Much has happened since I got back to Brittany and, caught up in the frenzy of life back on land, I’ve had a bit of a hard time getting used to the hectic pace of daily life and finding a semblance of balance. The few weeks I spent alone in the Arctic aboard the Icade had removed me for a time from this crazy race we are all running. Navigating through open water and ice, the hours gently slipped by—my daily routine consisted in observing the extent of the ice, the strength of the wind, the height of the waves and the beauty of the wildlife. Life is so simple when at sea.
And then there was a hammer blow, the boat thrown onto the shore, the sudden end of my expedition with the boat having to be left behind. It was absolutely heartbreaking. But my luck has held out—first by placing a team of scientists in my vicinity to rescue me at a particularly difficult time and now by providing another surprise.
Recently, the French cruise ship operator Ponant, which has a ship about to leave for the Northwest Passage, offered to take me aboard so that I could try to rescue my boat. It’s so unbelievable that I just can’t get over it! We often hear talk of the spirit of solidarity that exists among sailors, but this assistance goes beyond anything I could have imagined. I would like to thank the Ponant team for this extraordinarily generous gesture.
I am acutely aware of the fact that the problem is far from being resolved, especially considering the severe weather conditions currently surrounding the Icade. Nevertheless, I want to take advantage of this opportunity, so I’m heading back to the Arctic with a smile on my face and packing a healthy dose of optimism in my luggage.
The adventure continues, albeit far different from the one I had imagined last winter but I have no regrets. Even though the voyage didn’t last very long, it was fabulous—the amazing people I have met and have yet to meet make it particularly special and something I will long remember.
Updates will be coming soon…