We had grand plans to continue sailing throughout the winter here in Alaska. The weather is somewhat daunting, but with numerous great all-weather anchorages it is a reasonable possibility. The first difficulty to this plan came when we ran out of money and decided we needed to work for a while to build back our bank account. It seems a shame that people expect you to be certain places and do certain things in order for them to give you money, but we have found no other alternative. Instead, we are at least hoping to be able to get out on occasion for short sailing trips around Sitka. The two factors making even this a difficult prospect are the hours of daylight this time of year and the weather. With only about 8 hours of daylight on a clear day, it limits our options of where we can get to, and back, in a weekend on a slow moving boat. Thankfully there are options, and we hope to be able to explore at least some of them over the winter. The other factor, the weather, is harder to get around. Finding a two day (or longer) forecast that is benign enough to get us back to the dock without issue is hard enough, but having that forecast coincide with the weekend is even harder. Add to that the possibility of the harbor looking like the included picture and you add ice breaking to the issues you have to overcome for a weekend sail. We had good intentions of getting out over the Thanksgiving weekend, possibly anchoring up at the nearby hot springs for a couple good soaks and some relaxation. A forecast for 55 mph winds and another 6 inches of snow the night before Thanksgiving made us reassess plans and stick to the marina instead. We will continue to watch the forecasts and hopefully get away on occasion this winter, but we are also enjoying small town life and are meeting some interesting people as well.