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Old 06-09-2013, 14:58   #61
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Re: Northwest Passage - Ice 2013

I donít have recent contact with the eastbound yachts. It appears from their tracker that EMPIRICUS has decided to leave their boat at Cambridge Bay for the winter. Polar Boundís last position is 3 days old when he was still anchored just east of Bellot straits. Today there is a 4/10 ice plug on the exit north of him.


Here is what 2/10 ice looked like at Cape Bathurst a few days ago:


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The westbound yachts are making progress. Their challenge has now switched from ice, to fall Alaska low pressure storms, which are marching thru about every 3 days. SV Traversay III sheared all four of the engine mounts, but were able to motor slowly with the engine just sitting in the bed, to Tuktoyaktuk, where they found a welder and mechanic to put it all back together. PAS PERDU LE NORD (BE) is the boat that went aground, with crew taken off (apparently by chopper). I have gotten no further update on that.

They still have a long way to go to winter harbours, as you can see by the tracker.


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Old 06-09-2013, 15:16   #62
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Re: Northwest Passage - Ice 2013

2/10 dont look too bad
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Old 06-09-2013, 15:41   #63
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Re: Northwest Passage - Ice 2013

At the risk of getting off topic; this NW passage thing is getting a bit out of hand. The last few years were certainly smooth sailing, but who pays the bill when these fools run into trouble?
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Old 06-09-2013, 16:13   #64
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Re: Northwest Passage - Ice 2013

depends on the fool, and the trouble.
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Old 06-09-2013, 18:08   #65
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Re: Northwest Passage - Ice 2013

3/10's ice is generally considered the most 'yachts' can transit. One difficulty is that the ice clumps. So in 2/10's ice you get some sections that are pretty clear but then some where the ice has jammed up together and you have to send someone up the mast to see a way around the jam (that's usually quite cold!)

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3/10's ice is generally considered the most 'yachts' can transit. One difficulty is that the ice clumps. So in 2/10's ice you get some sections that are pretty clear but then some where the ice has jammed up together and you have to send someone up the mast to see a way around the jam (that's usually quite cold!)
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Re: Northwest Passage - Ice 2013

Contemplating and doing are two different things.

I know that when faced with even less ice, it was hard for me to imagine finding my way through. I was solo, but still, floating islands are a bit daunting. And it is f'ing cold. Too much for me.
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2/10 does look iffy in the second picture.
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Canadian chopper off one of the ice breakers in the NWP crashes and kills three.
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oh man....
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There was an interesting story in the economist or some such last year. Due to the rush to police the Arctic the CG is paying some guy $60,000 per MONTH to rent the only hangar in Barrow. He paid something like 10K for it many years ago.
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Re: Northwest Passage - Ice 2013

Very sad about the chopper going down ... dangerous up there!

The BBC published an article today that says: The volume of sea ice in the Arctic hit a new low this past winter, according to observations from the European Space Agency's (Esa) Cryosat mission.

During March/April - the time of year when marine floes are at their thickest - the radar spacecraft recorded just under 15,000 cu km of ice.

In its three years of full operations, Cryosat has witnessed a continuing shrinkage of winter ice volume.

It underlines, say scientists, the long-term decline of the floes.
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Re: Northwest Passage - Ice 2013

Hi, Evans,

Used the link...way sad. Thanks for posting it, though.
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Very sad about the chopper going down ... dangerous up there!

The BBC published an article today that says: The volume of sea ice in the Arctic hit a new low this past winter, according to observations from the European Space Agency's (Esa) Cryosat mission.

During March/April - the time of year when marine floes are at their thickest - the radar spacecraft recorded just under 15,000 cu km of ice.

In its three years of full operations, Cryosat has witnessed a continuing shrinkage of winter ice volume.

It underlines, say scientists, the long-term decline of the floes.
OK but now the sea ice area is within two standard deviations of the 30 year variations and coverage grew this year at an amazing rate.
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Re: Northwest Passage - Ice 2013

This years ice is above recent years in extent.

The Canadian Ice Service has a variety of graphs and charts.

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