Yachts are caught by ice along the Arctic Northwest Passage…

Website www.sail-world.com has been reporting on the 29th of August 2013 that several yachts crossing the mythical Arctic Northwest Passage (Nunavut – Alaska or vice-versa) are caught by drifting ice at 2 strategic points : At Cap Bathurst for those who are sailing to North of Alaska and at Prince Regent Inlet for those who are ending their Northwest Passage crossing from West to East.  We are inviting you to read Sail-world.com’s article by clicking here >> 

Belgian yacht Perd pas le Nord has already gone on to Arctic Alaska waters. Via satellite, skipper Nicolas Mouchart  was indicating me on Tuesday: « … Hello. J’ai quitté Tuk. Serais dans 24h à Herschel…Sinon dur dur, mais tout ok… (Hello. I left Tuk. Will be in 24 hours in Herschel…Otherwise, hard hard, but everything is ok…)».  Wishing to the crew a safe journey! 

In my French Polar book L’Appel de l’Arctique, I was reffering to the danger to be caught by ice along the Arctic Northwest Passage : “… En définitive, la traversée du Pacifique à l’Atlantique par le Nord ou inversement pourrait demeurer un rêve seulement accessible à quelques privilégiés. La “route 74”: une voie maritime plus courte, oui! Plus rapide, j’en doute! … further info >>  

Alt_North West Passageshowing ice blockages1

 

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