Friday, May 17, 2013

Who is planning to be underway in the Arctic in 2013? Additions appreciated - use comments below - Thanks!

First and foremost - What is a Northwest Passage?

An Arctic sea route navigated by a vessel on it's own bottom between the Davis Strait's Atlantic Arctic Circle and the Bering Sea's Pacific Arctic Circle (Latitude 66.5622°N)




Bottom line - if you do not navigate from one Arctic Circle to the other Arctic Circle (East-to-West or West-to-East) - it is not a Northwest Passage but rather is a point-to-point navigation between geographic points or hamlets.  

Suggestion - keep a detailed ship's log. Take pictures of your GPS display during your voyage. I strongly recommend using a SPOT GPS beacon. (http://www.findmespot.com/)

Here are details on those who have completed a Northwest Passage: 
http://northwestpassage2013.blogspot.com/2013/05/transits-of-northwest-passage-to-end-of.html?view=sidebar


Here is my list of Arctic expeditions as of May 17, 2013:

Anne Quemere
Skin-n-frame Sea Kayak 18' solo
Northwest Passage? East to West
http://www.anne-quemere.com/?lang=en


Matt McFadyen
Cameron Webb
Norseboat 17.5' open cuddy rowboat
Inuvik to Resolute Bay
http://www.beyondthecircle.com/


Denis Barnett
Paul Gleeson
Kevin Vallely
Frank Wolf
Experimental 25' cabin rowboat
Inunvik to Pond Inlet
http://www.thelastfirst.com


Olivier Giasson
Sebastien Lapierre
Sea kayak 17' individual kayaks
Tuktoyaktuk to Igloolik
http://www.revedeglace.ca/


Sarah Outen
Custom 21' cabin rowboat
From/To TBD
http://www.sarahouten.com/


David Collette
Johann Sigurdson
From/To TBD (Manitoba, Hudson Bay, Greenland, Iceland)
Custom 50' sailboat yacht
http://faraheim.com/


Tara Oceans Polar Circle Expedition
Motor Sailer TARA 20m aluminum research yacht
Single-season Arctic Circumnavigation counterclockwise (West-to-east)
Including Northeast and Northwest Passages
ETD 20130518 Lorient France ETA 20131206
http://oceans.taraexpeditions.org


Charles Hedrich
Pierre-Marie Bazin
Custom 21' rowboat?
Nome Alaska to Pond Inlet
http://www.charleshedrich.com/
http://www.pierremariebazin.fr/


Fran├žois Roberge
Balthazar (10·5m sailboat) - Canada
Wintered Inuvik
http://www.voilierbalthazar.ca/passage-du-nord-ouest


Bart Veldink
Tranquillo (17·6m sailboat) - Netherlands
Wintered off Pim Island
https://twitter.com/BartVeldink


Others?  Please provide details in the comments below - Thank you!

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