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20 days 2200 miles

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4 weeks 3000 miles

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Before you apply...

"Welcome to our Ocean"

Southern Ocean at 50 South

Before you apply, please read this letter from
Skipper and Challenge Leader, Peter Edington


We are hoping to be the first yacht to have sailed from the world's most southerly city, Ushuaia behind Cape Horn, to its most northerly, Hammerfest in Arctic Norway, in consecutive summer solstices.

We are a not-for-profit club and the intention is to allow as many people as possible to take part in legs of every skill level, from Fun sailing, through Cruise sailing up to the Expedition level high-latitude legs. By limiting crew to a maximum of two ocean-legs, we expect to make opportunities for about 30 people to take part.

We are also keen to look for gender equality in our Expedition Level crews. There are too few opportunities for women to take part in this level of sailing unless they are already highly established sport sailors. In our view, women bring a different perspective to extreme sailing. Their general team-awareness, as well as their perspective on risk, can tend to balance the, sometimes less considered, attitude of their male counterparts.

As skipper I am looking for crew who meet essentially three criteria. First: No one should wish they weren't on board - I can imagine nothing worse than for a crew member to find, after a few days, that this voyage was not for them! Second: No other member of the crew should wish someone was not on board - I have made very many Ocean Passages with students and Club members. Very rarely we get a crew member who, quite simply, is unaware that they are intrusive or careless of others' situations. We need people who have experience of time spent in close quarters with other people, living under taxing conditions. They will have developed the skills to allow their fellow crew space when needed. Third: We need people who can continue to function efficiently when called (back) on deck from their sleep to deal with an urgent weather or sail-changing event. This is why we are looking for people with remote, or expedition, experience where they have been an essential part of a small team working in an arduous environment.

I hope you don't mind this long preamble, but our ambition is to facilitate people fulfilling a dream, rather than persuading people to come along on the voyage.

If you think that you meet our outlined criteria and would like to be considered, then I would be delighted to talk to you on the phone and answer all your questions as fully as I can, and find out more about you.

So the next step, if you would like to apply for a berth, is to go to this application form and let us know a bit more about your experiences.

Thank you again for your interest. If you have any questions, do contact me. I look forward to getting your application and to chatting about your dreams and our Ends of the Earth Climate Challenge

All the best


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