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.
On August 16th, things look better . First, our friend Jessy, one of the two nice Arctic Bay policemen who greeted us during our clearance in Nunavut, visits Breskell today.
Saturday, August the 11th. Prince Regent Inlet is still under an important ice cover. No way to move in. Time to use my old surgical skills to patch Breskell wounds.
For now, we are the only boat anchored in Arctic Bay. On land, everyone greets us. They all propose their help. Truck drivers, policemen or even simple pedestrians in the street: “Where do you come from?”
“Do you need any help?”