Ostrov Peschanyy

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Ostrov Peschanyy must be one of the bleakest and least inviting islands anywhere in the world. Adrian has described it as little more than a sand spit. It has a curious configuration that resembles the remains of an extinct volcano. The West side of the ovoid is a solid curved sand bar. To the East is a curving line of sand, pierced in places, creating a shallow lagoon that is the broad centre of the island. At the heighest points, the sand is little more than two metres above high water. This remote island provides very little shelter even for a small yacht, the seabed shoaling away so that even a third of a mile offshore the depth is only around five metres.

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AGX Position and Status Report

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To: Western Arctic Marine Operations HQ
Cc: Russian Ice Breaker; Russian Ice Breaker (MSCO)

Subject: Barrabas

Duty Office – West Marine Ops

Position report from sailing yacht Barrabas

18th Aug 1340 UCT

Position 74.21 N 116.01 E
Speed Anchored

Barometric Pressure 1016
Sea Temperature 3.5 degrees C
Wind SE 10 knots
Sea State Smooth
Wave height 0-1 foot
Ice Drift ice

Regards,

Adrian Flanagan

Editor’s Note:

Although Barrabas is at anchor, this is not a period of rest. The anchor has been dragging and it is necessary to move position and re-anchor as the wind moves. The added risk is from drift ice which is being blown past Barrabas’ position in some quantity. These ice fragments are large enough to damage the sloop – see below photo of an ice flow (taken by Adrian) with group of walrus resting on it.

There are limited choices. Current conditions do not encourage Adrian to hold under sail while he waits for the ice edge to receed and for the pack ice to break up. He could cruise in a circle under engine power but this will reduce his fuel supplies which may be needed later and which are also used by the heating system onboard. That only leaves the choice of anchoring and remaining vigilant. At the same time Adrian has to review the ice condition constantly and be ready to leave immediately that a viable lead opens.

AGX Position and Status Report

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To: Western Arctic Marine Operations HQ
Cc: Russian Ice Breaker; Russian Ice Breaker (MSCO)

Subject: Barrabas

Duty Office – West Marine Ops

Position report from sailing yacht Barrabas

17th Aug 0504 UCT

Position 74.32 N 117.28 E
Speed 1.5 knots
Course 315
Proceeding under sail

Barometric Pressure 1022
Sea Temperature 3.5 degrees C
Wind SSW 10 knots
Sea State Smooth
Wave height 0-1 foot
Ice No ice

Regards,

Adrian Flanagan

NOTE:
I am sailing under reduced canvas to slow boat speed to stay in this area.

AGX Position and Status Report

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To: Western Arctic Marine Operations HQ
Cc: Russian Ice Breaker; Russian Ice Breaker (MSCO)

Subject: Barrabas

Duty Office – West Marine Ops

Position report from sailing yacht Barrabas

16th Aug 0731 UCT

Position 74.16 N 118.28 E
Speed 3.0 knots
Course 280
Proceeding under sail

Barometric Pressure 1017
Sea Temperature 6.0 degrees C
Wind N 10 knots
Sea State Smooth
Wave height 1-2 foot
Ice No ice

Regards,

Adrian Flanagan

NOTE:

1) During the last 12 hours winds WNW 27 knots

2) Ostrov Lekina is NOT at the charted position

3) I am making for Ostrov Peschanyy. There are no suitable anchorages in Anabarskiy Zaliv

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AGX Position and Status Report

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Adrian and Barrabas are working through a series of storms and searching for an anchorage. The current position is further East than shown on the map above (approximately three green dots back). The current destination is marked on the Admiralty pilot as ‘position doubtful’.

To: Western Arctic Marine Operations HQ
Cc: Russian Ice Breaker; Russian Ice Breaker (MSCO)
Subject: Barrabas

Duty Office – West Marine Ops

Position report from sailing yacht Barrabas

15th Aug 1037 UCT

Position 74.07 N 121.00 E
Speed 3.5 knots
Course 235
Proceeding under sail

Barometric Pressure 1000
Sea Temperature 7.5 degrees C
Wind SE 17 knots
Sea State Smooth
Wave height 1-2 foot
Ice No ice

Regards,

Adrian Flanagan

NOTE: Heading towards Ostrov Leykina 74.05 N 120.25 E to look for
anchorage.

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AGX Position Update

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To: Western Arctic Marine Operations HQ
Cc: Russian Ice Breaker; Russian Ice Breaker (MSCO)
Subject: Barrabas

Duty Office – West Marine Ops

Position report from sailing yacht Barrabas

13th Aug 1125 UCT

Position 74.10 N 116.52 E
Speed 3.0 knots
Course 148
Proceeding under sail 3.0

Barometric Pressure 1013
Sea Temperature 3 degrees C
Wind SW 16 knots
Sea State Smooth
Wave height 1 foot
Ice Drift ice

Regards,

Adrian Flanagan

NOTE: Unable to make anchorage at Bukhta Marii Pronchischevoy (75.31 N 113.38E). Pack ice 50 nm offshore. Heading back towards Anabar Bay.

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AGX Position Update

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To: Western Arctic Marine Operations HQ
Cc: Russian Ice Breaker; Russian Ice Breaker (MSCO)
Subject: Barrabas

Duty Office – West Marine Ops

Position report from sailing yacht Barrabas

12th Aug 0606 UCT

Position 74.14 N 117.52 E
Speed 6.0 knots
Course 305
Proceeding under sail

Barometric Pressure 1003
Sea Temperature 5.5 degrees C
Wind SSW 20 knots
Sea State Moderate /rough
Wave height 4-6 foot
Ice No ice

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Regards,

Adrian Flanagan

AGX Position Report

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To: Western Arctic Marine Operations HQ
Cc: Russian Ice Breaker; Russian Ice Breaker (MSCO)
Subject: Barrabas

Duty Office – West Marine Ops

Position report from sailing yacht Barrabas

11th Aug 0912 UCT

Position 74.16 N 125.00 E
Speed 6.0 knots
Course 270
Proceeding under sail

Barometric Pressure 1016
Sea Temperature 6.0 degrees C
Wind SSW 20 knots
Sea State Moderate
Wave height 2-3 foot
Ice No ice

Regards,

Adrian Flanagan

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