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The Arctic Madness Blog by Rev. Bob Shepton


’I hope this is not going to be the expedition that never was!
As we prepare (early June) I have just heard that there is shore-fast ice is still
stretching a mile out to sea off Nome, Alaska, where the boat is. But
ice can shift very quickly in the Arctic, and our aim is to sail back
west to east through the North West Passage. We might then be the only
boat, or at least the only GRP boat, to have sailed both ways through
the Passage. IF we make it!
I have a varied crew: Steph and Karen (ladies), Rich and David
(gentlemen). Ladies and gentlemen? Not a chance on my boat. I should
reach Nome by 27 June, to prepare and launch the boat. The crew then
come out at various times through July. The ice is unlikely to let us
start the Passage till August.
So until then….’