2014 Season Has Come To An End
It was a fantastic summer and we have managed to sail almost the full distance that we planned on. Due to some time restraints as well as unfavorable ice conditions, we had to skip Cunningham Inlet on Sommerset Island in the Canadian Arctic.
We are now doing all the required maintenance to get Bagheera back to her old self and ready for the 2015 season. One of the things that has to be looked at is the engine, after the replacement in Greenland, it has still some minor issues that need to be resolved, and our water heating system needs to be tied in to it again.
This is Bagheera rafted with a patch of sea ice, we have been surrounded by quite dense patches of pack ice for 2,5 days while we were looking for Polar bears. The picture is taken just north of Arctic bay in the Admiralty Inlet, the northern part of Baffin Island, first week of August.
One of the bears we encountered was actually trying to cut us off from the mothership while we were out in the zodiac.Jorgen Rasmussen manged to take this fantastic shot with our boat in the background. Jorgen is a professional photographer, and some of his work can be seen on his website: jorgenrasmussen.com
This picture was taken around 01:00 in the morning, the sun just dissapearing behind a hill for a few minutes. We were floating between the brash ice of a glacier in the northern part of the Disco Bay area, which is the central part of Western Greenland, 3rd week of July.
We’re Home Again!
The route from Clyde River (Baffin Island) to Halifax took us 18 days with a one day stop in Hebron (Labrador) and a few hours in Woody Point (Newfoundland). It was very windy during the last 700 miles, and mainly right on the nose. But boy, was it a nice delivery trip home! The attached picture is one that we took during our stop in Hebron, Labrador.
Traveling Through An Icy World
It has been a very busy and very fascinating time since our last update over a month ago. The engine replacement project has been a great success, and unfortunately, we have needed the service of this engine for more than 250 hours in the last month as we have been negotiating ice and calms almost the entire time.
Except for a few annoying small things that require constant attention, the engine is operating exactly as she should, and we are very happy that we have been able to pull this off in the set time frame.
On July 15th, we set sail heading north along the coast of Greenland.
Places like Eqip glacier, Svartenhuk, Upernavik and the Devil’s Thumb have been visited before we headed into the vast desolation of the Melville Bay. Melville is an area in NW Greenland that is practically one big glacier front over a distance of several hundreds of miles. Only occasionally interrupted by a mountain ridge that ends in the sea. This piece of water with practically no places to hide or to anchor, and with icebergs of all sizes and shapes, is only navigable for a short period of time during the second half of the summer.
We sailed through here with Jorgen Rasmussen and his crew, in order to search for wildlife for their photography project.
After four days in this amazing part of Greenland, we sailed across the Baffin Bay to Devon Island in Canada, and after a 2 day visit to the sea ice edge in Admiralty inlet, we are now floating around in Milne Inlet, just south west of the settlement “Pond Inlet” on the north coast of Baffin Island. We hope to spot and photograph the Narwhal’s that come here to reproduce during the summer.