Around the North Pole in 60 days
A Russian-Ukrainian crew has set a new world record for the quickest Arctic circumpolar navigation by a sailboat.
The 100 foot sailboat “Scorpius” with a crew of four Russians and three Ukrainians has sailed around the North Pole in only 60 days, Interfax reports.
The Journey around the North Pole started and ended in Kakortok in Greenland and was done without any assistance from icebreakers. The crew tried to keep as close to the Pole as possible, in a corridor between 77-82 degrees north.
The speed record was not the only one set by “Scorpius” this year. Earlier this summer it sailed around the South Pole, thereby becoming the first sailboat in history to circumnavigate the South and the north Poles in one year.
Two years ago Norwegian explorer Børge Ousland and his crew became the first ever to sail around the North Pole in a sailboat. They spent nearly three months on the journey.