Update 06.02: Here is our position early this morning – due north of Kildin Island (Ostrov Kil’din). This puts us approx. 130 km east of the Norwegian border. In order to put things in perspective, you may need to zoom out on the map.
Update 13.34: Here is our new position.
Expedition report 19.44:
Today we sailed in a nice breeze, 5–8 knots, all day. Unfortunately it was a headwind – but frankly we are just happy to be on the way. According to the weather forecast the wind will turn to our advantage tomorrow.
Right now we’re off Kola Peninsula, on the way to Vaigash, which is immediately south of Novaya Zemlya. Satellite ice charts show that there is still ice west of the Kara Strait, but it is loose ice. If the weather is fair without too much fog, then we shouldn’t have any problem getting through.
Yesterday a huge atomic icebreaker requested that we change course – and of course we gave them the right-of-way.
We have also seen quite a lot of whales, large and small. Slowly but surely we are getting into our routines again, and Stas is quickly getting mastering the world of trimaran sailing.
Ice chart of Kara Strait and the waters off Novaya Zemlya.View 2 comments