The idea behind the voyage

In August 2014 we’ll celebrate the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s expedition to the South Pole. This Irish explorer set off on the barquentine Endurance to cross the Antarctic continent from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea.

The sinking of the severely damaged Endurance forced its crew to endure a devastating march while towing three lifeboats with supplies. They managed to cross the floe and reach open water, which allowed them to sail to Elephant Island. Shackleton, accompanied by five men, set out to reach the 800-nautical-mile-distant South Georgia in an open boat, the James Caird. After landing on the island and a 36 hour march across mountainous terrain, he finally reached the whaling station at Stromness.

By August 1916 all crewmembers were saved.

The main goal of this voyage is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition and and to familiarize the general public with its main protagonist and his companions.

All sailing yachts are welcome to join us.