** UPDATE **
After over two months at sea, Nicolas Peissel and the Exiles have successfully traversed the M’Clure Strait, becoming the first non-icebreaker crew to navigate the dangerous, icy route. They set sail from Lewisporte in June with the goal of highlighting the severity of climate change. Stay tuned for an in-depth follow-up interview – for now, here is their official press release:
August 29, 2012
‘A Passage Through Ice’ Sailing Expedition has just completed the crossing of the infamous M’Clure strait in the Canadian Arctic to become the first sailboat ever to achieve this feat. The international expedition team consisting of Edvin Buregren, Nicolas Peissel and Morgan Peissel have spent the last three months at sea on a 31 foot boat sailing from Newfoundland Canada to Greenland, through the Canadian Arctic to track the depleting polar ice cap and bring awareness to climate change.
The Arctic is melting at an alarming rate and is clear proof of our disharmony with the planet. By sailing this newly opened route we hope that our expedition will play a small part in bringing further attention to climate change and contributing to a larger shift in attitudes. Our approach to sail across a historical stretch of water that has traditionally been frozen is meant to be a clear visual example of the extent of declining polar ice.
We will continue to track the polar ice cap towards the Bering strait where we will head into the Pacific Ocean to complete the most Northern Northwest passage ever accomplished by a sailboat.
For further information on the expedition please see our website: www.belzebub2.com
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Original story by Genevieve Brouillette, published on July 2, 2012:
A maiden voyage of warming proportions
Three men set sail from Lewisporte on June 21 to attempt a previously unnavigable route through the Northwest Passage. If they become the first to complete the risky voyage, they will owe it all to climate change.
The harbour in Lewisporte has played host to the 31-foot cutter-rig Belzebub II since last August. The boat’s quiet winter belies her passage of last summer, which saw her launch from Sweden in May and visit Scotland and Iceland before settling into the sleepy Newfoundland town.