The gale started late in the afternoon with the predicted 35 to 40 knot winds. Soon, the waves started to increase in height and eventually, it was as if we were riding on a roller coaster with steep ups and downs due to the sharpness of the waves. We had set the radar to sound an alarm in case floe ice drifted into our vicinity. However, the breaking waves caused the radar to give a false alarm every five minutes or so, and we had to switch it off. We remained hove to for the next 34 hours and during that time, we drifted, aided by a strong current, approximately 30 nautical miles back towards Barrow.
We assumed that the strong south-westerlies had now shifted the ice after Barrow further north and that there would be a lead between the ice pack and the shore. So, when the winds decreased to some 30 knots, we set sail again and continued our disrupted travel towards Tuktoyaktuk.