Onward to the East

Published on 22.07.2009 - Arctic Calling

After having spent one week moored in the bay of Point Barrow, the Baloum Gwen ship is now sailing out eastward. Two other sailing ships are trying the same route.

First of all, Baloum Gwen has met two other sloops that are about to start the exact same trip through the Northwest Passage.

The first one is a sailing ship called the Silent Sound lead by the skipper and journalist Cameron Dueck. He is carrying out a traverse starting from Victoria, a port located in the southwest of Canada, and ending in Halifax, which is on the other side of the country. He will go through the Northwest Passage. Three other people are with him: Hanns Bergmann, Tobias Neuberger and Drew Fellman.

The other sailing ship is named Ocean Watch. It is attempting to circumnavigate the two Americas. The ship left from Seattle on Saturday May 23. "Our mission, explains skipper Mark Scrader, is to raise the awareness of American populations about the threats that exist for the health of our oceans. We would like to try and bring politicians to take efficient actions to fight sea pollution..."  During the week that the Breton ship spent moored in the Point Barrow bay, the sailors met at numerous occasions.

The second piece of information that is interesting to know about this expedition is the recent arrival of an additional crew member: Gilles. He is from Paris and joined the existing ship crew on July 18. Three days after his arrival, July 21, Baloum Gwen left the Point Barrow bay as soon as the winds had become favorable for sailing. Onward to the East!

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