08/21/2014 1621 hrs.
This morning we woke to the site of an icebreaker moored at the mouth of Gjoa Haven Harbor.
I hailed them on the radio, and true to excellent Canadian Coast Guard standards, they had already anticipated the contact. A couple of hours later, the 3rd Mate Brian delivered us (Altan Girl and Empiricus) packets of ice and weather information. With Altan Girl rafted along side, we all sat and discussed the options.
Samantha is our onboard weather expert, having flown bush planes in the Arctic for most of her adult life. I always enjoy watching her interpolate weather, as I learn something every time.
After a short visit on the radio with the 1st Mate and Brian, who was onboard, we confirmed that the passage is now passable in our craft, as long as an East wind is prominent.
This information, mingled with the advise of TRUSTED and CREDIBLE resources are the foundation upon how we make our own decisions, continuing along this wonderful journey.
Lately we have encountered some rather pushy advice from another blogger. Who misrepresented us to Sail Magazine last year. Using our photo and saying we were “Stuck in the Ice”. We were not. We w chose to stop at a flow for photos and went out of our way a hundred yards to do so.
This kind of Drama only deters people from adventuring and is not helpful. Unsolicited advice to us and others, has begun to foul the air. So before we go, I’ll clear this up.
A safe enjoyable voyage, is the result of teamwork, represented by an identified leader.
The most important decisions that we make in life are made in the trenches, after considering all elements.
Those who feel a burning to give orders to another man’s ship should get their own ship, kick the dock lines and head North to the Arctic. Here a desire to make decisions can be fully satisfied, by the needs at hand.
Those who choose not to commit, to this real life experience, yet bark orders from afar, can worry themselves negotiating the ice in their glass… Taking care to not spill any on their keyboard…
In order to eliminate confusion regarding travel speed, when it comes to ice timing, I offer the following. If we were to blast at 7 knots toward the ice today, we would likely become beset. But that is not our tactic.
By the time we slowly sail toward the 9/10 pack, it will disperse. If it does not, we will slow down. By slow, I mean 2-3 knots, and that not always course made good.
Remember The Tortoise and the Hare – slow and steady wins the race.
Capt. Jesse Osborn