Part Two: Completing the Passage
So we came back in the northern summer of 2012 and continued the adventure, sailing Teleport Westwards through the sea ice as it melted, out across the rest of Canada and above Alaska to Barrow, the most northerly tip of Alaska, and then down through the infamous Bering Strait – where they film that reality TV series ‘The Deadliest Catch’ about the king crab fishermen – a completely inappropriate place for a small wooden boat, however we survived – just – and made it safely into Nome.
It turns out we’re the first people ever to take a junk-rigged sailboat successfully through the Northwest Passage, and also the youngest couple ever. Next season we continued on down through the Aleutian Chain of island, along the Alaskan coast, to glacier-filled bays and others brim-full of brown bears catching salmon etc – just amazing.
Teleport’s now in a little fishing village of Seldovia, and we’re heading back to her this June to keep sailing her south to canada, though we’re thinking of perhaps selling her to fund an upgrade to a slightly larger, metal boat for when we perhaps have kids, to return to the higher latitudes for more adventures!
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