Aventura’s Logs

Aventura, Jimmy Cornell’s ideal cruising boat, attempted the Northwest Passage twice, succeeding in 2015.

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Westbound boats for the Northwest Passage

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The ice forecast for this season issued at the beginning of July gave the impression that this would be a normal year in the Canadian Arctic. On that basis, those planning a …

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The waiting game

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We are still waiting for the ice situation to improve, so there is not much to do but deal with routine maintenance jobs, read, watch DVDs, listen to music, receive visitors from other boats waiting …

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Atlantic Odyssey detour to the Arctic

Drina-in-Dundas

A sleek green ketch flying the Australian flag made its way slowly into Dundas Harbour and dropped anchor close to us. Standing out on its lifelines was a white banner with a large number …

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Icebound

Icebound

The Canadian Ice Service published on 1 August the ice forecast for the next month. Although in general terms conditions in Arctic Canada are described as normal for this time of year, …

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Change of scenery

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The long term forecast for the ice to start retreating in the approaches to the critical part of the Northwest Passage gives the first or possibly second week of August as a …

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Blue Planet Odyssey Yachts Meet The Cold North

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Aventura and Suilven at anchor in Dundas Harbour, Devon Island, Canadian Arctic (Lat 74°31’ N, Long 82°30’W)

On July 24th two yachts met in the cold waters of Baffin Bay at 74°N, a place …

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Farewell to Greenland

Whale-sounding

After exactly one month to the day, we bid farewell to Greenland and set a course across Baffin Bay to the Canadian side and Lancaster Sound. We spent the last day cruising through Greenland’s spectacular …

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Introducing Aventura’s crew

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Aventura crewTop row: Nick, Nikki, Jimmy and Marianne, Bottom row: Nera, Doina, Emily and Jean-Luc

I’m giving our esteemed captain Jimmy a rest from Log writing today so that I can introduce you …

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Across the Arctic Circle

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location: 68’42N 52’52W

Jimmy explains the Arctic Circle to granddaughter Nera

Yesterday we crossed the Arctic Circle, which is regarded by some as the symbolic gateway to the Northwest Passage. There is, in …

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Farewell to Nuuk

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Before leaving Nuuk, I went to the port office to complete departure formalities. I handed the pontoon keys to Johannes Lindenhann, the harbour master who had so warmly welcomed us on …

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Gun Ho in Nuuk

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Throughout our stay in Nuuk Aventura has been tied up alongside Kisaq, a 20-metre workboat, strongly built and perfectly suited for these waters. The owner, Anders Pedersen, a former Danish Coast Guard officer, has …

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The strategy for an east to west transit of the Northwest Passage

Old-Nuuk

In preparation for the transit of the Northwest Passage, I have been in contact with sailors who have accomplished a transit in recent years, have attended several lectures on the subject, have …

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Midsummer Day

Nuuk-harbour

In spite of a spell of strong contrary winds, we managed to arrive in Nuuk late last night. I had called the harbour …

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The shortest night

Friday-sunrise

location: 63’30N. 51’34W

Last night the sun set at quarter to midnight local time and throughout the period of relative darkness it stayed barely hidden just below the northern horizon fringing it …

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Dodging Ice

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After days of fog and poor visibility, the sun came out late yesterday afternoon, the wind …

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Greenland Landfall

Landfall

Just before 11 o’clock local time, the sun came out, the mist cleared and almost exactly ten days after our departure from Stromness in the Orkney Islands we caught a glimpse of Greenland. …

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Video: Aventura launches oceanographic drifter buoy

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Aventura launches oceanographic drifter buoy from Sail the Odyssey on Vimeo.

As part of an agreement between Cornell Sailing and UNESCO to assist scientific research, Aventura’s crew today launched off the …

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We are getting closer

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The winds continue to be favourable, and we are making very good progress. Tomorrow morning we should be close to Cape Farewell, Greenland’s southernmost point, and we shall launch the first …

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Age has got nothing to do with it

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My last sail on Aventura III

Jon Amtrup, a Norwegian journalist, has just emailed me a number of questions on behalf of a Norwegian magazine. I found his first question intriguing enough to …

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Along the Viking Route

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Day 5 since our departure from Stromness, in the Orkney Islands. We have covered 750 miles and the winds continue to be favourable. Last night we passed the westernmost part of …

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Two very different days in the North Atlantic

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Yesterday, on the third day of Aventura‘s passage to Greenland, it suddenly felt as if we had been miraculously transposed to the Mediterranean. The sun was shining out of a deep …

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Getting Technical

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Today the wind hasn’t risen above 12 knots, which has given me the opportunity to continue to configure the various electronic systems on board Aventura. This is a case in point – as we’re …

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Aventura Selfie!

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…and I thought it was just Hollywood celebrities that took them.

You maybe wondering about the routine of life on-board now 3 days into the passage. After the night watches, the early morning brings …

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Passage to Greenland

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Pilot Tidal Station

Today, Sunday 8 June, is World Oceans Day, hopefully an auspicious omen for the start of our 1200 mile passage from Orkney to Greenland. Choosing the right time of departure …

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Scottish Landfall

Arrival-Orkney

We arrived at Stromness, in the Orkney Islands, early this morning after a rather uneventful but highly enjoyable passage from London. Aventura’s 560 miles voyage proved that she …

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