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Old 28-08-2008, 13:46   #16
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Yeah, they had some pictures of the Ice Breaker Louis St. Laurant, pushing pack ice through the North west passage just last week...

Probably won't make it with a Bavaria 46....
Do you have any link to little more info about it? Not a bavaria but a catamaran 40f plus.

A aluminium Banana catamaran?
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Do you have any link to little more info about it? Not a bavaria but a catamaran 40f plus.

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Good info, thanks.
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It appears that Canadian authorities are about to put some controls on the Northwest passage which has until now been considered International waters. Interesting to see how this develops!!
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But, do you think you can sail the passage in the near future?
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:02   #21
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It appears that Canadian authorities are about to put some controls on the Northwest passage which has until now been considered International waters. Interesting to see how this develops!!
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But, do you think you can sail the passage in the near future?
I knew two guys, Mike Bidell and Jeff MacGuiness who tried to sail the NWP from east to west in '86. They didn't make it till three years later.

The Cdn Gov't does't have, has never had AFAIK no plans to restrict or regulate commercial shipping through the arctic. They do "ask" that those making commercial passages register with NORDREG. I think that was mentioned before.

Sport sailors and adventurers are another ball of wax. Some go into the endeavour well informed and equipped. Some do not. Most likely if you're not well informed and equipped the artic will claim you like it did Franklin.

I've been there a couple of times, on the luxury of a 20,000 tonne icebreaker. It's a bleak, desolate, beautiful and wonderous place. Words can hardly describe it. Global warming and the receeding ice has opened and extended the season in the arctic making it attractive for the adventurer. If you decide to make a passage, in either direction, you'll have to be as self sufficient as a circumnavigator plus the skills/knowledge to survive the extreme conditions in the arctic.

I'll see if I can find some stats on passages this year to see how many sport/adventurer passages have been made and on what type of boat.
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