Gone Floatabout

Sailing, Photography, Wilderness

Inspired by the Ocean

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Sunset, South Pacific

When preparing for voyaging to the Arctic, it’s easy to think only of the logistics—safety equipment, installing a heater, satellite communications, a desalinator, provisions—to the point where, when someone asks you why you’re doing it, you don’t have the answer ready.  That’s too bad, because an expedition like this is fairly unusual and can be difficult to explain to those who are not themselves bitten by the adventure (or armchair adventure) bug.  So I was glad to have the opportunity to write it up from the beginning for Zeal Optics.  Posted just yesterday, “Inspired by the Ocean” can be read here on Zeal’s blog!  Enjoy 🙂

 

Author: Ellen

Circumnavigator, Arctic voyager, writer/photographer

2 thoughts on “Inspired by the Ocean

  1. Hi Ellen! Hope all those little details and logistics are coming together! You two must be very, very excited. We know you must be unbelievably busy, but just in case you happen to wander over to Acadia to stretch your legs before the long journey, please get in touch with us because it would be wonderful to meet you. And of course, if you need anything (extra errand runners?), let us know in case we can help. We’re back in Northeast Harbor with Evelyn, spending our days outfitting in Southwest Harbor, so that we can enjoy our commute to work by rowboat again soon…just need to get the Friendship Sloop back in the water 🙂 We’re looking forward to following your adventure…good luck with all your prep! All the best, Astra

    PS–You may have met them already, but we had a great evening with Jill Fredston and Doug Fessler of Companera (a wooden motor-sailing ketch with a big pilothouse and bright yellow accents) when we were in Florida, on their way home from a five year Alaska-Labrador trip. Anyway, you might enjoy meeting them because they did arctic rowing trips for 3 months each summer for years and years, and have pretty fabulous cold-weather stories from those experiences, and they’d probably enjoy hearing yours. They were heading for the Panama Canal and hoping to be back in Alaska by summertime. On May 1, 2014 5:23 AM, “Gone Floatabout” wrote:

    > Ellen & Seth posted: “When preparing for a voyage like the Northwest > Passage, it’s easy to think only of the logistics—safety equipment, > installing a heater, satellite communications, a desalinator, > provisions—to the point where, when someone asks you why you’re doing it, > “

    • Hi Astra! Thanks for getting in touch! Good to hear you’re back in Maine and gearing up for the summer. I’ve been checking out your instagram photos from time to time–looks like you had a good run home. It’d be great to meet you guys, though I’m not sure it’ll work this time ’round–I’ll send you an e-mail 🙂 Fun that you got to meet Jill Fredston–she sounds super interesting from what I’ve read, being both an avalanche expert and a high latitude rower! I hope we cross paths with them in Alaska.
      Thanks for the well wishes and we’ll be in touch 🙂
      -Ellen

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