So far this has been the most amazing year of my life. WOW! Life lived well has gained momentum and we’ve been so busy living out our plans and dreams! Because of that, I have not blogged much, and I apologize. Today I remedy that and regain traction here at Empiricusembarks. OK. Here we go! […]Read more "An amazing year of our lives!"
Joining us as a guest or crew member could be a great way to explore the lifestyle if global cruising under sail, without cutting ties to shore. It is also a great, one of a kind vacation, like no other you can find. We tend to stay off the beaten path and you can join […]Read more "Join us in Greenland July 2015!"
Big Bad Bellot. The West entrance to the strait is located at 71 Deg 58 Min North by 95 Deg 11 Min West. Its southern shore marks the northernmost point on the North American continent. This narrow body of water is not well charted and carries a long history of dramatic encounters for ships […]Read more "BIG BAD BELLOT STRAIT. PART 1"
The following is the official list of Northwest Passage transits, by all vessels in recorded history. Empiricus is number 208! Ever! There is also some brief but interesting reading in the introduction. They have Empiricus listed as a “Ketch”, but thats an easy mistake to make. We have requested a correction to “Yawl”, but thats […]Read more "Northwest Passage 2014 the official complete list of passage makers."
09/09/2014 1440 UTC Were off! Anchor pulled, chain removed and stowed in the locker. We had a nice sail, broad reaching with bread in the oven. Then the winds dropped off and became fluky from the SE. Samantha made a Fantastic curry and we enjoyed it as the sun dropped behind us. The […]Read more "Pond Inlet Nunavut to Aasiaat Greenland"
TRADING FIRE FOR ICE July 10, When fellow sailor and explorer Mark Nelson, dropped me off at the airport in Juneau. I took a deep breath. After checking my 3 enormous bags in, and passing through security, I sat in a chair and tried to relax. This was it. If I did not have it […]Read more "TRADING FIRE FOR ICE"
During the 2013 voyage, Empiricus carried a heavier load than she ever has (so far as I know, that is.) Usually her weight in the slings sits at 35000 pounds. This year, when hauling out in Cambridge Bay, the crane recorded her at 38000 pounds. That’s minus a crew of five, all their personal gear […]Read more "A loaded boat, a leaky rudderpost and a weary bilge pump."
Another chapter unfolds in our exploration of the Arctic, as I resign my position in Prudhoe Bay Alaska. Samantha, Steven, the dog “Bruce” and myself will set up camp, smack dab in the middle of the Northwest Passage. The story of how Samantha and I met is amazing and will only be done justice by […]Read more "Beginning our lives together in Nunavut."
“Resonate” -to produce or be filled with a deep, full reverberating sound. We hear about all the ripple effects, don’t we? We hear the gossip and the drama. We as humans seem to love drama. Drama and blame. I have a theory about that. The theory goes that we tend to take the wide path […]Read more "Resonate on the bright side."
Well we’ve made it through the Aleutian Islands! After a slow start with contrary winds, we made up time with some long passages and raging winds. Our route has taken us from well offshore, to inland passages from Chignik Lagoon, to King Cove to False Pass. In Chignik we picked up a stray dog that […]Read more "We’ve made it to the Bering Sea!"