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ISBN: 9780857043283
AUTHOR: Ben Edwards
The Polar Ocean Challenge
The Polar Ocean Challenge
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Ben Edwards was fourteen when he embarked upon what many would consider to be their “adventure of a lifetime” on the Polar Ocean Challenge expedition, and he went on to play a vital role in the expedition’s success. Sir David Hempleman-Adams

Ben Edwards was fourteen when he embarked upon the yacht Northabout for what many would consider to be their 'adventure of a lifetime': to be the first to sail a small vessel around the North Pole in a single season. But what became known as the Polar Ocean Challenge had a serious purpose beyond adventure. The transit being previously only possible over at least two seasons due to the annual encroachment of the ice, the voyage brought to the world’s attention the dramatic melting of the sea ice that threatens to change forever this vast but fragile region.

To further raise awareness Ben became ambassador for Wicked Weather Watch, a charity aimed at schools to help increase students’ awareness of changes to our rapidly warming world.

Through its website and that of the Polar Ocean Challenge it was possible for those of us left at home to follow the expedition every step of its way, to watch video and to read daily blogs by Ben and the crew.

This book celebrates the remarkable achievement of the crew of Northabout and the part Ben played in her epic voyage.

While other crew members took part in one or other of the four legs of the voyage, he alone completed the whole circumnavigation thus being not only the first but also the youngest ever to do so.

Set against his telling of the story, hundreds of photographs and specially commissioned artwork relate the wider story of Arctic life and exploration over the centuries.

“If I survive this, it will be a great experience!”

This remark sums up the attitude of the author who with great fortitude and no little humour undertook, while aged fourteen, one of the world’s most arduous voyages. Here he recounts his personal memories of the voyage, his original aims and aspirations in taking it on, and his reflections on its successful completion.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 328 3, hardback, 238x258mm, 160 pages. Published December 2018.

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