Ice Reports

These are the Canadian Ice reports that we will be looking at daily in order to navigate safely through the passage.
I’ve attached charts from June 29th and July 29th to illustrate how the ice recedes. The warmer currents run north up the coast of Greenland and the the colder currents run south down Baffin Island. We will be running up the coast of Greenland before crossing back over to Pond Inlet. 
 
The smaller localized charts give much more detail. Non Ice class vessels like Fortrus can safely navigate in the green areas or 3/10th concentration. 
 
You can upload these charts at: http://ice-glaces.ec.gc.ca
 
We needed to stock up on paper charts as well, so we purchased just over 700 charts for the trip. Admiralty charts for the east coast, Danish Charts for Greenland and U.S. Charts for Alaska. We also made some upgrades to Fortrus by adding VSAT, Iridium, I/R Cameras and a Gyro. We completely serviced all machinery, navigation equipment and stocked up on spare parts and tools.  Additionally, we added a large garbage locker and a gas tank for the tenders, because of the time and distance between stops.  All the crew worked overtime to get the boat ready for this trip.
 
Steve Hubbart from M/Y Indigo sat down with myself and the crew on several occasions to talk about his trip. Steve safely navigated the passage in 2011. He gave us much needed guidance.

Traversing through NYC

After a crazy trip, the guests all flew out of New York on Saturday. Our guests were all great and we had a fantastic time with them!  Fortrus said goodbye to New York City on the 22nd of July. Melanie and the crew were all on deck for a beautiful clear departure. The city looked spectacular.   Natasha rode with Charlie in the Scout to take some photos of Fortrus as she cruised away from the city.
 
We took the East river into Long Island sound. The seas were flat and the scenery was beautiful all the way into Newport.  Michael is taking advantage of being in Newport by finalizing a lot of the provisioning needed to do the passage.  Erik took care of all the last minute preparations in the engine room. We are now ready to hit the cold climate.
 
…Next stop will be Boston!

NYC in our sights

An early morning departure from Atlantic City didn’t fair too well with some of our guests onboard. We had a few men down due to a big night followed by early start and small seas. We can definitely blame this one on the alcohol.

We pulled into New York City around two o’clock in the afternoon. A little hazy but,  all the guests and crew were on deck as we passed by the statue and viewed the new freedom tower for the first time.

Image courtesy of Elisha Williams

We docked at North Cove, located right in the heart of the financial district and in the shadow of the new tower. A perfect place to be in New York.

Next stop will be Newport.


Light show on the way to Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic city was the next stop on our journey. To get there we needed to cruise through the C & D canal at night. The weather was beautiful and the lights along the canal were impressive.

Photo courtesy of Erik Aubry

Next stop New York City!


Annapolis

With our arrival in Annapolis on the 9th, the first step of our voyage is complete.  Fortrus has now accomplished 5% of her trip around the continent. We departed from 26 degrees north, are now at 38 degrees and the hope is to make it all the way to 75 degrees north of the equator.

 
 Photo by Erik Aubry. Annapolis Yacht Basin
 
The boat is running very well, and the crew is super excited to be underway.  We have begun our long trek north until our left hand turn at Upernavik Greenland.
 
Annapolis is a beautiful city with a great Naval history, and we can only hope that the rest of the trip goes as smoothly as this first leg.

The Beginning of FORTRUS’ Adventure

Embarking on an epic trip around North America is daunting. Saying goodbye to friends and family is never easy, but working for somebody that wants to travel through one of the toughest passes on earth is awesome!

 

Fortrus departed from Fort Lauderdale on July 5th for what is undoubtably going to be an adventure—15,000  NM total from Fort Lauderdale, over the top of North America and back home to Florida through the Panama canal. This will be a very long voyage for a boat that travels at a little less than 10 knots.
 
Captain Scott Newson

Our first leg is familiar, only 850NM up the east coast from Fort Lauderdale to Annapolis Maryland. The seas have been beautiful and we were lucky enough to have a massive dolphin send off.