Expedition: North West Passage
Attempt to sail the North West Passage
Ilulissat - Nome
Thu. 01 - 08 - '19
Wed. 18 - 09 - '19
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This Voyage is not like any other voyage we have ever undertaken, therefore there will be special additions, exceptions and rules connected to this voyage. This voyage is a true Expedition, which needs Expedition crew! Are you up for that? A passage through the North West is not to be taken lightly. And so, we are calling it an attempt, until we know we will get through. This decision is not just ours, but is made in deliberation with the Canadian Coast Guard, Ice pilots etc. The attempt through the Northwest will start on the first of August and will take 49 days between Ilulissat, Greenland and Nome in Alaska, USA. This stretch of over 3400 NM will be littered with Icebergs, will give us the opportunity to set foot on Inuit land and also have a stretch of a few days sailing, straight through the night and day. This Expedition has it all! If the attempt fails and the ice stays too thick trough the winter, we will have to return East. As a member of the Expedition, you are aware of this and accept the chance of a different end port, namely Halifax, Canada. We have chosen this port as it still gives us some amazing sailing ground to cover if the North West is closed. And it is easy to fly from as it is connected to many airports in the rest of the world.
The last three winters, several vessels, even 17 yachts, have made it through the NWP. But this does not necessarily mean, that the ice will clear in the summer of 2019. If you become a member of the Expedition team, we will explain and sort out all possibilities.
The Expedition starts in Ilulissat on the first of August. Clearing in at Pont Inlet the 6th of August where our adventure in Canadadian waters starts.
The next steps will depend on ice conditions but will roughly look as follows: After clearing customs and Emigrations, we set sail for Lancester Sound, Prince Regent Inlet, Belloit strait, Franklin Strait, Larson Strait, James Ross Strait, Rea Strait, Simpson Strait, Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait, Coronation Gulf, Dolphine and Union Strait, Amundsen Gulf, Beaufort Sea. And we will have a crew change at Nome.
Some possible stops on our transit to Nome are: Pont Inlet, Tay Bay (Navy Board Inlet), Cape Hatt, Ragged Island, Wollaston Island, Alpha River, Beta River, Dundas Harbour, Arctic bay, Gascoyne Inlet, Beechey Island, Resolute Bay, Port Leopolt, Port Bowen, Fort Ross, Levesque Harbour, Camilla Cove, Pattinson Harbour, Tasmania Islands, Pasley Bay, Taloyoak( Spence Bay), Gjoa Haven, M’Clintock Bay, Jenny Lind Island, Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk (Coppermine), Bernard Harbour, Ulukhaktok (Holman), Fresh Water Creek, Pearce Point Harbour, Summers Harbour, Sachs Harbour (Banks Island), Tuktoyaktuk, Herschel Island, Demarcation Point, Barter Island (Alaska) Point Barrow (Alaska), Point Hope (Alaska) Port Clarence (Alaska), Nome (Alaska). Many of these places we will not visit, but that all depends on the ice state and the weather.
After getting permits for each of these stop overs, we will post more information on the possibilities there.
If the ice does not clear, we will have to return to Baffin Bay, cross the Labrador Sea and finish our voyage in Halifax. This adventure is not without risks, but there is a plan for most possibilities. We will publish more information about this during the next weeks.
Following in the footsteps of many explorers before us, we will dedicate some presentations and preparations to share with you all their merits and some of their faults. Be ready to really understand Franklin and appreciate explorer John Rae.
For this Expedition we will have a very different way of finding our voyage crew. Because this voyage is not for the fainthearted, nor for the homesick or even the fickle. This voyage is for those who enjoy adventure, want to really explore, not knowing where you will be tomorrow and agree that the plan changes every day, maybe by the hour. This is a voyage for those who want to be part of a team, work together, adding to the team and contributing where you can.
The Expedition Team will consist of 12 voyage crew and 4 professional sailors. The Tecla team has been chosen and will consist of Gijs, Jet, Sam and Loes, a team that circumnavigated the world together and know how to trust one another and how to work together.
The 12 other expedition members will be selected after sending in their application. For this expedition we are looking for a team that likes working together to accomplish this amazing goal. People who realize they will set sail for 49 days with a sailing ship and will have to pass through Ice, maybe wait a few days for the ice to clear and then explore further into the North West. We will select our team after talking to all of you and making sure you like us as much as we like you.
This expedition includes several excursions on shore. We are still working on the permits for the possible stops, as we close in on winter we will start publishing some of the definite stops.