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our guests say ...

Tom Schladenhauffen

(Tierra del Fuego 2008)

I must tell you that the trip met and exceeded my expectation! I want to thank you and Hamish for giving me so much helm time and showing confidence in my abilities to keep Seal under control. I learned so much under your watch and will be forever thankful. I'm sure I will be a better sailor because of it. Oh, thanks for letting go swimming!

I would be happy to speak with anyone who needs a reference.

Coryn Gooch

(Antarctica 2008)

Hello Kate and Hamish

...greetings from the warm and sunny Pacific Northwest....19 degrees yesterday in Victoria!

Kate, I have a copy of Beryl Smeaton's book "The Stars My Blanket" about her travels in Chile on horseback in the 1930's, which I think you would enjoy....when you have a minute let me know a mailing address c/o Dan in the US or Ushuaia? Both of us having a hard time settling back into the rush and deadlines of a north american life after our weeks on Seal. It was a fantastic trip - and our thanks to you both for making it so. We have over 1000 photos - a major culling needed methinks! We give our first slide show/talk this Wednesday so will be great to relive certain aspects of the trip. (I always end up getting the questions on seasickness!) We leave early May for Lymington and may well move to the IOW the week of May 19th. If you are in the area look for us (hopefully) on a Nat. Trust mooring or somewhere in the mud near them.

Our best to you both,


Pam Mazza

(Antarctica 2008)

"I didn't get this organized while Hamish was there, but I have sent a couple of books from Amazon -- one for the girls because the story is one we love(d) and I thought it somehow resonated with their lives (although I may be entirely wrong on this, but it's still a lovely story) and one for Kate which we talked about on the boat and which I think she will enjoy.

We had a fabulous time on our trip. I am still having Antarctic dreams. We hope to do a couple of evening talks-- one to our Island community, and one to our yacht club, as people have been asking. Unfortunately, Ron has hardly been home since we got back, so editing the videos has not begun!

Thanks for all your practical and technical support in facilitating our adventure. As I said, it was truly a lifetime experience."

Hugh Cullen

(Tierra del Fuego 2008)

"Dear Kate, Hamish and the little people,

Firstly I must apologise for not contacting you earlier but I got back to a mountain of assorted problems which took priority. Thank you for giving me such a fantastic experience and being such good company. The trip was far beyond all my dreams and expectations and so far from the nightmare of South Coast Sailing here. Hardly a cloud in the sky after I left you and had a great time in Torres del Paines, but then spent 8 hrs sat in an aircraft at Punta Arenas waiting for the fog to lift.

Leaving `Seal' on 21st Jan was quite an emotional thing for me and I hope you trip is going well and the Girls are enjoying school. I think their new school friends are lucky having them present. Best wishes and I hope to sail with you again.


Simon Walker

(Antarctica 2007)

"It's been an amazing time, and totally exceeded my expectations on so many levels. I must thank Hamish, Kate, Helen and Anna for sharing their beautiful home 'Seal' with us for 5 weeks and for being such great guides, hosts and friends. Also Kiki, Stu and KO for being fabulous crew mates - we will have memories and stories to share together for many years to come."

Read the rest of their blog at Antarctica2007.com


Mark Holbrook

(Cape Horn/Beagle Channel 2007)

"I have dreamt of this place for a long time and am now very grateful that Hamish, Kate, S/V "Seal" and her crew have let me open my eyes in one of those dreams. The company, the food, the boat and the surroundings were perfect. Thank you."


Steve Colgate

(Cape Horn / Beagle Channel 2007)

"I have no hesitation recommending SEAL cruises to any of our Offshore Sailing School graduates, based on my wonderful experience cruising around Cape Horn and along the Beagle Channel in January, 2007. I know a well built boat when I see one and would feel safe in SEAL in any conditions anywhere in the world. Having sailed my own boat in the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race storm when 15 sailors lost their lives, I feel myself qualified to make that statement. Plus, I found that Hamish and I share the same commonsense approach to sailing seamanship (like the lack of value of storm trysails). Hamish and Kate have found a way to make a potentially dangerous sailing experience both safe and fun. Go for it."

Steve and Doris Colgate's Offshore Sailing School

Log of the trip to Cape Horn


Maggy Rhinelander

(Greenland to Scotland, August-September 2005)

This is just a quick note (words being inadequate anyway, in this case) to say thanks for the wonderful trip, and thanks even more for being so monumentally patient and forbearing ... You were all just great.

I have downloaded all 657 pictures that I took- not edited yet... but they make a good visual journal. The pictures that Jason took from the spreaders are some of the best.

Thanks again, for everything.


Aura Linnapuomi

(Greenland, July-August 2005)

I also enjoyed our trip and the great crew so much. I was in tears in the bus all the way from Narsarsuaq harbour to the hotel. It is always hard to leave a crew behind, but you made it specificly hard...

[Enjoy the] time to breath in the Greenlandic air, smell the flowers and the plants, feel the softness of the ground and hardness of the rocks under the feet...All those memories I cherish now when Im back in [Helsinki]


William Alder

(Maine to Newfoundland, June 2005)

The experience aboard Seal was incredible. Kate and Hamish immediately made me feel like a part of the family despite the fact that I was new to ocean sailing.... I have a newfound respect for what a sailboat can be. Seal is undoubtedly in an elite class of expedtion boats. I was amazed by the way the crew's decades of combined Antarctic experience is reflected in the meticulous layout and function of every detail of the boat. There is an incredible art and science to how all of the elements work together to glide across the oceans and into the many beautiful inlets and coves that we visited in route.


Phil Streat

(South Carolina to the Bahamas, January 2005)

Many thanks for a great trip; I got a lot out of it. I do want to say a special thank you to Kate for providing all those great meals. And thanks to you both for sharing some of what it takes to put together a boat like Seal.

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