Episode 29 of The Sailing Podcast is our interview with Jessica Taunton and Chris Bray about their recent trip in their junk rigged sailboat ‘Teleport’. These adventurous Aussies worked extremely hard to achieve their goal of sailing the Northwest Passage in 2013
The journey began with an offer of a cheap boat in Halifax, Canada and this led to an extensive refit prior to taking on the North West Passage. Returning the following year, Jessica was to get her first taste of extreme sailing in the Labrador Sea where they encountered storms with Force 12 conditions and reports of 12 meter waves by other ships in the area.
We also hear about:
- a romantic wedding proposal at Victoria Island
- Sailing a junk rigged sailboat
- Blondie Haslerand his sailboat ‘Jester’
- Chris Bray photography at www.chrisbray.net
- Whales, polar bears, arctic foxes and peregrine falcons
- Challenges of such an adventure, including seasickness and loneliness
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I mentioned in the podcast that I have chosen a new microphone – Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Microphone. These are a highly recommended microphone by podcasters such as Daniel J Lewis from ‘The Audacity to Podcast’ at www.theaudacitytopodcast.com
Show notes for sailing the northwest passage
The first place to head for fantastic photos from their trip is their website – www.yachtteleport.com. Both Chris Bray and Jess Taunton are professional photographers as well as adventurers so you are sure to enjoy the wonderful galleries of photos available if you take some time to look back through their blog and photo galleries from sailing the northwest passage.
If you would like some further information about their photography courses then you could head to their business website about photography – www.chrisbray.net. As well as one day seminars about photography they also offer photography safaris to places like the Galapagos Islands, Kenya and Tasmania.
Here is an great YouTube video from their YouTube channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/wwwYachtTeleportCom
We also managed to learn a little about the junk rigged sailboat during the interview. ‘Teleport’ is a North Atlantic 29′ designed by Angus Primrose and ‘Blondie’ Hasler. Based on the smaller ‘Jester’ that was sailed across the Atlantic by Blondie Hasler, the North Atlantic 29′ provides a little more room and proved to be a capable sailing vessel in the northern latitudes.
There is quite a bit of information about the character that was Blondie Hasler and the Jester Info website at www.jesterinfo.org seems to be one of the most current information places with updates on the 2014 Jester Challenge as well as historical information about some sailors such as Hasler.
I discovered that there is a book about Blondie Hasler called Blondie by Ewen Southby-Tailyour
You may have heard Chris mentioning some of the early explorers who went searching for the North West Passage and in particular he mentioned the search for John Franklin’s expedition, missing since July 1845.
My favorite book regarding the search for the North West Passage is Voyages of Delusion: The Quest for the Northwest Passage by Glyn Williams. It is a great read and well researched. Let me know in the comments below if you have any other reading recommendations regarding the North West Passage.
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