Contributed By Julie Brothers
Courtesy of: Erik Palo Jacobsen
Erik Palo Jacobsen is the owner of Arctic Boat Charters based in Nuuk, Greenland. He is the captain and owner of the STERNA, a Targa 37+ boat, which was built approved for sailing throughout the year with up to 12 passengers along the Greenland coast.
Since getting the STERNA in 2008, Jacobsen has traveled some 72,000 nautical miles - equaling 3.3 times around the globe. Most of the sailing is done during the summer months in Greenland. The STERNA is one of the fastest passenger-approved boats in Greenland.
Jacobsen has worked with Sixty Degree Resources for the last two summers, logging in over 3,000 nautical miles (3,500 miles) in Ice Cold Gold trips with his boat alone, helping the miners reach their most remote destinations.
Julie Brothers, associate producer at MoxieTV, had a chance to sit down and ask him some questions.
1) You’ve worked closely with our production team this past season; about how many trips have you taken with our cast and crew? What does this equal in kilometers (miles)?
A lot of sailing was done last season on several boats. The Sterna, the boat I drive, did 6 trips equaling approximately 1700 nautical miles (almost 2,000 miles), and I enjoyed every single mile.
2) Can you walk the viewers though what the logistics of taking a TV cast/crew on your boat is like? What do you have to do to prepare? Can you explain what all goes into a single trip?
Distances are huge here in Greenland, and inhabited places are far apart, with no land infrastructure connecting them. This means that most of the sailing is done in desolate stretches, and you need to be completely self-reliant. Preventive maintenance of engines is important, and emergency, safety and arctic survival equipment has to be in order along with the medicine chest, communications systems, firefighting equipment and distress signaling methods.
The route has to be planned carefully taking all risks and hazards into consideration - like underwater rocks, shallow waters, heavy currents, tide heights etc.
The weather here can be extremely severe, so weather charts are carefully studied as well as forecasts.
Supplies include fuel, food, drinks and snacks. The last thing we do before welcoming passengers on board is brew a lot of coffee, good and strong.
Sailing Greenland waters is almost like a small expedition.