Northwest Passage Sailor Ignores Arctic COVID Restrictions

Northwest Passage Sailor Ignores Arctic COVID Restrictions
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Every summer, a half dozen cruise ships and a few small yachts traverse Canada’s Northwest Passage, but not this year. Because of COVID, foreign pleasure craft are barred from entering Canadian arctic waters, in order to keep the tiny northern hamlets virus-free. The territory of Nunavut remains mostly closed to southerners, except essential workers. But last week, an observer in Cambridge Bay, at the western end of the Passage, spotted a yacht offshore, which was later identified as the Kiwi Roa, piloted by 72-year-old New Zealander Peter Smith. In spring, Smith tried to get permission to sail the Passage. In late July, he learned that his request was refused. He decided to ignore it and proceed east from Alaska anyway. “I am 72 [years] old with a history of lung problems,” he wrote in response to a journalist’s email. “I... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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