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Atlantic Odyssey II Official Launch In Tenerife

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Monday 4th January saw the official launch of the Atlantic Odyssey II at a press conference held at the headquarters of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The press conference was attended by …

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Aventura’s Logs

Crossing the Arctic Circle

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Map

Aventura crossed the Arctic Circle at dawn today. In the view of those who only consider a successful transit of the Northwest Passage by having crossed this symbolic gateway both on the way …

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It’s a long way to Nuuk

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Fort Ross anchorage

After the excitement of having reached the Eastern Arctic, we were rewarded by a quiet night at anchor. But the euphoria was soon dampened by the prospect of the 1200 miles …

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Thank you!

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Sunset 16 August

In the last two days I have received many messages of congratulations for Aventura and her crew’s successful voyage. I want to thank all of you who have written, as well …

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A Happy Anniversary

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Aventura route 2015

Exactly one year ago, on 15 August 2014, I was forced to take the painful decision to abandon my attempt to complete a transit of the Northwest Passage, and turn around. …

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The final stage

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Aventura at Gjoa Haven

Gjoa Haven is the place no sailor attempting to transit the Northwest Passage will miss as it is here that Roald Amundsen spent the first two winters of his successful …

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Cambridge Bay Stopover

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Midnight sunset over Cambridge Bay

Due to the strategic location of this transportation hub in the Central Arctic, Cambridge Bay has been described as the make or break point for anyone attempting a transit …

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News from the Arctic

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Aventura’s route in the Northwest Passage

Having passed through the Western Arctic and its ice fields much earlier in the season than we had hoped or expected, and with the ice situation still unfavourable …

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Arctic Canada Landfall

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There is still ice about but we can sail again

In the two weeks since we had left Dutch Harbor, we passed through the Bering Strait, crossed the Arctic Circle, turned east at Point …

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Ice, ice everywhere

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Early on Thursday morning we passed Point Barrow at the northwestern extremity of Alaska. In the month since we left Seattle we have logged 3,000 miles and have now reached an important landmark on …

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Gateway to the Arctic

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Grey misty day in the Bering Strait

In the span of six hours we have passed two significant landmarks: the Bering Strait and the Arctic Circle.

For a long time I regarded the Bering …

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Dutch Harbor Stopover

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Alaska landfall

Favourable winds continued on our passage from Victoria in British Columbia to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. On day 11 of the 1700 mile passage, as we made landfall at Sedanka …

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Life on passage

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Aventura’s Parasailor spinnaker emblazoned with the logos of our partners in this adventure: UNESCO, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the World Meteorological Organisation

I always say that what I like best about sailing and …

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Ice forecast and prospects

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Ice, ice everywhere

 

And nowhere to go

The Canadians Ice Service have published the 30 days ice outlook for the Western and Central Arctic.

Summary for June 18 to 30:Average …

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Aventura’s new attempt at the Northwest Passage

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Early this Saturday morning Aventura left Victoria, British Columbia, bound for Dutch Harbor …. and the Northwest Passage. She had spent the last month in Seattle, in the care of Swiftsure Yachts, the US …

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Northwest Passage - Here They Come!

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Arctic Monkey, Lou Morgan’s Exploration 45, has started her long voyage bound for Greenland and Arctic Canada. Accompanied by Zetty and their daughters Zoe, Leah and Rosie this summer they will attempt an east …

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Aventura on the move again … but not under her own power!

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M.V. Tamper in Golfito

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After four weeks of patiently waiting at Fish Hook marina in Golfito, Costa Rica, on Thursday 29 April Aventura was loaded onto M.V. Tamper, a Sevenstar yacht …

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A New Attempt on the Northwest Passage?

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Map of Aventura route 2014

After the decision was taken to abandon the passage to Tahiti, rather than transit the Panama Canal again, and sail back to Europe across the Atlantic, a very …

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Northwest Passage Bird Sightings - Final Tally

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As part of the Sail the Odyssey science program, during our 2014 summer voyage to Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic with the Blue Planet Odyssey, we tried to photograph …

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Reliability of C-Map electronic charts in the Arctic

How are we going to get out of here?

During this summer I completed a 8500-miles voyage in the North Atlantic that took me from London, UK, to Annapolis, USA, via Greenland and Arctic Canada. Throughout this voyage I used exclusively C-map …

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Blue Planet Odyssey yacht successfully completes a transit of the Northwest Passage

(photo: Emily Penn aboard Drina)

(photo: Emily Penn aboard Drina)

Michael Thurston, the owner of the Australian yacht Drina, sent us a message from Nome, Alaska, to inform us that he and his crew had reached the Pacific Ocean …

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Update from the Northwest Passage

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We just received an unconfirmed report that Drina arrived in Tuktoyaktuk on Saturday, and are continuing from here to Alaska.


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NW Passage: News from Drina

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Michael Thurston reports:

We arrived Gjoa on Monday morning to find it was a long weekend for Labor Day Holiday so everything was closed. We did however manage to clear in to Canada and …

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Blue Planet Odyssey mission in NW Passage continues successfully

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An update on progress and some thoughts from Michael Thurston on Drina.

Michael Thurston and Jimmy Cornell aboard Drina

After being beset in ice at Port Leopold due to a wind contrary to the …

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Northwest Passage Gate Opens

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Today, 31 August, is exactly 3 months since Aventura left London bound for Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage. Since then we have covered over 6000 miles and are now …

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