4300 km unsupported circumnavigation of the Greenland icecap by means of a Windsledge. An expedition within the 'Windsledge project' - An innovative, sustainable, low operating cost and global impact project.


1105 knots and Kick off

The team, except Hugo who is in Greenland, met in Madrid over eastern for four busy days, getting the sledge and equipment ready for shipment to Greenland. Long hours were spend in the workshop finalising new adjustments, testing and assembling the sledge modules.
As the functionality of the sledge is based on flexibility when sailing, all parts that makes up the sledge (runners, crossbars and base sheet) are tied together with string. This means tying over 1105 various knots! Fingers not too happy about this job, however once up on the icecap reassembling the modules, we only need to tie about 240 easy knots, and of course during the travel changing them as they wear out, yet this time wearing gloves which doesn’t exactly ease the process

Additional removable tent reinforcement for the big storms/New crossbars/Going 'knots'/Kite selection & breaks

All modules including tents, was assembled a final time for a kick off presentation to the press, which turned out to have a huge interest with attendance from all the major (spanish) newspapers. Have to say, not too much fun being interviewed when 'no habla EspaƱol'.
There was also a presentation of the project at the National Geographical Society

A tired team posing for the press
This was also the first time for me to see the entire vehicle assembled with the new additions and improvements since the last Antarctic expedition. Still can't get over how huge the modules are, and  having a bit of a hard time visualizing it actual sail, let alone going up to 40 km/h. Guess it's the bumblebee over again.

Sledge development 2000-2014