NORTH WEST PASSAGE REVERSED
MOUNT EVEREST OF SAILING
SOME 4000 MILES ENDURANCE
MAE WEST WILL ATTEMPT THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE REVERSED IN 2023
Since Putin started the enormous sacrifice of human lives on a war over Ukraine, the seas of the North East Passage, named by Russia as NSR, must be regarded as no-go area.
It is in 2023 not safe for Mae West to sail the NORTHEAST PASSAGE - NSR. MAE WEST will take the delay for an opportunity to further discover the Arctic and stay at the door of the North East Passage until the lock falls off.
MAE WEST sailed the NORTHWEST PASSAGE in 2022
In 1977, after Amundsen and the RCMP schooner St Roch, Belgian skipper Willy de Roos sailed the Williwaw through the North West Passage. Dutch flagged S/V Williwaw was the first yacht to transit in one season.
2017 marked the 40 years anniversary of the Williwaw expedition, I wished to sail as the WILLIWAW Memorial Expedition. The Mae West shares 99% of the design DNA with the Williwaw, and realized to sail the 2017 WILLIWAW Memorial Expedition 40 years later in 2022.
NORTH WEST PASSAGE HISTORY
Belot, Bylot, Baffin, Ross, John Rae, Mc Clure, Franklin, they were all 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
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.
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 55 days € 9345/ € 8745pp
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 3 participants.
€ 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.
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.
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