The NW passage was first successfully crossed in 1903-06 by Norwegian; Roald Amundsen. The route between the Atlantic and Pacific has long held commercial trading route opportunities however today remains a barren wilderness that remains little explored. There have been numerous stories of failure. In recent decades the effects of global warming and the melting of the ice has enabled more transits to be successful, but in the main these have been in commercial craft or custom steel or aluminum yachts.
This expedition will be the return passage (East to West successfully completed in 2012) for a production, glass fibre 33’ yacht – which in itself on successful completion will be record-breaking firsts. The total number of transverses recorded to 2011 is 160.
The expedition, in a true Corinthian spirit, is by a self-contained team of five people, entirely self reliant and self-funding. In addition, the Arctic ocean seabed has had little, if any research. The expedition will include the surveying and videoing of the seabed, in particular around glacier outfalls to determine the effect of the ice on the seabed and investigate what marine plants and sea life exist. This data will be recorded using a specially designed underwater camera for analysis by a specialist marine biologist on completion.
I will in due course be announcing exciting news in regards to raising funds for an excellent charity, however in the meantime I am therefore looking for sponsors in kind or significant equipment discounts to assist in preparation of the expedition.