Orcas and Whales are all around already and the team onboard SV “Southern Star” were delighted this week but they are still on the outside and far away to be easily reachable during a short kayak trip. They are entering Kaldfjord but moving non stop around at cruise speed making it difficult may be for good observations from kayaks.
Anyway, we’re planning a trial session on Saturday, November 12th to see what’s going on down there. Launching zone in Kaldfjord will be decided later accordind with last observations, may be only Saturday morning early.
Sunday, Nov 13th 2016. Debriefing from trip of Saturday, Nov 12th :
Mission accomplished 🙂 We saw three time a group of 4/5 orcas, twice from far away (200 meters), the third time, we were in the middle of the group with one observation from around 30 meters. Wind force was strong (20/25 nds) making it difficult against the wind. For this trial session we had equiped our kayaks with stabilizing Ama floaters and were very pleased with the option when crossing the fjord with 3 feet of nasty chop from beam. It was a nice day, unfortunately all our pictures weren’t good (bad focus, wet lens, too far away) .
Olivier Pitras presents a slide show about his Arctic campaign 2014 : “On the tracks of Fram’s second expedition”
Place : Subsea 7, Forussletta 9, Stavanger. Lecture in english, open to all.
“I have already sailed twice in the northern parts of Baffin Bay, in 1999 and 2008, and each time the wish to push further North was a big temptation, but on both occasions I had to keep focussed on the expedition course through the North-West Passage.
Sail to see what is beyond the horizon is something very natural for a sailor man !
In 2014, the North of Baffin Bay will be our destination, following the thread of the Fram’s historic second expedition.
During the expedition, 69 Nord in partnership with the Fram Museum in Oslo will focus on the tremendous achievements of the Sverdrup crew. The modern expedition will try to get as close as possible to the four winter harbors of the Fram’s second expedition”.