Follow Up: Not So Clear Sailing

Remember those numb skulls who thought they could sail around the Arctic in a 15 meter yacht? Turns out they’ve run into a little ice along the way.

From their log today: “Stuff it, We needed to anchor again, We had 6/10 ice, and if we ploughed on until the middle and got caught, we could be in trouble. Im already losing sleep, and don’t want to lose any more unnecessarily,”

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They appear to be eating a lot of lentils on board ship while they try to continue their voyage. I can’t imagine what the smell must be like in an enclosed environment.

19 Comments on Follow Up: Not So Clear Sailing

  1. Polar Ocean Challenge in trouble. Too much Arctic ice.

    On June 19th 2016, the Polar Ocean Challenge expedition left Bristol in the boat Northabout to circumnavigate the North Pole anticlockwise. By doing this they hoped to demonstrate that the Arctic sea ice coverage shrinks back so far now in the summer months that sea that was permanently locked up now can allow passage through.

    Permanent irreversible change in the sea ice landscape of the Arctic seems to them inevitable. This will / is already having global economic political, social and environmental implications. The goal seems lofty and idealistic enough.

    There is only one major problem. The Arctic Ice Cap isn’t cooperating. Let us take a look at the polar ice cap on Aug 6, 2015.
    How bad is it? The total Arctic ice volume on Aug 6 last year was around 6250 cubic kilometre. This year the volume on Aug 6 was about 8000 km3, a year to year increase of about 28%. The ice volume is now very close to the 30 year average.

    Reality has a way of getting in the way of the best laid plans and the most ambitious climate models.
    with charts: How bad is it? The total Arctic ice volume on Aug 6 last year was around 6250 cubic kilometre. This year the volume on Aug 6 was about 8000 km3, a year to year increase of about 28%. The ice volume is now very close to the 30 year average.

    Reality has a way of getting in the way of the best laid plans and the most ambitious climate models.

  2. I’m sure we’ll hear some ripe bullshit in the form of “Even though we said we were going to accomplish A to demonstrate the truth of B, that’s not actually what we were up to, as 97% of our brethren know. So don’t try to say that our failure to do A in any way throws doubt on B. The only ones who would say that are the ones who think the earth is flat and that the Holocaust was a hoax.”

  3. Maybe someone should email them a copy of “Endurance” by Alfred Lansing. It’s about the Shackleton Expedition to the South Pole. They got icebound and lost their ship. I won’t ruin the rest of it, but it is one of the most amazing stories you will ever read. Highly recommended.

  4. If it wasn’t for the fear global warming, they would’ve never attempted to foolishly prove to the rest of the world how truly stupid they are. So congratulations to them. They’ve demonstrated that AGW is a problem; A mental one.

  5. I third that emotion re ENDURANCE. I wonder if these ninnies have read it. If so, they might be a little better prepared than they appear to be for life in/on the pack ice.

  6. Endurance is one of the gnarliest books I have ever read. They took basically a rowboat with a sail and navigated over eight hundred nautical miles.
    These guys could never sneak up on anybody.
    The brassy sound of their balls clinking would be a give away.

  7. @oolook, I wonder what the topics were in this book on the list.
    Pros and cons: a newspaper reader’s and debater’s guide to the leading controversies of the day by JB Askew

  8. And when the figured out there iPhones wouldn’t work because no cell coverage, well, they just retreated to eating their Mother’s lentil soup.

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