"N71 00W 167 57 pressure 2008 water6 air6 inside boat temp14 10.00 UTC 27 Aug"
"A long slog in the Chukchi Sea. Its renown for its wild weather and seas. With rising winds now in the 25/30 knots, we have had a bumpy ride, but fast and in the right direction.
It astonishes me, that this sea is just like the Southern Ocean. Massively wild, yet in a couple of months it will be tamed and transform into ice.
It also seems the wilder the seas, we get different birds skirting the waves. You could watch them all day, effortlessly soaring along the crests, just the slightest tweak of their wing tips. Beautiful to watch.
Well, well, we passed the date line and the W 168 58 .620 at 16.57 boat time, that is the point we can inform the Russian Authorities that we have finished their Northern Sea Route, and we no longer have to report to them daily. I will celebrate this milestone when we get to Point Barrow. It’s only just sinking in what we have all done.
All photos from website listed above.
IMHO there is no marker of climate change in the world more visible and/or pressing than the loss of arctic sea ice. In the 70's when I was a kid the Northern Sea Route was passable only by icebreakers and then only in summer. This small sailing vessel did the same route unassisted. That's amazing.