June 24, 2013
The Mango has slalomed in ice until you reach the large plates or fifth dream team spent the day filming developments Babushka on the ice. The movie team is very pleased with the first images and the shooting time is a great opportunity for us to refine the preparation of the boat and equipment of the expedition. This is actually the first nature and magnitude tests everyone is surprised by the quality of the boat! It crosses the barriers like a gazelle and seb even estimates that could save up to 4000 per day compared to ti-slipper in 2011. We continue this device testing / shooting until the ice free us a way to barrow.
Babushka at Point Hope
Have filed Charles Hendrich and his son Nelson in Wales before continuing in the direction of Point Hope, where we stayed for a while to realize first of beautiful pictures of Babushka on the ice. Now it's time to leave, ever north to find ice.
BABUSHKA has departed Nome aboard the Tug MANGUIER (MANGO) for Arctic waters...
New colors for Babushka.
In Nome for three days now, the crew took advantage of ambient heat to take care of Babushka, they covered her with the names of the partners (stickers generously made by Hexis ), she took her first dip in the cold waters of the Bering Sea under the prying eyes of other occupants of the port (gold miners).
And the result is a boat getting ready to conquer the Arctic Ocean!
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on the snow This is the Aubrac the latest prototype division made its first snowboards. Sebastian and Calou succeeded only very little drag, lack of wind ... and soles ... Ski! In the meantime that he puts on his new shoes to perform LES tests, a nice first meeting between the black beetle and the white surface and jelly, its future playground ... In pictures!
Birth of the new prototype
out of the workshop all costs, the new prototype designed and built by Sebastian (with the help of Hervé, Cyril and Denis) matures, there is still some work before the first test but already its amendments , its new materials and new lines attest to a successful work indeed ... and put us in suspense.
If you don't succeed at first in 2012... try, try again... in 2013
The Path of the Pole: the first attempt to cross the Arctic from East to West
The distance between the coast of Alaska and Spitsbergen, the main island of the Svalbard archipelago, is about 3,000 km, the two adventurers expect to cover in two months. "This is a technological and sporting challenge," says Sébastien Roubinet, joined Wednesday on white ocean satellite phone. "In July and August, the ice is in complete disarray with alternating water and ice.
Our lightweight boat is able to sail and slide on the ice, wind-driven or towed like a big pulk. "
Ti Boots weighs 150 kg empty and 400 kg load. Both floats are kevlar, connected by a cockpit with a roof consisting of solar panels. The retractable mast and skis are carbon.
Bear and ice ridges impassable
From the outset, the two men had to be in tune harsh climate and topography chaotic, constantly in motion, the summer ice.
The ice is then flattened, alternating ice sheets "passable" and navigable water bodies cast, more or less deep.
"We crossed a dozen from the start. This approach more or less close to us.We had a few scares. Yesterday, a female and her cubs charged and stopped a meter from our camp. It had to be from firecrackers to scare ... "says Sebastian.
This new Arctic adventure doubles as a scientific expedition measuring continuously with an electromagnetic sounder, the thickness of the ice was, the melting is accelerating over the last thirty years with important implications for global climate change.
THE NEW... http://www.sebroubinet.eu/la-voie-du-pole_bateau.html