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The People

Modern Day explorers

Active people

This is an active adventure that helps keeps you warm working on deck so you see more wildlife, hear more wildlife and if you are lucky smell a whale. The teamwork required to sail a square rigger in the Southern Ocean brings the whole ships company closer together.

No way out

This is not a sedentary style voyage where you sit in an air conditioned lounge whilst the action takes place beyond your senses outside.

Get out and be part of the Team

You become part of a very small group of adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts able to explore this pristine wilderness in a style akin to the great polar explorers.

No Worries

There really is no experience required as everyone is trained very quickly to get the most out of your adventure.  People from all walks of life sign up for the adventure and the majority are solo travellers.

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Historic Heroes

If reading the exploits of Shackleton’s or Captain Scott have lured you to the highest, coldest and driest continent in the world, that’s brilliant.

Actually sailing a tall ship around Antarctica on a tall ship will give you a much more authentic and practical experience than being cocooned on a modern expedition cruise ship.

Spending more time outside on deck, helping sail the ship, you can begin to appreciate what they had to endure on similar sailing ships in an extreme environment, the dangers that they faced.

The silent lure of the ice.

Sail at 3-11 knots with the wind in your face and the silence of a vast icy landscapes all around and you will begin to understand why heroes of the past were so magically drawn to the place.

Caution

Word of warning, once you have been there you will want to sail again and again!

Self Sufficient

Our self-sufficient sailing ships take you into a remote polar wilderness in an environmentally benign way.

Travelling by your own physical efforts setting sails, hoisting and lowering ships boats all helps connect you with the local community – who have a tough living dictated by the sea and the elements

Part of the Crew

You will be standing watches and fully involved with all aspects of sailing the ship. The more you do the more fun it is!

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On a tall ship

People go aloft to furl and unfurl sails and work in the rig, but it is also a great vantage point.   It is not compulsory for guest crew to go aloft but everyone is welcome to help out, or climb up to enjoy the view.

Safety

Everyone receives a safety briefing on how to wear their harness and climb safely and for your first time aloft a permanent crew member will join you to ensure your safety.

Thereafter, if you want to go up always inform the officer of the watch that you wish to go up and let them know when you are down.  The same rules apply to the bowsprit, but it is much easier if you are not a confident climber.

Generally if you are climbing and physically working you don’t need gloves aloft in Antarctica, but if you have close fitting gloves with good grip then it can help when holding onto cold metal rigging.  You do need them on lookout or steering the ship.