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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #50 on: September 01, 2013, 08:22:43 PM »
I'm afraid you'll have to hold your breath for a while longer Neven:

Sébastian and Vincent have triggered their distress beacon.


More info on my blog.


Poor Roubinet. I translated the documentary he made of his first try, and when they decided to abort because their batteries were dying on them, he was absolutely devastated. Crying like a little boy, and not surprisingly, given the extreme conditions.

The idea is a good one - to 'skate' over large floes using a sail where there's no open water -, but maybe the Arctic has changed too much for an expedition of this kind. Of course, this year has been even more difficult weather-wise. But maybe they should've started much earlier, maybe even at the end of May.

I hope they can get out of there, and if they do, that they give it another try next year or the year after that.
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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #51 on: September 02, 2013, 08:15:21 PM »
That doesn't bode well !!!

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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #52 on: September 02, 2013, 11:39:11 PM »
from http://www.dptechnology.com/lang/cn/northpole2013/index.asp
1-Sep-2013

Saturday morning, Sebastien and Vincent have triggered their distress beacon. It means that the Quest through the Pole stops here, at 82° 14 ' of Latitude North and 171° 47' of Longitude West. But the adventure continues as they are now hoping for rescue.

Sebastien and Vincent pushed the decision as long as they could, discussing it with their forecasters, routers, and specialists, but all conclusions tie in: they are completely blocked by the ice that came back two weeks earlier than last and previous years. We knew that the last days had been very hard as they were battling against a strong northerly front forcing them to tack the whole time, sailing against the wind, against the current, and against the drifting ice blocks, permanently wet. Yesterday was the worse with just 1.8 nautical mile won in 17 hours of efforts to compare to the 10 nautical miles lost because of the southerly drift of the ice floe.

They are almost as far as we can be from any coast,and there have no way to come back by themselves.

Except for their mood, they are in good shape, boat and equipment are OK, and they could definitely continue if they were in "normal" conditions. The ice is clearly reforming with very low negative temperatures, unusual drift and still 460 miles to go for the pole. Sebastien had been expecting an improvement of the weather until the last day, but the latest maps, ice prevision, and wind forecast are and will stay opposed to their progression. It would take them much too long to just reach the pole while in three weeks, they will be in the dark the whole day.

They are in Russian waters under US competence, the center of assistance has been informed, and the Marine Rescue Operations are looking for a solution. The Russians have contacted Sebastien directly with no result because of language difficulties. The options are either an ice-breaker or maybe a plane as they are close to a very large flat ice plate. Nothing clear so far. We will keep you posted as soon as we get news.
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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #53 on: September 03, 2013, 01:14:41 AM »
A Google translation of http://www.france3.fr/emissions/thalassa/blog-actu/?p=1814

The Russian icebreaker "Admiral Makarov" was sent in the eastern Arctic, to rescue the French crew said Monday the head of the Russian Marine Rescue Centre, Dmitri Smirnov, the official news agency ITAR-TASS. "The French travelers have reserves of food and fuel for ten days. This is quite sufficient to await rescue" he assured. The icebreaker is expected to arrive in the area on Wednesday morning.


http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/shipposition.phtml?call=UGSN

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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #54 on: September 03, 2013, 10:53:04 PM »
September 3, 2013
There is 3 days now Sebastien and Vincent triggered their distress beacon. They tried everything they believed feasable until the last moment, but poor weather conditions present and especially future force them to give up!
Going by their own means is impossible, they were forced to trigger their beacon. They're fine, though vexed.
Here are the words they send us:
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"This morning we tried to navigate around the water area spotted yesterday, but the crust of ice slowed us too. Around noon, we had advanced 0.8 miles which confirmed our concern in recent days. We then suddenly stopped, looked at, analyzed the ice charts and weather forecast for the week and we had to face the facts ... For two or three days, the ice on the path to the north pole is building up negative temperatures are announced for the next 8 days. The trap closes earlier than expected ...
A phenomenon we expected 15 days later and adds to unusual and adverse conditions we encounter since the beginning of the expedition (contrary winds and drifting).
After lengthy discussions, we felt it was becoming too dangerous to venture further north. It is vital to try to reach the nearest land.
There is 4/5 days, viewing our progress and the ice charts, we were very confident about the success of the expedition. The sudden change in conditions has surprised us, and the decision was therefore very difficult to take.
Currently we are only a hundred miles from the north pole of inaccessibility, the center of the Arctic Ocean, the furthest point from any land, then our adventure is not over ... "

Sebastian and Vince

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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #55 on: September 04, 2013, 12:42:35 PM »
Séb and Vincent (and Babouchka!) were picked up by the Admiral Makarov earlier today.

Much more on my blog at "Admiral Makarov Meets Babouchka in the Central Arctic".
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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #56 on: September 04, 2013, 10:57:29 PM »
The idea is a good one - to 'skate' over large floes using a sail where there's no open water -, but maybe the Arctic has changed too much for an expedition of this kind. Of course, this year has been even more difficult weather-wise. But maybe they should've started much earlier, maybe even at the end of May.

I hope they can get out of there, and if they do, that they give it another try next year or the year after that.
Not that Franklin did so well either. Or Hudson.

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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #57 on: September 05, 2013, 01:24:17 PM »


Les deux navigateurs français bloqués en Arctique sains et saufs à bord de l'Admiral Makarov

The two French sailors trapped in the Arctic are safe and sound aboard the Admiral Makarov

http://www.actunautique.com/article-les-deux-navigateurs-fran-ais-bloques-en-arctique-sains-et-saufs-a-bord-de-l-admiral-makarov-119866915.html

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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #58 on: September 09, 2013, 08:51:12 PM »
The saga continues...
6-Sep-2013

The Admiral Makarov is now in sight of the harbor at Pevek.
 In the last few days of travel from the frozen wilds, Sébastien and Vincent have rested and perhaps even gained back a little of the weight they lost throughout their icy battle.

And though the threat of physical danger is now over, the beaurocratic adventure is just beginning. As Sébastien and Vincent are entering Russia without visas through a highly guarded harbor far from an immigration office with the authority to issue the proper documents, regular protocol dictates that sorting everything out could take two to three weeks.
 
Concerning the boat and its cargo — including the scientific equipment and samples — we have no clue how and when (hopefully not if) the Babouchka will make it out of Russia. What we do know is that it won’t be simple, but luck is never far away.

In a splendid coincidence, the French boat “Tara Expedition” is in Pevek and its captain offered to lend our heroes a hand. So far, the Russian administration, the French consulate, and the captains of both the Admiral Makarov and the Tara have given the okay and made the arrangements for the two boats to meet off shore to transfer Sébastien and Vincent to the Tara.

More to come ...
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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #59 on: September 10, 2013, 06:19:15 PM »
Sébastien, Vincent and the Babouchka finally made it to the Russian port city of Pevek, but without the precious documents granting them the right to actually stand on Russian ground.

Transfer from the Admiral Makarov to the Tara was cleared for the men but not for the materials, which means that our friends left the Babouchka behind as they boarded the expedition sailboat Tara in the midst of her scientific mission in the Arctic.
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Sébastien and Vincent will stay aboard the Tara until her next stop, in Tuktoyaktuk, Canada.
 

Read more, and see links to Russian news accounts and Tara's expedition website & mission: http://www.dptechnology.com/lang/cn/northpole2013/index.asp
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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #60 on: September 19, 2013, 01:52:08 PM »

TARA (the french arctic expedition sailboat) arrived at Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Terr., Canada! Vincent and Sebastien are one step closer to their homes in Quebec and in France, respectively.
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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #61 on: September 23, 2013, 09:39:22 AM »
I discovered this morning via his comment on my blog that Vincent at least is now safe and sound and back at home:

http://econnexus.org/admiral-makarov-meets-babouchka-in-the-central-arctic/#comment-44205
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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #62 on: September 26, 2013, 12:58:14 PM »
More from Vincent Berthet on econnexus.org:

Regarding scientific data, CTD profiles and ice thickness measurements are still to be processed by our scientific coordinator. We also sampled heavy cryoconite and are looking forward to know what's inside!

Thank you again and congratulations to you and Neven for your blogs.
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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #63 on: June 11, 2014, 08:44:19 PM »
http://www.sebroubinet.eu/english/home.html

For those with a lot of money, they are sailing a DVD...
Below on the right.

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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #64 on: July 03, 2014, 04:50:59 PM »
And now an English language trailer. Babouchka - The North Pole. A Return to Hell.

Teaser BABOUCHKA THE NORTH POLE:A RETURN TO HELL
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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #65 on: July 03, 2014, 10:02:10 PM »
Coincidentally, I translated a lot of this footage to Dutch for a French TV programme. Again, very impressive footage, giving a much better sense for an Arctic junkie like me of what the Arctic is like on the ground.

I sincerely hope Sébastien gives it another shot next year, but that they go as early as possible. I wish I was tough enough to go with him.
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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #66 on: April 25, 2016, 08:00:14 PM »
From http://www.sebroubinet.eu/accueil.html we have (will have) LA VOIE DU PÔLE - 2017 Traverse of the Arctic Ocean. 

Google translated:
Sebastian, Rodolphe and Benoît are preparing for a new attempt of the Arctic Ocean crossing under sail in 2017. Here we go again but this time, three! Sébastien and Rodolphe were joined by Benoît Lequin, a sailor and technician confirmed.

While Sebastian uses his wintering on Greenland's east coast to refine its preparation in extreme conditions (hunting, material testing ... ), Benoit is responsible for project communication and is preparing to begin construction of the new gear polar; it also works with Rodolphe, looking for partners.

Other information about this future expedition is available on their website (in French)

For example (also Google translated)
During the summers 2015 and 2016, they offer cruises for you to discover, in small groups, some of this wilderness, as the fjord of Scoresby Sund, one of the largest and most fabulous of the world, in total immersion ... in the middle of nature, wildlife, flora, ice and lights.

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We offer three cruises, but remain, however, open to any other proposals, such as hosting scientific teams, sports ... It is also possible to join us on board for delivery between Greenland, Iceland and France ...

I hope to remember to start a thread next year when this materializes - or someone else might beat me to it.  :)
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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #67 on: April 25, 2016, 08:18:55 PM »
They need to go as early as possible. It's probably still too cold now, but imagine riding that Beaufort Gyre for three weeks! They'd make it for sure after that.
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Re: Quest through the Pole: Sailing from Barrow to Spitsbergen
« Reply #68 on: March 28, 2017, 07:16:41 PM »
Crossing the Arctic Ocean by Sail

It looks like they are skipping 2017 and will make a run for it in 2018.  Google Translate offers:
Sébastien, Benoît and Pierre-Yves are preparing for a new attempt to cross the Arctic Ocean by 2018. It's time to go, but this time, three! Benoît Lequin and Pierre-Yves, sailors and experienced technicians joined Sébastien. They have, among other things, crossed the Atlantic in both directions on a non-habitable catamaran of 6m.
 Sébastien, for his part, took advantage of his wintering on the east coast of Greenland to fine-tune the preparation in extreme conditions (hunting, testing equipment ...). Today, all three are involved in the construction of the new Polar gear as well as looking for partners

They've got a boatload of sponsors!  Their website includes a list of "Connections" (in French: "Liens") that includes (of many, this one in English) "The passive igloo project".

I imagine this thread will go back into hibernation...
« Last Edit: March 28, 2017, 07:22:15 PM by Tor Bejnar »
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