Arctic Tern I Expeditions 2012-1014

A little bit about the boat…

Registered in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, Arctic Tern I is a polar expedition sailboat – strong, safe, nimble, and equipped to go just about anywhere. At 47 feet and with a retractable and shoal draft keel (draws only 1.2m with keel up), she is versatile, cost-effective, nimble and flexible – able to access coastal areas that are hazardous to the navigation of traditional Arctic expedition craft.

Designed and built in 1993 specifically for polar work, she has safely voyaged in high latitudes, both in the Arctic and the Antarctic. Her steel hull and full complement of modern navigation and telecommunications gear make her a tough, reliable, and safe platform for just about anything. She is an expedition craft, tough and functional but comfortable.

Students on Ice had taken her to Greenland and the Eastern Canadian Arctic in 2012, 2013 and 2014, supporting scientific and film projects in the North and accommodating up to 7 people onboard. Arctic Tern 1 has been run by the same crew: Grant Redvers and Pascale Otis ( Check out this promo video to see what they can offer on these trips…

Sail with us to the Arctic on « Arctic Tern I »… from Pascale Otis on Vimeo.


2014 – Tracking birds & Oceans North

Our mission in 2014 was to continue some of the bird work we had started the previous summer, on Cape Graham Moore, Bylot Island, Nunavut, Canada. After carefully recapturing the same birds and tagging new ones to track 35 Thick-Billed Murres that nest on the steep cliffs, we headed back to Milne Inlet with Oceans North to film narwhal and the beautiful scenery in this magnificent area, while making a few stops along the way to visit the locals that are hunting in the inlet. After a very successful mix of scientific and film work, we sailed south again, to put Arctic Tern I to sleep for another winter in Lewisporte, Newfoundland.

2013 – Finding birds & finding whales

In the summer of 2013, we focused on the ocean waters near Pond Inlet – Milne Inlet, Eclipse Sound, and Lancaster Sound, supporting projects with birds and whales. These waters are known for the richness of their biodiversity, and they are critical for the local communities. This work supported the advancement of the Marine Protected Area in Lancaster Sound and provided an ecological baseline in advance of proposed activities of the Baffinland Mary River mine.

The following 10-minute video was presented at the Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa, Canada) during the Winterlude Winter Festival 2014.

Anchors aweigh in the Arctic from Pascale Otis on Vimeo.


2012 – Sailing to the heart of the Arctic

In July and August 2012, scientists and WWF experts explored the Last Ice Area – the northwest coast of Greenland and Canada’s High Arctic Islands. Along the way, we conducted research and spoke with local communities to fill in the knowledge gaps about this remote area.

Here are a few videos produced during the expedition. These are all « quick productions », i.e. filmed and edited in a few hours during the expedition on a moving sailboat…

2012-06-19 Lock GoPro Sequence 2 from Pascale Otis on Vimeo.

2012-07-04 Sailing north ITV from Pascale Otis on Vimeo.

2012-07-14 End of crossing ITV from Pascale Otis on Vimeo.

2012-07-15_Ilulissat, Greenland from Pascale Otis on Vimeo.

2012-07-25 Salt marsh near Upernavik from Pascale Otis on Vimeo.

2012-07-27 Calm sailing Thorsten ITV from Pascale Otis on Vimeo.

2012-08-09 Leg 2 arrival & departure down the fjord from Pascale Otis on Vimeo.

2012-08-19 Science with Paul from Pascale Otis on Vimeo.

2012-08-23 Departing Dundas Harbour from Pascale Otis on Vimeo.

2012-08-31_Departure from Pond Inlet from Pascale Otis on Vimeo.

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