After spending almost two weeks in Sand Point waiting for a weather window that would allow us to continue towards Kodiak we started to consider a plan B. With the boat covered in snow and the memory of the exhausting and dangerous sail from Dutch Harbour fresh in our minds and the advice from the local fishermen to be extremely careful about heading out into the unpredictable weather of the North gulf of Alaska we realized that it would be foolhardy to continue to sail. Therefore we decided that Belzebub would spend the winter in Sand Point! It was a hard decision to make but we both felt that it was the right one. We are now looking forward to take the time to explore the beautiful coast of Alsaka at the right time of the year next summer.
We felt releived about not heading out into the stormy waters again and put all our focus into winterizing Belzebub as well as making some well needed repairs. Ever since we encountered the Arctic ice there had been some vibrations coming from the propeller shaft and we suspected that the prop had hit a piece of ice somewhere along the way. Finally we had the time to dive down to confirm that the propeller was deformed. We tied up to the dock with stabilizing lines from the mast and dried out with the tide. In the dead of night we took the prop off and managed to hammer it back into shape and got the prop back on the shaft. We where pretty happy with the result. After a week we had fully winterized the boat and were ready to leave. Even though we where very happy to return home it was sad to leave the boat that had been our home for almost six months.
It has been an amazing summer and we are very grateful for all the support and feedback that we have received. We would like to thank everyone that has made the expedition possible and everyone that has been following us on our blog and social media. The expedition has exceeded our expectations by far in every way and we are proud to have spread our climate message way further than we had hoped for. We will continue to post videos and summaries on the blog during the winter so please stay tuned!