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Why sail through the Northwest Passage?

We have a wonderful and most exciting adventure ahead of us! If the ice conditions allows us we will as the first Swedish boat ever sail through the Northwest Passage this summer.

Why sail through the Northwest Passage?

We have a wonderful and most exciting adventure ahead of us! If the ice conditions allows us we will as the first Swedish boat ever sail through the Northwest Passage this summer.

Friends and colleagues often asks us why we chose to spend the summer sailing through the Northwest Passage. We are facing some cold sailing with frequent and strong winds, a constant and tight watch for ice, an ever present danger of being packed in the ice, shallow and poorly surveyed waters, strong tidal currents, hungry polar bears and no fresh supplies to the crew. The answer might just be that we both have a passion for adventure and the Artic and a desire for challenges.

With this journey we want to test both our own and the boats capacity. To do so it is important that our equipment on board is the best. At the Stockholm boatshow we made a fine deal with Marinplus who will provide us with a new "forwardlooking" echo sounder. This will make our sailing much safer and we hope it will help us discover those hidden grounds that our radar will miss. The sounder will also be most convenient when searching for a safe place to drop our anchor.

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A very imortant part of our preparations has been to find crewmembers to join us. And we are pleased that we now have a full crew all the way to Anchorage. Four members will join us to Iceland where another two members will jump on board and sail with us to Greenland. In Nuuk the entire crew will change and we'll be four men and two women to go through the passage, north of Alaska and down the Bering Strait to Anchorage.

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