I don’t know how good your individual memory banks are, but do readers remember this idea where the ‘explorer and adventurer’ Pen Hadow got all excited about sailing to the North Pole.
He stated “ “I’m very conflicted,” he said. “If we do reach the North Pole by sail, I think the image would be iconic for the rest of the century and a call to action,” he said. “If 50ft yachts can do this, imagine what commercial shipping can do.”
For his new record attempt, Hadow and his nine-strong team will take two yachts on a 3,500-mile round trip from Nome in Alaska to the pole, using satellites to find a route through the ice and avoid getting stuck. He will fly to Alaska to join his team members on Saturday.
If all goes to plan, he will arrive at the pole between August 15 and early September, about 510 miles further north than anyone has sailed before.
Naturally, the expedition will have a strong scientific flavour, taking samples, making observations, and all the rest of the concentrated bullshit which now takes the place of the old-time explorers statement, which at least had a ring of truth about it: ‘Because It’s There’.
So everyone was rather discomobulated to read that the expedition had turned back to to a high concentration of an unexpected substance which impeded the forwards navigation of their ice-hardened yachts……SEA ICE.
‘No, we didn’t fail, no ways’, stated the expedition leaders; ‘ we Adjusted our Parameters of Success.’