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A Royal Marines duo have successfully navigated the central section of the Arctic's notorious North-West passage, in a 17 foot open boat..Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Oliver (42) and Major Tony Lancashire (36) have taken 42 days to sail and row their 17-foot boat Arctic Mariner 1,400 miles through Canada's Northern provinces. They started from Inuvik, on the Beaufort Sea on July 24, travelled east and have just arrived safely in Gjoa Haven on King William Island..A year in the planning, the duo's expedition was conceived to raise awareness of the charity 'Toe in the Water' for which they have raised in excess of £10K.  The charity is dedicated to inspiring injured servicemen and women to move beyond their disability through competitive sailing - an extension of Headley Court's rehabilitation programme.  Both of them are veterans of Iraq and Northern Ireland and Tony has also served in Afghanistan.  Kevin will be deploying to Afghanistan on his return from the Arctic..The adventurers used the latest Canadian ice charts to weave their way through the hostile .Arctic seas and landscape, braving freezing storms, pack ice, charging bears and curious whales.  Oliver said, "This has not been all plain sailing, we have had 90% more ice than the seasonal norm and as a consequence have had to drag the boat across ice as well as row and sail it. The weather and local wild life has provided us with a number of heart stopping moments which rank among the most memorable of the trip, all of which was topped off by the hospitality of the people we met.  A great adventure!".At the successful conclusion of the voyage,  Lancashire said, "Every one of the 42 days has offered a unique experience, from the Arctic landscape and wildlife to the incredibly hospitable people that we have met in the northern communities.. Kevin and Oliver  succeeded where others have failed using a sailing and rowing 'cruiser' designed and built in Nova Scotia;  called a Norseboat, the versatile craft was special
A Royal Marines duo have successfully navigated the central section of the Arctic's notorious North-West passage, in a 17 foot open boat..Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Oliver (42) and Major Tony Lancashire (36) have taken 42 days to sail and row their 17-foot boat Arctic Mariner 1,400 miles through Canada's Northern provinces. They started from Inuvik, on the Beaufort Sea on July 24, travelled east and have just arrived safely in Gjoa Haven on King William Island..A year in the planning, the duo's...
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