Sunday, September 27, 2009

Phase III - the lower 48

We have crossed the Arctic Circle, completing our quest to navigate the Northwest Passage. Precipice is now the fifth wooden vessel to have ever made it through the Northwest Passage. Less than fifty private vessels have gone through, and less than 120 vessels of any type have gone through. It is a long, long journey. We also made it south of the Arctic Circle before the end of September, another bench mark, barely. Now our goal is to get to the lower 48. We plan on spending a couple of days in Nome doing laundry, restocking our food supply (we are out of snacks, we have another month of food in the hold), and hopefully repairing the diesel engine. We have completed 2/3 of our journey.

On our left, Alaska is a beautiful panorama of snow capped mountains. On our right, is the dark outline of Russia. We are in the Bering Strait. I used to have a map made of wallpaper that took up an entire wall of my childhood bedroom. I dreamed of what it would be like to go through the strait, and now 25 years later I am able to sail through it with my family. It is simply amazing.

We have very little wind today and we are charging along at 2 knots, a Sunday break. It is bright beautiful sunshine, and we are glad in our hearts.

Rolland for the Trowbridges


Unknown said...

Congratulations! Well done!

Unknown said...

Amazing! I just finished a novel about the first explorers to look for the NWP and it was fun to picture you guys in there. (and scary too). So glad you're safe and sound!!! you must make a world record for families crossing?

Don't forget to call my parents when you make it to Vancouver!

Unknown said...

What happened to Valdeze?

Glad to hear things are ticking along, especially with the whole valve spring situation, no fun for you, but the way you write it makes it fun for us to read... although I may need therapy to remove the image of you playing valve spring compressor in your skivvies.

Unknown said...

I hate to be the one to break this to you, but the ocean is very big, and what ever it is that you turned around to look for, is probably long gone now...
I hope everything is ok.
Hope to hear that you made it to Nome soon.