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We sailed on an erupting volcano!

Leaving Honolulu Harbour at night is a pretty spectacular experience, looking at the illuminated skyscrapers look over the palm trees, and feeling the emotion of the departure for a long haul crossing. Kayak (a polar hero about to become a tropics her) is going to...

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Crossed views of Ghislain and Armand

From Sitak to Papeete, via Hawaii.  Armand, this is your first time sailing the WHY, is it an easy boat to get used to? Indeed. Even if I’ve often seen the WHY moored in Concarneau, I had never sailed on it before the departure from Sitka. I’m used to...

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Meet Marcel Koken

Who are you ?  My name is Marcel Koken. I’m a dutch citizen, but I have been working in France since 1994 for the National Center for Scientific Research - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). For the last 9 years, I’ve been studying the mechanisms...

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Arctic leg: highlights

Sitka, 22nd October 2017 That’s it, the WHY has reached its wintering harbour for the next four months: Sitka, Alaska. We are now in the Pacific ocean. The Arctic Leg of Under The Pole III is over and we can modestly say that we are proud of what we’ve accomplished...

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Interview: Polar sailing

The WHY and her crew have been sailing in the mythical Northwest Passage. Emmanuelle and Ghislain give us their views on this exceptional sailing route. Could...

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Under The Pole at the Paris Dive Show

The Under The Pole team will be at the 19th Paris Dive Show from January 6-9, 2017. Come meet us at our partner SF TECH’s booth to discover the new Under The Pole III expedition around the world! We can’t wait to show...

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A big trip calls for a big refit for the WHY!

After 22 months in the Arctic, 2 Atlantic ocean crossings (with 1 during winter), freezing sea sprays, a wintering trapped in the ice, thousands of miles of navigation,… and an unfortunate collision with a fisherman’s boat, the WHY deserved a serious facelift. She...

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