Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Shackleton Centenary Expedition

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition is one of the greatest survival stories in history and has inspired adventurers across every continent over three generations. Now, in honour of Shackleton’s legendary expedition, a crew of five British and Australian adventurers will join expedition leader Tim Jarvis, AM FRGS, in an attempt to become the first to authentically re-enact Shackleton’s complete ‘double’ voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia and dangerous crossing of its mountainous interior. More…
The Alexandra Shackleton approaches Elephant Island, north of the Antarctic Peninsula
 Alexandra Shackleton crew are waiting out the weather on King George Island.  The crew needs two sets of weather to conspire to allow for the 170nm crossing under tow to Elephant Island – fairer winds for the crossing and good conditions at Elephant Island to allow a landing.  Revised estimated date of departure from  KGI is now Wednesday 23 January (Shetland Islands local time) when winds are predicted to ease to a 5knot southerly with a 1.5m swell (currently 25knot westerlies gusting over 30knots and a 2.5-3.5m swell).
Endurance beset
The James Caird