TO ALL OF YOU my family, my sponsors, my friends, my crew …
August 29th at 6:30 am, At 66 degree 33 minutes 46.9 seconds North we are just on the Arctic circle . The temperature is slowly getting warmer.
An Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, wrote a long time ago: “they are three kinds of men: the dead, the living and those at sea.” In Brittany, we have a modern way of saying this old quote:
Motoring to Pond Inlet , we received news from “Destiny” an English aluminum boat we met in Sisimiut. Like us, they are leaving the Arctic . For now, they have an engine problem and believe they would be unable to anchor by themselves in Pond Inlet.
August 26th. No more struggle with ice. At 72 14. 71 N and 74. 18. 31 W, we are sailing south aiming for Newfoundland. It’s over; for us and for any private boats attempting the 2018 North West Passage. We tried hard, we had great hopes and got close, really close to achieve our dreams. Let me publish the Canadian Coast Guard advisory sealing our fate for this year:
August 20 th. The weather window expected by alpinists climbing Himalayan summits rests on the clearing of the sky. For an arctic sailor engaged in the North West Passage, the weather window relays on the clearing of ice.