Pelagic Australis is now crossing the equator bound for the UK.  ETA Southampton on June 1rst.  Skipper Stephen Wilkins reports that the RYA students are really coming to grips with this 7000 mile delivery, and they are busy involved in all facets of sailing a vessel offshore.

Note the schedule change.  Due to an exciting project, the February 2005 Antarctic slot has been moved forward and has been block booked by the two avant garde artists from London ‘Olly and Suzi.’  On February 14th we will be sailing to the Antarctic Peninsula with a film team to record their art project while diving with Leopard Seals.  For more information on Olly and Suzi, go

This shift in schedules has opened up a 12 day Cape Horn and Beagle Channel cruise mid season which makes it more or less possible to fit into a two week holiday window ‘door to door.’  Dates are January 27th to February 7th.  See details below.

We have had an incredible response to the ‘open house’ while Pelagic Australis is in Southampton during mid June.  Contact Skip for an appointment!  


1. PELAGIC AUSTRALIS ‘OPEN HOUSE’ IN SOUTHAMPTON  during the first two weeks in June.  Groups or individuals who are interested in visiting the vessel and discussing possible itineraries are welcome to book a time with Skip Novak – send him an email on

2.  PELAGIC IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC AND ARCTIC   This summer  Pelagic Expeditions will be offering charters in the Northern Hemisphere on the new Pelagic Australis. Planned itinerary includes:

Scottish Western Isles Whisky Cruise               June 27 to July 3            6 places available

Norway – Trondeim to Tromso                         July 7 to 15                 7 places available

Spitzbergen                                                       July 18 to 29                 SOLD OUT

Sptizbergen                                                       August 3 to 17              SOLD OUT                            

It is also possible for crew to take part in the entire voyage from Southampton to Tromso or parts thereof.

Cost will be 300 EUROS per person per day for Scotland and Norway.  For Spitzbergen cost will be 400 EUROS per person per day.

Itineraries and logistics are now on the web site for these cruises in Programmes, but we are ready to book trips on a one off custom basis.  e-mail  to register your interest prior to that anytime.

3.  DELIVERY SOUTH TO STANLEY    From about August 20 in Norway,  Pelagic Australis will sail south to the Falkland Islands arriving by October 1.  This will be a fast passage traversing the entire north south axis of the Atlantics.  Clients arrive in the Falklands which can be a gateway to further land based adventures in Patagonia.  Cost is 2500 GBP per person.  

4.  SOUTH GEORGIA    In October and November 2004 we are planning two 21 day expeditions to South Georgia starting from and returning to Stanley in the Falkland Islands, for a maximum of eight guests.

The theme of both of these voyages will be ‘Expedition Photography in the Field’ and lead by international experts in the discipline.  The emphasis will be on ‘tricks of the trade’ in a remote and difficult picture taking environment.  Everyone has a camera right?  However, this trip is also suitable for someone who hasn’t as we will be visiting the most spectacular points of interest on the island with respect to the wildlife and landscape.

October 9 to 30 2004   New Zealand polar and high mountain photographer Colin Monteath will lead this early season expedition.  Highlights will be observing the bull elephant seals battling each other for the harems on the wild beaches of South Georgia – a spectacle happening only at this time of year.  Colin, a veteran of the New Zealand Antarctic program and mountain guide has been south almost every year for the last 23.  He has been to South Georgia many times and has lead the Shackleton Traverse.  Learn how to take dramatic pictures with ‘Monty’ when its blowing 50 knots in a snow squall!  To see his work and impressive bio go

November 6 to 27 2004   The Canadian Rainier will lead the second expedition.  Chris Rainier is one of the leading adventure and cultural photographers working today.  As a National Geographic Society photographer and lecturer, he has photographed around the globe.  He has traveled to Antarctica over five times, as well photographed on expeditions to the North Pole, New Guinea, Tibet, and the center of the Sahara Desert for numerous magazines and books.  Respected as an outgoing and informative teacher, Chris will work with photographers night and day on the expedition to insure they will get the most out of their experience in South Georgia.  Using the latest technology and Pelagic Australis’ spacious main salon we will be able to review photographs onboard, and critique images during the Expedition, insuring participants will get the most out of their adventure!!  Go for more information on his activities.

Cost will be 12,000 EUR per person or by negotiation for group charters. Please register your interest and e-mail  Click here for itineraries and logistics.

5.  FALKLAND ISLANDS   Due to the success of the Falklands Cruise we will be repeating Wildlife and War from December 4 to December 18th   lead by Ewen Southby-Tailyour.    Cost will be 3500 GBP per person.

From last season . . .”What can one possibly say of a trip that has such great and remote scenery, wildlife that includes king penguins by the score,  albatrosses, seals and dolphins of a type not seen in northern latitudes,  the wrecks of old sailing ships left to rot after a stormy rounding of Cape Horn over a century before and the chance to walk across the wreck of the "Vicar of Bray".......a ship used in the 1849 California gold rush?    The humour and good nature of all on board and the wit and skill with which Ewen tackled more recent events all made for a memorable trip.  If anyone is thinking of going, my advice is book, pack and buy a good camera.  Don't  just think about it!”  Mike Davies here for intinerary and logistics

6.  ANTARCTIC PENINSULA  2005   In January of 2005 we have a 21 day expedition planned to the Antarctic Peninsula for a maximum of eight guests.  The expedition will leave from Ushuaia (Argentina) or Puerto Williams (Chile) on the Beagle Channel.

December 31 2004 to January 20 2005   This 21 day expedition cruise gives the best overview of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Highlights include the wildlife  (humpback whales guaranteed), plenty of ice and the most superb maritime mountain scenery going.  Visits to scientific stations are also a feature.  Click here for itineraries and logistics.

Cost will be 12,000 EUR per person or by negotiation for group charters.  Please register your interest and email

7.  TIERRA DEL FUEGO AND CAPE HORN 2005     January 27 to February 7 (12 nights on board).   This is a short cruise (can be done within a two week holiday period door to door) of Cape Horn and the both arms of the Beagle Channel.  The cruise will start and finish from Puerto Williams in Chile.  Cost will be 5,000 EUROS per person.  Click here for itinerary and logistics. 


8.  DELIVERY NORTH TO THE UK 2005    End of March 2005  start for a repeat of our April delivery to the UK with the possibility to study for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean tickets and gain more than the required sea miles and experience.  Email Skip Novak on for details. 

As always the original Pelagic will be available for custom charters anywhere in the Pelagic World based from Southern South America.  Guideline price is 1500 EUROS per day for the vessel or by negotiation.

To stay abreast of what is happening at Pelagic Expeditions please register for our monthly updates of news and opportunities to sail with us either as a group or individual.  See our contact section

“Don’t dream dreams, just do it”

Cheers, Skip

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