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Sailing the Northwest Passage by catamaran

The Story

"I think it's important to emphasize that you and Mike Beedell did something that has never been done before," says panellist Pierre Berton in this 1988 Front Page Challenge clip. He's talking to Canada's Jeffrey MacInnis, one of two men who navigated the Northwest Passage on a catamaran - the first craft to cross "by wind power alone." The journey was quite gruelling. But when asked why he persevered, MacInnis responds with a smile: "Once you dream it, you have to do it."

Medium: Television
Program: Front Page Challenge
Broadcast Date: Nov. 2, 1988
Guest(s): Jeffrey MacInnis
Host: Fred Davis
Panellist: Pierre Berton, Allan Fotheringham, Betty Kennedy, Knowlton Nash
Duration: 10:58
Writer: Warner Troyer c/o Writers Guild of Canada, 416-979-7907 Ex. 5236.

Did You know?

• MacInnis and Beedell began their journey among ice floes in the summer of 1986.
• It took them a total of 100 days, over the course of three summers, to complete. They spent the winters in between in Southern Ontario.
• They achieved their goal in August 1988.
• This clip mentions that MacInnis's father had previously been a guest on Front Page Challenge. Jeffrey's father, Dr. Joseph MacInnis, is a renowned physician/scientist, ocean explorer and author. He is well known for his underwater investigations of the Titanic wreckage.


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