Great news. I made contact with some very friendly people from towns we will be stopping in along the Northwest passage (Resolute, Gjoa Haven, Cambridge Bay). Specifically Peter Semotiuk on SSB 0030Z on 6224 kHz. Peter has been behind most of the successful passages and has been there to provide aid to those who have failed. I found this excerpt about him which I think sums things up best.
[Peter Semotiuk, a marine radio enthusiast provided daily weather updates and news from other sailors to each of the boats during his spare time from his makeshift radio headquarters in Cambridge Bay. Among the small group of sailors and adventurers who have attempted the Northwest Passage, Semotiuk must be a minor celebrity, but to outsiders who haven’t relied on his daily weather reports, he is a silent partner. “It sometimes wipes out my coffee break. It usually wipes out half of my lunch hour,” Semotiuk says. “But I think all of us need to do some things like this or volunteer.”It all got started in the mid-1980s when Peter was invited to join a friend on the 20-metre Belvedeere, which he was attempting, for the fifth time, to take eastwards to Greenland. Semotiuk did join the boat, and was successful in making it to Greenland. The Canadian government sends out two weather broadcasts daily from Inuvik and Iqaluit, but for the past 15 years, Semotiuk has improved on that service by downloading daily weather reports and 30-day ice forecasts for a scheduled evening broadcast over marine HF radio to tell other boats in the passage exactly what kind of weather and ice conditions to expect. Semotiuk also tracks each boat’s position, and relays reported ice conditions or information on currents to other boats in the area, which he himself has travelled. ]
I wrote Peter asking if he would kindly include us in next years weather and ice updates as well as provide us with advice on trip planning questions we may have. He wrote back a very friendly letter saying of course and he would be happy to answer any questions. We are excited to follow up with him on the exact number of sailboats that have accomplished the passage, since I heard he kept a record. We are also excited to approach him to discuss ice trends and possible altenative routes.