Spot the Real Moron

So now we know that P.J. Gladnick is a covert member of the Church of Global Warming – he displays their determination never to let facts and accuracy get in the way of a good sneer, or an unfounded shock horror story.

But how much of a Moron is P.J. Gladnick?
Well the mitigation is that it all started with a sloppy piece of journalism by the Moscow bureau of a French news wire service, mis-reporting on the Alpha Global Expedition. Then an Australian publication, that should have known better, copied the news wire without any checking on the storyline.

P.J. Gladnick then joined the bunch of folk who followed the Australians, adding their own ignorant spin to the false story line. Most of these folk are cousins of the rubberneckers who cause disaster on the freeway staring at an auto crash on the other lane as they drift past.
The moronic part was that none of these folk needed to take the French story without checking and there is a heap of accurate information out on the Internet covering the Alpha Global Expedition – but hey! If you only want to swim in mud why bother?

If you do want to know what’s really happening in detail:
Alpha Global Expedition website:
Adrian Flanagan’s weblog:
FIRE News:
Broadly Boats:
Cowes Online:

If you want to read an accurate synopsis:
The Alpha Global Expedition has never had anything to do with a belief in Global Warming. Adrian Flanagan is not trapped in ice and has not pleaded for rescue by an ice breaker

British sailor Adrian Flanagan sailed from Britain in October 2005 in a titanium steel sloop Barrabas at the start of an epic attempt to make the first vertical circumnavigation by sea in history, by any sailor, or crew, in any kind of boat.

He sailed South down the Atlantic to Antarctica, rounded Cape Horn against wind and current into the Pacific.

He sailed North towards the Arctic.

Failure of the prop shaft cutless bearing approaching the Aleutians – can only be replaced by taking the boat out of the water, or using a diver – required him to divert to Nome, Alaska for the failed bearing to be replaced. That, together with early reforming of ice in the Arctic, meant the boat had to be stored ashore in Nome for the Winter of 2006/7.

Adrian returned this summer and put Barrabas back in the water, sailing to Provideniya, Chukotka Province, Russia.

Given the only permission ever to authorize a lone sailor to navigate the Russian Northern Sea Route without even an escort, Flanagan sailed through the Bering Strait and turned West for home.

He arrived at his planned holding point half way along the NSR three weeks ahead of schedule. He has been holding, waiting for a promised brief window of opportunity to pass through the PVK Strait. He, the Russians, and everyone else with any knowledge knew this section of the route would be extremely difficult. MDA/KSAT are providing daily high definition satellite images and the Russian Arctic Research Institute AARI is providing expert interpretation, with the Russian Western Arctic Marine Operations HQ in Murmansk providing NSR support.

The real story is that Alpha Global Expedition have been checking Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, Plan E.

Plan A is to sail through the shallow intercoastal, or the deep water NSR passage, if favourable conditions exist after the forecast change in wind and temperature – due to start from September 9 and last maybe eight days.

Plan B is to be picked up at sea by one of two nuclear-powered icebreakers at sea and be carried through the short section of 7/10 thick ice, relaunching in clear water to the West of PVK Strait. That plan is now unlikely because the weight of Barrabas is beyond the capacity of the lifting equipment on the icebreakers, even if all stores and moveable equipment are first removed from the yacht -lifting a yacht at sea in rough conditions is not for the faint hearted.

Plan C is to sail back East to the Port of Tiksi and be lifted onto a large ice hardened merchant ship that is preparing to go through the PVK Strait in convoy with icebreakers. Once through the Strait the cargo ship would put into the Port of Dickson offload the yacht, which would continue to sail to Murmansk on its own.

Plan D is to sail back to Tiksi and join a collection of vessels, some now there for their third year, waiting to see if the ice will be kind next year.
Plan E is to take a very big risk and enter the intercoastal as soon as the ice thins in a few days time, hoping to make it to the other side before new ice forms. If the yacht becomes trapped it will be crushed and Adrian may have to take to his survival dinghy which is designed to sail, or be rowed, also to become a sledge across ice, or a shelter on the ice.

Notes for the global warmingly challenged:
Some believe the first passage of the NSR was more than a thousand years back by a Viking longship – probably employing portage around any thick ice as the Vikings moved their ships across land when they used the Russian rivers to go from the Baltic to the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean.

In the Sixteenth Century some attempts were made to sail East from the Murmansk area and later to sail West from the Bering Strait, and what was the Russian Province of Alaska. Even in the brief Arctic Summer, ice at the mid point prevented a ship from travelling the complete distance in either direction along the Russian Northern coast.

In the Soviet era successful attempts were made to use the NSR as a Summer waterway. With the ending of the USSR, attempts were largely abandoned to make complete voyages, using instead vessels from each end to sail to and from the two ports on either side of the worst ice at PVK – Proliv Vil’kitskogo.

In forgotten history the temperatures were very much higher than they are today and higher than the most hysterical doom forecasts from Global Warmers. It is not known whether this was due to the excessive use of 4×4 and SUV vehicles by an ancient lost civilization, pollution caused by flatulent dinosaurs, or just the continuing process of climate change as the Earth passes through cycles of increasing, or decreasing, temperature.

Dan Xavier

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