We have been boat bound for 16 days, my jiggly bits feel far more jiggly then when we left Cambridge Bay. We have all found a deep love for butter. On bread, in pasta or in cookies, we may just put it in our tea if we knew it wouldn’t float to the top.
We have now officially completed the Northwest Passage, we have sailed a crazy amount of miles in the last 3 months and it was all totally worth it. I must admit that the first two legs were more interesting than the last. Paamuit, Greenland to Cambridge Bay, Canada was spectacular with many stops along the way to enjoy wildlife, culture and landscape. From Cambridge Bay onwards we were on a race against time. Come the end of September and early October the Northwest Passage starts to ice in again. There is a short window in order transit the passage and no time to be tourist.
From Cambridge Bay we sailed direct to Nome, Alaska with only two pit stops along the way due to bad weather, both times not leaving the boat. We have carefully watched the weather in order not to be caught unawares in a gale. Another factor to watch in the Beaufort Sea is the ice shelf that is constantly knocking on your door. This time of year ice is forming at the shore and the ice shelf is starting to freeze over again. If you have the bad luck of northerly winds that ice will be blown down on you at an alarming rate. There were a couple of nights that we had to navigate through floating pieces of ice and had to alter course in order not to come into thicker ice flows.
This last portion of the trip has been full of sea, clouds, sea, clouds and a hint of Northern Lights. This is the part of the Northwest Passage that holds a different kind of glory. Being able to tell the tale of sailing the Beaufort, Chukchi and Bering Sea is something not many cruisers can do.
Come, we’ll buy you a beer and tell you all about it.