Headbanger’s Ball

…too big of a arrival party from north slope, several people missed their morning flights – mine rescheduled for saturday – staying with a fellow polaris skipper in Anchorage till then – it was the hangover part #3 ; )
Below:  The last men standing at the airport in Deadhorse (from right to left the five captains: Niko, Coco, Yo, Thoma, me & our boat demob support crew from France: Xavier, GB & Christen…all French ; ) PS: I defected a long time ago ; )

and the most violent turbulence on flight from Anchorage ‘after’ the turbulent post-north slope arrival party I have EVER experienced for over two hours to the point people would have been air-born in the cabin if not buckled in – it was while we crossed the cold front coming off the low south of Anchorage that affected my other flight from the Arctic…

96-hours away in Anchorage “Hurricane-forced” low – the very unusual very early winter continues…

Below our flight from Deadhorse at our ‘pit-stop’ in Fairbanks with planes lined up in the background after being forced ‘away’ from Anchorage due to extreme wind-sheer…

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The Next

Now back from water-jets to wind-driven liquidflight – next up likely deliver my S&S 34 from Seattle to San Francisco perhaps with a couple fellow CGG Veritas “Crew-21” co-workers…Meanwhile, Linda Pasquariello has sold her boat in Australia and has bought a sister-ship of my S&S 34 in LA. We’ll refit both of them in a grand ‘remob’ this winter in preparation for the ‘1st-one-design-nonstop-solo-around-the-world-race’ – the ‘MOD Globe’ after the my next stint in the Arctic next year – and the beat goes on đŸ˜‰

The Descent

I arrive back to camp to hear two facts…45-knots of wind predicted tomorrow & the polar bear is back (on F-PAD) right now (which I just left for the day shift change), which has been evacuated again !!!  On a separate note, it will be interesting as we try to preserve the fleet of boats tomorrow – I aspire to anchor right behind the barrier islands as its supposed to be from the north-east with perhaps gusts to 50-knots on the frigid Beaufort Sea.  The same polar bear now on F-Pad was two miles from our camp headed our way earlier today and they were on the barrier islands where we might anchor just a week ago eating a whale that had washed up – the beat goes on in the Arctic – its not over till its over – temperature dropping fast here with snow predicted in the next two days…