Thursday, June 21, 2007

Sailing from Anchorage to Greenland...


Sebastian and Anne-lise arrived in Port Moller the day before me but not in the conventional way. They are the creators and sailors of "Babouche," a sailboat with retractable rudder blades that glide over ice. They are accomplished sailors in their native France and are attempting the first ever crossing of the North American Archipelago from east to west with no power whatsoever. They are attracting an interest in climate change among other worthy goals by sailing and when they have to, ice-gliding, from Anchorage to Greenland. They have already been at sea a month and have two months to go. When they left here, they were on their way to Nome, then Barrow. They are following strict date guidlines due to ice conditions. Their boat was beautiful and practical. Each lives on one side of the boat in little "pods" and the tiny boat underneath is one of the lifeboats. We had a big dinner for them at the head biologist's house and they took off early the next morning. What an adventure. Check it out at: http://www.babouche-expe.eu/home.html.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Kathie said...

Oh my gosh! And those of us who read your blong consider YOU're in primitive conditions! All good wishes to them (and to you, of course).

8:52 AM

 
Blogger FinnyKnits said...

Wow! That's really, really cool. What a great adventure. And the whole pods thing has me intrigued. Great post.

9:39 AM

 
Blogger Ni Yachen said...

It is always interesting who you meet while traveling around the bush, which is half the fun. Like this week I was in Teller and got to spend part of the day with legend Joe Garnie.

I can't tell if these guys are fearless or foolish. Either way i am going to keep track of their progress. Thanks for the post.

10:38 AM

 
Blogger laura g. said...

Yes, fearless or foolish is an interesting question but I too will follow their progress with interest. You definitely meet all sorts of interesting people in places like this. Thanks, Finny! I liked the pods, too! And congrats on Jada's graduation...er...certificate of completion!!

9:46 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

....life can be rich. I love that you're out there grooving in it!

8:22 AM

 

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