S/V Celebrate Adventures

2017-18 voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage on our Sail Around North America!

20 July 2017 | 69 46'N:56 08'W, At Sea...off the coast of Greenland
19 July 2017 | 68 48'N:51 11'W, Disko Bay, Greenland
17 July 2017 | 68 48'N:51 11'W, Disko Bay, Greenland
16 July 2017 | 68 45'N:52 31'W, Disko Bay, Greenland
14 July 2017 | 66 34'N:54 06'W, Arctic Circle, Greenland
13 July 2017 | 65 24'N:52 54'W, Maniitsoq, Greenland
09 July 2017 | 64 15'N:51 13'W, Itiisoq
04 July 2017 | 64 10.2'N:51 43.5'W, Nuuk, Greenland, Inner Harbor
02 July 2017 | 63 56'N:52 21'W, Approaching Nuuk
01 July 2017 | 61 26'N:52 54'W, In Davis Strait
30 June 2017 | 58 43'N:53 44'W, In the Labrador Sea
29 June 2017 | 56 53'N:052 08'W, Off the Newfoundland Coast
28 June 2017 | 54 23'N:49 48'W, Off the Newfoundland Coast
27 June 2017 | 52 02'N:49 08'W, Off the Newfoundland Coast
26 June 2017 | 49 36'N:50 42'W, Off the Newfoundland Coast
26 June 2017 | 49 36'N:50 42'W, Off the Newfoundland Coast
25 June 2017 | Off the Newfoundland Coast
10 June 2017 | Port Howe, Nova Scotia
06 June 2017 | Tangier Harbour
27 May 2017 | Lunenburg

Ilullissat Glacier, Wow!

20 July 2017 | 69 46'N:56 08'W, At Sea...off the coast of Greenland
Charlie
And we're off!!!

We've alredy gone 120 miles and have 550 to go to our first anchorage in Canada's Nanuvut Province--Dundas Harbour.

We've had a mix of weather with rain, wind, and seas and this morning are seeing a few bits of sunshine.

We provide position reports to Greenland Maritime Traffic every 6 hours and will start providing reports to their Canadian counterparts in two days.

All is well aboard.

And now, some smooth sailing.

Ilullissat Glacier, Wow!

19 July 2017 | 68 48'N:51 11'W, Disko Bay, Greenland
Charlie
Today we visited the Ilulissat Glacier...Wow! What a spectacular sight.

The glacier comes out of a fjord and floats for several miles into the bay. Immense mountains of ice fracture and float free and it's impossible to say where the glacier ends and the field of icebergs begins. With all the fracturing, the sea between the huge bergs is littered with "smaller" house-sized chunks of ice.

The day was spectacular and sunny. We found a clear "bay" between some icebergs at the foot of the glacier without much drift ice where we could stop and shoot some pictures. In the lee of one berg, there was little wind and we flew the drone to shoot this awesome picture.

We all came back to the anchorage exhilirated and exhausted.

Tomorrow, conditions look favorable and we'll head for Canada and the northwest passage!

More Icebergs!

17 July 2017 | 68 48'N:51 11'W, Disko Bay, Greenland
Charlie
We're anchored in well-protected Qasigiannguit Bay. We share the anchorage with about fifty outboard fishing boats and a bunch of grounded icebergs.

The icebergs move a bit in the wind and current but as they are quite large, they are also quite deep and so run aground before they can reach the shoal water where we're anchored.

Every few hours, a piece breaks off one of the bergs with the sound of a rifle shot. Then a flotilla of smaller ice bits comes floating by the boat.

Last night, Edward snagged one of the bits and we had whisky sours cooled with glacier ice!

Icebergs!

16 July 2017 | 68 45'N:52 31'W, Disko Bay, Greenland
Charlie
We are seeing hundreds of icebergs!

We spent two nights at the dock in Aasiaat which is just at the entrance to Disko Bay. Disko Bay is home to the Illulissat Glacier which is one of the world's most prolific for iceberg creation.

The bay is large; on the order of thirty by fifty miles and we are motoring (no wind) from Aasiat to Qasigiannguit which is about 15 miles south of the foot of the glacier. Over the next few days, we hope to sail to see the glacier calve some giant icebergs.

Yesterday, we refueled and reprovisioned. We'll be sightseeing in Disko Bay until the Canadian Ice Charts say it's time to head for the Northwest Passage.

We've just Crossed the Arctic Circle

14 July 2017 | 66 34'N:54 06'W, Arctic Circle, Greenland
Charlie
Our Happy Crew celebrates on S/V Celebrate as we've just crossed the Arctic Circle.

Cathy and I sporting our arctic down jackets. Vlado, Ralf & Brian enjoying the festivity. And Edward having just emerged from his "Swim Across the Line" (he was tethered!).

Underway North Again!

13 July 2017 | 65 24'N:52 54'W, Maniitsoq, Greenland
Charlie
With the arrival of Brian & Vlado, our crew is complete for the Northwest Passage and we have left Nuuk, heading north again. Our sail north from Nuuk was one unexpected delight with light winds, sunshine, cool but not cold conditions, and great comraderie.

With six on board, we now take watches in pairs with two people on for four hours and off for eight. It is such a luxury to have two more great cooks and Vlado baked a loaf of bread...yum!

We stopped at the fishing village of Maniitsoq and waked about for a day. Cathy and I had date night with dinner at the fine restaurant on the hill. Apparently, it is the only restaurant in town and it was wonderful. The picture of Celebrate at the dock is from the deck at the restaurant.

Next: We will cross the arctic circle and be officialy arctic sailors!
Vessel Name: Celebrate
Vessel Make/Model: Taswell 58
Hailing Port: Seattle
Home Page: http://northwestpassage.guru
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