Monday, April 21, 2008

Season Report: Austral Summer 2007 / 2008

If there were no dreams then this world would be a very dull and boring place for us all of us. However for those who joined Xplore during this season, the realisation of dreams has been a very special part of what we aimed for and have achieved during our first season in the south. The 10 month re-fit of the custom 67-foot yacht Xplore has paid off with dividends of delight as clients relaxed and enjoyed the warmth, comforts and incredible foods whilst basking in the wonders of the southern lands, amongst the amazing sounds of wildlife and untouched nature. Skipper and expedition leader Stephen Wilkins, with eight expeditions to Antarctica, quotes, “Xplore meets all of my expectations of a comfortable and very safe yacht for these regions, the combination of fast sailing capabilities, strength when under motor and the creature comforts to make even long voyages in the cold south means that she has been a winner for all who stepped onboard” Guests on our expeditions to Antarctica this season - A White Christmas in December and The French Mountaineers in February - returned with amazing stories and thousands of photos. Tierra Del Fuego, and the Beagle Channel’s glaciers thrilled a group of seven ladies from Italy who vow to return; and the German team from Lufthansa whose sights were on landing on Cape Horn and experiencing the rawness of the Southern Ocean, were also certainly not disappointed. Raphael Robillard, Project Manager Ecostream France quotes: I would like to say that the cruise we did with you to Antarctica was absolutely fantastic, for me probably the best trip I made so far, an awesome experience. The photos that I distributed around raised my status within the company quite a bit, and even resulted in some new friends ! But most importantly it was an amazing experience for me. So I cannot be grateful enough to you for having taken us there. As for me: I certainly get a large amount of pleasure by sharing this very special region with people. You can’t wake up in the mornings without a spring in your step, each day is extraordinary and unique.” If your life needs some adventure, then Xplore! Visit our website,, for next season’s programme, or contact us directly for that special project you have been dreaming of. Stephen Wilkins Skipper and Expedition Leader Nicolas Pichelin Project Manager

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