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Northwest Passage closes early, some yachts through, others abandoned


'Dodo’s Delight - completed their transit in triumph'    .    Click Here to view large photo

Canada's National Snow and Ice Data Center now says the Northwest Passage is closed by ice, and according to some reports the ice this year had up to 60% more coverage than last year with some yachts having to abandon their attempt to transit the great passage.

But not all. And the one thing that felt good to British sailor Richard Nicholson when he landed at the Nunavut community of Arctic Bay after sailing through the passage was a hot shower.

Earlier this week, Nicholson and the boat he sailed on — 10-metre fiberglass boat called Dodo’s Delight (see Sail-World story) — left Arctic Bay for Greenland after a tough trip through the High Arctic islands.

But while the trip on board the Dodo’s Delight was straightforward, 'you have to expect the worst,' Nicolson said Sept. 16 from Arctic Bay.

Dodo’s Delight left Nome, Alaska on July 30 — and didn’t arrive in Arctic Bay until Sept. 15.

Its journey through the Northwest Passage included several days of waiting at Fort Ross where the crew of the Dodo’s Delight, along with other vessels, waited for a break in the ice and wind.

The entire transit was a kind of 'hurry-up-and-wait' experience — and the enjoyment of the stopover at Fort Ross quickly got tired when the 48-hour wait turned into days.

But the question is why go for the tedium and danger of the Northwest Passage at all? Richardson said it’s the trip 'you want to do' — and he was also raising money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Richardson said he’s pleased that Dodo’s Delight is one of only about 120 smaller boats which have made it successfully through the Northwest Passage since Norwegian Roald Amundsen’s first transit in 1906.

This year’s crop of smaller craft attempting Northwest Passage included a group of unsuccessful sailors on jet-skis, who had to be rescued by the Coast Guard, and others in row boats and kayaks.

A sailboat, the Dax, ended up being deck-loaded at Clyde River aboard the MV Anna Desgagnés after an engine problem stopped its voyage.

And the crew of another 15-metre yacht, the Empiricus, decided to end their 2013 journey in Cambridge Bay earlier this month.

Empiricus - ended their journey in Cambridge Bay -  © Environment Canada  
As for Empiricus Capt. Jesse Osborn’s thoughts about why the Northwest Passage has become an increasing draw to sailors of small boats, he said on his blog that 'somehow we modern ‘Explorers of the North’ have married ourselves to this concept that the passage itself [is] a Right Of Passage.'

'A hash mark for our sleeve. Global awareness? Or just a good excuse to do something crazy,' he says. 'Whatever our motivations, I for one have been missing the point all along.

'We’re not doing anything new, that really helps anybody. We’re not carrying goods, or medicine, or knowledge, to those who don’t have it. We’re not profiting financially, nor are we setting records or proving the impossible as realistic. We are simply enduring challenging conditions in a remote area, where even the fattest wallet can’t float you to shore. Simply to pass on that we did it.'

Osborn said technologies like GPS, autopilot, and reliable diesel engines have helped recreational explorers venture into extraordinary places — and 'public perception and media propaganda make the Arctic out to be a playground with some ice cubes.'

'If the Arctic was a shopping mall, we would not sprint through it from one end to the other,' said Osborn who, before he left Cambridge Bay, also spoke to high school students the local high school about his experiences.

'I’m here to tell you that the Arctic is a shopping mall of experiences on a monstrous scale. This place is beautiful. From a grand scale to a microscopic one. From the culture and history, to the daily struggles and interactions, the Arctic is fascinating.? But most fascinating of all, are the people. Of all the crown jewels in the Arctic, the most looked over and ignored, are the people.'

While even the most hardy yachts (about 35 of all sizes, according to sailor and writer Doug Pohl) have now left the increasingly ice-filled Northwest Passage.

'This 2013 melt season has been a surprise,' Pohl told Nunatsiaq News. 'More ice formation than anytime since I’ve been following the Northwest Passage transits. More blockages, more icebreaker rescues, and more unprepared small craft than ever before. '


by Jane George, Nunatsiaq News/Sail-World Cruising

  

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