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French voyagers prepare for trans-Arctic journey on hybrid boat through ice and water

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Sebastien Roubinet of France makes tests with his catamaran-ice boat hybrid capable of sailing on both water and ice in July on the Saint-Louis Lake in Quebec, Canada.

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Sebastien Roubinet, along with and Rodolphe Andre will cross the Arctic Ocean as part of the expedition "La voie du Pôle" (The way of the Pole) from Alaska to Spitsbergen, an island north of Norway – a journey of more than 2,000 miles.

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When the winds will be favorable, the sails will be able to carry them; otherwise they will need to tow the boat themselves without any external assistance.

 The Frenchmen were scheduled to leave in early-July, and won't reach Spitsbergen until sometime in September.