In the Bering Sea

Published on 21.06.2009 - Arctic Calling

The Baloum Gwen is still sailing across the Bering Straits. The sea is rough, but everyone takes his watch as planned and Thierry Fabing's yacht is well on its way towards the town of Nome in Alaska.

We picked up the voyage of this Britanny-based sailing boat when it was moored at the quayside on St Paul Island off the coast of Alaska (to view this part of the world, type St Paul Island into Google Earth and you will automatically find it to the north of the Aleutian Islands in the middle of the Bering Sea).

Now the crew has decided to call in at Nome in north-western Alaska. This city is situated on the southern coast of Seward Peninsula and is best known as the place were the world-famous Iditarod dog sled race finishes each year. The Iditarod sets out from Anchorage and attracts hundreds of mushers and their teams of dogs.

Thierry Fabing's boat intends staying in port for a few days. After setting sail again, the plan is to cross the Bering Straits and head east towards the start of the North-West Passage.

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