Sail the North West Passage: Join the Crew Building the World's First Net-Zero Yacht!

From £ 750

Nuuk, Greenland

Sail the North West Passage: Join the Crew Building the World’s First Net-Zero Yacht!
Nuuk, Greenland
Cancellation: Custom
From £ 750

Activity Highlights:

Take on the ‘Everest’ of Sailing and prepare to be part of something amazing.

Prepare for an adventure that will redefine your concept of exploration. The Northwest Passage, a fabled route that fewer than 200 vessels have successfully navigated since 1906, awaits you. Now, you have the chance to join this elite group of explorers, but with a ground-breaking twist – you’ll embark on this epic journey aboard the world’s lowest ever environmental impact yacht.

Crafted by world-renowned experts in sustainable yacht design, this purpose-prepared vessel features 100% recyclable materials and zero fossil fuel consumption. This is high-adventure sailing at its most extraordinary, where your passion for exploration aligns with a deep commitment to the planet.

Highlights

A Journey Like No Other

Take on a formidable 900-mile journey high up in the Arctic Circle, traversing shifting ice floes and narrow sea passages against the backdrop of the Arctic’s untouched beauty. Your odyssey begins in Nuuk, Greenland and concludes in Nome, Alaska – a 50-day expedition in August 2026 that is an authentic test of endurance and skill, and one of the last great exploration trips on the planet.

World-Class Skippers

Join a crew of ten, including six adventurers like yourself. This is not a leap into the unknown; it’s a carefully planned adventure with comprehensive training, including an ocean survival course and at least one multi-week qualifying Arctic Circle passage, ensuring readiness for this ultimate challenge.

Life Onboard

Experience incredible sights and become one of only a handful of people who have traversed the Northwest Passage. The journey will be mentally and physically challenging, requiring constant watch through the day and night, especially for ice, which is a constant threat. We’ll build a sense of friendship and teamwork that will last for life and, of course, an incredible sense of achievement.

Epic Expedition Sailing

This is hands-on sailing. You will be a fully active part of the crew, involved in the preparation, planning, and execution of the trip.

Purpose-Built Yacht

We are securing a purpose-built yacht expressly for this voyage. It will be fully fitted out with the latest safety and navigational aids.

Your Skipper

Jim Dobie is a hugely experienced Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster Examiner, Jim has sailed almost every ocean in the world, leading expeditions to some of the remotest places including the Galapagos, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Tasmania. Jim is experienced both on and under water, as a Scuba Diving Instructor delivering expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef, Oceania, and Asia. Jim has a long history of successful race campaigns, including as skipper for the 09-10 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, five Sydney to Hobart races, two Fastnet races, the Round Britain and Ireland Race, and many other offshore race events.

Jim will be supported by a fully qualified first mate on the trip.

Itinerary

1. Apply:

The first step is to apply to join us. With only six crew places available, and given the challenging nature of this trip, we will be interviewing each applicant to ensure you fully understand the demands of the expedition and to address any questions you might have.

Select any date from the booking form below using the ‘Expedition Crew’ field. We will be in touch to arrange an interview.

The interview is informal – you do NOT need extensive sailing experience, but a hands-on approach and comfort in adapting, working as part of a team, and maintaining calm in challenging situations are essential.

After the interview, if we feel you are suitable, we will offer you a place on the crew. At this point, you will pay the deposit and become a member of the exclusive ‘Expedition Crew’. If you are not offered a place or decide not to accept the offer, we will refund your deposit (if paid in advance).

2. Prepare (Be Part of the Build):

The world’s first ‘Net Zero’ adventure sailing yacht is under construction in France. This vessel will redefine the world of sailing, built from revolutionary materials and completely fossil fuel-free.

Once accepted onto the crew and after paying your deposit, you will join an exclusive community with the following benefits:

  • Reserved space on the North West Passage trip (one of only six)
  • A trip to France to see the yacht in construction
  • Crew shore kit (jacket and polo)
  • Invitations to social events and regular progress updates
  • 50% discount on the provider’s sailing trips
  • Free sailing opportunities and exclusive offers

Discounts and benefits are valid until the end of 2026 and can be used for an unlimited number of trips.

3. Full Training to Take on the Arctic:

Once the vessel is in the water, you will pay your ‘berth’ fees and embark on the heart of the adventure.

  • Join the ‘launch’ crew, the first to sail the world’s first ‘net zero’ adventure sailing yacht.
  • Participate in a qualifying passage on the yacht up to the Arctic Circle, fully testing and preparing yourself and the vessel for the voyage ahead.
  • Complete a shore-based Ocean survival course.
  • Plan, train, and prepare together, ensuring you are fully ready for the attempt at the passage itself, expected in August 2026.

4. Greenland:

Leg 1 – Join in Nuuk:

Our journey begins in the picturesque setting of Nuuk, Greenland, where adventurers from around the globe converge to embark on an unforgettable voyage. Immerse yourself in the excitement of yacht preparation, where every detail is meticulously attended to for a seamless and safe journey ahead. Safety drills conducted by our experienced crew will equip you with the knowledge and confidence needed to navigate the Arctic waters. As we provision our vessel with essential supplies, anticipation builds for the incredible experiences awaiting on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition.

Leg 2 – The Legendary Passage

Traverse the formidable Davis Strait and Lancaster Sound, where icy waters merge with rugged coastlines, painting a breathtaking tableau of natural splendour. Navigate the challenging Barrow, Peel, and Franklin Straits, each passage steeped in maritime history and adventure. As we sail through Victoria Strait, the heart of the legendary passage, anticipation mounts for the wonders ahead. A planned stop at Cambridge Bay offers a welcome respite—a chance to restock supplies, conduct maintenance, and explore this remote Arctic outpost. With two days for discovery, immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the region and forge lasting memories amidst the untamed beauty of the North West Passage.

Leg 3 – An Epic Finish

As we navigate the vast expanse of Coronation Gulf and Amundsen Gulf, surrounded by towering cliffs and majestic glaciers, the sense of exhilaration is palpable. Traverse the icy waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, where the untamed beauty of the Arctic landscape unfolds before us in all its glory. With each nautical mile, anticipation builds as we approach the iconic Bering Strait, a gateway between continents and a testament to the indomitable spirit of exploration. Our journey culminates in the historic port of Nome, Alaska, USA, where tales of exploration echo through the streets and the allure of the wild beckons from every corner.

Booking Options

Expedition Crew Member

Register to become an Expedition Crew Member by paying the non-refundable £7,500 deposit. Once accepted on the crew, you will get immediate benefits including 50% off sailing trips. The balance (to £49,000) is not due unless and until the vessel is in the water and dates are confirmed.

The projected dates for the North West Passage are 10th August-28th September 2026.

Club Supporter, Club Founder, or Adventurer Crew

Check out our FAQs for details on how to get involved with this groundbreaking mission. There are only 6 places on the North West Passage expedition, but you can get involved with building and sailing the first ever net-zero yacht for as little as £750.

Join us for this unparalleled adventure and become a part of sailing history. Book your spot now for the North West Passage Sailing Trip and experience the ultimate challenge with a commitment to sustainability.

Prepare to embark on an adventure like no other, where exploration meets sustainability in the heart of the Arctic. Apply now to secure your spot on this groundbreaking journey!

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What's Included:

For Expedition Crew (other sign-up options detailed in FAQS):

  • Interview and acceptance on the crew (one of only six places)
  • Automatic membership of 'Expedition Club' giving lots of benefits including 50% off all the provider's sailing trips (we want to encourage you to sail, train and prepare!)
  • Visit to Les Sables D’Olonne, see the yacht under construction (meet the designers and engineers behind the vessel)
  • Place on the launch voyage of the vessel (expected Q1 2025)
  • Qualifying passage – Oban to Lofoten Islands or other passage to high latitudes – Arctic training
  • Ocean Survival Course to ensure you’re fully prepared for the voyage
  • Your own specialist gear to keep (foulies)
  • Attempt at the Northwest Passage itself
  • All food and drink (non-alcoholic) on board
  • Safety equipment including life-jackets
  • Sailing instruction from a world leading skipper and first mate
  • Arctic and high latitudes sail training

The deposit to join the Expedition Crew is £7,500. This is non-refundable, and includes all of the benefits outlined. To join the North West Passage expedition, the total price will be £49,000.

What's Not Included:

For Expedition Crew (other sign-up options detailed in FAQS):

  • Sailing and travel insurance
  • Transport to the boat
  • Shore excursions

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Frequently Asked Questions

This expedition ranks among the most demanding global challenges. We conduct an interview to understand you better and discuss any questions or concerns you might have. We’re looking for individuals with:

Attitude:

  • A responsible and safety-conscious mindset
  • A proactive, can-do approach
  • Dedication to embracing the challenge
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Composure under pressure

Experience:

  • Some level of sailing experience is necessary
  • A day skipper qualification or similar experience is recommended as a minimum

Attributes:

  • We welcome both female and male participants
  • Participants must be over 18 years old (there’s no upper age limit!)
  • A reasonable level of mobility is required; extreme fitness is not necessary
  • English proficiency for communication purposes
  • We can accommodate special dietary needs and medical conditions like Diabetes, provided they can be managed safely during an extended period away from support

 

The Northwest Passage is the ultimate adventure, but it comes with no guarantees. While we plan meticulously, unexpected conditions like ice and weather can impact the journey. Our top priority is the safety of the crew and the vessel, so we won’t hesitate to return to a safe haven if conditions become risky. This isn’t the place to take unnecessary risks. 

We typically welcome adventurers of all experience levels on our trips. However, the Northwest Passage is an exceptional challenge. We conduct interviews to ensure crew suitability. Ideal crew members have prior sailing experience including ocean passages, such as participation in the Clipper Race, the Fastnet, or similar endeavours.

However, joining at Adventurer level doesn’t require previous sailing experience. There are opportunities for you to sail on this remarkable yacht, even if you have very limited prior sailing experience.

We provide all the specialist equipment necessary for the expedition, including life jackets and foul weather gear, ensuring you’re fully equipped for the journey ahead.

Membership is a one-time payment and lasts until December 2026, offering discounts on the provider’s sailing adventures worldwide. 

Club Supporter:

  • Price: £750
  • Membership Validity: Until December 2026

What’s Included:

  • 10% off any of the provider’s sailing adventures
  • Meet the team events: skipper, crew, and team
  • Volcanic fibre ‘club’ membership card
  • Expedition Club polo shirt
  • Access to online private members area
  • Quarterly updates

What’s Not Included:

  • Guaranteed participation in sea trials
  • Participation in the Northwest Passage attempt

Membership is a one-time payment and lasts until December 2026, offering discounts on the provider’s sailing adventures worldwide. 

Club Founder:

  • Price: £2,500
  • Membership Validity: Until December 2026

What’s Included:

  • All the benefits of Club Supporter membership
  • 15% off any of the provider’s sailing adventures
  • Named plaque mounted in the yacht
  • Trip to Innovation Yachts shipyard
  • Expedition Club founder’s jacket

What’s Not Included:

  • Guaranteed participation in sea trials
  • Participation in the Northwest Passage attempt

Membership is a one-time payment and lasts until December 2026, offering discounts on the provider’s sailing adventures worldwide. 

Adventurer Crew:

  • Price: £3,500
  • Membership Validity: Until December 2026

What’s Included:

  • All the benefits of Club Founder membership
  • 20% off any of the provider’s sailing adventures
  • One FREE place our Scottish sailing adventure (worth £2,995)
  • Reserved berth on the first voyage of the ‘Net Zero’ yacht

What’s Not Included:

  • Guaranteed participation in the Northwest Passage attempt without additional fee

Adventurer Crew membership includes an allocated place on one of the inaugural voyages of the Expedition Zero yacht. Once the yacht is completed and the launch date is confirmed, you will be asked if you wish to take up this place. If so, you will pay a discounted ‘berth’ fee of £3,500 to join any voyage before the Northwest Passage, subject to space availability. No prior sailing experience is normally required for these trips. In the event that the yacht is not launched, no berth fee is due and you retain all other benefits of Adventurer Membership, including discounts on all of the provider’s sailing adventures.

Membership is a one-time payment and lasts until December 2026, offering discounts on the provider’s sailing adventures worldwide. 

Expedition Crew:

  • Price: £7,500
  • Membership Validity: Until December 2026

What’s Included:

  • All the benefits of Adventurer Crew membership
  • 50% off any of the provider’s sailing adventures
  • Allocated place on the Northwest Passage attempt onboard the world’s first ‘Net Zero’ adventure sailing yacht (subject to additional fee for the expedition itself)

What’s Not Included:

  • Immediate participation in other of the provider’s sailing adventures without discounted berth fee for initial voyages

Explorer Crew membership includes an allocated place on the Northwest Passage, subject to passing an interview to gauge your suitability for this challenging passage. If successful, you will be invited to join the expedition club at the Expedition Crew level by paying the membership fee of £7,500. If the interview doesn’t yield success, or you decide not to take up the offer, any money paid will be refunded. Once the yacht is completed and launch details are confirmed (expected Q1 2025), you will be asked if you wish to formally join the expedition. If you accept, you will then pay the berth fee in agreed installments. If you decline, you will not pay the berth fees and will still enjoy all benefits of Club Membership until the end of December 2026.

The berth fee includes specialist survival gear which is yours to keep, a sea survival course, and a high latitude qualifying passage, as well as the opportunity to join one of the other inaugural voyages. You will then join the yacht as we attempt the Northwest Passage – likely in August 2026. 

Memberships aren’t refundable.

Berth fees, once paid are not refundable, but may be transferrable to other people, subject to the skipper’s approval or could be turned into credit against any other of the provider’s sailing adventures. We will take each situation on a case-by-case basis.

In the unlikely event the expedition is cancelled, or the yacht is not completed, you will not need to pay any ‘berth’ fees and your membership benefits will continue, including up to 50% off all of the provider’s sailing trips until the end of December 2026.

Extras / Options

  • Cost: £750
  • Membership: From time of purchase to Dec 2026
  • 10% off sailing adventures 
  • Meet the team events – skipper, crew, and team
  • Volcanic fibre ‘club’ membership card
  • Expedition Club polo shirt
  • Access to online private members area 
  • Quarterly updates

Please read FAQs for full details.

  • Cost: £2,500
  • Membership: From time of purchase to Dec 2026
  • 15% off sailing adventures 
  • Meet the team events – skipper, crew, and team
  • Volcanic fibre ‘club’ membership card
  • Expedition Club polo shirt
  • Access to online private members area 
  • Quarterly updates
  • Named plaque mounted in the yacht
  • Trip to innovation yacht shipyard (to see the yacht being built)
  • Expedition Club founders jacket

Please read FAQs for full details.

  • Cost: £3,500
  • Membership: From time of purchase to Dec 2026
  • 2o% off sailing adventures 
  • Meet the team events – skipper, crew, and team
  • Volcanic fibre ‘club’ membership card
  • Expedition Club polo shirt
  • Access to online private members area 
  • Quarterly updates
  • Named plaque mounted in the yacht
  • Trip to innovation yacht shipyard (to see the yacht being built)
  • Expedition Club founders jacket
  • One FREE place on a Scottish adventure (worth £2,995)
  • Your reserved berth on the first voyage of the net zero yacht (not the North West Passage, this will be a sea trial)

Please read FAQs for full details.

  • Cost: £7,500
  • Membership: From time of purchase to Dec 2026
  • 50% off sailing adventures 
  • Meet the team events – skipper, crew, and team
  • Volcanic fibre ‘club’ membership card
  • Expedition Club polo shirt
  • Access to online private members area 
  • Quarterly updates
  • Named plaque mounted in the yacht
  • Trip to innovation yacht shipyard (to see the yacht being built)
  • Expedition Club founders jacket
  • One FREE place on a Scottish adventure (worth £2,995)
  • Your reserved berth on the first voyage of the net zero yacht (not the North West Passage, this will be a sea trial)
  • Your allocated place on the North West Passage attempt on the world’s first net zero adventure sailing yacht – please note, the total cost of the North West Passage Expedition will be £49,000. This is a non-refundable payment inclusive of all of the benefits above, and guarenteeing you a spot on the expedition upon receipt of the difference

Please read FAQs for full details.

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  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

Strict

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

Custom Cancellation Policy

Memberships are non-refundable.

For Expedition Crew membership, your membership fee will be refunded to you, should you be unsuccessful at interview.

  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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