You will recall that late August 2013 there was a group of yachts trapped on the eastern side of Bellot Strait because the west side had 7/10 ice concentration when suddenly the CCGS HENRY LARSEN appeared and as Sailing Cat LIBELLULE posted on their blog:
Then we saw Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Henry Larsen appear as an AIS icon on our GPS plotter, followed by Russian Expedition cruise ship Akademik Ioffe and motoryacht Lady M II.
The convoy proceeded east through Bellot Strait and disappear. CCGS HENRY LARSEN then turned around and returned beaking more ice by taking a wider parallel track back west through Bellot Strait. The yachts quickly pulled anchor and followed the icebreaker at a safe distance to the west reaching ice free waters.
What we did not know is how far east did the super yacht LADY M II travel? Likely Arctic Bay and refueled? They turned around and retraced her route back west because she just arrived Nome Harbor today - 9th of September.
Neither a west to east nor a east to west Northwest Passage because neither passage started and ended at the Arctic Circles in the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean. What a disappointment! But there is always next year after vacationing for the winter in Hawaii?