We have been planning this expedition for a while now, and it never stops to amaze me how much preparation that is needed to get ready for an overwintering in Greenland. We both have experience living in remote places in the Arctic, so luckily we have some control of what equipment that is needed to explore the Arctic field. But you always have to double check and re-check again that you have thought about everything, and that you remember to bring spare-parts and double sets of almost everything. You never now what can be useful, and you have to be able to do repairs if something breaks or malfunction. Once we are in the ice for the winter it’s not like we can take a quick trip to the store to buy what you need... But the preparations are part of the expedition, and really put you on the test of patience and your organizational skills! This is actually also a good challenge; it’s all up to us and time will show if we have managed to do it well :)
We bought our boat ARGELVOR about a year ago. It has previously been prepared for sailing in Antarctica, and the former owner has been sailing around the world for 7 years before selling it to us. The boat is in really good condition, but a lot of work needed to be done on the boat before it’s ready for arctic conditions: Dismantling all inventory, isolating (!), put up both old and build new walls and sealing plates, re-building of bead, shelves, kitchen, sofa, table etc… Set-up all new electrical system, re-build fuel system, checking the engine, cleaning the hull from old oil and fuel leakage, fixing all the sails etc., the list goes on and on. But nothing of this could be done if it hadn’t been for the precious help and effort from some of our fantastic friends! We are forever grateful for the people that has been helping us preparing the boat and that share our excitement for this project. Special thanks’ to JB, Hélène, Laura, Antoine, Leila, Yann, Tom, Christophe, Ju, Etienne, Greg, Fanny, Julien, Alex, Yves, Sylvain and Manu.