• Who We Are

    In April 2006, Bill and Susan Grun purchased a J/160, a 52-foot high performance sailing vessel built for speed and designed to cruise the oceans in comfort and style.  W [...]

  • 2007 Overview- North to Alaska

    2007 Plans – Last year, we purchased Avante in San Diego and sailed her up the Pacific Coast to the Pacific Northwest. After leaving her stored for the winter at Canoe C [...]

  • Fall Cruising 2007

    We return to Canada in mid-September for a few weeks of fall cruising in the San Juan and Gulf Islands. Avante is patiently waiting for us in the Canoe Cove Marina, and we spe [...]

  • Return to Canoe Cove

    Tuesday, July 31st – After Jan and Jim leave us in Port Hardy, it is time for Avante to head off too. The wind is now up to 15 knots, and it is blowing the boat hard ont [...]

  • And The Animals Came On Two By Two

    Jan and Jim Evans come aboard in Prince Rupert. We have known each other since our Boston days in the 70’s. We have skied Telluride, Alta and Val D’Isere with them, sailed the [...]

  • The Outside Passage to Canada

    Thursday, July 12th – We motor into Sitka weary from 3 days of rain, fog and mist-covered scenery. On the northbound leg of our trip, we had motored in light winds [...]

  • 59 Degrees North Latitude

    Saturday, July 7th – How lucky are we! Blue skies and sun have replaced rain and fog. We motor into Barlett Cove inside Glacier Bay National Park for our mandatory Park [...]

  • Juneau to Glacier Bay

    We are on our own with a few days leisure before our permit to enter Glacier Bay National Park begins on July 8th. We decide to stay in Auke Bay, 15 miles north of Juneau, for [...]

  • Incredible Tracy Arm

    Wednesday, June 27th – Before raising anchor in Cannery Cove, The First Mate and Janet retrieve the trap. Nothing! Absolutely nothing. We pass a man going to his traps. [...]

  • Into the Land of Glaciers and Icebergs

    Thursday, June 21st – After our trip to Misty Fiords, we are back in Ketchikan for a day to change crew. Our friends, Janet and Tom Schmitt are joining us, and Jane Mino [...]