By way of setting some context for Arctic Tern’s accomplishment, below are a few statistics regarding her 2014 attempt and the Northwest Passage generally. (See also Northwest Passage Statistics, II)
A Hint at the Difficulty of the Northwest Passage
Northwest Passage Results for 2014
(Source for above: Northwest Passage 2014)
Arctic Tern’s Place in History
(Source for last two points: official passage records are kept by R.K. Headland at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. For a PDF of the report through 2010, go to RCC Pilotage Foundation, Pg. 36.)
It was a great privileged to be a part of Les and Ali Parson’s successful crossing of the Northwest Passage.