Rowers Have Moved 9km In The Last 48 Hours

They are right on pace to arrive at Pond Inlet in the Spring of 2015.

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18 Responses to Rowers Have Moved 9km In The Last 48 Hours

  1. gator69 says:

    I’ve moved faster on a pub crawl.

    • darrylb says:

      Steve, Off Subject FYI—New York took down the Historical American Flag used by Continental Marines known as the Gadsden or ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Flag. What a slap in the face to all veteran’s!

  2. Disillusioned says:

    For three hours they’re spinning in circles north of the sand bars. ?!?

    I hope they didn’t get caught in an ice eddy. Yesterday’s sat photo shows a wall ice filling in from Sachs Harbor, Banks Island on the north side of the Gulf, down to the west side of Parry Peninsula to the south. Some of that ice is probably past Parry now and into their vicinity.

  3. Crashex says:

    They seem to have made a strategic change, moving away from the shoreline to use the seaworthiness of their boat’s design to its fullest. Unfortunately, the poor aerodynamic design will doom them to failure in the erratic winds. They just moved two steps forward and backwards one.

    They won’t quit till late September. They’re going to take some unwise risks between now and then to try to make up for lost time. Mainstream has invested too much money in this publicity stunt to make it a laughing stock by quitting this early. They know the Port Inlet goal is toast, but if they can get to Cambridge Bay and blame it all on the unusual weather in 2013 they can spin the results as a win.

    • Richard T. Fowler says:

      Chewer has been predicting for a long time that come Aug. 10, they will no longer be physically able to proceed due to temperature, wind, and precipitation. RTF

  4. Okie says:

    I am still amazed they did not make a provision for a real sail on their vessel.

  5. Brad says:

    They are rowing in circles again. Maybe hit some ice?

  6. stewart pid says:

    Well I was wrong about them quiting and they are determined to risk life and limb to prove something beyond my comprehension. I hope they stay safe as they head off on this leg of the journey but I wonder what the arctic has in store for them ….
    Re chewer’s prediction … Richard if you’ve been up in the arctic you know that it starts to change surprisingly fast after early August. My personal memories are of no more warm days after about Aug 8th and the chipping of ice off the drinking / cooking water buckets every morning.
    I don’t think they will enjoy the trend in the weather through this month!

    • Richard T. Fowler says:

      I haven’t but I don’t find your testimony too surprising! Whether the prediction comes to pass will be known pretty soon. RTF

  7. Disillusioned says:

    No GPS change for 7 hours, still showing a slight backtrack and erratic circular pattern just north of the sand bar above Paulatuk. I guess they could be moored on a sand bar (Paulatuk sits just to the west of a river delta).

    What I find curious is that the French kayakers’ last ping was early this morning also (still showing they’re in Brock Lagoon). Makes me wonder what they’re running into (or what may be running into them).

  8. Richard Lynch says:

    Meanwhile the kayakers have pulled far ahead.

  9. wizzum says:

    Back to knee deep water for the wading team, they were headed in the right direction but once the water got too deep they must’ve got scared. I can sympathize because the arctic really is a dangerous place with no help available but these guys seem to expend so much energy going the long way around they will be lucky to make it to Cambridge Bay before the water gets all hard on them.
    Right now there is 350 km of impassable ice between Cambridge bay and the Gulf of Boothia. At 10 km a day they will get there in half a year. even if they can manage to get up to 30 km a day, it will be October before they get within 700 km of their target. The arctic in October is no place to be in a row boat I can assure you.

  10. Gerald Machnee says:

    The latest shows them moving SEWD into the wind.

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