After a winter working down in Cornwall things have come together over the last 2 months to the point at which we are now really, truly, finally, nearly, ready to leave. Preparations, as with any trip, have had their setbacks including Louis one of our main climbers suffering a major injury, forcing him to pull out. But the trip has also had some huge positive help including generous grants from the Scot Polar institute, the Arctic Club, the Royal Cruising Club and the Mount Everest Fund. This has been a huge bonus to the trip and allowed us to buy the best safety kit, medical supplies and insurance, and hopefully puts us closer to achieving our goal. The objective remains the same, to approach the West Coast of Greenland by sea and attempt to seek out and climb new rock routes along the west coast.
Winter work and preparation on Safe Arrival:
New fibreglass sprayhood: miserable itchy work, thanks to all that helped!
New radar, GPS, AIS and chartplotter system up and running:
Scrubbed and antifouled in Mylor, Cornwall:
Having left Cornwall in early May the boat is now in Mallaig, Scotland awaiting the rest of her crew and supplies for the crossing to Greenland. It is estimated we will take 20days to cross (1800nm) (all being well!) with a planned arrival time in Nuuk around mid June. Photographs below from the voyage north from Falmouth to Mallaig.
Paradise in Porth Cressa, Scilly. A very hard place to leave:
Rounding Kintyre, an amazing feeling to be back in Scottish waters:
Tied up alongside the mothership, Eda Frandsen, in Mallaig:
Estimated departure date from Mallaig around the 27th of May, more to follow!