Two noteworthy events in Northern passage making this week; we’ll give you the good news first. Edvin Buregren, Nicolas Peissel, and Morgan Peissel completed the toughest part of their historic passage of the Northwest Passage yesterday. They’re not the first to get through the NWP, but they are the first sailboat in history to pass through the McClure Strait, and their route was certainly a challenging one. Their trip log is an exciting one, and worth a read for lovers of expedition sailing.
On a sad note, noted high latitude voyager and retired surgeon Ned Cabot was lost Saturday off the coast of Newfie when a wave knocked down his J/46 Cielita as he was coming on deck to relieve his crew. They were in pretty nasty stuff at the time, and the extremely experienced and safety-conscious Cabot likely just got caught at that most exposed of times: Groggy, getting on deck to take over a watch. Worse yet, the knockdown damaged Cielita’s steering enough to prevent them from finding him until it was too late. Lots of Anarchists have crossed paths with Cabot, who was one of the founders of Sailors For The Sea; share your thoughts here.