SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
POLES PLAN 6 MONTH SOUTHWARD SAILING FROM AUGUST 2014 TO JANUARY 2015
The Memorial Commemoration and voyage takes place under the auspices of the ambassadors of Ireland and Great Britain to Poland. The expedition is financed by the participants themselves, and by sponsors; the sailing magazines "Wiatr" and "Żagle", a well as Polish Radio III and Polsat Television, will serve as informational sponsors.
Over a dozen yachts from Poland and other European countries will launch out for the south Atlantic, pausing en route at fixed ports of call, all of which bear a direct relation to Shackleton's Endurance_ expedition
The final meet-up is scheduled to take place on 5th of January 2015 at Sir Ernest Shackleton's grave in Grytviken, on the 93rd anniversary of his death.
Friday 1 August marks the start of the first leg to Plymouth, with a distance of 330 Nautical Miles. Participating yachts should leave Plymouth on Friday 8 August and proceed South.
The third rally point is Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. Yachts should reach it by Friday 12 December 2014, after covering about 7,770 Nautical Miles.
- via the South Shetland Islands, Elephant Island and South Georgia
- via South Georgia
- via The Magellan Strait, Cape Horn and Elephant Island
It is of the utmost importance for all crews to arrive at Sir Ernest Shackleton's grave by noon on Monday 5th of January 2015.
There is no specification as to the route of the return voyage.
The S/Y Polonus will serve as the expedition's flagship. This Bruceo 44 steel ketch with 860 square feet of sail area, and with its home port in Szczecin, on the Baltic, remains at our association's disposal.
The S/Y Polonus proved its merits in several demanding voyages including:
Svalbard (Spitsbergen) in 2008; around Iceland in 2010; and "Following S/Y Śmiały" in 2011/2012 across the Atlantic from Greenland to the Antarctic, and along the Pacific coast of Southern America.
Colours, flags and motto: As the Shackleton Memorial is expected to be an international expedition, each participating yacht will fly its national ensign. The expedition's colours and motto depend on sponsors' requests.
There will be an expedition's burgee, designed by the organiser and approved by honorary patrons, which will be flown from the port spreader by all participating yachts.
Contact: Andrzej Minkiewicz email: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information please visit www.shackleton2014.com.