b'ACADIAS FROZEN FRONTIERREPRINT COURTESY OF YACHTING WORLD - INTERVIEW TOBY HODGES - PHOTOS ONNE VAN DER WALThese extraordinary photos show Greenland in all its beauty, shot during a unique voyage on Mark Rohrs 90ft sloop,one which helped spark this owners investigations into climate change in the marine environment.Our thirst for adventure is as unquenchable aseffectively lowers the pH and locks up the carbonate ever. In the marine world, that desire to escape theused by marine animals to make shells, or form coral beaten path seems only to be increasing. Thereskeletons. The lower the pH the more difficult it becomes are more and more large exploration-style vesselsfor these animal and plankton to thrive. Big seasonal launching, the commissions of owners wantingswings in ocean pH normally occur in the Arctic where to see for themselves the incredible sights thatyou have dramatic changes in temperature, salinity, cruising in high latitudes offers.movement of ice into the ocean and all the nutrients that When we first set eyes on these pictures of Acadiacome with it.voyaging in Greenland, part of an extensive collectionSo scientists up there are studying marine algae from acclaimed marine photographer Onne van der Wal,to see how different species handle different ocean we were hooked. And the more we found out about thisacidification, with a view to whats going to happen if you cruise, the more interested we became.look forward 20 years, 50 years or hundreds of years.Its rare for an owner sailing a Truly Classic sloop toWhat interested me about Greenland and Disko Bayyears. Its a beautiful and successful fishing community want to get acquainted with icebergs. But Mark Rohrwere these interactions and learning from them to helpwith a collection of homes and buildings nestled in a had a further agenda: to better understand the scienceus when we visit places like the Galapagos, where wevalley and a spectacular natural harbour. Our Inuit guide, behind glaciers and icebergs, to speak to the locals andhope to look at the naturally high levels of acidificationNivi, shared her stories of life in the community and scientists and to see first-hand how global warming isaround ocean vents and how marine species are dealingdescribed how it has changed over the years.affecting the ocean, its acidity and ecosystems.with a more acidic environment. Acadia sailed on northwards towards the destination We caught up with Rohr, who, out of a desire to spreadSo we spent some time in and around the glaciers toof Disko Bay and the settlement/harbour of Ilulissat. awareness about ocean conservation, was happy toreally get a sense of global warming and what impactsEntering and exiting Ilulissat is a challenge for vessels share the details of his mission to western Greenland.people see, and also to try to tie this back to oceanlike Acadia. The ice pack from the Kangia Glacier and Rohr, the CEO of a Fortune 500 listed technology andacidification. ice fjord is very dense for 10-15km out into Disko Bay. materials company in Texas, explained that his three-week trip above the Arctic Circle was planned to visit the most productive glaciers in Greenland, if not the world, and gain a sense of the environment and people. And how, with the help of van der Wal, he wanted to capture images of coastal fjords, ice production and glacial melts, while studying animal and plant life in this transition zone. I am a closet oceanographer, Rohr admitted when I asked about his desire to commit to this mission, and Ive always been very interested in oceanography and the sea and have always sailed. I had to ask about the choice of yacht. A 90ft aluminium Hoek-design with traditional overhangs is not the sort of craft usually associated with high latitudes sailing.Shes very well built, Rohr explained, with thoughtful systems and safety in mind, able to sail well above the Arctic Circle and well soon head to Panama, Galapagos and the South Pacific and I hope one day well doACADIAS DISKO CRUISE Acadia, normally at home at sea, was out of her element Antarctica. Rohr describes Acadias Greenland voyage in detailedin the pack ice. It took us six or seven hours to travel the THE MISSION notes, from which we have taken extracts: 10km to the relative safety of Ilulissat harbour when first After more than a years planning, Acadia departedAcadia stopped at the mouth of the Evighed Fjord andentering the area.Nuuk in late July and set sail for Disko Bay, 400 milesjourneyed 50km inland through the fjords windingWhile crawling along and pushing ice out of way, we to the north. Why the particular interest in Greenland?passages and dominating ice-capped mountains, towere regularly passed by Inuit fisherman in their small I wondered. Rohr explained that it was all to do withmeet our first and closest encounter with a calvingskiffs, greeting us with a friendly wave. Ilulissat, founded increasing acidity in the oceans. glacier. in 1741, is today is the eco-tourism mecca of Greenland Elevated levels of CO2 in the atmosphere promotesThe next stop was Sissimut, the second largest townand at its heart a fishing and hunting community.excess formation of carbonic acid in the ocean. This acidin Greenland, which has been inhabited for over 4,000We had tea with a local Inuit woman who told us'