Position update 00.27 CEST: 70.50081 N, 164.12152 E
Position update 12.18 CEST: 70.28984 N, 166.42079 E
Position update 16.23 CEST: 70.28905 N, 167.56718 E
Position update 23.58 CEST: 70.04376 N, 169.44873 E
Sailing slowly past an old iceberg.
Expedition Report, 12.08:
“Calm winds but from the right direction has been the situation the last couple of days. With our gennaker and schreacher sails we are able to achieve a decent speed, and expect to pass Pevek Monday morning. Headwinds and calm have actually been the biggest challenges so far – and not ice as we expected. With more favourable winds we would probably have been finished with the Northeast Passage by now.
When we checked the pontoons, or floats as sailors of multihull boats call them, we found about 60 litres of seawater in the port pontoon and about 30 in the starboard one. With the weight we have in there from before, we were overloaded; moreover the leakage posed a serious problem and a safety hazard. Fortunately we now think we’ve manage to isolate the problem. We initially thought it was the inspection hatches, but we now suspect the real problem has been a vent hole at the back of each pontoon. Since this part is more or less constantly in the water in bad weather, water is seeping in and slowly filling up the pontoons. This must be a construction error – and quite dangerous if one is not aware of the problem. We have now sealed of these vent holes and will inspect the pontoons again after next gale.
Yesterday we entered into an area with scattered old ice floes, and that continued for most of today as well. It was a very open drift, as Nick at the Norwegian Ice Service in Tromsø would describe it. We had no problems navigating through it. Visibility was good, and the ice field ceased precisely where Nick told us it would.
Another potential danger that we always have to be on the watch for is timber and driftwood. This can be very difficult to see, but hitting a big piece of driftwood would be just like colliding with a rock. It is getting quite dark during the night, and it’s important to keep a constant lookout.”
A roll of tape is handy for many tasks on a sailing boat – such as sealing the ventholes on the pontoons.
Weather: Mainly sunny, risk for fog patches.
Wind: 320-340° 2-6 knots, between 12.00-18.00 UTC becoming calm, and after 18.00 UTC becoming 140-160° 4-8 knots.
(For a more comprehensive forecast, with explanations, please see Weather4Expeditions.com.