The Polar Ocean Challenge Crew

DavidMy crew are from all walks of life, both experienced and less experienced sailors, led by experienced Arctic skipper, Captain Nikolay. Most crew will change over the 4 legs of the expedition, myself included. Only Nikolay and Ben, our youngest crew member will remain for the duration of the whole expedition, over 4 months at sea.

This will be the voyage of a lifetime for any sailor; sailing around the top of the world in some of the most testing and challenging of waters.

We will sail the infamous Northeast Passage via Siberia to Alaska before joining the Northwest Passage to complete the circumnavigation of the North Pole via Greenland.

Pack ice could be a daily challenge through the Northeast Passage and the Northwest Passage, with the potential for icebergs in Baffin Bay from the famous Jakobshavn Glacier. Mother Nature will also reward us with glimpses of the amazing sea life that inhabits these inhospitable waters.  The crew will be living in cramped conditions as the yacht will have to be filled with sufficient food and fuel to get us from one remote port to the next.  It is definitely not a voyage for the faint-hearted.

David Hempleman-Adams

David Hempleman-Adams

David Hempleman-Adams

Expedition Leader

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David is one of the most experienced and successful adventurers in the world. In his forty years as an adventurer, David was the first person to reach the highest peaks on all seven continents and journey fully to the North and South Geographical and Magnetic Poles. He has broken forty-seven Federation Aeronautique Internationale ballooning records.
Nikolai Litau

Nikolay Litau

Captain

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I have enjoyed 30 years of yachting crossing all the oceans, including 7 trips in the Arctic ocean, and a circumnavigation of the Antarctic. I have been awarded the Medal for Seamanship of the Royal Cruising Club of Great Britain, the Blue Water Medal of the Cruising club of America and the Cavalier of the Russian Order of Bravery. I am a member of the Russian Geographic society. Find out more on Nikolay’s website.
Ben Edwards

Ben Edwards

Crew Member All 4 legs

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I sailed to Svalbard last year on the boat shakedown trip. I’ll be a full crew member for the whole trip. I am 14 years old. I am the Youth Ambassador for Wicked Weather Watch, and I’m raising money for research into Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis in children at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Visit my trip blog.
Barbara Fitzpatrick

Barbara Fitzpatrick

Crew 2nd & 3rd Legs

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Information about Barbara will be updated shortly.
Constance Difede

Constance Difede

Crew Member

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More interesting information to follow soon.
Steve Edwards

Steve Edwards

Crew 3rd & 4th Legs

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I am a helicopter pilot and amateur sailor and mountaineer. Father to Ben and Mimi who are also taking part on this trip
Rosalind Edwards

Rosalind Edwards

Crew member 2nd & 4th leg

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I joined the shakedown trip in Svalbard last year and David’s South Pole last degree expedition. I am Ben’s Mum.
Johan Peterson

Johan Peterson

Navigator, NW passage

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Information about Johan will be updated shortly.
Graham Hoyland

Graham Hoyland

Crew 4th leg

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I am circumnavigating the world, climbing the seven continental summits and sailing the seven seas.
Dave Cushing

Dave Cushing

Crew 1st Leg

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I have crewed and skippered yachts from Scotland to the Canaries, and throughout the Mediterranean in the last 40 years.
Hazel Richards

Hazel Richards

Crew 1st Leg

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Finding my legs for the first time having trekked the Arctic and Antarctic and crossed the Gobi. Training and financial consultant by profession.
Annie Green

Annie Green

Crew

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Sailing since childhood, and Commodore of Thornbury Sailing club. Recently retired from the National Health service blood and transplant department.
Denis Davydov

Denis Davydov

First Mate

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More information about Denis will follow soon!
John Harvey

John Harvey

Crew 1st Leg

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I’ve been sailing for 10 years in the UK and the Mediterranean. Last year I retired as a Clinical Scientist leaving me free to sail more expansively and take part in this trip.
Mimi Edwards

Mimi Edwards

Crew 4th Leg

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I love water polo, rock climbing and dingy sailing. I joined the shakedown trip in Svalbard last year. My favourite place was the top of the mast! I am 12 yrs old.

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