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Such a wonderful thing, and on a boat somehow feels all the more satisfying than on land.  Maybe it’s the fact that you are always ready for it, often tired from a day’s activity of sailing, pushing off ice, manhandling jerrycans, dinghies or anchors, or doing jobs around the boat.  Or maybe it’s the gentle lilt of the boat under sail or the sound of waves gently lapping along the

Safety is a big word, and is not intended to sound more dramatic than it is, but does play a big role in daily life on Exiles.  Safety at sea is not something to be taken lightly where seemingly small issues can have potentially devastating consequences.  Add the reality of the harsh Arctic environment and the margins of error become even slimmer. Safety encompasses many aspects of our trip, and

“One learns a great deal from the sea. I tell you, you may walk through country after country, through lands and through huge cities you’ve never seen before, and over the whole wide earth, and never learn as much as you will from the sea.” (Pilgrim At Sea, Par Lagerkvist) Sailing is the main aspect of life on board Exiles, facilitating our expedition, travel, living, passion and safety needs. Life

On this six part entry, we will give a little insight on to life on board Exiles. Certainly not as interesting as adventures in and on the land, sea and ice but nevertheless it equates to a significant amount of our day to day existence, particularly when living in a confined floating box in the Arctic. Here are the 6 S’s of life aboard Exiles: 1. Sustenance 2. Sailing 3.

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Aug 2017

Ice Capades

Ice: glaciers, ice bergs, bergy bits, growlers, pack ice, mother nature’s awesome beauty and terrible power equally encapsulated in all these frozen incarnations of water. We have been both mesmerized, awestruck and giddy with excitement at the ice’s pure beauty, and at the same time threatened by its awesome power. Early in our trip, sailing up the coast of Greenland whether through ice berg alley or up Greenland’s many Fjords,

The race to the safety and shelter of Alexandra Fjord from the oncoming gale was blocked when we arrived early this morning to find the Fjord iced in and inaccessible. Left with no other option but to push further south toward Pim Island and Rice Straight. Arriving at Fram Haven, where Otto Sverdrup wintered in 1898-99, we found it too exposed for the expected south westerly gale. Running out of

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Aug 2017

Lady Fortune

  Today, Wednesday August 9th at 0815 GMT -2, Exiles crossed 80 degrees 16 minutes north. Stopping with Kennedy Channel in sight, Canada visible to the west and Greenland to the east, after a remarkably successful sail through the pack ice in Kane Basin along the rugged and inspiring shoreline of Ellesmere Island. The 24-hour sail through the Basin was punctuating by a stunning encounter with a polar bear snoozing

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Aug 2017

Into the abyss

Vladimir Putin has little in the way of “manliness” over the Exiles crew, who, after nearly two months at sea, have developed a unique and exciting arctic work out program, including “North of Arctic Circle” swimming, weight lifting with ice on the beach near Eike Glacier in Eternity Fjord, and push ups over a glacial stream at a marine accessible glacier near Qaanaaq, all under a steadfast overwatch to ensure

Reaching Upernavik was a bitter sweet moment. While it meant we were reaching the upper limits of Greenland it was also time for two of our beloved team mates to move on. Dan Carlson our visiting Scientist needed to return to Nuuk to vacation with his family and begin analyzing the data we had collected and retrieved throughout the last month. We also reluctantly dropped off our resident doctor and

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Jul 2017

The Win

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball or two and this latest adventure has certainly been no different. Exiles have ridden out these hiccups with poise, dignity and above all a shared and terrible sense of humour. But with these curve balls every now and then also comes a win. Feeling smug with themselves after a successful stop over in Nuuk where the team had finally installed the aluminum support