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December 1, 2014

Ben Ditto, one of the Wild Bunch, big wall climbing team sent me this photo of Novara leaving the Citadel anchorage where we met up with them and Bob Shepton.

This photo was taken about 10 hours after they left Novara after a great evening of good food, OK wine, music a...

October 10, 2014

Novara is now safely tucked up in the care of Peter a young pilot friend.

Ding, Terje and I left ahead of Phil and he used the time to complete the winter preparations, get the boat clean and laundry done.

He also took the opportunity to go off with Peter in the Beaver f...

October 1, 2014

Where boats are concerned plans are subject to change at a moments notice and so they were as we headed north from Sand Point into gale force winds and 12 to 15ft seas.

Both the boat and the crew were feeling the strain (Ding did not notice the difference) after more th...

September 25, 2014

The fishing town of Sand Point was the last real port of refuge as we headed north and although we could have gone on another day before the bad weather hit the opportunity to get ashore and stretch our legs was enticing.

Sand Point is quite a large fishing base with lo...

September 24, 2014

Despite making fast progress we are unable to outrun the weather systems that are bringing gale force winds to our route north and we will have to take shelter for a couple of days. We could get a little further north but would have only exposed anchorages available to...

September 23, 2014

With no wind we have once again been motoring south, seeing more birds, whales and fishing boats as we approach the Alaskan Peninsula but the highlight has been seeing Orcas for the first time, a large pod heading north, with huge males, females and young mixed in amon...

September 22, 2014

The winds died just before dawn on the 21st and we motor sailed throughout the day and night in light easterlies. Conditions remained the same on the 22nd, warm with clear blue skies and a gentle swell. At least these conditions allowed us to see more of the wildlife w...

September 20, 2014

Having left Nome at 5.00pm on the 19th we covered 175nm in the following 24 hours in 25kt westerlies but once again the very shallow seas created bigger than usual waves and for the first time this trip Novara took some green water over the deck with a couple of the bi...

September 18, 2014

The crew of Novara are in Nome after having successfully completed the North West Passage via the east coast of Baffin Island, Prince Regent Inlet, the Bellot Strait and Peel Sound.

 

September 18, 2014

We arrived in Nome at 1am and anchored off to wait for first light before entering the harbor.

The people here are very friendly and we have had lots of visitors, offers of help, etc.

It is also the home of the finish of the famed Iditarod dog sledge race.

It is an intere...

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