Sports & Human Challenge
This breathtaking sailing adventure can be seen
as a sports & human challenge for the crew considering the
extreme conditions of the icy Arctic Ocean.
Aboard the «Baloum Gwen» (White Whale in Bretagne language), we will attempt to traverse the meandering Northwest Passage from West to East! Let’s remind you that last year, the « Baloum Gwen» managed to successfully cross the Northwest Passage from East to West
The risks for a sailboat to traverse these cold waters remain considerable and depend on a number of factors: drifting ice, currents, rough seas, fog, frozen winds, cold temperatures, getting trapped by forming ice, reaction of the sailboat (mechanical breakdowns) and its crew to the extreme environment (concentration, fatigue, psychological reaction to the midnight sun) plus logistical problems (sails, maps, instruments).
It’s the turn of the 15-meter «Baloum Gwen» of French navigator Thierry Fabing and its international crew to share with you the beauty and surprises of this wonderful Polar adventure.
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