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Old 11-10-2010, 12:13   #1
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Question Northwest Passage

I have heard numerous predictions that the northwest passage would be open and navigatable, (without icebreaker), by the year 2010. Has anyone tried it? How hard is it? Any Pictures or trip reports?
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Old 11-10-2010, 12:19   #2
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There have been a few boats that have done it every year recently. Googling it should come up with some blogs about the trip. About the only good thing I can see about that voyage is your beer will always be cold.
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Saw a TV show last week about two boats, one French, one British, who made simultaneous and successful passages recently. Still seemed quite hazardous because of moving ice and possibility of being crushed by moving ice or frozen in if temperature drops enough to refreeze the sea. Could be interesting on an ice breaker.
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Im keen to find out more about this trip? Has anyone on here done the trip?
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Sept this year....solo New Zealander sailor...record time...under 2 weeks...45' steel boat...(as per Sail/ Jan issue) warming temps and satellite tracking ice seems to have made the difference.
This is a very dicey trip, very short weather window even with
melting ice.
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Old 04-01-2011, 19:37   #6
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Sept this year....solo New Zealander sailor...record time...under 2 weeks...45' steel boat...(as per Sail/ Jan issue) warming temps and satellite tracking ice seems to have made the difference.
This is a very dicey trip, very short weather window even with
melting ice.
Does anyone have a link to this article. Im keen to read it.

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will have to keep in constance contact for ice reports. One mistake will crush a boat. From what i've seen sometimes its a crap shot just like all routes that require a weather window, you could catch them everyday or be stuck for weeks waiting
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Damien, Will try to link article but if not (I am computer challenged)....follow below...

go to "Sail Magazine"
click on "cruising"
click on "destinations and news"
should be 5th article down

An Extreme Passage by Meredith Laitos
posted Nov. 5th 2010
re: kiwi Graeme Kendall

"will have to keep in constance contact for ice reports. One mistake will crush a boat."

I agree...although more than 100 years ago now and ice has dissipated look up/read books about Franklin Expedition and
Greely Expedition (Ghosts of Cape Sabine) I think?
Greely party spent 2 years on the ice after his ship sank.
They never found a Trace of Franklin (these were big well funded
government expeditions) makes for some good winter reading!
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I will be attempting the northwest passage on a 31ft Hallberg-Rassy this summer completing a route never yet attempted check out my blog and let me know what you think.

www.belzebub2.com

Thanks look forward to your feedback!
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Old 16-01-2011, 10:46   #10
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NW PASSAGE 2011 - MV GREY GOOSE

I'm Looking for another boat(s) to cruise the NW Passage with together or more crew members to join and savor the 10,000nm adventure - If you have the right stuff and want to go where few have gone before then its time to get in touch!

Captain to Sail the Northwest Passage

Everett-based sea captain Douglas Pohl has announced his intention to sail his 55-foot expedition motor vessel, the Grey Goose, through the fabled – and dangerous – arctic waterway known as the Northwest Passage this summer, and is offering “share-the-ride” berths for adventurers contributing to the expenses of the voyage. This is not a commercial venture for profit but rather a trip of a lifetime and the expenses are shared by those who join the expedition.

Captain Pohl plans to leave from his outfitting port of Mobile, Alabama in May 2011, and then sail northwards along the Atlantic coastline of the United States and Canada before crossing over to Greenland. By late summer he expects to complete an east-to-west traverse of the Northwest Passage, and by the fall reach his new home port of Astoria, Oregon.

Potential crew mates may join Captain Pohl for the entire voyage, or board the Grey Goose for just a port-to-port leg of the voyage.

The Northwest Passage, coursing along the northern coastline of Canada and Alaska, is widely considered by mariners to be one of the most difficult sea passages in the world. It has been ice-blocked throughout history, and only with the recent impact of global climate change has the waterway been free of ice long enough in the summer for a successful crossing. In August 2009, nine small vessels reportedly traversed the Northwest Passage, and the waterway is expected to again be ice-free this year. Captain Pohl estimates that the Grey Goose will be one of the first hundred vessels in history to sail the Northwest Passage.

“It’s a chance to do something that very few people have ever done,” said Pohl, adding that those who partake of the adventure will stand in an exclusive circle among nautical enthusiasts.

Additional information is online at northwestpassage2011.com

Smooth seas,

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Two boats sailed the North-East and North-West passage in one go last year.

One Norwegian expedition
Northern Passage – 2010 « Børge Ousland

As well as one Russian expedition.
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These guys did it a few years ago.

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Re: Northwest Passage

Check out the web site www.aroundtheamericas.org a group of sailers went from Seattle on a 64 ft steel monohull sailboat thru the north west passage down the east coast to the Horn and up the west coast back to Seattle. A great adventure.
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Re: Northwest Passage

Thanks for the info - its about two years old - I've met with the OCEAN WATCH captain over pizza and enjoyed several stories and points of interest etc.

If you want to checkout the 'other' boats who have make the 'NW Passage' here is my website with plenty of details:

NorthwestPassage2011 Website Home Page

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Re: Northwest Passage

I had followed there journey from the beginning and happened to be moored at Schilshole marina when they arrived and had there welcome home party. It was nice to meet the crew. They had little to say about the trip from CA up the west coast, they were very tired from the wave bashing in the spring.
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