Q&A: First sailboat passes through Arctic route, the McClure strait
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Originally posted on National Post | News:
Three men — including one Canadian — on an expedition through the Northwest Passage have navigated their 31-foot fibreglass boat through the McClure strait, an Arctic route they say has never been passed by sailboat before. Nicolas Peissel, of Montreal, American Morgan Peissel and Swede Edvin Buregren, have spent the past three months at sea, travelling from Newfoundland to Greenland and through the Canadian Arctic. As the ice melts at a faster rate, new routes have opened up allowing expeditions, such as theirs called ‘A Passage Through Ice,’ to tackle them. National Post reporter Armina Ligaya spoke to Mr. Peissel, via satellite phone, about dodging icy waves and how three men in a space the size of a bathroom keep from driving each other mad.
Q What’s so unique about this northern route?
A The most famous Arctic explorers in the world, including McClure who lost his ship there, tried to get through this route. Until now, only a Russian icebreaker, completed the Northwest Passage through this route because it is traditionally blocked with ice. The reduction of sea ice here made it possible for us to do a voyage that for hundreds of years blocked explorers. And we’ve managed to do this in a 30-foot-fibreglass boat with no ice reinforcements. To be the first sailboat to ever accomplish this route is quite telling of the environmental change taking place up here.