Ballot Strait lived up to it's reputation as a dangerous passage with strong currents. Pack ice and very narrow water way makes it very dangerous. As we sailed into the strait it was more or less clear of ice. 20 min later we were tossed about like a cocktail in a blender. Pack ice all around us was pushing us towards the side. I gave the order to open the genoa sail and slowly Pangaea started edging forward…… We made it through and saw our first Polar bear on this trip. What a thrill!