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Hamish & Kate Laird

Hamish and Kate Laird and the Antarctic charter sailboat SEAL in Tierra del Fuego


Kate and Hamish Laird welcome you aboard SEAL. We designed and built her specifically for high latitude sailing, supporting scientific and adventure expeditions.
Read more about Seal.

After a season in Greenland, we sailed south down the Atlantic and spent the last five seasons in Antarctica, South Georgia, Cape Horn, and the Beagle Channel. SEAL has exceeded our expectations over the last 43,000 miles, and we're very pleased with how she's worked in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Hamish has spent most of the past 24 years working in remote regions since his first voyage to Antarctica in 1988. He spent six years as the full time skipper of Pelagic, one of the pioneering charter yachts in the region. He's skippered expeditions to Greenland, Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, Tierra del Fuego, and Cape Horn. In addition, he's sailed on several superyachts to Antarctica as the "Ice Pilot" for filming and touring expeditions.
He holds an Ocean Yachtmaster Commercial certificate.

Anna and Helen

Kate has been the mate on Seal for the last six years, following three years on Pelagic. Before that, she crewed on many different boats, from a square topsail schooner to whale watching boats, sailed as a foredeck hand in the Southern Ocean, and spent many seasons singlehanding a 28-footer on the coast of Maine. She first sailed to Antarctica in 1998. She holds a USCG 100 ton master's license and an Ocean Yachtmaster Commercial certificate.


Anna (8) and Helen (10) have sailed over 40,000 miles, and as far as we know are the only young children who have sailed to the Arctic and the Antarctic.

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