After 22,000 miles of sailing we're safely back in the UK. From September 2013 to May 2014, over 60 crew aged 22 to 71 joined us on the yacht Elinca to sail from the UK across the Atlantic to South America and then to Antarctica and South Georgia and then return across the Atlantic to the UK. The trip was split into 12 legs with durations between 7 and 28 days so that as many people as possible could join us. The trip was organised by a small team with the costs shared between the crew.
We were kindly supported by several sponsors. Stormgeo provided daily weather files along with a daily personalised forecast that allowed us to safely complete the trip. Kukri awarded us an Adventure Scholarship that was used to buy a cruising chute for light winds sailing and our Iridium satellite communications system that allowed us to keep in touch with our shore contacts and to upload our daily blog. A team of volunteer shore contacts kept in touch with the boat daily and helped us with any problems that we had.
One of the challenges of organising the adventure was learning how to organise such an expedition and what extra equipment to take with us. We have produced a list of the spare equipment that we took with us. As soon as we've finalised our finances we'll upload a summary of them here so that people can gain an idea of our planning and the costs of running a trip. We would love to share the knowledge that we gained with others and so if you are thinking about running a similar trip and have any questions then please get in touch with us and we will try and help. We have a small amount of expedition equipment that we bought ourselves and is now available for loan. Please get in touch if you are interested in borrowing any of this.
Throughout the trip we kept a daily blog which can be read here. During each leg a video of our experiences was produced, which can be seen on our YouTube channel. The information provided to crew before we left was: our Style of Voyage, suggested kit list, frequently asked questions and our risk register.
Adventure2013 was a one off trip but we do have some exciting thoughts for some similar (but slightly smaller) trips in the future. If you would like to hear about these as our plans develop then subscribe to the blog or join our Facebook group.