- Northwest Passage record -Last summer, our NV ambassador Clara Dumard, accompanied by her father, attempted to set a new sailing record by crossing the Northwest passage non-stop and unassisted, all the way from the Davis Strait in the east to the Beaufort Sea in the west. After travelling more than 5000 miles beyond the Arctic Circle, this attempt unfortunately had to be abandoned as a result of ice unusually blocking the main channels of the Northwest Passage.
A second attempt by our ambassador Clara Dumard
Drawing on the invaluable lessons of this initial attempt, and with all the determination for which she is renowned, Clara Dumard is tackling the Arctic once again this summer at the helm of her Sun Fast 37, under the same conditions as last year, non-stop and unassisted.
- Clara Dumard tells all… -Clara set sail on Thursday 4 July from Trinité-Sur-Mer, hoping to set a new record in early August.
She tells us all about her new challenge for 2019: her new onboard fit-out, her new resolutions, and more.
Clara Dumard is supporting Plan International, a non-governmental organisation fighting for women’s rights worldwide. Through this expedition, she hopes to set an example and open up possibilities for young girls everywhere, encouraging them to win new freedoms and realise all their dreams.
The whole team here at NV wish Clara a “Happy Trip”.
- Climate change, a visible reality -
During her first expedition, Clara Dumard was confronted by the full reality of climate change. Greenland’s ice melted four times faster between 2003 and 2013, and apparently the problem is now clearly noticeable:
“When you’re there, you can see that the glacial valleys are completely bare and that very few glaciers extend as far as the sea.
What I also found worrying was that we didn’t encounter a single ancient ice sheet during our first attempt.”
- Happy Trip -
This year, the ice should give Clara and her Sun Fast 37, named Happy Trip, a better chance to set a new record, since it has melted much more extensively than at the same time last year.
Supported by a number of partners, including Fondation de la Mer, Clara Dumard and her father are therefore going to try once again to set the first benchmark time recognised by the WSSRC along this route.
Located between Greenland and the Bering Strait in Alaska, the Northwest Passage was first crossed in 1906 by the explorer Roald Amundsen. Since then, none of the 260 boats to have completed the journey have done so under sail, non-stop and unassisted.
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