Vagabond is on Sailing News
France and Josée are replacing Nicole, she went back with the helicopter, after 70 days alone on board Vagabond. Temperatures were quite high the last few days and pack ice is now more fragile, sometimes breaking up when walking on it. "Our arrival was a bit tricky! But it is so nice, I'm so happy to see the dogs, and the boat is in so good condition. She is heeling on port, water is a bit high in the toilets, tomorrow snow will be removed from the front deck. It was 20°C on board when we arrived, we turned a little down the heating!" France
"It's snowing and it's nicer and nicer!" Nicole
Nicole's back is too painful, a repatriation is on going. France and our friend Josée just left Paris, they are in the plane to Longyearbyen, they will then go and replace Nicole on board Vagabond.
France on radio France Inter at 14:40 in La Tête au Carré, interviewed by Laurence Garcia.
'Arctic and sea ice seen by Vagabond':
- 14:30: 'The icy gates to the Pacific' (52')
- 15:30: 'Vagabond, all dangers passage' (26')
- 16:00: 'Vagabond, wintering in Spitsbergen' (13')
- 16:15: 'DAMOCLES, what future for the arctic sea ice?' (slideshow 20')
"An attempt to set up the dogs on ice near the boat, but snow is becoming water when walking on it, and I cannot let them sleep on that. Dog houses are too heavy for my painful back! So they are still on the deck. I think they got fat, not doing anything! I can walk on ice, but it is still elastic like an old wooden floor. Moon light is great, and all is shining like diamonds." Nicole
"Vagabond, 2 years in Spitsbergen to better understand sea ice", slide show presented by Eric and France at Agora from 10:15 to 11:00
"Pack ice looks nice and solid, full moon is magnificent with shining snow, it's almost as good as the sun!" Nicole
DAMOCLES General Assembly on 4 and 5 December in Bremen, Germany