Having read the entire thread up to today, it demonstrates selective opinions on various subject none the less is about what was to much for a custom boat owner which did not stop other yachts with better preparations and definitely better skills to succeed in their Northwest Passage
... why? Because they asked the right questions from mariners who had gone before them... rather than showing up weeks early in a new boat on its maiden voyage and depleting resources after becoming stuck in the ice by entering a high ice concentration on a cruising lark to get supplies... the obvious happened - beset in ice... all of his world acclaim didn't make a difference then - mother nature's rules dictate and you must obey else pay her price
. So after such a frightful event with his family
aboard I'm sure he had extreme nightmares... he made the decision to retreat - a good choice - he did not have the 'right stuff' to continue while other yachts did... Why? Because they had experienced shore support advise - routing recommendations of when to go and where to be to optimize their success... the Arctic is not a media blitz 'no ice' tropical Odyssey. What will the conditions be for a 2015 NW Passage
? Much like the same of 2014 - drifting young ice flows greatly influenced by weather
and currents. If you are seriously considering a NW Passage - be sure to secure experienced support advisers... you will need Iridium
or Inmarsat and Delorme backup satcom communications
- don't leave port without them.
See you outdoors... on the water!