The Adventurers of the sea

France Pinczon du Sel, president of the association Le Bruit du Vent which organizes the event the Adventurers of the sea. It is from Latin America that she takes part in the inauguration of the festival, 526 years to the day after the landing of Christopher Columbus and the brothers Martín and Vicente Pinzón (!), captains of the Pinta and the Niña.

Vagabond awaiting for her crew in Miquelon

  • bond a Miquelon ete 2018

Jacky gives us some news of Vagabond, on land in Miquelon until April 2019: "The summer was not beautiful, mist, rain and wind, it's only been nice since mid August; June and July were catastrophic, even though until then nothing had moved on the boat. But in the first half of August, the big wind generator fell down, it's the aluminum tube that broke, and it only has 2 blades left. Otherwise nothing has moved. The other boat that was next, left in May to sail through the Northwest Passage, but they had to turn : they could not pass, she should arrive in a few days and spend the winter here."

Indeed, the Northwest Passage will not open this year. The Canadian Coast Guard asked the ships, small and large, to turn around. The season was not easy, with sinking and grounding ... Where are we going?

As for our friends aboard Babouch'ty, on September 9th they reached the small village of Sachs Harbor on Banks Island, in the Northwest Territories, Canada, after 83 days between ice and ocean!

Sea ice mission in Terre Adélie

  • Eric et Gerard retrouvailles devant L Astrolabe
  • Colonie de manchots Adelie et base DDU

At first, I have to check the state of the sea ice in the vicinity of the ship. What a great surprise then, to see Gérard Guérin arriving, by helicopter from Dumont d'Urville station where he arrived by plane a few days ago. Chainsaw expert, he comes to assist the mooring of the icebreaker. And here we are both mandated by the French Polar Institute (IPEV) to contribute to the good set-up of the big red boat against the pack ice: a nice nod to our long journey around the Arctic aboard Vagabond in 2002-2003. I explore the region for 8 days, from the ice edge, where L'Astrolabe is moored, up to Dumont d'Urville station, 50 km away. The proximity with penguins and seals is incredible. Here, no bear, no fox. No predator. The pack ice is perfect, solid, thick, well snowy, and flat (neither hummock nor sastrugi). Nothing like arriving by snowmobile at DDU to get a good idea of ​​the immensity. I carry on the measurements in the neighbourhood of the base, until the Rocher du Débarquement, where Jules Dumont d'Urville took possession of Adélie Land, in 1840. On November 24, the fuels convoys and helicopters slings are completed, everything has been landed, L'Astrolabe is heading North. The arrival in Hobart on December 1st marks the end of R0 (first rotation). I meet again with my family in Ambato (Ecuador), just in time to feel the earthquake of Sunday, December 3rd at 6:19 am, magnitude 6.2, whose epicentre is a few hundred kilometres only from home!


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Story by Serge Fuster, district leader (mission TA67), to read from the official blog: Un transfert d'enfer.

Great welcoming at Dumont d'Urville.

Special stamp collection, by Eric Sengler, the postal manager of the French base (TA67).

See ship's position live.

Mission in Ecuador.