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2019 - The North East Passage Northern Arctic Sea Route

The first  Italian boat to complete the Pasasge

The first Italian boat to complete the Arctic circumnavigation

The tenth boat ever to have done it

The second ever to have done it clockwise

The three volcanoes sheltering Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky: Koryaksky, Avachinsky and Kozelsky, Kamchatka (photo Kozinchev)

Our expeditions route

The Norteast Passage or Northern Arctic Sea Route joins two oceans: the Pacific and the Atlantic, like the Nothwest Passage. The connection runs along the northern coast of European Russia and Siberia.

Since many years this route has been exploited through the work of icebreakers during the short Arctic summer for trade along the northern coasts of Eurasia.

Unlike the Northwest Passage, this one has been seldom sailed by sailboats, both because of the difficulty to obtain the necessary transit permission and for the ice presence along the coast stretching much farther north and finally because the refuelling points are few and far away.
With Japan as starting point, the distance to reach Tromso is almost equal to the one we sailed from Tromso to Alaska, but the purely Arctic part is much longer.

Very short historical note
The first attempt to sail along this route from Europe has been made in 1553, without success, no surprise.
The first westerner to succesfully sail the Northeast Passage was the Swedish explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskjöld in 1878, but it is likely that russian boats must have sailed along this coast at least in sections since long time.


The boat

Best Explorer

She is a steel cutter 51' long.

She is the boat that brought us beyond 80° north, completed the Nortwest Passage and crossed the Pacific.

She is fitted especially for explorations.

Built to host 12 people, we reduced her capacity to 8 to leave room for the provisions and equipment and spare parts necessary to sail at length without support points.

She is comfortable without being lavish and is unexpectedly cosy, especially in bad weather, thanks mainly to the doghouse protecting the cockpit from wind and waves.