19.12.2016 - Seasons Greetings! - Christmas 2016 Update
Season’s greetings everyone! We are in full swing down south, as usual. Skipper Dave Roberts and crew on Pelagic Australis are on their way back from the December Antarctic cruise, the first of three. It was and still is quite a heavy ice year, with few yachts or cruise ships making it south of the Gerlache Straits. But that is one of the attractions of this early season cruise – “Ice with Everything.”
The Pelagic has also been busy. See this link to Stephen Venables web site for the report on the Shackleton Traverse on South Georgia by the granddaughter and great grandsons of Tom Crean – the Tom Crean who was with Shackleton on the famous boat journey and the trek across the unexplored interior of the island in 1916. This was a great way for us to have contributed to the last year of the three year centenary of Shackleton’s epic.
The Pelagic Fleet, Grytviken, South Georgia October 2016
Immediately following that expedition, Skipper Alec Hazell and mate Giselle were off to Elephant Island and the South Shetlands with Tom Hart and his team from Penguin Lifelines, an Oxford University based project monitoring penguin colonies with camera traps in the Antarctic and South Georgia.
Penguin counting Elephant Island.
Go www.penguinlifelines.com for an overview of this exciting, ground breaking project and www.penguinwatch.org to see how ‘citizen science’ is crunching the millions of images that are being produced. It is all about climate change.
Here are some trips on offer:
Falkland Islands cruise – two weeks from April 1st 2017. It is quite likely I will be leading this cruise, which may or may not be an advantage. Get your trekking gear ready!! 5 places available. See more information>>
RYA Delivery Port Stanley to Cape Town – April 22nd 2017 start 5 places available. See more information>>
South Georgia 14 Oct to 17 Nov 2017. Due to a group cancellation, the October 2017 South Georgia cruise has opened up and we are filling up fast. Four places available. See more information>>
Antarctica Ski Mountaineering January 2018 led by Stephen Venables When you view this clip you might get your wallet out. Only 5 places still available and this will sell out fast.
See prospectus here>> and video clip of the 2016 season climbing trip below
Sailing to Climb in Antractica January 2016 40 minute video
For other opportunities for the 2017/2018 season see our Programmes menu>>