From Upernavik in Greenland to Nome in Alaska, my dream is coming true.
“Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.” (Stan Rogers song).
This is our Summer 2018 plan. On July 31, we will fly to Iceland and the next day to Greenland. On August 4, we will meet SV Fredoya in Upernavik and join a crew of seven. Fredoya is a 57 ft sloop with a welded aluminum hull and a retractable hydraulic keel, a custom design built for the arctic between 2003 and 2008. The skipper, Fred, is a RYA Yacht Master Offshore, his wife Fredo , Hélène and Christian from the South of France, and Harry from Ireland will form the crew with Dunnery and I.
Construction of Fredoya was done in a small village in the Alps called Bois de Claix in my sister’s warehouse. Three identical boats were built, one now in the Med, one in Victoria BC for the last day as Imaqa is leaving to transit the Northwest Passage from West to Est any minute. The last one, Fredoya, will do the transit from East to West and we agreed to RDV and raft the boats together for a toast when we cross.
More details in the next few days, was just checking if I still knew how to post.