The crew for the expedition to the Northern Sea Route
31st August 2002
the North-East Passage is done !!
Samuel, Eric, Gérard, France
(and Boris, not on picture)
Sailing along the Northern Sea Route does not only require
good sailing and navigation skills. In the Arctic full independency of
a boat is an absolute nesessity. Repair and maintenance work on board,
therefore, have great importance, as well as the reliability of equipment
and crew. The crewmembers spirit is just as important in Arctic conditions
as their skills.
This Northern Sea Route sailing expedition is supposed to be performed
independently, without help of Arctic ice-breakers. To sail through the
ice a constant concentration and watch is needed, 24 hrs a day. We were
5 people on board. A basic crew of 3 navigators with a strict working
rythm is an absolute necessity to assure safety of the boat. All crewmembers
are taking care of the maintenance of the boat itself, the communication
and the reporting in writing, film and photographs.
A truly European Crew !
|| Eric BROSSIER,
French, captain of Vagabond, initiator and leader of the expedition,
in charge of relations with sponsors and media. Engineer and geophysicist
PINCZON DU SEL, French, first mate of VAGABOND in charge of navigation,
security matters, sails and foodsupplies and production of watercolors.
By profession a marine designer and illustrator. Has participated
in the Antarctic expedition on board Pen Duik III Is indispensible
for her funny humour and ability to keep spirits up high.
GUERIN, French, boiler-maker, cameraman and a certified paramotor
pilot (hanggliding). Has lived for many years in the Canadian and
Greenlandic arctic and is an experienced musher (sledge-dog-runner).
Jacques et Samuel DUCOIN, French, all cameramen and professional
photographers whose main responsibility on board will be to make the
film of the expedition, for French TV channel France 5, coming out
in spring 2003. They are taking turns from each other.
Boris Anatolievitch VOLNIJ, Russian, former ice pilot for the Northern
Sea Route, retired (70 years old !), on board to keep the best relations
with the Murmansk Shipping Company, more than to watch out for ice...
MULDERS, Dutch, a specialist in Siberian nations. She speaks Russian
and she supports some official procedures in Murmansk. She is part
of the crew until Dikson.
SUOJANEN, Finn, naval architect, specialist in arctic technology
working for Kvaener Masa-Yards (Finland) Has travelled along the Northern
Sea Route in 1994 on board of the M/T Lunni as a diesel mechanic.
Because of his work, Reko is not part of the crew finaly, but is helping
with ice forecast from his office in Helsinki.