• event MW2 2023

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    MYSTERY ISLANDS
    ALASKA
    ALEOETEN & BARENTS EILANDEN

    - Juni-Juli / 20 days-19 nights - OPEN to invitation -

    ENHANCE YOUR LIFE

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WILDERNESS EXPEDITION
RAGGED AND SO DIVERSE SCENERY
AASIAAT TO ILULISSAT
DUTCH HARBOR TO NOME ALASKA
TO REMOTEST ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
THE ISLANDS OF THE BARENTS SEA
BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS AND SEA MAMMALS



Expedition style sailing in the Arctic as companions on invitations only. Economical and still not on a shoestring, against a contribution level you may afford. Adventurous, by times out of comfort, overall extremely satisfying.

All my expeditions take place against the background of my
POLARCIRCLE-XL expedition



MW2-2023   ALEUTIAN ISLANDS & ISLANDS OF THE BARENTS

The most remote islands you never hear of. Sailing a wild, ragged and diverse coast line with mighty ridges, deep bays. Dune islands and sandy beaches too. The ragged Alaskan peaks may show on the far horizon. Fishermen, with big boats or small skiffs they bring crabs and all kind of fish to shore. Deadliest catch documentaries come from here.

The weather may be turbulent. There is no such thing as bad weather, mysterious even under a dense fog. Whenever we get a chance we may stroll on land

DATES:
Part one: Aleutian Islands - June - July - 20 days; Dutch Harbor to Dutch Harbor
Part two: Islands Of The Barents - July 20 days; Dutch Harbor to Nome



WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT
Adventure comes rarely without resistance:
 not for softies – chilly weather now and then – ice lookout - radar guard – fog – ice cold seaspray – all hands on deck.
Gain new experiences: sailing experience - responsibility, your contribution is not without commitment, ' ya can't wreck the ship ' - dedication and mindfullness - new friendships – discover unsuspected qualities to yourself.
Opportunities for M/V: full engagement for both genders, grab this opportunity.
Your captain: has been trained on 7000 m mountain peaks, in dry deserts, and more than 30,000 miles in wind and ice on Northern seas. Ready to sharing knowledge and a good cook. Only human, owner of a list of shortcomings, will never let go of your safety and well being. Speaks many languages.


ITINERARY MW2
Day 1 and 2 From 14:00h arrival on the boat, you will get a round on the boat and check in. We do a series of instructions on safety, find out about those lines, how to handle the sails, mooring and anchoring and life on board.
We do last jobs and last shoppings and sail away. You become friends with the boat and we pickup route along the bear coast.
Day 3/19  Won't fit in any itinerary. The weather of the Barents is very dynamic. Winds may grow to williwaw force with little warning. Strong weather may force tidal currents run faster or make them flow the other way. Heavy seas may follow. With daily weather forecast in hands we make our discovery through the archipelago.
On some islands we find many bays with sheltered coves to drop anchor and enjoy nature, do some fishing, catch crabs. Always respect the bears. Other coasts won't offer any protection at all, we must anticipate on the weather as far ahead as we can and we may drop anchor on unexpected places.
Day 20 Last day we use for a good cleaning of the boat and get packed before 12:00h.

The program is indicative and may change according to weather and conditions. Together we will make the most out of it.




HOW DOES IT WORK 
Participation in my small-scale Mae West expeditions on invitation only. 
You don't need to be a sailor to fully enjoy.
Read more on MORE INFO page

Meer info

HOW DOES IT WORK
Expedition style sailing in the Arctic on companionship-agreement. 
Economical and still not on a shoestring, against a contribution level you may afford.
You will have a desire to take part in all sailing activities, handling sails, ropes and lines, expedition planning, provisioning, repairs, cleaning and scrubbing, cooking . . 
I as the skipper I made it my mission to invite you into all activities, to share knowledge and supply you with plenty of instructions. It is my dearst wish to see you go home enriched.


DO YOU WANT AN INVITATION ?

Do you feel to take part in my expedition world,send me a mail.
Select an activity date or  your own date preference as there might be more options for you behind the program, say in a few words why you wish to join and send. 
You will receive your follow up/invitation soon.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
Terms and conditions: download pdf


HOW ABOUT THE COLD  
Greenland springtime comes with a lot of bright sunshine, it really feels like springtime. The freezing is over, mostly you wear a sweater or windbreaker instead of a shirt. Cloud cover and fog will make for chilly days. So yes, it will be cold now and then.
Bad weather comes with dramatic landscapes so we dress well and go ! 


MUST I BE A SAILOR 
Need to be a seasoned sailor? All you need is a desire to learning, a healthy and sportive physical condition and a vivid mind as well.


WHAT IS HEALTHY AND SPORTIVE PHYSICAL CONDITION
Sailing is a stop and go sport. You can move around in control over deck and through the tilting boat, stairs up, stairs down. Not shy to pull the lines, lift a heavy sail, lift an anchor. You Can pull a 30kg loaded line for a few minutes.
Are you not sure, go to the fitness and do a bit of light power training in advance.


WHAT WILL IT COST

MW2  20 days € 3780 / € 3180 pp

It is my ambition to realize participation in my demanding arctic expeditions for true sporters against a lowest possible share in the costs.
You share in the costs of long term ship preparations on navigation in the Arctic and maintenance to keep the Mae West fit.
You share in every days costs of fuel for the boat and the dinghy and food.
Part of a day will count as one day. 
Max 4 participants. Your contribution will be:

€ 199 a day for first time joining with me on the Mae West.
€ 159 a day for all who have joined me on former expeditions for at least 15 days.
€ 70   B&B: max one additional night, lunch, dinner and bed and breakfast.
€ 50 booking costs

If you obtain your invitation through a third party you must count with their booking costs.


INCLUDED

Accommodation on board
Bed with comfy mattress, pillow and bedsheets
All food and all meals that we eat onboard
All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbor-fees etc
All use of equipment such as dinghy, fishing rods etc
Safety gear for all expedition members: life jackets, survival suits, approved 8pax life raft.


NOT INCLUDED

Travel expenses to and from the boat
Insurances of any kind
Visits to restaurants on shore, museums, galleries
Alcoholic and softdrinks


PAY and CANCELLATION SCHEME
Once accepted you pay a 50% downpayment
Balance to be paid 60 days before boarding
Cancellation more than 150 days: full refund minus costs € 50
Cancellation more than 90 days: retains 50% of full contribution
Cancellation later between 90 and 0 days: no refund


RISK LEVEL SAILING ON DISKO BAY GREENLAND
Risk level is light 2-3 out of 5
EC scheme package tours: the Mae West won’t fall under this regulation
On arrival and you will sign check in and liability waiver
Proof is required of insurance covering  sailing on sea, search&rescue, as well comprehensive accident, medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance


WHAT TO BRING
We have no space to store suitcases and wheeled bags, cannot be accepted on boarding.
Use a foldable expedition duffel max 80L. Ortlieb Rack-XL is my favorite.

Notes to a packing list will be send to you.


TRAVEL TO AND FROM THE BOAT

From Copenhagen Denmark (CPH) there are direct flights, some discount flights, to Kangerlussuaq Greenland (SFJ) main hub with connected inland flights to Aasiaat (JEG) or Illulisat (JAV)
Direct flights too from Reykjavik to Illulissat

 

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