Episode 42 of The Sailing Podcast is with Chuck Rose and Laura Wong-Rose who are currently sailing Alaska in their Vega 27, Lealea. Chuck purchased Lealea in 1990 in Hawaii. Together, Chuck and Laura, began their travels in Hawaii and joined the growing number of Vega owners who have proven the sea-worthiness and utility of the Albin Vega 27.
Chuck and Laura have documented their travels in words, photos and video, running a great website at www.cruisinglealea.com and an accompanying YouTube channel at Cruising Lealea on YouTube. We got to hear about how they sailed from Hawaii to the Pacific Northwest and then on to Alaska where they are now.
In this episode we hear about:
- Why the Albin Vega 27′ has continued to serve them well
- Why they don’t need a 40′ yacht to be happy
- Which cruising guides cover sailing Alaska
- How to find them on YouTube for videos on sailing Alaska
- Other famous Vega journeys such as Berserk in the Antarctic
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Show Notes for Sailing Alaska with Cruising Lealea
Cruising the world and enjoying the lifestyle – that’s the credo of the Cruising Lealea team. I found the stories behind their yacht gave me some Vega fever! I rushed out to read the story of Berserk in the Antarctic which I had not heard of before.
Here is the best ways to catch up with Chuck and Linda from Cruising Lealea:
- Visit their website at www.cruisinglealea.com
- Find their YouTube channel – Cruising Lealea on YouTube
Chuck also mentioned a couple of cruising guides for sailing Alaska:
The United States Coast Pilot which has Coast Pilot 8 and Coast Pilot 9 covering Alaskan waters
Charlies Charts – North to Alaska from the Charlies Charts website
Exploring Southeast Alaska by Don Douglass
We have heard a bit from other cruisers about Alaska on the podcast, firstly there was Mike Litzow in episode 7 who let us know about his story of sailing book ‘South from Alaska‘ with his wife and his baby and then we had the Australian adventurers Chris Bray and Jessica Taunton who had sailed the North West Passage and let us know about their trip in episode 29.
There is another site managed by Chuck – the American Vega Association at www.americanvega.org and you can find many stories about the voyages of the Vega here. For a sturdy well priced yacht it would be hard to find better.
On the Radar
Today we had a message on the podcast from Kevin at www.sailfarlivefree.com. He let us know about an interview I did for him on his website with a bit of information on the background of The Sailing Podcast.
Thanks Kevin for recording that message for me and if listeners would to check out some of the background on the Sailing Podcast just head over to Sail Far Live Free and look under the ‘Sailing News’ section.
If you would like to record a message for the ‘On the Radar’ segment of the podcast, you can using the speakpipe links on the side of the website.
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If you would like to read about the trip of Berserk just check out the book or Kindle edition on Amazon: