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.
Skin-n-frame Sea Kayak 18' solo
Comment2: It appears from reading their blog that they are way late in preparations and should wait until 2014.
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...
ARCTIC JOULE - Experimental 25' cabin rowboat
Inunvik to Pond Inlet
Comment4: No definitive word on a specific date.
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.
From/To TBD (Manitoba, Hudson Bay, Greenland, Iceland)
GLORY OF THE SEA - Custom 50' sailboat yacht
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
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: http://www.sierraecho.fr/
ROWING ICE - Custom 21' rowboat - See Mathieu Bonnier expeditiontico.com
Wales Alaska to Cambridge Bay to Pond Inlet to Atlantic Ocean Arctic Circle
BALTHAZAR (10·5m sailboat) - Canada
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
Attempting a world first record from Barrow Alaska to the North Pole to Spitzberg 1750 miles
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.
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
ACALEPHE - 45' Nouanni 45 DI (Version Maeva) aluminum sailboat
Tooluka (NED) See: http://www.tooluka.nl/
Lady Dana (POL) See: http://arctic2013.pl/en/route/
Dodo's Delight (GBR) See: http://www.bobshepton.co.uk/index.html
(2012 NWP returning on a west to east NWP 2013)
Johnson to Attempt NW Passage - http://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/lectronicday.lasso?date=2013-02-27
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.
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.
© 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.