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Climate change has made a sailboat race through the Arctic possible - Quartz
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Climate change has made a sailboat race through the Arctic possible
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A sailing race across the icebound Northwest Passage is being planned for 2017, through a route the organizers say has been made possible by climate change. The Sail the Arctic Race will involve teams setting sail from New York for a 7,700-mile journey ...

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Re: Climate change has made a sailboat race through the Arctic possible - Quartz

This is going to be interesting. Unless the keel and rudder can crank up,it will eliminate lot of courses over shallows and possibly allow discover of uncharted pingos.
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Not much in the way of uncharted shallows- the various National Submarines have that all plotted out.
That is, if they ever release the Charts.

A bigger problem will be the bewildered Polar Bears, who no longer have any idea of where to migrate to, and then there are the Penguins...
Explaining to them that they are on the wrong Hemisphere entirely, is most depressing.

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(Yeah, a Real Race, never been done before... I'm Cool with that.)
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Re: Climate change has made a sailboat race through the Arctic possible - Quartz

I didn't say the shallows were uncharted, Just not available if you draw 9? ft. I spent 5 years in the Beaufort and often only 6 ft of water or less behind the wind driven ice on shore Not all the ice will melt and any left gangs up in the narrows . My friend Sven couldn't get the Belvedere thru for 4 years and finally made it to Greenland. A kayak and a Hobicat came thru same season It's all about the wind. As far as charts accuracy ,soundings are only in an occasional line where a ship actually went and recorded it. Many miles between lines and probably still undiscovered pingos between them.All part of a quickly changing frontier. .
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