The ice map as at 22:00 hrs Zulu Aug 30 shows Adrian’s challenge. The Ice Queen’s cold finger is still touching the North Russian coast at one point and that point lies between Adrian and home. It is almost exactly half way along the Russian Northern Sea Route and Barrabas is now at anchor close to the choke point, ready to sail the moment the wind changes and the ice starts to break up. This is the critical point in the voyage. To the South and East of Adrian’s current position lies the port of Tiksi. Tied up in the port are three vessels that hope to pass through the choke point. One is a fully crewed larger yacht that has been imprisoned by conditions for two winters.