2005 Blue Water Medal to JARLATH CUNNANE aboard Northabout

For building and skippering the Irish yacht Northabout which completed the first east to west polar circumnavigation in October 2005. The four-year voyage began in Westport, county Mayo, in June 2001 and took them through the north west Passage to Alaska and western Canada where they spent the next two years cruising. In 2004 they sailed to Russia, wintering the yacht at Khatanga, Siberia, when stopped by the ice.

In 2005 they completed the Northeast passage voyage to Ireland via the Norwegian coast and the Caledonian Canal..

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