The founders picked Seward town site because it had the best seaport location with the best access to the great interior of the Great Land, Alaska. One hundred years later, many say that it still does. An active sailing community says that Resurrection Bay also affords some of the best sailing in the state. The Wm. H. Seward Yacht Club started in 1975 and continues to thrive. The Kenai Fjords Yacht Club has entrenched itself with the sailing public since 1987. Clearly, Seward has what it takes to attract and keep sailors.
At a minimum, it takes good wind and a place to moor sailboats. Seward has both. The small-boat harbor accommodates 669 boats in individual slips and many more at the transient docks. The 80-acre harbor has a protective breakwater to seaward. Visiting sailors can usually find space. Particularly during the late spring through high summer period, Resurrection Bay has a fairly reliable land breeze sea breeze oscillation. Cool, nighttime temperatures inland generate a northerly land breeze that blows down bay. Warm, daytime temperatures inland generate a southerly sea breeze that blows back up the bay starting in early afternoon.
Luckily for sailors, all the usual necessities and amenities lie within easy walking distance of the harbor. For the few things that don’t, rent a bicycle right there in the harbor at the Seward Bike Shop. Ask any sailor at dockside where you might find the best selection of parts and pieces for your boat. Town has several chandlers and diesel mechanics. For free advice or interesting scuttlebutt, check out Sailing Inc. located in the harbor area.
The founders and realtors got it right: location means everything. For a sailor cruising between Alaska’s Forgotten Coast and the Alaska Peninsula, Seward lies right in the middle. The skipper won’t find a better place for re-supply and re-fit.