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 […]
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August 6, at 6:30 p.m. we motored off the dock at Cambridge Bay and made our way to Gjoa Haven. The weather was perfect for our shakedown sail – clear skies with winds at about 15 knots on our tail, and forecast to remain so for 36 hours. The ice…
At this moment, from my warm, cozy chair on this Alaska Airlines jet, I am looking down at the floor of this world. I lack for no comfort here. Hot coffee was just served right to my chair. I am not even required to throw away my own trash. When they take my trash, the […]
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Rolling with the sea is the best way to enjoy her. There is no fighting the inevitable dominance of this great hydraulic flow. She’s too big and powerful. We can fight her for a shift, or a day, or even a week. But eventually, she will break us. Unless of course, we learn to ride […]
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UliVD46YQjQ The dancers in this short video are 6th grade students at Tikigaq School in Point Hope, Alaska, an Inupiat village 200 miles above the Arctic Circle. They are performing traditional songs and dances, passed down through the generations, sung in their native language. The annual school Christmas program in Point…
There is a place in space and time where two forces collide. The place is called TERROR. The forces colliding are named IGNORANCE and COURAGE. I am an adventurer yes. But I am not the most seasoned. At 36 years old, I have had many adventures and sailed many grand voyages. But I am still […]
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How we hauled an 18-ton boat in the Canadian Arctic. As you know, Empiricus sits on the hard in Cambridge Bay, awaiting the 2014 exploration of the North. But how did she get there? The book on Arctic logistics is thin at best. In those waters, you just make do with what you have. Personally, […]
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We left Tuktoyuktuk in heavy East weather. The tempuratures dropped rapidly and it was hard work making ground to windward. we spent about 12 hours at Cape Bathurst, before catching favorable winds East. Then sail we did, all the way to Johansen Bay. Now in the peppered Islands of Coronation Gulf, a heavy Gale from […]
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The view from the water is an amazing sight. I’ve never been to outer space, but I would liken sights from the sea to those of Earth from outer space. In the words of Roger B Chaffee, U.S. Astronaut reardging seeing Earth from afar: “The world itself looks cleaner and so much more beautiful. Maybe […]
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