Pressrelease från nordkalotten
Today an eagerly awaited message from the guys on Belzebub II in northern Canada came through. After some encounters with dense ice, they finally got through the infamous M'CLure strait.
August 29, 2012
A Passage Through Ice’ Sailing Expedition has just completed the crossing of the infamous M’Clure strait in the Canadian Arctic to become the first sailboat ever to achieve this feat. The international expedition team consisting of Edvin Buregren, Nicolas Peissel and Morgan Peissel have spent the last three months at sea on a 31 foot boat sailing from Newfoundland Canada to Greenland, through the Canadian Arctic to track the depleting polar ice cap and bring awareness to climate change.
“The Arctic is melting at an alarming rate and is clear proof of our disharmony with the planet. By sailing this newly opened route we hope that our expedition will play a small part in bringing further attention to climate change and contributing to a larger shift in attitudes. Our approach to sail across a historical stretch of water that has traditionally been frozen is meant to be a clear visual example of the extent of declining polar ice.”
We will continue to track the polar ice cap towards the Bering strait where we will head into the Pacific Ocean to complete the most Northern Northwest passage ever accomplished by a sailboat.
On the expedition site you can follow their progress in news postings, photos and films. If you haven't already done so, bookmark the site in your RSS-reader for an exciting experience with well-written posts, fantastic photos and very well-produced film clips with icebergs, whales, polar bears and the life onboard a small boat in high latitudes.
I have posted previously on february 14 2011 and april 6 2012.