In 1992, Deborah Shapiro and Rolf Bjelke undertook a perilous voyage from Sweden to the Antarctic expressly to spend the winter there in their 40-foot sailboat, frozen into an isolated anchorage.For their extraordinary journey, they prepared with months of hard work and meticulous planning. And when winter descended, they found what they went for: to be alone with the last great wilderness on earth. Through them, we experience fiery sunsets on snow and ice, mountains rising from mist, ethereal aquamarine ice caves. They met adversity with equanimity: destructive waves from capsizing icebergs, unexpected dunkings through thin ice, whiteouts, days on end in which the shrieking of the wind made conversation impossible, and 60-knot storms at sea.Told with grit, humor, and poetic insight, Time on Ice is a first-class tale for the sailor and armchair adventurer alike.
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In 1989, Deborah Shapiro and Rolf Bjelke willingly set sail for a land of ice and snow. Their goal (reminiscent of the Age of Exploration): to captain a 40-foot sailboat, the Northern Light, from Sweden to the Antarctic Peninsula and back, and overwinter in one of the earth's most beautiful yet inhospitable places. During the 28,000-nautical-mile trip, they endured battering seas, treacherous ice flows, and complete isolation while frozen at the bottom of the world. Time on Ice is the result of their struggles and ultimate achievement. In alternating chapters, the married coauthors recount a remarkable three-year odyssey that peaks with their interment in an Antarctic winter. But the awe-inspiring vistas, seldom-seen wildlife, and personal discoveries far outweigh the dangers. This is a fascinating journey to one of the world's wildest and loneliest places.From the Back Cover:
ANTARCTICA: To the early mapmakers it was Terra Incognita, and it remains a remote, brooding presence, more mythic than real, its mystery only deepened by the legendary journeys of Shackleton, Amundsen, and Scott. Answering the siren's call, Deborah Shapiro and Rolf Bjelke pushed their sailboat into the depths of an Antarctic winter, accepting complete isolation to experience the sublime majesty of earth's last great wilderness.
TIME ON ICE recounts their three-year, 28,000-mile odyssey, meticulously planned and boldly executed by two experienced and resourceful sailors. Surviving whiteouts, hurricane-force winds, battering seas, and capsizing icebergs, they found what they were seeking: a wild, untamed, yet fragile beauty reserved for the few who can endure it. What they have brought back to share with us is magical.
With color photos by the authors
"Eloquently captures what must be the ultimate in sailing adventures. . . . Time on Ice opens the door to a world that even few sailors will ever experience." --San Diego Log
"Sailors and nonsailors alike will thrill to the armchair adventure awaiting them in Time on Ice."--Portsmouth (NH) Herald
"A story in the pure and enduring spirit of discipline and adventure. Right out of the annals of Slocum and Chichester."--48 Degrees North
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Book Description International Marine Publishin, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110071353224
Book Description McGraw-Hill Professional Book Group, New York, NY, U.S.A., 2000. Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. Reprint. 290 pages - Two Swedish adventurers sail to Antarctica in their 40-foot sailboat and spend an arduous winter there. Bookseller Inventory # 304169
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Book Description International Marine Publishing, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0071353224