Originally Posted by freetime
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.