I will be attempting a west-to-east transit of the Northwest Passage in the summer of 2022 as crew aboard a French-owned and built Boréal 47 sailboat. This trip begins in Anacortes, ends in Brittany, France, and starts in early May. I previously transited the NW Passage in 2019 from east to west, crewing aboard Breskell, a 50-foot cold-molded sailboat. That trip began in Newfoundland and ended in Port Townsend. So you could say… Read More
Photo: Eric Maffre Breskell stopped in Tuk for provisions and repairs and left with a story of human connection. Tales From The Northwest Passage – Tuktoyakyuk – What’s In A Fish? has been published in the June issue of 48 North Magazine. It’s an honor to be published alongside Andy Cross and Karl Krueger, two inspiring local adventurer’s. A special thank you to editor Joe Cline for his support, Eric Maffre for… Read More
What could be more salty? The latest installment by the Resourceful Sailor Series in Latitude 38′s online ‘Lectronic Latitude, centers around the addition of Breskell‘s crow’s nest for her transit of the Northwest Passage. Thank you to Monica and the crew for publishing “Shouldn’t Every Boat Have A Crow’s Nest?” on May, 12, 2021. For the full article, follow the link below to ‘Lectronic Latitude: https://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/shouldnt-every-boat-have-a-crows-nest/
Dictionary.com defines bricolage [bree-kuh-lahzh] as “a construction made of whatever materials are at hand; something created from a variety of available things.” With financial means and healthy supply chains, this definition can have a broad interpretation. But when these break down or are nonexistent, creativity and ingenuity must prevail. Whether sailors or landlubbers, many people are ‘bricolagists,’ and they often have similar materials at hand. A special thank you to Monica and the… Read More
When Captain Olivier Huin asked me to secure the gear on the deck of Breskell for her transit through the Northwest Passage in 2019, I was happy I knew my knots. A special thank you to Adam Cort for publishing my article, Marlinspike Seamanship in the Arctic, in the June 2020, (Vol. 51, #6) issue of Sail Magazine. Here is a link: https://www.sailmagazine.com/diy/know-how-marlinspike-seamanship-in-the-arctic The article is about getting creative when securing deck gear and gives insight… Read More
I would like to thank Joe Cline, Andy Cross, and all the crew at 48° North for choosing and publishing my poem about the meaning of May. It appears in the Lifestyle section of their online version, dated May 14, 2020. You can view it by clicking this link: 48north.com 48° North is a long time Pacific Northwest sailing magazine, which in 2018 became part of The Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, WA. Even… Read More
Bricolage – French for Do-It-Yourself! When S/V Breskell transited the Northwest Passage in the summer of 2019, there was a bit of bricolage along the way. The link below offers a new Resourceful Sailor article on Latitude 38‘s online magazine, ‘Lectronic Latitude, highlighting a few examples. Thanks to Tim Henry for publishing it. I hope you enjoy and thanks for checking it out. Click Here for a link to the article.
Our route in Mapshare The total: June 26-Sept. 26, 2019 The refit: June 26-July 16 (21 days) The voyage: July 17-Sept. 26, 2019 (72 days) St. John’s, Newfoundland, CA to Port Townsend, Washington, USA, via Greenland and the Northwest Passage. The miles: 6658(ish) Nautical Miles The boat: Breskell – an old timey, lo-tech, cold-molded sled What is next for me? A million dollar question! But no worries….things have a way…..
People wonder where the photos are, as if the internet grows on trees. But there are not trees in the Arctic. We landed in Nome yesterday after passing through Bering Strait the day before, which is our official finish line for doing the Northwest Passage. FACT. Here in port are two other boats we had met along the way, also finishers. Altego 2 of the Czech. Rep. and Inook of France. Breskell… Read More
Today, I fly to St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, to meet up with Breskell and Olivier Huin to prepare the vessel for the voyage of a lifetime. I am sitting at the South Gate, in Sea-Tac airport awaiting my flight. That’s Seattle if you were unsure. My friend dropped me off at 12:15 for my 4:33 flight in an effort to a) miss traffic, b) get me plenty of time to check my… Read More