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Greenland 9/15-25/17

Irene made a quick, if not particularly comfortable, passage from the Canadian Arctic to Aasiaat in Greenland. During early planning stages, we had thought to skip Greenland and head directly down Baffin Island to Labrador. As we popped out into the Baffin Sea, driven by a fierce arctic 75 knot tailwind, we altered plans based […]... Read More

Cambridge Bay to Fort Ross

This leg of the NWP is all about ice this year. Irene needs to get to, then through, the choke point of Bellot Strait. In some previous years this section has been almost ice free, but we are not so lucky in 2017. Ice pack breakup further north and north winds have filled the area […]... Read More

Mid August in the Middle of the NWP

On August 11, 2017, Irene rounded Cape Bathurst (catching a glimpse of the smoke from the famous Smoking Hills underground coal fire at sunset) and entered Amundsen Gulf and the region of the large islands of the Canadian Arctic. We were happy to be making progress to Cambridge Bay, 675nm from Tuk. Cambridge Bay is […]... Read More

Eastbound Detour to Tuk

Early in the planning stages of our NWP adventure we decided it made sense to stop at the Canadian Arctic native village of Tuktoyaktuk. It was one of the few places in the Arctic that a boat could refuel without ferrying jerry jugs in a dinghy, we could clear into Canada at the RCMP outpost, […]... Read More

Into the Arctic!

A day after leaving Nome, at 1550 local time, Irene crossed latitude 66°33’46.9”N (the Arctic Circle) northbound – officially beginning our Arctic adventure. We felt good, we were as prepared as we could manage given limitations of time, budget, and our abilities. Of course, we were carrying some doubts and worries as well. We felt […]... Read More

Hop North to Nome

It was exciting to set sail and leave the Aleutians behind, heading due north into the Bering Sea. Watching the gorgeous green islands recede in our wake, we remarked how similar they looked to the high islands of the south pacific. Just colder… The Bering Sea was kind to us, choppy but not too rough, […]... Read More

Dutch

Giant Bald Eagles dominate the waterfront at the Dutch Harbor Small Boat Harbor. Approaching our berth we were scrutinized by a brood at the 12 Mark. Admittedly, it’s a bit intimidating to make that turn while standing on deck just in case you get too close for their comfort. Possibly because of several nearby fish […]... Read More