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sailboat charters to antarctica & south georgia

SOLD OUT for 2009-10

Only one more trip available for 2010-2011

To join our waiting list for 2009 or 2010,

Email us or
telephone Dan Ford
for more information,
7am-7pm eastern time,
1200-2400 Zulu:

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(toll free from USA & Canada)

Available for 2010-2011: one remaining space available for a full boat charter to either SOUTH GEORGIA or ANTARCTICA.

Looking for by the bunk voyages? Email us to be notified if any come available

MINIMUM IMPACT

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SEAL is committed to environmental best practices

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SEAL near Cape Horn (photo Skip Novak)

film-making * mountaineering * birdwatching * hiking * general tourism
expedition support * scuba diving * sail training * scientific research

"... a Cape Horner for the 21st century ..." Ocean Navigator, 2007

Welcome aboard Seal

Join us, as we put new soundings on the chart and explore hidden coves, relax in the raised saloon after a climb, or tie up right off the beach for the best views of wildlife.

With over 14 years sailing in high latitudes, Hamish Laird is one of the most experienced skippers in the business, and he has put that knowledge into all the details of the SEAL.

* A tough aluminum sailboat to support high-latitude expeditions

* Lifting keel & rudder for safety and convenience in uncharted waters

* Raised saloon with 360-degree views to make the most of the amazing scenery

-- Hamish & Kate Laird

Discounted rates for scientific research projects

Looking for an adventure this year or next? Email us to find out what's open.

"Both [Kate and Hamish] are first-class seamen. I quickly develop a great respect for their quiet competence, their knowledge of the boat, and their love of the area."
-- Peter Nielsen in
Sail, November 2007

"It is not hard to imagine sailing to Antarctica or any other place on earth aboard Seal." -- Andy O'Grady in Ocean Navigator, March-April 2007

latest news from SEAL:

September 1, 2009 -- SEAL is now in winter quarters for her first refit since she sailed to South America in 2006. At right: a video of Seal's crew and voyagers among the whales along the Antarctic Peninsula. Also see Jimmy the Wind Vane in action on the trip back from South Georgia in April.

Thinking about going South? SEAL will make two expeditions to Antarctica during the coming southern summer, 2009-2010. Email or phone to get on the waiting list for December or February in case someone drops out.

And next year? Again, SEAL will probably make two expeditions to Antarctica. The December 2011 trip is fully booked. We are now penciling in a mid-February trip, and there may be two berths available for that expedition. Email or phone to get on the waiting list.

And why would you do this? Well, MSNBC says it beautifully on its "Bucket List" of 15 things to do before dying:

"11. Sail in Antarctica

"The trip: For anyone who grouses that adventure travel has become too soft, meet the Seal. The 56-foot-long aluminum cutter has no plasma TVs, no marble tubs, no Bose surround-sound speaker system. Instead, the six-passenger Seal is specially fitted for the Antarctic, with a swing-up keel to handle groundings and with watertight, well, everything. During this month-long trip through Antarctica, guests can focus on peeping at penguin colonies, iceberg-clogged coves, and frozen islands. Imagine the constant groan and splash of glaciers and the feel of the southernmost earth beneath your feet as you disembark to explore dormant volcanoes. The sail starts and ends in [Ushuaia, Argentina] with a good measure of true adventure, such as when passengers harness themselves to the deck to take on Cape Horn and the Drake Passage. Nearly 24-hour daylight can make sleeping a distant thought, but the wine-stocked galley, hot showers, and private cabins add just enough softness to really enjoy the adventure.

"Why go? It's the most impressive--and most genuine--way to visit Antarctica....

"Difficulty: 6.8 out of 10. There may be vino on board, but this is no booze cruise. Sailors should be prepared to handle frigid, treacherous conditions and to help out with daily boat work.

"Your guides: Kate and Hamish Laird, sailors as tough as their boat. They've been exploring Antarctica for more than 20 years and have logged 26,000 safe miles on the Seal."

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