Friday, July 5, 2013

July 5 2013 - List of Arctic Marine Expeditions - Northwest Passage and others

Updated list of Arctic expeditions as of July 5, 2013:

Comment1: No website updates nor e-mail reply - maybe she has given up her interest to challenge the Arctic in 2013. Her route map has a major error as an 'optimum' NW route. I do not recommend using McClintock Channel because of persistent sea ice not to mention this route is longer without any known benefit.
Anne Quemere
Skin-n-frame Sea Kayak 18' solo
Northwest Passage?

Comment2: It appears from reading their blog that they are way late in preparations and should wait until 2014.
Matt McFadyen
Cameron Webb
Norseboat 17.5' open cuddy rowboat
Inuvik to Resolute Bay

Comment3: As of today, July 5th, their SPOT GPS tracking beacon shows movement down the river from Inuvik... let the adventures begin...
Denis Barnett
Paul Gleeson
Kevin Vallely
Frank Wolf
ARCTIC JOULE - Experimental 25' cabin rowboat
Inunvik to Pond Inlet

NORTH BY NORTHWEST | Jun 30, 2013 | 38:47

NXNW Podcast June 30,2013

"Professor Banjo" Paul silveria on the square dance revival, BC Almanac's Mark Forsythe and Greg Dickon on their new WW1 book project, Adventure filmmaker Frank Wolf on his expedition to canoe across the Northwest Passage.

Comment4: No definitive word on a specific date.
Olivier Giasson
Sebastien Lapierre
Sea kayak 17' 
Tuktoyaktuk to Igloolik


Comment5: A month ago in June was a blog entry... just don't understand how such an absence can mean anything but trouble in river city.
David Collette
Johann Sigurdson
From/To TBD (Manitoba, Hudson Bay, Greenland, Iceland)

GLORY OF THE SEA - Custom 50' sailboat yacht

Comment6: This is going to be an extremely interesting Expedition to watch. Especially in the late Fall when they attempt routes which in all likelihood will be dangerous.
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


Comment7: Charles departed Wales Alaska 20130701 1830 hours local time alone in his rowboat ROWING ICE. Weather has been very good with south winds pushing him north. Team Hedrich is the most likely rowboat crew to make the greatest distance including a chance to reach goal in one season. CAUTION - Charles is all about public Media attention which provides revenues - his is a quest for fame before the challenge of a sporting adventure - remember this as time goes on or just visit his blog and see for yourself.
His blog claims the Ocean Rowing Society, will provide the official records and validation of the first record in the world as well as the official shipment tracking yet there is no information or links to those public records - I suggest any record attempt be done in the open with transparency - there in no reason to hide - note the other TRACKERS used by other expeditions - it makes good SAFETY to use trackers with messaging. See:
Charles Hedrich
ROWING ICE - Custom 21' rowboat - See Mathieu Bonnier
Wales Alaska to Cambridge Bay to Pond Inlet to Atlantic Ocean Arctic Circle

Comment8: Waitiing for better ice conditions before continuing after leaving BALTHAZAR to winter over on the hard in Inuvik.
François Roberge
BALTHAZAR (10·5m sailboat) - Canada
Wintered Inuvik


Comment9: Waiting for bette rice conditions before continuing. TRANQUILLO wintered over in the Arctic - details on Twitter?
Bart Veldink
TRANQUILLO (17·6m sailboat) - Netherlands
Wintered off Pim Island

Comment10: In Barrow Alaska waiting for weather and sea ice before departing.
Sebastien Roubinet and Vincent Berthet
Hybrid catamaran
Attempting a world first record from Barrow Alaska to the North Pole to Spitzberg 1750 miles

Comment11: Arrived in Barrow Alaska with BABUSHKA aboard after pushing  through sea ice from Nome.
Philippe Hercher
21,10 m x 6,50 m x 3,40 m
Plans to circumnavigate Banks Island and winter over in the MacKenzie River Delta - See website for details.

Comment12: Waiting word on POLAR BOUND - going back to the Arctic? Will it be the Northern Sea Route to complete a Polar Circumnavigation after an epic world first McClure Strait Route 1 NW Passage in 2012 or will it be a sixth Northwest Passage west to east for British yachtsman David Scott Cowper with crewmember Jane Maufe who is the fourth Great Niece of Sir John Franklin.

Comment13: In Greenland comes reports of the ARCTIC TERN - planning a NWP attempt? - No reply to emails.
Les and Ali Parsons
ARCTIC TERN - 43' Steel Bruce Roberts Cutter


Comment14: No reply from Jurgen aboard La Belle Epoque cruising on the Greenland coast. Website say they are planning a NWP attempt.
Jürgen and Claudia Kirchberger
LA BELLE EPOQUE - 15.5 meter Ketch with cutter stay

Comment15: Just learned of a late challenger from the east.
Jean Gilles Lemieux
ACALEPHE45' Nouanni 45 DI (Version Maeva) aluminum sailboat


Maltese Falcon?

Noeme (FRA)

Isatis (FRA)

Tooluka (NED) See:

Lady Dana (POL) See:

Dodo's Delight (GBR) See:
(2012 NWP returning on a west to east NWP 2013)

Gitana (USA)
Johnson to Attempt NW Passage -
February 27, 2013 – Latitude 38 World Headquarters
For many years Mike Johnson has been cruising to far-flung corners of the Earth with little fanfare. Although his exploits could easily be the focus of a series of a National Geographic features, he travels aboard his 44-ft fiberglass schooner Gitana — and previously aboard his Westsail 32 Aissa — simply for adventure and the personal satisfaction of exploring remote destinations.

Mike (right) and a former boatmate showed us Gitana's proposed route across the top of the world. 
Photo Latitude / Andy
© 2013 Latitude 38 Publishing, LLC

A former Army paratrooper with a Masters in Psychology, he’s been around Cape Horn three times, up to Greenland, Iceland, Spitzbergen, and through the Gulf of Aden, experiencing wild, wonderful and sometimes terrifying things along the way. The worst was a 360° rollover in his Westsail in the Southern Ocean (with Californian Becky Walker aboard as his only crew). That made getting hit by a sperm whale — which had happened previously — look tame.

Although Mike, now 68, is not from the West Coast, we’ve gotten to know him because he recruits paying crew by advertising in Latitude 38’s Classy Classifieds. As we described him in an October 2011 interview, he’s a “soft-spoken southern gentleman with tousled gray hair and a smile so broad that it makes his eyes squint.” Where’s he off to next? He dropped by our Mill Valley offices the other day to say hi and show us his planned route, east-to-west, through the Northwest Passage this summer with two crew aboard.

Aboard his Westsail 32 and 44-ft stays'l schooner, Johnson has been to the far north (above), the far south, and just about everywhere in between. 
© 2013 Michael Johnson

As he pointed out on a chart, the route will take them through a maze of potentially ice-covered waterways, so there’s no guaranteeing that they’ll make it. As he explained to a potential boatmate, “There are four possibilities: We’ll 1) make it all the way; 2) haul out halfway across and winter-over at an Inuit village; 3) turn back; 4) disappear and never be heard from again.” We hope to receive updates from Mike and his crew along the way. In the meantime, we’ll hope for any outcome other than #4.
- latitude / andy
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CO2 To Destroy The Planet In One Billion Years

Astrobiologists from Scotland’s St Andrew’s University have predicted a death date for the Earth, which is 4.54 billion-years-old, as 2000002013, making our home a relative 50 in human years.
According to leading scientist Jack O’Malley-James, life on Earth will perish in more than a billion years when a warming sun boils oceans and forces out CO2, damning plants and subsequently animals.
Ignore the boiling oceans. It is the CO2 that is going to kill you.

1940 Shock News : Greenland Glaciers Melting At Catastrophic Rates

 the melting had increased rapidly. By far the largest number of local glaciers in north-east Greenland had receded very greatly during recent decades, and it would not be exaggerating to say that these glaciers were nearing a catastrophe.
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SONG: Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers

Youtube video/with embedded audio song link:

Ah, for just one time
I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin
Reaching for the Beaufort Sea
Tracing one warm line
Through a land so wild and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea

[Verse 1]
Westward from the Davis Strait 'tis there 'twas said to lie
The sea route to the Orient for which so many died
Seeking gold and glory, leaving weathered, broken bones
And a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones

Ah, for just one time
I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin
Reaching for the Beaufort Sea
Tracing one warm line
Through a land so wild and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea

[Verse 2]
Three centuries thereafter, I take passage overland
In the footsteps of brave Kelso, where his "sea of flowers" began
Watching cities rise before me, then behind me sink again
This tardiest explorer, driving hard across the plain

Ah, for just one time
I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin
Reaching for the Beaufort Sea
Tracing one warm line
Through a land so wild and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea

And through the night, behind the wheel, the mileage clicking west
I think upon Mackenzie, David Thompson and the rest
Who cracked the mountain ramparts and did show a path for me
To race the roaring Fraser to the sea

Ah, for just one time
I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin
Reaching for the Beaufort Sea
Tracing one warm line
Through a land so wild and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea

How then am I so different from the first men through this way?
Like them, I left a settled life, I threw it all away
To seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men
To find there but the road back home again

Ah, for just one time
I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin
Reaching for the Beaufort Sea
Tracing one warm line
Through a land so wild and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea


Anonymous said...

Fantastic summary of known 2013 Arctic adventurers. Thank you for putting this together and sharing it online.

Anonymous said...

The melting Arctic sea ice makes the Northwest Passage possible... rhetorical bunk! Stop passing the same news spoon fed by the Media.

Thanks Doug for your blog - its the best site for Northwest Passage information.


Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work, I really appreciate the one-top-shopping for NWP details. Maybe we will give it a try in 2014.


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