
The ultimate combination trip to experience coastal Alaska. Your itinerary begins with a water taxi ride to Shearwater Cove, a sea kayaker's paradise and the perfect place to spend the night and unplug. Your accommodations for the night are one of two comfortable yurts, each with a kitchen area and bath. Spend your day on the patio of your yurt, or paddling around the cove. The next day, a water taxi will transport you to the S/V Extraoardinary where a hot breakfast awaits. The boat will be your home for the next four nights. On the final day, you'll be picked up by a private fishing charter boat. They'll take you (and your luggage) our for a day of fishing before returning you to Seward. They'll pack and ship your fish home, too!
2-Night Resurrection Bay Cruise
Short on time but still want a multi-day sailing experience? Spend 2 nights / 3 days exploring Resurrection Bay from Seward, Alaska. Your trip begins at noon on the first day and concludes around mid-day on the third day. In between you'll sail the calm, protected waters of Resurrection Bay. Because this itinerary is so relaxed, you have extra time to beach comb, explore, and of course keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.