Arcadia, the Royal Huisman-built 36 metre explorer yacht became the 159th vessel to complete her east-west transit of the Northwest Passage on 26 September this year.
Arcadia was always envisaged by her owner as a globe-trotting yacht, but she is no steel-bound ice breaker, which makes this passage all the more remarkable. Built in 2006 from aluminium with some carbon composite components she was Tony Castro's first major motor yacht commission, and with her traditional Dick Young interior is every inch a gentleman's yacht, but one with proven explorer credentials.
With her owner and guests on board Arcadia departed from Christianshab, Greenland on 2 September, crossing the Baffin Sea to Pond Inlet where she began her transit on 5 September. The passage under the command of Captain James Pizzaruso was reportedly stunning, and included numerous polar bear sightings, both fine and challenging weather and some exhilarating shore-side hiking.
Arcadia covered a total of 3,278 nautical miles, of which 1,587 were completed between Ilulissat and Cambridge Bay, and a further 1,691 between Cambridge bay and Nome, Alaska. The route from Pond Inlet took in Bylot Island, Devon Island, Prince Leopold Island, Fort Ross (Somerset Island), through Bellot Strait to Jenny Lind Island, Cambridge Bay (Victoria Island) and on to Nome Island via Banks Island, Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea and Bering Sea.
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