Ice, Germs and Fire –
Irene’s Double-Handed Circumnavigation
Ginger and Peter Niemann
s/v Irene Herreshoff 50' Ketch
Ginger and Peter sailed around the world aboard their ketch Irene (homeport Ballard). They took an eastabout route in the Northern Hemisphere via the Northwest Passage, Europe and SE Asia. They left Ballard in 2016, completed the Northwest Passage in 2017 (the ice part) and then sailed the eastern seaboard of the US, crossed the North Atlantic and cruised the Baltic and Mediterranean seas. COVID hit the world while they were in Turkey, and they decided to try to sail home directly and as quickly as possible via the Suez Canal, Indian Ocean and North Pacific (the germs part). They found themselves in the Red Sea in high summer (the fire part) and did indeed (despite surprises and misadventures) return home to the Salish Sea in August 2021. This is their story.
Ginger and Peter have just been announced as the recipients of the Cruising Club of America’s Blue Water Medal for 2021. Previously they received the CCA’s Far Horizons Award for 2019.
Social Hour 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Program 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location Virtual via Zoom
Above: Irene in the Artic during her Northwest Passage. Photo by Jan Wangaard
Above: Irene Peter out on the bow sprit
Above: Irene Peter and Ginger underway
Above: Irene in Scotland with a Castle
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