Northwest Passage Resources

Northwest Passage Ice Sailboat
Disko Bay is where ice encounters begin in earnest.

It goes without saying that high-latitude cruising in general requires special considerations.  Between cold water, cold air, and ice, not to mention a sluggish compass and scanty cartography, it can get pretty hairy up there.  To sail the Northwest Passage adds another whole layer of requirements on top of that.  These pages summarize everything I can think of that the sailor needs to consider when planning a NWP transit.  After transiting from east to west in the summer of ’22 in a 47-foot fiberglass sailboat, I can confidently discuss what worked, what didn’t, what would have been nice, and hopefully clear up common misconceptions.  While one transit may not an expert make, few have done it more than once; and while many have far more experience with ice than we got in our 112-day voyage, nonetheless I’ll share what I learned, hoping that someone will find it useful.

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