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Old 09-03-2013, 14:49   #46
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Re: New RTW route

As pointed out, these are not really new routes. If you would like to join a Rally doing the NWP check this out:
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Old 10-03-2013, 22:20   #47
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As pointed out, these are not really new routes...
Are you sure? Has anyone ever sailed around the world via the Northwest Passage?
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I just saw a great presentation by Richard Hudson of the 50' steel schooner Assuma (www.assuma.com) at the Vancouver Bluewater Cruising Association meeting. He went through the NW Passage last summer. The really interesting thing was that though there are some interesting challenges due to all the fog, the real problems seems to be that there is a choke point almost exactly at the center that doesn't free up until late August. This means that you end up having to move very quickly after this point to get through the Bering or Davis Straight before the season gets too late.

The actual passage seemed very doable, but you end up in the North Atlantic of North Pacific much later than many would choose (late September) and have to get south fast.

He said about six private sailboats went through last summer in each direction and one, a South African boat, was circumnavigating.
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Back in '95, there was a Japanese cruiser who was launching his vessel after he hauled his vessel out in Barrow after coming through the NW passage, he just wintered his vessel in Barrow, then in July of '95 relaunched his vessel and went on his merry way south. The ice pack moves a lot and because you have an open lead one day, doesn't mean it will be there the next. If you are going out Dutch Harbor way, do plan your weather, like Capt. Phil, I have worked out that way plenty over the years and saw far more +100 knot blows than I wanted. The summer can be quite nice, it is the exception rather than the rule. During my first attempt a circumnavigation we left Alaska and went south in the fall, and jumped off from San Diego to the Marquesas and spent the winter island hopping, which we enjoyed very much, and then turned north again for Alaska in the next fall, never did make the complete RTW, since then I have worked on the water almost everywhere except the far, far east, which is on my list. When we take off next time, it will be for island hopping in the south pacific and see where the mood moves us from there.
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