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Sebastien Roubinet and Vincent Berthet decided to backtrack to get around a rough ice, which slowed down their progress too much.
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Hauling and pushing the catamaran over ice that is not smooth enough to sail across (click to enlarge).
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Another day of "forced labor".
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The Chukchi Sea is completely free of ice, reported the crew, and they sailed in shifts 24 hours a day.
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July 19th: "we were reaching a lot of drifting blocks of ice forcing us to slalom in the maze."
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July 20th: "We found ourselves in a weird ambiance: very dirty ice, temperature +10 degrees C, no visibility, and sails up, looking for our way."
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July 22: Soaked in rain, traveling was halted in windless conditions.
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Camping on the catamaran
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New dry suits and canyoning shoes make water crossings much more comfortable, says the team.
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Route traveled, showing the detour to the south.
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Catamaran North Pole crossing: calm waters and chaotic ice

Posted: Jul 23, 2013 12:37 pm EDT

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(By Correne Coetzer) Not all smooth sailing to the North Pole and beyond this Arctic summer for Sebastien Roubinet and Vincent Berthet. They are using wind and human power aboard their catamaran across water and ice and reported hard labor on rough ice and happiness on open water. The start The two Frenchmen have started their Arctic crossing from Point Barrow to Spitsbergen via the North Pole on July 6. After sailing 6 nautical miles of open water the first day they hit the pack ice. They encountered thin ice,...

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