Spring 2019 at last! Breskell is waiting for us in Newfoundland. I hope our Canadian friends took good care of her in the Royal Yacht Club of St John’s, the NF capital.
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.
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.
July 22nd. A great sleep that night… Our protected bay is quiet and peaceful with our boat safely hooked on a good holding ground. After drifting alone on the Arctic Ocean or nesting in the ice-field during the earlier days, an appreciated change from our constant “night” watches.
Before going up north again, so impressed had we been by our encounter with the EQIP glacier that we decided to sail back for a last goodbye to our icy friend.