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Outdoor activities in and around Kenai Fjords

With daily 15-20 knot southerly winds blowing up the 20-mile long, north/south-oriented bay, Seward is a world-class sailing destination.

In fact, the June 2004 issue of Sail Magazine dubbed Seward as one of America's 10 greatest places to sail.

Seward also was featured in an article in the July 2004 issue of Cruising World. "The Secrets of Seward," by Ralph Narajo detailed the delights of bare boat charting out of Seward on board a Catalina 30 Mark III.

You can be under sail within minutes of leaving Seward's Small Boat Harbor, with only the sound of wind pushing the sails and the boat slicing through the water. Have your cameras ready as wildlife sometimes surfaces before all fenders are on board and line are coiled and stowed!

Seven miles out Thumb Cove offers the first good anchorage and is a favorite destination for sailors to stop for lunch or an overnight. Streams fall in dramatic waterfalls to meet the shore. Take a dingy to shore to take photos, stroll on the beach or pick a few berries.

Keep those sails taut. Other favorite coves included Humpy Cove, an hour sail beyond Thumb Cove; Sunny Cove located on Fox Island; and Agnes Cove, a great stopover for those who want to venture on into Aialik Bay and beyond for a longer cruise.

Whether you're out for an afternoon, overnight or longer, Resurrection Bay is a sailor's dream.

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