Vodka And Wine And Vodka

The ship of fools is trapped by ice. They are no longer talking about saving the planet from global warming, and are passing the time mixing wine and vodka with the Russians.

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When they wake up from their drinking binge, perhaps they will understand they have been scammed about climate by some pretty nasty people.

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44 Responses to Vodka And Wine And Vodka

  1. Rud Istvan says:

    Dunno about the drinking. Do know having skippered many sail races that they are already in circumnavigation trouble. Anchoring off in a sheltered harbor was smart seamanship given the green crew, but poor circumnavigation progress. Their two 2010 emulators were a much larger 18.6 meter sloop (longer waterline, faster hull speed) and a smaller 31 foot cat (also much faster hull speed thanks to less displacement). And 2010 was near the Arctic ice natural nadir. Not now. Terrific ice PR, just not what they intended. Will likely not make it out of sept/oct NWP.

  2. OrganicFool says:

    I made a tasty white Russian with Santa Fe vodka and real local cream with coconut milk. Cheers to the polar expedition. I hope they catch some fish while they’re moored.
    The Dude abides.

  3. AndyG55 says:

    The pic below is 1st Aug DMI.

    The Boozeabout is somewhere near the where the red arrow is pointing,

    They may even be stuck in their little cove, will have to wait and watch the more precise satellite pics.

    The Vilkitsky Strait doesn’t look any more promising than it did a couple of weeks ago.

    • AndyG55 says:

      As I predicted a few days ago, the thicker ice that was on the south shore of the strait seems to have been blown across somewhat and now completely blocks it.

    • Caleb says:

      Thanks for that close up, but you have to be a little wary of that DMI thickness map because it is “modeled”, and occasionally gets things wrong.

      At the moment skies are clear and you can use your lying eyes to see what they are facing if you zoom in with http://www.arctic.io/explorer/4Xa5A//4-N90-E0

      I’m going to try to transfer an image but it doesn’t always work.

      • Caleb says:

        Drat. For some reason it clipped off the edges. Anyway, the Northabout is off the picture to the right. South winds have cleared a tentative channel right along the coast to thicker sea-ice on the right side of the picture. That thicker ice is broken up, and a gutsy captain might try to pole and poke his way through, with a steel hulled boat made for such conditions. On the other hand, one can sip vodka and wait.

        During August the Siberian rivers reach their peak levels of flood, as all last winter’s snow is melted by the long days and is rushing downstream. The floods are unreal. The Lena River (world’s tenth largest) can rise sixty feet from its January levels. All that water pours into the Arctic Sea and creates a “freshwater lens” along the coast, especially in the Laptev Sea. Though the river water is very cold it can melt Sea Ice, and create a brief channel. Interestingly, because it is fresher, it freezes at a higher temperature, and the “freshwater lens” in the Laptev Sea doesn’t need much of an excuse to re-freeze. (Watch how quickly the Laptev Sea freezes in the fall.)

        My guess is that they will bide their time and wait for melting. The problem is that they’ll be falling behind schedule.

      • AndyG55 says:

        A bit difficult to see, but seems to be some more consolidated sea ice along the line of the aqua from DMI.

        Its the stuff circled in light blue that could get interesting if a wind pushes it towards the top right and closes off their exit from where they are Layin’about.

        • Caleb says:

          Good picture! The island where they are hiding out is at around 2:00 in your circle.

          The ice drifted south behind that last storm, like you suspected. I suppose it will drift north in the south winds ahead of the next low, and then come south again as that low passes.

          One way or another, they’ll have to face the ice sooner or later.

  4. Aurora Svant says:

    As a side note, I can’t help noticing they are not complaining about excessive heat…

  5. Jim Hunt says:

    A more precise satellite pic for you Andy. I reckon the Vilkitsky Strait looks considerably more inviting than 2 weeks ago.

    I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t put the western Laptev Sea in that category just yet!

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Inviting, eh?

      • AndyG55 says:

        CW, You have to remember, Jimbo is of a very base level intelligence.

        As his comment clearly indicate, he keep walking into blind alleys without basically any idea where he is going.

        And is quite content to spend nearly all his time banging his head against a brick wall.

        I suspect he is a low-end journalist of some sort, with very little actual scientific background, being fed BS by his mates at Exeter Uni, who treat him like a sort of useless muppet.

      • Jim Hunt says:

        Everything’s relative – Albert Einstein

        This is from July 14th:

        • Sunsettommy says:

          Wow, there are still ice around in the summer?

          I thought several Arctic eggspurts said it was supposed to be all gone by now…..

          Should be easy to travel by all kinds of boats and ships now……

      • Caleb says:

        Best picture yet! Thanks, Colorado.

    • AndyG55 says:

      Inviting for a moronic idiot, perhaps.

      A small bit of clear near the south shore, but apart from that.. NADA.

      But, off you go Jimbo !!

      Let’s hope for their sake, they are not moronic idiots like you.

  6. Mac says:

    You know, I understand this whole venture is ridiculous as far as “global warming” goes, but did anyone else notice the last sentence of this guy’s fatuous little story? He says, “I might treat the boys to a slurp and sausage.”

    That sentence doesn’t sound so good when your readers know you’re trapped on a boat in the middle of nowehere with a bunch of other lonely guys.

  7. Neal S says:

    Ros Edwards has a ships log update. “We are now waiting for today’s ice charts with baited breath. We have enjoyed this little holiday but we are also keen to move on. “

  8. OneWorldGovernment says:

    You doubting Thomas’

    “13.4%
    RATE OF ARCTIC SEA ICE DECLINE”

    It tells you on their website.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Seems to be a constant with these people. Chris Turney’s group in the Antarctic ran out of booze. Which, on a Russian ship, is an achievement.

  10. RickS says:

    Comrades, “Bol’she vodki dlya vsekh, on zaplatil za amerikanskim nalogoplatel’shchikam” (More vodka for everyone, it’s paid for by the American Taxpayers)

    Vyy? “Because they’re Glupyy” !

    Comrades !!!

  11. Colorado Wellington says:

    I think you’ve got it right: Chris Turkey and his entourage ran out of booze. There is no evidence the Russians did.

    After a “sobering week,” 52 passengers aboard the M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy were airlifted by helicopter on Thursday from the Russian vessel, which has been trapped in ice in East Antarctica since Christmas Eve.

    “Feeling relieved that this process is mostly over now,” Andrew Peacock, a photographer aboard the ship, told National Geographic by email. “We are very grateful to everyone.”

    Peacock added that he’s sad that 22 Russian crew members, as part of their employment, have to remain on the ship until the ice breaks up enough for them to free the vessel from its frozen grip.

    Peacock was “sad” after a “sobering week”. Hempleman-Adams was not going to make the same mistake:

    A big day in Russia today; Paratrooper day, so Vodka comes out for our Comrades. Also, this is a unique day for the boat. We left Bristol today a year ago for our shake down cruise. Same track up to Tromso, then unto Spitsbergen. That was a great trip. That was probably one of my smarter decisions. We are by far better prepared than last year for this trip. Probably a hundred different changes, from new IT, Radar, to more Mr Trotters and Mamont.

    OOOOOH ARRRGGHHH. I hate indecision. I have talked for hours with Nikolai. I certainly feel more positive, but never make the mistake of ‘buying a dog and then doing the barking’ !!!! I listen to Nikolay. We do have time on our hands.And it’s better to be safe than sorry. So we are not leaving this anchorage just yet.

    He’s way smarter than the Turkey. He listen’s to Nikolay.

    Winner named in Mamont Vodka challenge
    Rosie Paterson from the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh has won a cocktail competition that challenged bartenders to defy convention and create a drink with a “spirit of adventure”.

    http://barmagazine.co.uk/winner-named-in-mamont-vodka-challenge

  12. Colorado Wellington says:

    I think you’ve got it right: Chris Turkey and his entourage ran out of booze. There is no evidence the Russians on Akademik Shokalskiy ever did.

    After a “sobering week,” 52 passengers aboard the M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy were airlifted by helicopter on Thursday from the Russian vessel, which has been trapped in ice in East Antarctica since Christmas Eve.

    “Feeling relieved that this process is mostly over now,” Andrew Peacock, a photographer aboard the ship, told National Geographic by email. “We are very grateful to everyone.”

    Peacock added that he’s sad that 22 Russian crew members, as part of their employment, have to remain on the ship until the ice breaks up enough for them to free the vessel from its frozen grip.

    Peacock was “sad” after a “sobering week”. Hempleman-Adams was not going to make the same mistake:

    A big day in Russia today; Paratrooper day, so Vodka comes out for our Comrades. Also, this is a unique day for the boat. We left Bristol today a year ago for our shake down cruise. Same track up to Tromso, then unto Spitsbergen. That was a great trip. That was probably one of my smarter decisions. We are by far better prepared than last year for this trip. Probably a hundred different changes, from new IT, Radar, to more Mr Trotters and Mamont.

    OOOOOH ARRRGGHHH. I hate indecision. I have talked for hours with Nikolai. I certainly feel more positive, but never make the mistake of ‘buying a dog and then doing the barking’ !!!! I listen to Nikolay. We do have time on our hands. And it’s better to be safe than sorry. So we are not leaving this anchorage just yet.

    He’s way smarter than the Turkey. And he listens to Nikolay.

    Winner named in Mamont Vodka challenge
    Rosie Paterson from the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh has won a cocktail competition that challenged bartenders to defy convention and create a drink with a “spirit of adventure”.

    http://barmagazine.co.uk/winner-named-in-mamont-vodka-challenge

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