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Northwest Passage Yacht Sinks In Thick Ice

August 31, 2018

By Paul Homewood


From the Arctic Northwest Passage blog:


The Canadian Coast Guard rescued two passengers of a sinking sailboat who were trapped on an ice floe in Arctic waters early Wednesday morning. The incident took place in Bellot Strait. (CBC)
Drama in the northwest passage
Sailing yacht gets into drift ice in the middle of the night, gets breached and sinks within minutes. The crew had to flee onto sea ice
Pascal Schürmann on 29.08.2018




Yesterday night, the French-flagged yacht "Anahita", an aluminum Ovni 345, sank in Ballot Strait of the Northwest Passage. The disaster occurred in Depot Bay, just east of Bellot Strait. According to initial information, the ship was trapped by drifting sea ice from which it could not escape.



The course of "Anahita" from Nuuk on the coast of Greenland went via Baffin Bay to Pond Inlet and on to the entrance of Bellot Strait. There the skipper allowed the yacht to get into floating sea ice and sink.
Under the pressure of the ice and current of Bellot Strait, the "Anahita" then ruptured and began leaking resulting in sinking. The crew, two Argentines, had to flee to the drifting sea ice floes. However, they still managed to drop an emergency call and activate the epirb of the boat. It sent just long enough for the Canadian SAR in Trenton Ontario station to start a rescue operation.
Both men have since been taken in by other nearby yachts who responded to the "Mayday". And this despite the fact that all the crews presently in the region with their yachts have had a great need to bring themselves and their ships to safety in the last hours in front of rising drifts of sea ice floes.
Also a tug and an icebreaker had been ordered to the scene. The icebreaker is likely to need more than 11 hours to reach the scene of the accident.



The "Anahita", an aluminum Ovni 345, had recently been specially converted for the journey into the ice – details not available at publish time
The Anahita, like about a dozen other yachts, was on its way east-west through the Northwest Passage. This summer, however, the ice in the Arctic is persistent. Unlike in previous years, so far there has not been a clear path. So the crews had no choice but to practice patience. Or turn around.
That’s exactly what the Canadian authorities have urged all crews in recent days. It is not foreseeable that the passage would open at all this year. On the contrary, the current ice situation for yachts is dangerous. The crews should either move their ships back south or look for a safe hibernation port in Baffin Bay or Greenland,


 The skipper of "Anahita", the Argentine Pablo David Saad

The skipper of the "Anahita", Pablo David Saad, had deliberately ignored the official warning and instead oriented himself to the skipper of another yacht, who has traveled the passage several times and who had been hoping in the last few days still for a withdrawal of the ice , Saad has been on long-distance sailing for several years with changing crews. He as well as his current companion come from San Martín de los Andes, a city in southwestern Argentina near the border with Chile

[The article appears to be a translation from a German report here, hence the strange English]


This time the skipper and his crew were extremely lucky to come out alive. But sooner or later, Arctic alarmists, with their lies about disappearing sea ice, will have deaths on their conscience.

  1. Hugh Sharman permalink
    August 31, 2018 11:28 am

    One born every minute!

  2. August 31, 2018 11:58 am

    Completely irresponsible wasting the time and effort of Coastguard personnel not to mention the cost of the rescue. These waters are no place for yachts, it’s total madness.

  3. August 31, 2018 12:44 pm

    Just 8 days ago, we were introduced to the intrepid 6 of the Dogbark. At least they turned back without needing to be rescued.

  4. Broadlands permalink
    August 31, 2018 1:27 pm

    A clear signal that we are headed for global cooling… again? Just switch the plus to a minus.

  5. Gerry, England permalink
    August 31, 2018 1:38 pm

    The sooner one of these idiots dies in the ice and the news gets around the World the better. But then I guess the BBC and its print friends the Guardian will suppress it.

    • August 31, 2018 11:06 pm

      No, they will blame it on climate change, somehow.
      Less ice, more ice, it doesn’t matter.

    • Robert permalink
      September 1, 2018 11:00 pm

      What a stupid thing to say.

  6. August 31, 2018 2:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Tallbloke's Talkshop and commented:
    Maybe the Canadian coastguard should get more pro-active, and penalise anyone who ignores their warnings and then gets into difficulties.

  7. August 31, 2018 3:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections and commented:
    Lucky mariners.

  8. August 31, 2018 3:48 pm

    Here are the weather observations covering the period of the incident (28 Aug):

  9. Chris Lynch permalink
    August 31, 2018 4:02 pm

    You’re assuming that they have a conscience.

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  11. Mick J permalink
    August 31, 2018 6:56 pm

    The DMI ice volume images paint a picture that these sailors seem to be ignoring, stepping back to about 22 August it can be seen that ice cover started to increase from that date for that region compared to last year for the same dates when ice cover continued to decrease.

    • dave permalink
      September 1, 2018 8:08 am

      “…ice cover…”

      Also, I think there is a clue in ‘drift [sic] ice.’

  12. eric johnson permalink
    August 31, 2018 9:32 pm

    It’s a simple case of miscommunication of consensual… conscientious…AH!..consensus among some scientists .Since he decreed it so, obviously High Priest A. Gore must have forgot to CC The Arctic that it was to be ice free by now. Or maybe it’s because the US pulled out of the Paris (non)Treaty,..or, uh… the US has cut back too much, too fast on CO2 emissions.

  13. AZ1971 permalink
    August 31, 2018 9:45 pm

    I sure hope these tourists and ecological scientists stop polluting the Arctic with all of their sailing vessels. After all, polar bear lives matter.

  14. dennisambler permalink
    September 1, 2018 11:28 am

    Bellot Strait was easier to navigate at the start of the 20th century. This is from Amundsen’s record of his voyage through the NW passage:


    “The next doubtful point was Bellot Strait, where MCclintock lay for two years waiting for a chance to get through. But the fairly heavy swell indicated an open sea for many miles to the south, and as Bellot Strait was not far ahead, our anxiety was not very great. At 8 am we passed through the strait. The only thing we met was a very narrow strip of broken land ice. The strait itself was densely fog bound. Outside the sea was clear.”

  15. September 1, 2018 6:15 pm

    Just because we had a really warm year in 2013 and due to all the global warming hype. Everyone is still believing Al Gores prediction that by year 2013 there will be no ice left at either poles. For 3 years now our sun has entered a hibernation phase which it does every 400 years like clock work. The polar Ice has returned to it’s original coverage and thickness and is still increasing. Big research ships have been needed rescuing by ice breakers in the last two years, and they still don’t get it. Global warming is just a Media Hoax. Just follow the money.

  16. John permalink
    September 7, 2018 9:01 pm

    The impact of Climate change is not consistent month to month or year to year . That’s the nature of the weather.

    Anyone who expects a straight line change is niave or an ideolog looking to make points.

  17. September 8, 2018 11:27 pm

    ” Arctic alarmists, with their lies about disappearing sea ice, will have deaths on their conscience.” Surely, you are not serious?

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