Sailing the Sea Bear

Sailing the Sea Bear Sailing the Sea Bear is a weekly adventure travel show that highlights coastal living from the deck of our sailboat.

Sailing The Sea Bear is a YouTube travel show featuring the beauty of the ocean and the people whose passions are intertwined with it. The host and crew for this adventure are Captain Shawn and cameraman Phil. Both are veterans of the US Armed Forces, one a retired US Navy EOD technician and the other a US Army Infantryman. The Sea Bear, a sloop rigged 1985 C&C Landfall 39 is our home and life support system. She is our magic carpet, giving us the ability to live, work and play wherever we drop anchor. The first half of the season will focus on the voyage up the coast from San Francisco to Seattle. As experienced mariners know, this won’t be an easy trip. Notoriously difficult weather with few safe harbors means that the crew has their work cut out for them. The plan for the second half of the season is to document the adventure of sailing from Seattle to Alaska via the Inside Passage framing the voyage against the beauty and grandeur of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. More than a sailing show, Captain Shawn and the crew of the Sea Bear are setting out to capture and share a part of what makes coastal living so unique. Join us as we celebrate life, food and adventure onboard Sailing The Sea Bear. Departing spring 2017.

Sunrise from Boathaven marina, Port Townsend.The Sea Bear is in a slip in Port Townsend, tucked in for the winter while ...
11/07/2017

Sunrise from Boathaven marina, Port Townsend.
The Sea Bear is in a slip in Port Townsend, tucked in for the winter while I'm going to school in nearby Port Hadlock. Speaking of which, school is going great. The curriculum is fantastic, the tools, equipment and facilities are top notch, and most importantly, the instructors all really care about what they are doing. So far, I'm very impressed.
I have been working on the next episode of Sailing The Sea Bear sporadically. Basically, since I started school, life has been pretty hectic. For the first three weeks, I tried living on the hook, anchored out in front of the school. It was a short dinghy ride to the public dock, conveniently located next to the school. Life was pretty good, until a round of storms blew down from Alaska in the third week. After witnessing the conditions in the anchorage, I decided that I need to get the Sea Bear in to a slip. While in the process of making this decision, I learned of a classmate who couldn't find housing. Port Townsend is in the middle of a housing crisis/shortage. My classmate, his pregnant wife and two small kids were going to be living in their car. I invited them to stay aboard in the V-berth while they looked for a house. After a week of not finding a place to live, things started to get a little crowded on the Sea Bear. Not only was it two adults and two children, but it was also two dogs, two cats and a snake. No kidding. Long story short, my brother Damian volunteered to drive my small travel trailer up here from his house. I took all of my spare boat stuff out of the trailer and put it into a storage unit the family rented. Now they are staying in the travel trailer, set up in a nice RV park in town. Hopefully they can find a more permanent place before winter really sets in. For now things are quite onboard. I have semi-stable internet access for the first time in a long time. I've run out of excuses and distractions. Time to get some editing done.

I call this one....Cormorants on a pylon. Seen today on the sail from Seattle to Port Ludlow.
10/02/2017

I call this one....Cormorants on a pylon. Seen today on the sail from Seattle to Port Ludlow.

Chris and I have just tied up at Fishermans Terminal in Seattle, bringing to a close the filming of season 1 of Sailing ...
10/01/2017

Chris and I have just tied up at Fishermans Terminal in Seattle, bringing to a close the filming of season 1 of Sailing The Sea Bear. I'm hard at work editing episode 6, and there are couple more episodes in the can that I'll be releasing in coming weeks.
We sailed down the outside of Vancouver Island almost non-stop to Port Townsend over the last 5 and a 1/2 days, stoping briefly in Tofino for fuel, and Port Angles to check back in to the country. Last night we spent in Port Townsend, and tonight we are going to celebrate the trip at Figurehead Brewing Co., the brewery we visited in episode 4. Chris will fly back to San Diego tomorrow. He was a HUGE help not only bringing the boat down, but just in making this whole thing happen. Thank you Chris.
What's next for Shawn and the Sea Bear? The rush to get back down the coast was so that I can start school at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Townsend. I have enrolled in the 1 year Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding course. School starts on Monday.
The plan is to learn the skills to refit the Sea Bear, and address shortcomings I have found in her during this voyage. While most of those are cosmetic or comfort/habitability issues, there are a few big items that need to be addressed, such as a haul out, an engine overhaul, and a standing rigging replacement. The idea is to make sure the Sea Bear is ship shape for the long distance voyage I am planning.
The show will go on! I will continue creating episodes of Sailing The Sea Bear, focusing on adventures in the Puget Sound. At the conclusion of Season 1, I will open up a Patreon page, where supporters can donate on a per episode basis, which will help keep me motivated to release on a regular schedule.
In conclusion, I would like to thank all of my family, friends, fans and supporters for helping me achieve my dream. Thank you for being a part of Sailing The Sea Bear, and I hope you have enjoyed following the adventure. There is more to come!

Fair winds and following seas

Storm front chasing us down the Strait of Juan De Fuca yesterday!

Sunrise over Vancouver Island this AM.
09/28/2017

Sunrise over Vancouver Island this AM.

Sunset last night, making the run down the outside of Vancouver Island. The ocean was like glass and nature was putting ...
09/28/2017

Sunset last night, making the run down the outside of Vancouver Island. The ocean was like glass and nature was putting on a spectacular show.

We had a visit from a family of Orcas today.The dinghy was probably feeling a little nervous...
09/22/2017

We had a visit from a family of Orcas today.The dinghy was probably feeling a little nervous...

Last night we anchored in Red Bay and were treated to the most spectacular light show on the planet.
09/22/2017

Last night we anchored in Red Bay and were treated to the most spectacular light show on the planet.

After what seems a month of barely seeing the sun, it sure was nice to see a couple of sunsets!
09/22/2017

After what seems a month of barely seeing the sun, it sure was nice to see a couple of sunsets!

This morning we were back on the open ocean for a few days. After months of the inside passage, it feels terrifying, thr...
09/19/2017

This morning we were back on the open ocean for a few days. After months of the inside passage, it feels terrifying, thrilling and deeply satisfying all at the same time.
Leaving Porcupine Bay, Alaska

Glacier Bay was as far North as the Sea Bear is going to get this season. We thought is was appropriate to celebrate our...
09/19/2017

Glacier Bay was as far North as the Sea Bear is going to get this season. We thought is was appropriate to celebrate our apogee with Bloody Caesars, chilled with glacier ice and garnished with shrimp we caught at the foot of the glacier. Seriously, who knew glaciers could be so fun?

One of the three boats/ships we saw in our two days in the national park.
09/19/2017

One of the three boats/ships we saw in our two days in the national park.

It's good to have Chris on board. He really seems to be enjoying himself.
09/19/2017

It's good to have Chris on board. He really seems to be enjoying himself.

Lamplugh Glacier in Glacier Bay, Alaska. The wind coming off of here feels like your are  in a walk-in freezer.
09/19/2017

Lamplugh Glacier in Glacier Bay, Alaska. The wind coming off of here feels like your are in a walk-in freezer.

09/13/2017
Sailing The Sea Bear SE01 EP05 Heading in to Canada

Here it is, the much anticipated Episode 5, in which Phil and I sail in to British Columbia. I hope you enjoy it, and apologies for the delay.

Welcome to Sailing The Sea Bear, the Adventure Travel Show documenting two veterans sailing from San Francisco to Alaska. In episode 5 we depart the Puget So...

Full moon, Juneau Alaska.
09/10/2017

Full moon, Juneau Alaska.

Leaving Taku Harbor, North of the fjord, we had an incredible Humpback Whale show.
09/10/2017

Leaving Taku Harbor, North of the fjord, we had an incredible Humpback Whale show.

The reason for all the commotion AKA The troublemaker, AKA Dawes Glacier. It is advised that boats not approach closer t...
09/10/2017

The reason for all the commotion AKA The troublemaker, AKA Dawes Glacier. It is advised that boats not approach closer than 1/2 a mile, because calving ice routinely sends out 20' high waves!

This was one of my favorite pictures from Endicott Arm. It gets its own post.
09/10/2017

This was one of my favorite pictures from Endicott Arm. It gets its own post.

There was no shortage of waterfalls.
09/10/2017

There was no shortage of waterfalls.

Fords Terror inside of Endicott Arm is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful anchorages in the world. I hav...
09/10/2017

Fords Terror inside of Endicott Arm is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful anchorages in the world. I have to agree!

This was the first time I had ever encountered icebergs. They appear to have a mind of their own, wandering throughout t...
09/10/2017

This was the first time I had ever encountered icebergs. They appear to have a mind of their own, wandering throughout the fjord. I never saw them bunch up. It was almost like they tried to maintain their personal space! If it wasn't for that strange property, it would have been impossible to get to the head of the glacier.

SumDum Glacier, Endicott Arm, Alaska
09/10/2017

SumDum Glacier, Endicott Arm, Alaska

An update on Sailing The Sea Bear. As you may have seen on the tracker at www.sailingtheseabear.com, Phil and I finally ...
09/10/2017

An update on Sailing The Sea Bear. As you may have seen on the tracker at www.sailingtheseabear.com, Phil and I finally made it to Alaska. We no sooner crossed the border when it started to rain, and it did not let up for the next 8 days. In fact, it rained 9 inches in 8 days. Not exactly hurricane like, but enough to keep me cooped up in the boat. When we arrived in Ketchikan, Phil flew home, back to San Francisco and his waiting girlfriend, Talia. I got busy installing a diesel heating stove, a critical piece of safety equipment in my mind. My Uncle Bill flew up, and after a couple of days in rainy Ketchikan we headed up the Inside Passage towards Juneau. That particular leg of the journey was one of the greatest adventures of my life! We enjoyed seeing fjords, whales, glaciers, and icebergs in between the storms. I'll be posting pictures shortly.
So what is next for Sailing The Sea Bear? My friend Chris is coming up on Monday. We'll be spending a few days touring Glacier Bay and Sitka before heading back down the hill through the Inside Passage to the Puget Sound. And what about a new episode you say? I'm working on it. If everything goes right, It will be out within a couple of days.

Green Island Light, BC Canada

08/17/2017

Alaska! Mission accomplished. Now after I get caught up with the kickstarter campaign, finish editing episode five, clean the boat and do maintenance and laundry, maybe I'll get some rest before embarking on leg two of this incredible journey.

Got Trout?#adventure #sailing #ghosttown #britishcolumbia #sailingseabear #fishing
08/12/2017

Got Trout?

#adventure #sailing #ghosttown #britishcolumbia #sailingseabear #fishing

I was surprised to find a little tugboat in Link Lake , above Ocean Falls.#adventure #sailing #ghosttown #britishcolumbi...
08/12/2017

I was surprised to find a little tugboat in Link Lake , above Ocean Falls.

#adventure #sailing #ghosttown #britishcolumbia #sailingseabear #tugboat

We hiked to the top of Ocean Falls and found this view looking back through the sound, over the top of the old hotel.#ad...
08/12/2017

We hiked to the top of Ocean Falls and found this view looking back through the sound, over the top of the old hotel.

#adventure #sailing #ghosttown #britishcolumbia #sailingseabear #panorama #scenery

There’s a handful  of abandoned houses still standing in Ocean Falls that you can do a little exploring in.Enter at yo...
08/12/2017

There’s a handful of abandoned houses still standing in Ocean Falls that you can do a little exploring in.Enter at your own risk though, most places are falling down and the floors are rotting through.

#adventure #sailing #ghosttown #britishcolumbia #sailingseabear

This was the hotel in the town. It is collapsing now. When the paper mill left, everyone left the company town except fo...
08/12/2017

This was the hotel in the town. It is collapsing now. When the paper mill left, everyone left the company town except for a few hardy souls.A few of them are still around.

#adventure #sailing #ghosttown #britishcolumbia #sailingseabear

Ocean  Falls is an amazing Ghost Town with an amazing story. We spent a day talking to people and filming the town. And ...
08/12/2017

Ocean Falls is an amazing Ghost Town with an amazing story. We spent a day talking to people and filming the town. And we caught a bunch of crab….

Sunset from the Sea Bear, Ocean Falls. #adventure #sailing #sunset #britishcolumbia #ghosttown #seabear
08/12/2017

Sunset from the Sea Bear, Ocean Falls.
#adventure #sailing #sunset #britishcolumbia #ghosttown #seabear

I found fresh tomatoes, basil, onion, garlic and bread in the market in Port McNiell, so we had bruschetta for lunch as ...
08/12/2017

I found fresh tomatoes, basil, onion, garlic and bread in the market in Port McNiell, so we had bruschetta for lunch as we rounded Cape Caution.

#adventure #sailing #gourmet #foodie #italian #sailingseabear

Anchored in front of Ocean Falls. We met some great people (population 24 and 12 dogs), and shot some great film here.#a...
08/12/2017

Anchored in front of Ocean Falls. We met some great people (population 24 and 12 dogs), and shot some great film here.

#adventure #filmmaking #sailing #britishcolumbia #ghosttown #sailingseabear

We anchored in the Burdwood group for a night. When we went ashore, we found these Birch trees with a strip of bark peel...
08/08/2017

We anchored in the Burdwood group for a night. When we went ashore, we found these Birch trees with a strip of bark peeled off of them. The Mamalilikulla-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em tribe would take a single strip and use it to produce textiles.

Checking out the waterfalls in Kwatsi Bay, Broughton Archipelago, BC.
08/08/2017

Checking out the waterfalls in Kwatsi Bay, Broughton Archipelago, BC.

The smoke from the BC interior fires gave us a spectacular sunrise and moonrise! No kidding, right after I took the moon...
08/08/2017

The smoke from the BC interior fires gave us a spectacular sunrise and moonrise! No kidding, right after I took the moonrise picture we could hear a wolf howling in the distance. In the morning, we could hear Blue Whales feeding just outside the bay we were anchored in.

Sorry for the radio silence. We have truly been out of range for a few days as we explored the Broughton Island archipel...
08/08/2017

Sorry for the radio silence. We have truly been out of range for a few days as we explored the Broughton Island archipelago. The islands were incredibly beautiful, the view only slightly marred by smoke from the BC interior fires. I would not be a stretch to compare this area to Yosemite, only you see this park from the water, which greatly reduces the number of tourist.
We are currently in Port McNell, departing this morning to round Cape Caution on the way to Bellla Bella. We are refueled, re-provisioned and the oil is changed. It's pretty remote from here on up, so I'm not sure what kind of cell service we will get. I'll post more pictures when I get a chance.

Rustic cabin in Refuge Cove, BC. There is an elevated boardwalk that borders the cove. What a great location!#adventure ...
07/31/2017

Rustic cabin in Refuge Cove, BC. There is an elevated boardwalk that borders the cove. What a great location!

#adventure #sailing #rustic #britishcolumbia #cabin #woods #livingthedream #salingseabear

The store at Refuge Cove has just about anything a foodie could want, minus fresh fish. For that you have to go about 20...
07/31/2017

The store at Refuge Cove has just about anything a foodie could want, minus fresh fish. For that you have to go about 200 yards off the dock and catch it yourself.

#adventure #sailing #britishcolumbia #rustic #livingthedream #sailingseabear

Twilight on Hornbey Island last night. British Columbia is in the middle of a heat wave so it was sailing in shorts and ...
07/31/2017

Twilight on Hornbey Island last night. British Columbia is in the middle of a heat wave so it was sailing in shorts and a T-shirt all day We ended up in Refuge Bay this afternoon, where we are learning all about the tides and currents up here. The next leg of our journey is going to take us through 5 major rapids sections!

#adventure #sailing #islands #britishcolumbia #canada #ocean #bay #sailingseabear

This is the most laid back island we have visited yet.  The small grocery store is well stocked with fresh produce. Ever...
07/30/2017

This is the most laid back island we have visited yet. The small grocery store is well stocked with fresh produce. Everyone is friendly and smiling. Our server is a fellow filmmaker. How cool is that?

07/29/2017

Apparently this is Canada's only floating pub. If course we had to check it out. It will be featured in episode 5
Stay tuned.

We made it! A huge thank you to all of the supporters of Sailing The Sea Bear! The backers reward survey will be going o...
07/28/2017

We made it! A huge thank you to all of the supporters of Sailing The Sea Bear! The backers reward survey will be going out shortly.

07/28/2017

Only 20 minutes left in our Kickstarter! Help put us over the edge!

Good news! We have raised over $20K in our Kickstarter campaign! Bad news... Kickstarter is all or nothing. Great news! ...
07/28/2017
Sailing The Sea Bear. Adventure in the Pacific Northwest

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