Sailing the Northwest Passage into history

Near Point Barrow — September 2, 2007. Photo by David Thoreson.

A former hog farmer from Minnesota just became the first person to complete the Northwest Passage from east to west by sailboat. Roger Swanson was aided by this summer’s unprecedented arctic sea ice retreat. He and five crew members completed the 6,600 mile journey from Halifax to Kodiak in a 57-foot fiberglass boat. It was his third attempt at the crossing.

UPDATE: Be sure to visit Blue Water News, David Thoreson’s blogging home for this fascinating voyage. The site include great photos and impressions from the crew as they made their way across the Northwest Passage.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage