Diary 48 – 08/02/22 – Polar Route Expedition

After a wonderful night’s sleep in a beautiful and calm bay in the Edinburgh Islands we left after breakfast which was late.

A nice seal came to visit us and showed off at the stern of the Igloo.

We had time to film it until it was time to leave. Right at the start the gusts cheered us up and contradicted the forecast that said we would have almost no wind.

Said and done, about 10 minutes later the sea turned an oil, and we started to sail at 1 knot sometimes zero, with the current against.

We cycled, sailed and by the end of the afternoon we had progressed only 5 miles.

The forecast says we won’t have wind until tomorrow afternoon. Aiaiai, how many calms in life. In the middle of the Pacific a few times, in the Atlantic 9 days in a row, and it is always a test of patience.

We hope to arrive in Cambridge Bay on Thursday morning. We’ll see.

From there on comes the difficult part of the trip, with regions that are still very frozen. We will change the route and pass through an Inuit community called Gjoa Haven. Our route will increase by 300 miles, but it seems to have less ice.

We will decide this there. From Gjoa Haven onwards we will be isolated for many days until we reach Bellot Straith and then maybe Artic Bay.

I recommend taking a look at the tracker map on the rotapolar website. It makes it much more interesting to understand what the geography of this part of the planet is like.

Our daily routine involves sailing, cooking, reading, resting, watching, sitting still, and cycling. There are times when we talk a lot, but we have our periods of silence.

Big hug

Beto Pandiani

Author of the featured photo: Polar Route Expedition – Beto Pandiani and Igor Bely


Beto Pandiani and Igor Bely embark on a 100-day journey sailing along a legendary sea route: the Northwest Passage.

Located in the far north of the Americas, above the Polar Circle, the Passage is an area of straits that has been frozen for centuries.

This scenario, however, has changed in the last 25 years, with the thaw in the region and the opening of previously insurmountable paths.

Leaving Alaska for the Greenland Sea, Beto and Igor want to understand to what extent this transformation has been caused by man and to what extent it is the action of nature.

Filmed by Tocha Filmes and accompanied by a team of specialists from USP, the trip will give rise to a documentary about climate change in the Arctic and its eventual effect on the rest of the planet.

It’s the Polar Route expedition

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