Episode 66 of The Sailing Podcast is with Louis Hoock of Alaska Adventure Sailing. Louis is a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain with a 54′ steel Ketch named Arcturus based out of Juneau in Southeast Alaska.
Captain Hoock has a permit to spend part of the season in the natural wonder known as ‘Glacier Bay’ as well as carrying out tours to areas such as Sitka, visiting hot springs, glaciers and looking for amazing wildlife in the wilderness.
With a background in outdoor activities and environmental studies Louis Hoock can take you through Southeast Alaska with an informative and environmental focus. If you are looking for a way to visit glaciers, watch wild bears and mountain goats then you should check out the tours available at www.aksailing.com.
During the interview we hear about:
- The Bruce Roberts designed steel ketch ‘Arcturus’
- Louis Hoock’s adventure sailing to Panama from Alaska in a 26′ sailboat
- How Louis joined NOAA and became a licensed Coast Guard captain
Alaska Adventure Sailing
At the start of this interview we hear about how Louis Hoock bought a 26′ yacht to live aboard while attending the University of Alaska, Southeast in Juneau, Alaska. After completing his studies he put together an expedition from Alaska to Panama. The goal was to sail 10,000 miles of the Pacific West Coast and conduct trawl sampling for micro-plastic debris and hold beach cleanup events along the way. The project was included Louis founding ‘Coastal Footprint’ and managed to achieve the audacious goals set at the beginning as well as bring a team of helpers along for the journey.
There is a book regarding the trip being written and the first chapter is available at the Alaska Adventure Sailing website. Coastal Footprint was founded as a nonprofit environmental/scientific research organisation and Louis involved a total of 41 people in the sailing expedition.
If you would like to connect with Louis Hoock on Facebook just visit the page – www.facebook.com/akadventuresailing
Following the successful expedition from Alaska to Panama Louis took the opportunity to gain professional qualifications and experience with the NOAA. He completed Basic Officer training in 2012 and served active duty sea service as a NOAA Corps Commissioned Officer.
Returning to Alaska Louis worked as a Captain of a commercial whale watching vessel in Southeast Alaska, covering over 15,000 sea miles. This experience led to the decision to open a new enterprise that brought together all his passions – sailing, outdoor leadership and the environment, as Alaska Adventure Sailing.
The Bruce Robert’s designed ketch Arcturus was found and fitted the bill as a perfect vessel for taking tours in the Glacier Bay area.
You can find all the information about Alaska Adventure Sailing at their website – www.aksailing.com. You will be impressed by the photo galleries of this wonderful area and can send enquiries through the website and take the opportunity to enjoy a cruise with Louis Hoock through places like Glacier Bay and Sitka.
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