Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

French sailor stops in after Arctic adventure


Photo courtesy of Guirec Soudée

Guirec Soudée and chicken Monique sit on sledges in April as they wait for the ice to melt off the coast of Greenland. He spent 130 days with his boat completely trapped in ice, braving deadly weather and various privations.

Being "The Last Frontier," Alaska has long been a crossroad for adventure. From the likes of John Muir, Susan Butcher and Jack London, that tradition continues with the arrival of modern-day travelers.

Circling the globe in his sailboat, Guirec Soudée found a friendly harbor in Wrangell last week during a run of rough weather. Hailing from Brittany, a peninsular region in northwestern France, the 24-year-old sailor recently navigated the Arctic's Northwest Passage, accompanied only by his hen, Monique.

For Soudée the journey began when he turned 18, leaving home for Australia with only ...

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