• event MW5 – 2023

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    NORTHWEST PASSAGE
    REVERSED 2023
    ALASKA TO GREENLAND SAILING

    - Aug / Sept - OPEN to invitation -

    ENHANCE YOUR LIFE

Beschrijving

SAILING THE
NORTH WEST PASSAGE
MOUNT EVEREST OF SAILING
OR JUST
SOME 3000 MILES ENDURANCE
POLARCIRCLE-XL LEG2



WILLIWAW MEMORIAL EXPEDITION 2022

Sailyacht Williwaw under Dutch flag with Belgian skipper Willy de Roos sailed the North West Passage in 1977 as a first in one season. Since the Mae West shares 99% of the design DNA with the Williwaw it feels a good idea to revert to this historical initiative.

NORTH WEST PASSAGE HISTORY

Belot, Bylot, Baffin, Ross, John Rae, Mc Clure, Franklin were searching for the passage on the cost of many lives and crushed ships and incredible sufferings. We will search the shores for signs where the shipwrecked discoverers build their survival camps and miserably overwintered. Amundsen, after freezing up three winters made it finally to the Barents Sea. Since then some 300 sailboats have followed.

NORTH WEST PASSAGE TODAY

In spite of repeating media news of record ice melt on top of record ice melt there is more polar ice than the average city dweller can imagine. There is definitely less ice than 40 years ago during the passage of the Williwaw. Over that period the time window has grown with a few weeks longer.

The nowadays thinner ice sheet may breakup earlier and the mass of broken ice chunks may choke up crucial channels. Speculations that in the future passage may become more complicated and dangerous may growing to become true. The editions of 2014 and 2018 caused many sailors to give up.

GLOBAL WARMING / CLIMATE CHANGE

From latest ICPC report you may read that if we get climate change in reverse gear tomorrow it may take decades before to see things change. It means that there is time for breathing and thinking about solid solutions. The Mae West intents to sail to the Arctic without feeling urged into green washing. My main drive is CURIOSITY and some feeling of ACHIEVEMENT. I will report about how we get through.

CORONA RESTRICTIONS & QUARANTINING IN WILDERNESS

If quarantining restrictions may be ordered again we obey quarantine rules by sailing out into the wilderness. In 2020 and 2021 NW Passage was blocked by Canadian Government because of corona.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE ? send me a mail,
write a few words on your experience and send.

The 4 participation slots are occupied. Some candidates are still at a battle to acquire sponsors and could bail out if not successful. Do you desire a place on the waiting list, send me a mail soon



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.



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


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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.


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

MW5  50 days € 7050/ € 6450 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.

€ 159 a day for first time joining with me on the Mae West.
€ 119 a day for all who have joined me on former expeditions for at least 15 days.
€ 10   a day to compensate only a bit for 2020 C19 disaster.
€ 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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