Up Close and Personal in the Arctic

Until recently, when melting ice began opening up the Northwest Passage to more sailors, it was largely considered the “Arctic Grail” of high-latitude cruising.
Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
0
arctic6

Until recently, when melting ice began opening up the Northwest Passage to more sailors, it was largely considered the “Arctic Grail” of high-latitude cruising. Unchartered and full of “slow-moving, wondrously beautiful silent killers,” it was a passage that less than two dozen had successfully completed. Though an increasing number of sailors are now attempting the route, few have captured it in a more captivating way than writer-filmmaker Sprague Theobald.

The Other Side of the Ice - Official Trailer [HD] from HOLE IN THE WALL PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

In June of 2009, Theobald traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific on board a 57ft trawler, Bagan. His crew included his children and stepchildren, who had dispersed 15 years prior following a bad divorce, and the journey inspired both a book and film of the same name. Throughout the 8500-mile voyage, Theobald pieced together a beautifully descriptive narrative in which he and his crew battle an economic recession, polar bears, family grudges and treacherous conditions. On board Bagan, Theobald captured gorgeous landscapes and Arctic wildlife, which he crafted together in the eye-catching documentary. Purchase the book or video on iTunes, Netflix or Amazon.

Other-Side-of-the-Ice

The Other Side of the Ice: One Family’s Treacherous Journey Negotiating the Northwest Passage

By Sprague Theobald with Allan Kreda

$18.96

spraguetheobald.com 

Photos courtesy of Sprague Theobald

Related

NightWatch-01

Night Watch

Robert Reeder is a seamanship instructor for a series of online courses through Boaters University. His course, Fundamentals of Seamanship: Rules of the Road, is a great way to get a full understanding of how to interpret the USCG rules of the road and how to apply the rules in ...read more

BinosOnDeck-02

Binoculars for Lookouts

Robert Reeder is a seamanship instructor for a series of online courses through Boaters University. His course, Fundamentals of Seamanship: Rules of the Road, is a great way to get a full understanding of how to interpret the USCG rules of the road and how to apply the rules in ...read more

01 Landing Page

Volvo Race: Bound for Newport

It’s a very different kind of sailing from what the fleet experienced in the course of a windy Leg 7, as the Volvo Ocean Race wends its way north from Brazil to Newport, Rhode Island.As expected, the St. Helena High, which dominates the weather in the South Atlantic, has made for ...read more

North Sails 3Di - What you need to know

North Sails 3Di - What you need to know

3Di Outlasts The AdventureFrancois Gabart and his 30-meter trimaran Macif broke the solo around-the-world speed record in December 2017 with a 3Di mainsail that had 45,000 miles BEFORE the start of his record run. 3Di powered all three around-the-world speeds records currently ...read more

01-Hanse_Emotion_6

Hanse’s E-Motion Electric Rudder Drive

When news that Hanse Yachts had launched a new form of electric-powered yacht first broke in the winter of 2016, it was widely reported. After all, Hanse is one of the world’s biggest builders of sailing boats, so this had the feeling of a breakthrough to it.After nearly a year, ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell.Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.comDefusing the Run It’s been said with justification that gentlemen don’t boast about how windy it was, but the shape of my ensign in the photo will give well-informed readers a fair idea. They will also ...read more