Skipper Stephen Wilkins reports:
“Xplore - the yacht, and the dream of voyages to some of the most interesting and remote locations on the planet - is definitely alive and well!
Since completing a major refit and modifications to Xplore in Plymouth, UK, we have safely and comfortably made passage in to the Southern Hemisphere. As a vessel suitable for High Latitude ‘roughty-toughty’ sailing, she comes up trumps as an extremely seaworthy, safe and comfortable yacht.
With a small delivery crew we made brief stops at Las Palmas, Gran Canaria and Fernando de Noronha - a stunning tropical island off the Brazilian coast. Presently we are heading further south to Tierra del Fuego and the Beagle Channel, where Xplore will be based during the Austral summer season.
Just prior to departing the UK we were able to complete and finalise our membership to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO - http://www.iaato.org). IAATO is the only recognised Antarctic tourism body, and governs responsible tourism activities in the south.
We also are very proud to announce that Xplore Expeditions has succeeded in becoming a recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA – www/rya.org.uk) training centre, giving us the ability to conduct sail training in some of the most remote and challenging locations in the world.
As indicated on our website www.Xplore-Expeditions.com our program for this next Southern Hemisphere season includes some amazing destinations, and opportunities to spend an unforgettable time up front and close to wildlife and nature.
If you are starting to wonder about adventure holiday options, over the December to April period, I suggest you contact us as soon as possible, as we have already taken a number of booking for various trips.
And being that this is our first year of operation as Xplore Expeditions, we are keen to have a full and fruitful year, and introduce as many intrepid clients as possible to the beauty of the High Latitudes. Hence we are offering for this first season some excellent rates and discounts for groups and individuals. If you or anyone you know is interested in the adventure of a lifetime, please contact us at the email addresses below and ask for the “International Polar Year” discounts.
Myself and the Xplore team look forward to seeing you onboard this season!