Re: Completing the passage

Published 22.09 in category Northern Passage - 2010

Position update 20.35 CEST (22 Sept): 74.49006 N, 84.47766 W

Position update 07.08 CEST (23 Sept): 73.93836 N, 82.1478 W

Position update 14.14 CEST (23 Sept): 73.38908 N, 80.95178 W

Position update 19.37 CEST (23 Sept): 72.88349 N, 80.08508 W
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Expedition Report, 06.07 CEST:
Today, on the 21st of September, we enter Lancaster Sound and reach the 74th parallel, considered by most sailors to mark the eastern end of one of the most critical and difficult parts of the Northwest Passage. We shall soon be proud of being the first sailing vessel, together with “Peter 1st”, that ever has sailed through both the Northeast and Northwest Passage in one short Arctic summer. We congratulate “Peter 1st” on their own success with the challenges through the ice.

We have met “Peter 1st” in several ports along the route – Pevek, Barrow and Cambridge Bay. On each occasion there has been a very good atmosphere between us. We certainly agree that we have become friends on this voyage, and we have tried to help each other whenever we can. They gave us a wire to repair the forestay in Barrow, and in Cambridge Bay and Pevek we shared with them our ice information and chart details.

In Cambridge Bay we proposed to Captain Dan and his crew that we should enter Pond Inlet together. We don’t know if that will happen, since they apparently have turned on their powerful engine and are steaming east some hours ahead of us. Hopefully we will meet after all.

Now we will get our new forestay in Pond Inlet and some small supplies, water for instance, and do the planned crew change. Eric, who has previously done both passages on the Vagabond, has been a tremendous capacity to have on board. He will change places with Trygve Rushfeldt, who is a long time multi-hull sailor from Norway.

Our expedition is one of the most environmentally friendly of its kind ever undertaken. We have used sail more than 90 percent of the time; only in between thick drift ice and in and out of harbours have we had some modest help from our small outboard motor.

For the captain and crew of the “Northern Passage” this is not merely a question of a sports achievement – to complete both passages – Thorleif and Børge both have a strong environmental commitment, and are particularly concerned with the ongoing climate changes.

It is, unfortunately, the dramatic changes in Arctic sea ice conditions in recent years that have made this trip possible. On the time of Roald Amundsen it took five to six years to complete the same distance, due to the extremely difficult and demanding ice conditions. Now we have proven that it is possible to make the voyage in a 31-foot fibreglass sailing boat, equipped with a 10 horsepower outboard motor for emergencies. This shows how dramatic and how fast these changes are happening. The changes that we are witnessing will influence climate on a global scale, in addition to the whole range of animal life in the Arctic – especially seals and polar bears, whose lives are dependent on the sea ice.

It is our hope that our voyage will be seen as a strong, visible symbol of the scale and the speed of these changes.

It is a huge milestone for us to have completed both passages, and the second phase of the expedition. However, our journey is not over yet; now we will start on the final leg back home to Oslo, to complete our circumnavigation of the Arctic.

Thorleif and Børge
“Northern Passage”



56 comments to Re: Completing the passage56

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    Riccardo  /  September 22, 2010

    As a sailor and as a concerned citizen I share the same mixed feelings so nicely expressed in this post.
    I wish to congratulate you for the great achivement but I also wish to add my voice to your concern about the fate of the arctic and the whole planet.
    Your trip is indeed “a strong, visible symbol of the scale and the speed of these changes.”. We can and should reverse this trend. Thank you for pointing this out to the world.


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    Harry  /  September 22, 2010

    Congratulations guys! First boat to sail around north pole! And a multihull!


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    Gustave  /  September 22, 2010

    There is only one thing to say: We are all extremely proud of you!


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    marc de keyser  /  September 22, 2010

    Forecast for Lancaster Sound and the Navy Board Inlet towards Pond Inlet. Have a look at the spectacualr satellite image of the Atlantic with three tropical storms: Karl, Julia and Igor of which the latter is expected to head for Baffin Island: http://is.gd/fnekc


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    Patrice  /  September 22, 2010

    Congratulations and good winds on your way home.


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    Ingrid Ousland  /  September 22, 2010

    So are we, extremely proud! And the best of luck on the lo-o-ong way rounding Greenland, Iceland, Foroyar and home from the Ouslands!


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    Henk Lankamp  /  September 22, 2010

    Congratulations to all crew members!


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    Turi Widerøe  /  September 22, 2010

    ll the best for the rest of the voyage. Looking foreward to your story. Turi W


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    Rafa España  /  September 22, 2010

    Congratulations!! Now, we all must worn the race against global warming.Be courageous.


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    Neven  /  September 22, 2010

    It is our hope that our voyage will be seen as a strong, visible symbol of the scale and the speed of these changes.

    This is my hope too. Thank you for undertaking this. I mentioned you on my blog. Good luck on the voyage home.


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    KN1638Sailor  /  September 22, 2010

    As a sailor of monohuls and multihulls for 40 years including 13 years on a tall ship, please accept my highest compliments for what you and your crew are doing. Tactically you proceed through difficulty in the finest tradition of sailors everywhere, while at a higher level you show us how our world and our lives are changing, challenging by your example the denyers of change. As my grandfather from Kråkebumoen might have said, Vel gjort.


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    Tobias Thorleifsson  /  September 22, 2010

    Congratulations Dad (And Børge)
    Stolt av deg!
    Now, do not underestimate the North Sea, fall gales and the low pressures that you will meet on the west coast of Greenland. It is almost as if you had to do the Drake Passage on your way home. You are now sailing the same way as the Fram did in 1902 with Otto Sverdrup as captain. 108 years later! May you make it safely across and see the lighthouse of Utsira as the first sight of the coast of Norway as Sverdrup did it.
    Looking forward to seeing you! It is now only about six weeks until you become a grandfather! (Berstefar!, ha!)
    Tobias


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    soifran  /  September 22, 2010

    hi there !
    congrats to all
    love to my bro eric

    cheers to everyone aboard


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    Brigitte  /  September 22, 2010

    Bien sur que nous sommes tous tres fiers de chacun de vous. La lettre de Thorleif et Børge est magnifique d’humanite et d’humilite devant cette Terre qui nous domine. Je vous salue tous et j’embrasse mon fils Eric de tout mon coeur, en vous souhaitant a chacun un bon retour a la maison.


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    renie  /  September 22, 2010

    Gratulerer dere alle for fantastisk seiling og for igjen å ha realisert en drøm! Det er flott å følge dere så tett men likevel så ekstremt langt borte .Og ikke minst , det å få ta del i deres tanker om hvorfor det nå er mulig å seile i disse farvand og hva dere ser eller rettere sagt ikke ser.
    Men , det er ikke tid for filosofering og ettertanke riktig ennå! Farlige farvand skal fortsatt krysses . Vi slapper ikke av før dere er trygt i havn her hjemme!
    Og da skal dere få feste ,masse!
    Renie(beste-MOR, ha!)


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    Jörn Köpcke  /  September 22, 2010

    really fantastic reality! congrats! Where to find the whole “plot” eg “track” of your trip, at least all recorded positions in a row? google-earth-url? Good & safe trip home, even without hard water sailing (our next ice-boat sailing saison is just raising at the horizon …)!


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    Rikki  /  September 22, 2010

    RXII who sailed the NW passage this year, made it in to Kinochbervie, Scotland last night. September 21, 2010 8:40:49 PM GMT+02:00, 58.456 , -5.04959
    
Here they will try to mend their broken boom.
    Oh yes, well done so far. The most challenging bit might well be ahead of you.
    Toffen, you need to avg. better than 3kn in order to make it home before they make you a grandfather.


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    Nick Rouse  /  September 22, 2010

    Peter 1 has reached Pond Inlet 23:30 CEST 22nd September.
    Northern Passage has taken the second of Marc de Keyser’s options and gone to the north of Lancaster Sound. They are within a nautical mile of its rocky coast. I hope they are safe. They will now need to cross the sound with the waves abeam of the if they are going to take the Navy Board Inlet route to Pond Inlet.


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    Trine Rødli Gjørtz  /  September 22, 2010

    Dæven, da tar vi en Cava i kveld også. GRATULERER! Dere kan nå med rette titulere dere “Ishavskipper”. Det er noe å ha på CVen, det!
    Men som sagt, vi sparer champagnen til dere er i trygg havn.
    Hilsen Trine & Ola T


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    Trygve K. Norman  /  September 22, 2010

    Ja, det er bare å gratulere og bukke !! Vi gleder oss til å ha dere vel hjemme igjen. Morfar Trygve


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    Alain Blondel  /  September 22, 2010

    congratulations to the sailors from Peter I and North West passage!! This is remarkable and fascinating, and so much also a symbol of the changes to the planet. A laugh and a tear at the same time, great emotion.


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    Mikkel Thommessen  /  September 22, 2010

    Impressed and emotional, but not surprised. Look forward to follow your challenges ahead and to see you sailing up the Oslofjord. Best wishes to all of you.


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    Arie  /  September 23, 2010

    congratulations guys, and may the good winds be with you !


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    Michael Foley  /  September 23, 2010

    Given the wind direction, I wonder if the guys are in a lee shore situation near Devon Island? The sporadic updates make me think they have been kept quite busy today. Are they going to try for a long beam reach across the sound and into Navy Board Inlet?


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    All around the world  /  September 23, 2010

    […] by sailing vessels in a single season for the first time. The Norwegian trimaran Northern Passage reports that it has passed 74ºW, traditionally regarded as the eastern end of the NW Passage, and is now […]


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    Vikror Russia  /  September 23, 2010

    I congratulate a command(team) ” Northem Passage ” with successful end of historical mission. All of us are proud of you, Roald Amundsen too would be proud of you. Hurrah friends!
    I wish to you good luck at end of a campaign.


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    Tom K  /  September 23, 2010

    I agree with Nick Rouse – they are not in Pond Inlet yet and have some bad conditions in Lancaster to navigate.
    With a tri on 31 feets it will also be a challenge to sail past the big Baffin bay and the hole of the North Atlantic and the North Sea – in October – I say as a famous Norwegian football coach ” it not over before its over”.

    And add that they have been sailing for 90% of the distance and it seems agains a headwind for most of the stretch – then one really can get impressed!!


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    Victor  /  September 23, 2010

    Mission accomplished. Fantastic success for Franco-Norwegian crew. First ever. Hope Peter 1st was with you at Pond Inlet. Should it be rather 77.6W.
    Honorable mention from W. Jacobson (1988 Vagabond), T. Natanek (2006 Nekton) and Dominik Bac, Jacek Waclawski, and Slawek Skalmierski (2006 Stary). Cheers, Victor


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    Victor  /  September 23, 2010

    Almost forgot about my friends from Dagmar Aaen of 1993 in particular Henry Wolski who was there a 1st Mate in charge of navigation to join with honor.
    Cheers, Victor


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    Barbara  /  September 23, 2010

    Congradulations, it does seem that everyone want to conquer the Northwest Passage.
    A fellow named Sprague Theobald had navigated the Northwest Passage last year during this time.
    What an amazing trip a first in a 57’Bagan Norhaven.

    His website is http://www.hitwproductions.com

    This is all very interesting.


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    The Climate Change Debate Thread - Page 260  /  September 23, 2010

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    Lasse Pettersson  /  September 23, 2010

    Dear Børge and Thorleif,

    Congratulation from us here the Nansen Center. Extremely well done and just in time! We have monitored your progress and the sea ice during your voyage and the ice has now just started to freeze up again, see our Arctic-roos site.

    Cheers,
    Lasse


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    Christoffer L  /  September 23, 2010

    According to their initial plan they were scheduled to call upon Pond Inlet 25. Sept. Do I have to elaborate what great planning they’ve been doing! (Should almost suspect they had german ancestors…).


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    Tobias Thorleifsson  /  September 23, 2010

    http://climateprogress.org/2010/09/22/nsidc-serreze-arctic-sea-ice-volume-record-low-death-spiral/#more-33693

    Northern Passage dispatch has been included here.

    Rikki! Thank you for calculating the average speed necessary in order for “Toffen” to get home in time for the birth of his granddaughter,

    Tobias


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    Tilla  /  September 23, 2010

    Hurra Hurra Hurra. Jeg stemmer for at dere tar dere en tur innom Bergen på vei hjem. Så skal dere få fleskepannekaker og øl!


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    Bjørn Ousland  /  September 23, 2010

    Congratulations.
    Gratulerer så mye med en fantastisk bragd. Lykke til på seilasen videre. Gleder meg til å se dere igjen i Oslo.


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    Stig-Tore  /  September 23, 2010

    Ship hipp hurra!
    Gratulerer til dere alle. Dette er sykt bra, dere har rundet nordpolen så lett som bare det.
    Nå gleder vi oss bare til å følge dere på den siste biten hjem til Norge, og så kan festen begynne.
    Hils alle.


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    marc de keyser  /  September 23, 2010

    Forecast: hurricane Igor enters the Davis Strait and the Southern parts of Baffin Island: http://is.gd/fouSd


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    Jojo  /  September 23, 2010

    “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

    Well Done “Northern Passage”!

    Old Guys Rule !


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    Dan L.  /  September 23, 2010

    A brilliant voyage for ship and crew; a dark omen for us all.

    Congratulations, “Northern Passage”!


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    Wollert  /  September 23, 2010

    🙂 🙂 🙂


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    Peter  /  September 23, 2010

    Gratulasjoner fra familien i Halifax. Håper på en rolig og rask hjemtur.


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    Pål og Therese (Holmesund)  /  September 23, 2010

    Godt gjort – Toffen og Børge!
    Husk – det er ikke noe som heter flaks – det er bare god planlegging.
    Dere har gjort et fantastisk forarbeid (som dere er kjent for!) og ser ut til å ha holdt motet på topp.
    God tur videre. 🙂


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    Christoffer L  /  September 23, 2010

    I wonder how they keep up the good spirit? Staying hour after hour, day after day, in a boat bearly larger than a “barrel of oil”, don’t they go nuts? All common sense tell they should leap into each others throats, barking for free space to roam… Not to forget lack of excercise; sure they stay rocksolid in the screaming wind letting the sleet slowly melt upon their bearded faces, while steering the boat toward next nautical goal.
    But they must have done their homework also in this matter, taking classes in Yoga, Chinese shadow boxing, and least but not last dug into how Nansen, Amundsen and other polarheroes from the past managed to stay alive and alert (and sane!), when they realized they were frozen in the ice, sometimes for a year. And they didn’t even have a radio….


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    Malin  /  September 24, 2010

    Gratulerer! Well done.. Good luck on the last leg home.


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    Rob S  /  September 24, 2010

    I sailed to Greenland in 1989..we were trapped in the pack ice 60 miles south of Cape Farwell.it was the end of july..
    the Arctic has realy changed alot in 22 years..
    well done Northern Passage..show the world the mess we have made in the last great frontier
    the Arctic is the canary in the coal mine…
    I know i don’t have to tell yous to be safe..but I will
    the tropics are boiling..


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    Tom K  /  September 24, 2010

    Hope you are relaxing in Pond Inlet by now – and get some rest and do some fixing and get supplies.
    How was that sail in Lancaster sound with that litle tri?

    Just read a story from RX2 passing of the North Atlantic – that was a hard one – they just ended in Scotland – not Farao Island as intended because of a northernly storm and gearproblems.

    So for the sailing – the worst part maybe still ahead.


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    Fredrik S  /  September 24, 2010

    Børge og Thorleif: gratulerer, dette er fantastisk bra. Skjønner det er noe utfordringer med is foran dere, lykke til, kanskje vi sees på sydspissen av Grønland.

    Fredrik


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    Fredrik S  /  September 24, 2010

    Hei.
    Skjønte ikke helt porsisjonen deres i dag i forhold til for et par adger siden. For meg ser det ut som dere “tok av en for tidlig” for et par dager siden sydover i en fjord med mye is i utgangen. Den ruten dere har nå ser mye bedre ut.


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    Siren Dale Narum  /  September 24, 2010

    Hei Thorleif og Børge
    Fantastisk !!! Gratulerer ! Dere skriver historie ! Lykke til med siste delen av dette store eventyret !

    Siren


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    Damien  /  September 24, 2010

    Gratulerer så mye for å ha fullført drømmen! …. og kanskje enda mer for å ha hatt den.


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    Doffen  /  September 24, 2010

    Hei Thorleif . Gratulerer så veldig mye . Det er helt fantastisk . Vi er stolt av å være bekjent av deg .Dette er en bragd over det meste . Ser frem til å møtes og få høre om utfordringene .Hadde forøvrig en hyggelig samtale med Renie .Hun har også fått sine velfortjente gratulasjoner . Det står alltid en kvinne bak .Hils hele mannskapet fra en beundrer i Bergen . Hils også til Stani fra Tom Stemre og takk ham for samværet i Murmansk ( 1995 ? )God tur videre.


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    Kevin McKinney  /  September 25, 2010

    Congratulations on a spectacular achievement! It is indeed a visible symbol of change in the Arctic, one I hope our leaders will give heed to.

    Thank you.


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    Vigdis Linde  /  September 26, 2010

    Hei på deg Thorleif. Fantastisk bragd, og gratulerer så mye.Håper på å få
    se bilder fra denne eventyrreise. Klem fra Vigdis.


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    Utsira Kommune  /  September 26, 2010

    Gratulerer Thorleif og Børge!

    Tobias Thorlefsson said:
    ‘You are now sailing the same way as the Fram did in 1902 with Otto Sverdrup as captain. 108 years later! May you make it safely across and see the lighthouse of Utsira as the first sight of the coast of Norway as Sverdrup did it.’

    Let us know (in good time) if you pass Utsira, so we can lighten the Lighthouse lens for you 🙂


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    Joetta Poepping  /  September 9, 2011

    I would love to say thanks for enough time you’ve taken in composing this blog post.


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