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Now this could ruin your summer.

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Sail-World.com : North West Passage blocked with ice - yachts caught


From the good folk at Sail-World.com comes this tale of an unexpectedly cold start to autumn.

Autumn .... thats what Fall is called in the civilised world.

Oh yes ... please don't turn this into a Climate change debate cos all that will achieve is to have the thread flushed down the toilet.
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Re: Now this could ruin your summer.

Evans Starzinger has been helping to route many of the yachts involved with ice and weather info... Fascinating reading over on CA:

Northwest passage - ice 2013 - Cruising Anarchy - Sailing Anarchy Forums

Some more info here:

Northwest Passage 2013

Sounds like the few yachts that bit the bullet, and made the decision to retreat last week might have made the right call. It's getting VERY late in the season up there, with so much ground remaining to be covered for some...

The NW Passage seemed on its way to becoming the next ICW over the past few summers, a guy like Matt Rutherford is now shown to have been remarkably lucky to choose to go during the particular summer he did... It was just a matter of time, before Mother Nature 'reasserted' herself :-)

As fascinated as I've always been by the Arctic, the appeal of doing the NW Passage on a sailing yacht is largely lost on me... If I'm gonna have to motor that far on a sailboat, I'd rather do something like a trip across Europe down the Danube, instead :-)
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Re: Now this could ruin your summer.

Article says a couple of rowboats and kayaks are stuck, too. Huh.
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Re: Now this could ruin your summer.

Oh wow. I work throughout Nunavut (fly in and out) and now I'm wondering if all of the sea lifts made it in this year... last year I was in Repulse Bay on the week in early September when they ran out of gas. I also have two ships with equipment that was supposed to make it to Resolute and this does not look promising. They can always break it down and fly it in but that's $$$.

I had no idea there were cruisers in the NW Passage. I've been up there in their "summer" and it would seem to me to be a dreadful place to cruise. Adventurous to say the least. Crazy expensive to get supplies and gas though.
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Article says a couple of rowboats and kayaks are stuck, too. Huh.
The flotilla of Jet Skiers known as "Dangerous Waters" have just been rescued by a CCG icebreaker...

My hunch is that this whole deal is likely to inspire some pretty serious restrictions imposed by the Canadian government on NWP attempts in the future... Perhaps the mandatory purchase of some sort of 'Rescue insurance', or similar...

Northwest Passage 2013: Whats with icebreaker going to DANGEROUS WATERS jetskiers location then departing - RESCUE OR MEDICAL EMERGENCY?





This yacht went aground, the family airlifted off, they're apparently now waiting for a salvage tug... Damn, and you thought that Sea Tow was expensive? :-)

Northwest Passage 2013: S/V PAS PERDU LE NORD (LOSE THE NORTH) aground near Point Barrow in 25kt winds - crew airlifted off now waiting for tug


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Re: Now this could ruin your summer.

Just this morning on the news was as item about 3 guys attempting to row through on a trans-Atlantic type rowboat that have been turned back both by ice and weather/headwinds.

For me, just not made of hard enough stuff to want to subject me or a boat to such extremes....
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Re: Now this could ruin your summer.

A good feature of cruising in the far north is the availability of free anchoring sites . However ,there's always a chance of being pined in by wind driven ice flows and have to hunker down till next June or the water just getting hard as you look for a haul out. For an insight into old time(back when there was ice) cruising in the Beaufort check out 'North Star of Herschel Island' by R Bruce Macdonald. North Star is now at the Maritime Museum in Vancouver .
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Re: Now this could ruin your summer.

Wow! I know the guy in the picture, he was my instructor and Impericus was his boat that was being prepped for a NW passage to the east. I sure hope the best for him and all the other trapped boats. What a challenging dream to attempt. Fair winds to all of them.
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Re: Now this could ruin your summer.

I'm hoping for the best for those folks. That's an unforgiving part of the world.
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Re: Now this could ruin your summer.

Me I'd dearly love to visit either Arctic or Antarctic waters. Whenever I see a video of either area it is simply good for my soul. that said , and while I quite enjoy cooler climates methinks a cruise ship would suffice.

Friends did an Antarctic cruise a couple of years back. Not in a Carnival floating casino but in smallish converted ice breaker/polar supply ship. I could go for that.
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