The New Yorker has a new issue out in which they talk about the terrible drought of 2012 and its effect upon corn crops — in the context, oddly, of 2013 being the best year in history for US corn crops. After opening with how great the harvest is right now, they talk about disaster last year: [...]
Here’s the spreadsheet and charts as of their arrival today in Cambridge Bay.
Click on the thumbnail for the full PDF.
I’ve traveled further yesterday than the crew did on their entire journey, but I had a rather easy time of it. In any event, there will probably be some final wrap-up post from [...]
The crew of the Arctic Joule are now blogging openly about their planned end when they reach Cambridge Bay: [...]
The Arctic Joule is moving again. From their blog (and that weather report!) the winds were quite fierce. And they’ve reported a bit of controllability issue going through the Dease Strait. The chart PDF is here, with the front page snapshot here. [...]
And that’s just the FaceBook page for the MainstreamLastFirst expedition. I’ve updated the chart and the screen shot, even though the crew is still tied down on the north short of the Dease Strait and unable to move due to heavy winds. But I confess to being disappointed by the behavior, evidently approved by the management, of commenters at the MLF page. [...]
The voyage of the Arctic Joule will come to an end in the next few days, just shy of the halfway mark. I can’t blame the fellows: It’s been quite a difficult run for them as a result of adverse winds and a boat design not quite appropriate for the attempt. (Too much wind area; they were effectively rendered impotent by any headwind at all.) [...]
Before today’s update, I’ll relate an odd situation that has just occurred. Based upon an overwhelming number of complaint (i.e., one person), I’ve been booted off the MainstreamLastFirst FaceBook page, and my comments detailing the status and numbers of the Arctic Joule crew have been removed. The reason is that, elsewhere on this site, you [...]
I’ve updated how the Arctic Joule spreadsheet works, to give the rowing team (Facebook page here) every benefit of the doubt. This was after a considerable and interesting discussion of methodology and philosophy with my German friend Marmoe in the comments here, who digitized an Arctic route and sent me coordinates. Many changes were made [...]
The Arctic Joule has had a good day. They actually hit more than 7kph in the last day, a first for the trip. Click to enlarge the chart below:
The team of four men rowing in the Arctic has run into headwinds. Literally. They originally talked about making 100 kilometers on a good day (62 miles), and 40 kilometers on an average day. Two weeks into the voyage, it was clear that things weren’t going according to plan. And sometime in September, the melt season ends and ice begins building up quickly. Their total journey was expected to last until mid to late September. [...]