The Polar Ocean Challenge is headed off into the ice.
They will run into this in three days – hundreds of miles of solid ice. Without an icebreaker, they are going nowhere. I asked them on Twitter if they have an icebreaker. I haven’t received a response, and will be monitoring them by satellite to see if they are cheating.
Perhaps they’re already out of range of Twitter Tony?
Or stuck in the anomalously high levels of sea ice.
Right , Jimbo.
Ever heard of irony Andy?
The area of sea ice in the Barents Sea is effectively zero. They are not stuck in it. They are instead proceeding at ~ 8 km/h, if their live tracking map is to be believed at any rate.
Back on the 15th, I posted a forecast map for Sat 23rd. And it was a good forecast for a week out.
Here it is now.
The pattern for the upcoming week will be similar to the pattern of last week with low pressure dominating the Russian side of the basin.
And again for the end of next week. So those folks are going to have to fight some pretty bad weather on top of the ice conditions.
That’s a grim comparison. I hope the Expedition fares better than Sir John and his men; but I also hope that the whole story will be told.