Position update 11.42 CEST: 66.50252 N, 60.6752 W Past the eastern tip of Baffin Island.
Position update 14.26 CEST: 66.23422 N, 60.60416 W
Position update 17.28 CEST: 65.99248 N, 60.26447 W Well into the Davis Strait.
Position update 23.02 CEST: 65.44682 N, 59.64877 W Leaving Baffin Island behind our wake.
Note, 11.50: The “Northern Passage” is now south of the Arctic Circle! (which this year is at 66.5622°N)
Note: This excellent map by Rikki shows the positions of both the “Northern Passage” and “Peter 1st”. Around 23.00 they were just 7 nautical miles apart (!), with the former slightly farther south, and the latter slightly farther east.
Expedition Report, 18.44 CEST:
“This is the third day with gale winds and heavy seas, but at least we are sailing more or less in the right direction, and south. It’s three degrees Celsius in the water. It has rained the last two days and everything is wet. We feel quite fragile in our little boat in these conditions, sailing between large icebergs very far away from everything – but on the other hand, it’s a good feeling to manage to achieve progress and experience this strong and harsh nature so close.
Today’s video is from our exposed front deck, where we frequently have to crawl out to reef sails etc.
There are three to four metre high waves coming at us from all directions,
which makes it very difficult to sleep.”
Best regards from
the “Northern Passage”
The crew of the “Northern Passage” is challenged by icebergs and gale winds
on Baffin Bay and in the Davis Strait. Nevertheless, there is a task that can only
be done from the exposed front deck...
Eric Brossier writes: “I’m now back from a quite incredible trip on board the little
trimaran from Cambridge Bay to Pond Inlet. I’ve put some more news and pictures
http://vagabond.fr/news/20100926-1018 and http://vagabond.fr/album/NordOuest2010
(The latter link points to a very extensive photo collection.)
Today’s weather forecast:
Weather: Overcast with moderate to heavy rain, no significant change.
Wind: 110–130° at 23–28 knots, after 12.00 UTC becoming 090–110° at 20-25 knots.
Again after 18.00 UTC becoming 060–080° at 18-23 knots, and after 24.00 UTC
changing to 020–040° at 20–25 knots.
(For a more comprehensive forecast, with explanations, please see Weather4Expeditions.com.)