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Route.

The Expedition started in 1999 and was continued each summer since this time (except for 2002 and 2005).

The season 2008 has become the final one. The team of Anders Bilgram passed the section from Dikson to the Tiksy settlement, turning round the northern extremity of Eurasia the Chelyuskin Cape. The length of this section is 2 500 km).

The tactics of sailing in the Arctic Seas of Russia was simple: waiting till the most favourable weather conditions quickly to overcome the parts of the route using the speed performance of the motor boat. The crew of Anders Bilgram had to avoid storms, as the waves higher than one meter, do not allow the motor boat to use the gliding mode and considerably reduce the speed.

The Expedition started from Denmark in 1999. The crew passed the sector Denmark Shetland Islands Faeroe Islands Iceland. Next year the Expedition managed to reach the coast of Greenland and to sail around it from the south. Thus for the first time in history the crew in an open motor boat crossed the North Atlantic. Further the route was continued along the islands of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. In 2001 the Expedition sailed along the Canadian and American coasts to the Bering Strait.

In summer 2003 the seafarers crossed the Bering Strait and on July 19 entered the port Providenia, Chukotka, here the forth participant Sergey Epishkin joined the crew. There was the start of the Russian stage of the Expedition.

The Expedition passed the Chuckchee Sea and the East-Siberian Sea and by August 30 reached the mouth of the Indigirka River. The failure in the work of the motor engines considerably reduced the speed and the crew was not able to find the shelter during severe storm. On August 30 at 5.00 a.m. (local time) Anders Bilgram took a decision to give SAS signal because of the existing threat of lives of the explorers and the danger to lose the boat. The SOS signal was received by the COSPAS-SARSAT Centers. A helicopter of the Russian Air Forces was ready to depart for rescue works. At the same time the members of the Russian Emergency Ministry of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) found out that in the area of disaster there was a dry cargo ship "Captain Bogatyrev". This ship provided assistance to the explorers. The crew with the boat was transported to Tiksy Port.

In 2004 the Expedition managed to pass the section Tiksy Nizhneyansk the Cape Svyatoy Nos. Then the motor boat was transported back to Denmark for repairs.

In 2006 the Expedition again started from Copenhagen from the famous monument to water-nymph and sailed to the East. The explorers crossed the Norwegian and the Barents Sea and left the motor boat for winter in Narjan-Mar.

The stage 2007 started on August 5. In a week after enduring one storm in the region of the Ust-Kara settlement, the motor boat reached the Cape Kharasavey (Yamal Peninsula). By August 15 the explorers arrived in Dickson, leaving behind one of the most dangerous sections of the route: Obskaia Inlet and Gydansky Bay the lengthy parts of the route far away from the coastal line. For two weeks Anders Bilgram and his crew were waiting for improvement of the ice conditions in the Vilkitsky Strait. Ice breakers were working in the Strait at that time but for a small motor boat sailing among the ship's convoy was dangerous. The ice did not disperse and on September 11 the boat was conserved till the next year.


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