Arctic Sailor Launches Summer Research Voyage

In a new video, the captain of the sailing vessel Barba discusses plans to set off from Norway with a crew of scientists to search out and study whales and other ocean mammals in the icy waters of the far north.

Our friends at Jeanneau USA have put together a short video about Norwegian sailor and environmental researcher Andreas B. Heide and his plans to lead a four-month-long expedition to Svalbard and the arctic waters beyond aboard his Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 Barba (

Dubbed “Arctic Sense,” the mission will take researchers along the northern coast of Norway to Svalbard. From there, they’ll sail as far north as ice will allow before voyaging on to the remote island of Jan Mayen, and then to London via the Faroe and Shetland islands.

In the video, Heide talks about the mission and what researchers hope to find. He said that he believes the whales they will encounter send a message of hope that several species are rebounding after years of over hunting and despite threats to the marine environment. Aside from the high-latitude sailing, the images of Heide and his companions in the water, swimming alongside orcas and other whales, are spectacular. To watch Heide’s extensive interview with Cruising World editors last summer visit Cocktails with Cruising World featuring Andreas B. Heide.