After crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, rowing and then kiteboating solo, Anne Quéméré is planning a new challenge for 2013 : kayaking through the ARTIC PASSAGE also known as the Northwest passage… It all depends on the ice movements, the voyage should take place between next July and September .
A full-scale challenge for Anne Quéméré. The Breton sailor will launch for 3 months, kayaking through the vast land of ice of the Far North. Aboard her tiny kayak (5 meters long, 300 kilos full loaded) she intends to navigate through the mythical Northwest passage. This is a sporting, historic and scientific challenge, as well as a human achievement.
A human-scale competitive challenge
This meeting with untamed nature is quite consistent with Anne’s previous challenges across the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. Once again, it requires both physical and mental preparation in order to launch for this 2700 nautical miles adventure (i.e 5000 kilometers). The road cannot be mapped out in advance and is mainly based on sea ice melting during summertime.
As for today, “Babouche” a small catamaran built with skates that allowed easy gliding on the ice is the only one which went across the Northwest passage in one season and without using its engine. Anne will use kites as wind will allow.
A mythical route, a science-based waterway
Joining the Pacific to the Atlantic through the Northwest passage, that was the “Artic Grail” for explorers. In 1845, there were no survivors from the Franklin expedition… It took nearly 300 years of exploration before Amundsen, aboard Gjoa, get through the Northwest passage in 3 years. Anne wishes to go through in less than 3 months during summertime.
“It will depend greatly on ice conditions, let us hope it will let me go through”.
Anne Quéméré will not launch out just for the fun of it – even though she is quite honest about it : “I don’t mind some deprivation and the autonomy that requests such an adventure… I just like it! ” This occasion will give her the opportunity to work on the arctic plankton with the team of Océanopolis-Brest and Pierre Mollo, a researcher in aquaculture. “He is convinced that with a kayak which does not disturb the ecosystems and will pass through virgin environment without leaving any trace, I can send interesting informations about the plankton when “blooming”, i.e when this one is released by the ices. “Anne Quéméré will thus have a role of active observer and relay.
It will be worth it watching her blog, her pictures and the film she intends to realize while kayaking through the vast ice fields of Canada’s Far North.