sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : 29-year-old skipper youngest (Australian) to sail Northwest Passage
29-year-old skipper youngest (Australian) to sail Northwest Passage

'Teleport crew'    .

Two young Australians have become the latest to have sailed the Northwest Passage, Chris Bray and his fiance Jess Taunton. Chris is, at 29 and as far as he has been able to tell, the youngest (Australian) skipper ever to brave the once treacherous passage.

Teleport -  .. .  

Unlike many others, however, they didn't do it with a specially prepared steel yacht. Jess had never sailed before, and they did it in an ancient, but renovated, 'junk-rigged' 29ft wooden yacht.

Teleport - Chris gives the thumbs up -  .. .  
The adventure began in 2009 when they bought the rotting yacht, which they called Teleport, in Canada and Chris set about restoring it. 'It was just gradually deteriorating and rotting while it was sitting there,' said Bray, who ended up devoting several months to the job.

In mid-2011, they started their journey from Halifax, Canada. Called the Everest of Sailing, the Northwest Passage is poorly charted and the sea route was first navigated in 1903. Until the great and alarming melt started in the 21st Century, pack ice prevented ships from going through the passage.

Although 2011 had seen near record-setting low levels of ice formation in the Northwest Passage, Teleport encountered many icebergs along the way, especially along the coast of Greenland.

As the icebergs melt, Bray said they break apart into seemingly harmless but incredibly sharp pieces that are difficult to spot.

'Jess would stand on the bow with an ice pole and fend them away so we didn't ding into them too hard,' he said. 'If you run into one of these bits of ice . . . you'd sink pretty well right away.'

Sharp rocks jutting out of the ocean posed another serious danger.

'Up here, the ocean is not very well charted,' explained Bray. 'Every now and then you see a big rock in the middle of absolutely nowhere with some unfortunate ship's name on it.'

After more than two months at sea, Bray and Taunton arrived in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut on Aug. 31, the midway point of the passage, where they left their boat. They returned in May this year to complete the passage, which they did by arriving in Nome, Alaska. Their timing had been good - 2012, sadly for the future of the planet, but excellent for sailors, set a new low for ice, making the passages easier this year than ever before.

It has been a wonderful experience they report. 'We saw plenty of polar bears and seals,' Bray described. 'We even had a pod of killer whales come right up to the boat and dive all around it.'

'The whole experience was amazing,' he said.

They saw arctic foxes and a polar bear even chewed their camera. One of the highlights was when Mr Bray proposed to Ms Taunton by spelling out 'Marry Me?' with white rocks at Mount Pelly. She said yes.

The couple are planning to sail the yacht all the way home to Australia and then to return to sea next year.


by Nancy Knudsen

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=102406

6:51 AM Fri 28 Sep 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Adventure Cruising

Related News Stories:

28 Sep 2012  Sydney skipper youngest to sail the Northwest Passage
20 Jul 2012  Australian adventure sailors play it safe in the North West Passage
16 Jul 2012  Non-sailing guests arriving? - 20 things to tell them
14 Jul 2012  Ten decadent extras to take on a sailing holiday
09 Jun 2012  British cruising family joins sailing volunteers in the Pacific
07 May 2012  Crew wanted to sail the North West Passage
18 Apr 2012  When a sea lion comes to dinner...
19 Feb 2012  Can you beat this? 36 years spent long range cruising
24 Jan 2012  A sailing adventure: Late Night Visitor
10 Jan 2012  Inland waterways - an anchoring challenge Downunder
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



















The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI


















Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,
















Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Tactics, endurance, achievement
Alpari World Match Racing Tour moves on to Poland + Video
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup final qualification system published
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac - Karma Sailing Group wins
Red Bull 49erFX: Easing into the Olympic scene at Rio
Kempe thrilled to invite himself to Gold Cup party
2014 420 World Championships - Singapore wins Day 2 race
Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals
Etchells Invitational Cup - Girls on top in Cowes
National Sailing Hall of Fame reveals inductees
J/111 North American Championship - Wind Czar victorious
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2   
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature   
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge   
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named   
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4   
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event   
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014   
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston   
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet   
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Polishing the silverware   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT