Greenland · June 28 - August 16 2025
North West Passage
Take on the "Everest" of Sailing. Prepare to be part of something amazing by registering your interest to join, without obligationBOOK NOW
This really is the expedition of a lifetime. Since the Northwest passage was first crossed in 1906, less than 100 sailing vessels have successfully navigated it. We are now preparing an expedition to attempt it during 2024 or 2025 using a purpose prepared expedition yacht, led by experienced expedition leader, Jim Dobie. This epic voyage will stretch you physically, mentally and take you to places that very few people have seen let alone sailed. Polar bears, seals, walruses, whales – Narwhale, Beluga and bowhead are a few of the animals you might see. The Northwest passage is a true test - 900miles across and less than 1,200miles from the North Pole, we will cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific, threading our way through the constantly shifting ice floes and narrow sea passages which make this one of the last great exploration trips on the planet. As its such a unique, intense and specialist expedition all crew will require training and experience of sailing in the Arctic. We will be arranging expeditions to Norway, Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland as 'preparation' trips in early 2024 We are not taking bookings yet, but if you want to be kept informed of progress you can use the "Book now" button to register your interest and be kept informed as the plans come together.
EPIC EXPEDITION SAILING
This is hands-on sailing. You will be a fully active part of the crew involved in preparation, planning and execution of the trip.
PURPOSE PREPARED YACHT
We are securing a purpose built yacht expressly for the voyage. This will be fully fitted out with the latest safety and navigational aids.
To prepare for this voyage, there will be numerous preparation theory and practical courses. We will give you specialist Artic preparation to ensure you are fully prepared.
A hugely experienced Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster Examiner who has sailed almost every ocean of the world, leading expeditions to some of the remotest places including the Galapagos, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Tasmania. Jim is experienced, not only on, but also under water, as a Scuba Diving Instructor delivering expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef, Oceania and Asia. Jim has a long history of successful race campaigns including skipper for the 09-10 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, competed in five Sydney to Hobart races, two Fastnet races, Round Britain and Ireland Race and many other offshore race events.
Jim will be supported by a fully qualified first mate on the trip
Oban - Scotland
Leg 1 - Oban to Greenland
Leg 2 - Northwest Passage
Safety equipment including life-jackets.
Sailing instruction from a world leading skipper and first mate
Celestial Navigation training and practice
Arctic and high latitudes sail training
your own foul weather gear
What's Not Included
Transport to the boat
Our Sailing route
We are working on the details of the route
You'll Be Staying Here
Spirit of the Artic
We are currently negotiating to secure a yacht specially for the trip. This will then be specially prepared with additional safety equipment to ensure the highest levels of security and comfort for a voyage into the high lattitudes.
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Do I need to be experienced in sailing?
This is a major expedition which will require some prior sailing experience - ideally including a long ocean crossing. On top of that, we will run a series of preparation lectures and preparation trips to ensure you are fully trained for a trip into the Artic Circle.
What equipment do I need?
We will supply specialist equipment including life-jackets and Foul Weather gear required for the trip.
What's the cancellation policy?
At this moment we are only requesting you register interest - this is not a commitment to join. Booking and cancellation policy will be outlined nearer the time.