Sedna Epic: POV Proof-of-concept
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During the summer of 2017, the team of passionate women divers will embark on an epic three-month journey, snorkeling over 3,000 kilometres through frigid arctic seas from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Supported by a mother ship equipped with two rigid hull inflatable boats, the snorkelers will scout and document the impacts of global warming on this fragile arctic ecosystem and on the aboriginal peoples’ traditional ways of life.
Immersing itself in the issue of disappearing sea ice, Team Sedna will translate its findings into educational and awareness programs on climate change and its effects on the arctic ecosystem. The 2014-2018 Sedna Epic Expedition will serve as a ‘call to action’ for citizens of the world, including youth, providing aboriginal and scientific knowledge in support of science-based policy that governments can implement to mitigate global warming. The Expedition will also serve to inspire women and girls to think ‘big’ and to follow their dreams, no matter how out-of-the-box they may seem…
But before tackling the 100-day Northwest Passage snorkel relay, Team Sedna will embark on a 15-day, action-packed proof-of-concept expedition in July 2014. Traveling aboard the 116-foot MV Cape Race, along the Labrador coast to Baffin Island and across the gnarly open waters of the Davis Strait to Western Greenland, the ten women will conduct team-building exercises and, importantly, demonstrate that snorkelers—using diver propulsion vehicles—can successfully ‘go the distance’ through ice-infested arctic waters. This summer’s schedule also includes conducting oceanographic studies, using remotely operated vehicles, delivering educational outreach in Inuit communities, and shooting topside and underwater footage for a television series.
Who would be crazy enough to answer such a cryptic appeal, inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous 1914 advert—in a London newspaper—recruiting men for a perilous Antarctic expedition? Channeling the same spirit of polar exploration one hundred years later, Susan R. Eaton, founder and leader of the 2014-2018 Sedna Epic Expedition, advertised for all-female crew in mid-2013. Ten female ocean explorers, aged 26 to 56, from Canada, the United States, Mexico and New Zealand answered this intriguing call to attempt a world record—a snorkel relay of the Northwest Passage—and to go ‘where no man has gone before.’ In parallel, Milos Simovic, the owner and captain of the MV Cape Race, a 116-foot side trawler converted to carry passengers, placed his own Shackleton-inspired advert for crew. In July 2014, Team Sedna will mount its proof-of-concept expedition to Labrador, Baffin Island and Greenland, aboard this Canadian-built vessel that’s used to plying arctic waters.