Arctic Boating Adventures
BOATING has crossed the Bering Strait aboard a PWC, trailered a boat the length of Baja, and ran an outboard-powered Pro-Line from Maine to Mexico via the Mississippi River, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. We’ve run boats through narrow canyons roiling with white water, raced a Cigarette boat against a Ferrari Testarossa on, and alongside, Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida, Keys. We are the custodians of the Bermuda Challenge, presenting two awards to intrepid mariners for their courage, persistence and seamanship just this year.
In short, we know a bit about boating adventure.
But even we can’t top some people.
French scientist Eric Brossier, his wife and two children are currently spending their second winter in the Arctic aboard, Vagabond, a 47-foot, twin-diesel powered motorsailer.
Meanwhile, in the Southern Hemsiphere…
The Shackleton Epic expedition recreated the 800-mile voyage of their namesake, voyaging for 56 days through the Southern Ocean aboard a 22-foot half-decked boat, Alexandra Shackleton, a replica of James Caird, the whaler Sir Ernest Shackleton used in 1916 to reach help and save his starving crew. The five-person Shackleton Epic crew left Elephant Island on January 24, 2013 and landed on Peggotty Bluff, South Georgia Island, February 4, 2013.
Now, Sir Ernest didn’t have GPS and a chase boat like these guys, but still…
Takeaway: Doubts, by time let them be clear’d: Fortune brings in some boats that are not steer’d.
Cymbeline, Act 4; Scene 3.