TARA has departed Tuktoyaktuk on the 21st of September 2013, to the east, knowing that the Northwest Passage is blocked with 5/10 to 9/10 sea ice concentration at multiple locations which does not leave another eastern route out of the Arctic unless one or more of these choke-points open before hard freeze-up - DOUBTFUL. TARA are you prepared to spend the next 10 months beset in the ice pack during a long and cold Arctic winter? Pick your ice anchorage with extreme care.
Roald Amundsen put his wooden ship, the Gjoa, for two Arctic winters into the “finest little harbor in the world”, Gjoa Haven.
TARA was hoping to complete an Arctic circumnavigation in one season... guess that challenge might have to wait else be stretched into a two year voyage. Should record setting voyages be counted as official when icebreaker assistance is required to make the passage? Or maybe they should be boldly noted with "* required icebreaker assistance in McClure Strait"?
Check back for updates (No, they are not going to attempt to go over Banks Island through McClure Strait as the above graphic suggests.)