SHACKLETON EPIC SETS SAIL FROM ELEPHANT ISLAND BOUND FOR SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE HISTORY BOOKS

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SW1_2480Sydney, 24 January 2013: At 0600hrs local Sydney time today (1900hrs GMT/UTC 23 January 2013), the intrepid crew of the Shackleton Epic expedition did what they’ve been planning to do for many months…quietly tacked their little boat near Point Wild, Elephant Island and set sail, bound for South Georgia some 800 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean, just like Ernest Shackleton and his men did almost 100 years before.

With unusually moderate winds blowing from the south at 5-10knots, the Alexandra Shackleton a 22.5’ whaler (an exact replica of the James Caird), with six British and Australian adventurers on board, set out in a 0.5metre swell slowly clearing the coast and the looming pack ice to the east. read more

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