In 2005, I sailed on an icebreaker from Anadyr, Russia, to Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean, about 10 degrees from the North Pole. I’ve been passionate about the polar regions ever since. I explored the Antarctic Peninsula on a small expedition ship in February 2006, leaving my heart forever on Petermann Island. In 2008, I had the privilege of sailing on the maiden voyage to the North Pole of 50 Years of Victory, the largest nuclear-powered icebreaker on the planet. In November 2009, I sailed aboard Kapitan Khlebnikov from Ushuaia to Stanley in the Falklands (Malvinas). I tramped the ice of the Weddell Sea. Sailed the Southern Ocean and marveled at the icebergs in Antarctica Sound.
Every adventure was enriched by the presence of Expedition Team members with decades of experience in the polar regions – biologists, historians, ornithologists, film makers, photographers, and artists. Hospitality professionals ensured I was comfortable and well-fed – exceedingly well-fed! Many of the highlights - playing with a pod of whales – watching a polar bear devour a seal under the midnight sun – a Force Nine Gale in the Drake Passage – wouldn’t have been possible without the skill of the Captains, officers and crew of the ships on which I sailed. Thank you one and all!
My other passions – Theatre and Film
In the early ’80′s I was a film critic for a small radio station on Vancouver Island. Now I write reviews for pleasure. My love of theatre began when I saw a traveling company perform South Pacific in Toronto, when I was 11 years old. Then my high school made a day trip to Stratford, Ontario, where I saw Douglas Rain as Henry V. I’ve been traveling the world and attending live theatrical performances ever since: Peter Brook‘s Midsummer Night’s Dream; Chinese opera in Beijing, Chopin in castle in Warsaw, Madame Butterfly – the ballet version – in Edinburgh are just some of the highlights.
I manage a group on LinkedIn called Polar Professionals. More than 940 (April 2013) people from around the world who work in or are passionate about the Arctic and Antarctica share information, trade stories and network.