“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.”

– Sir Ernest Shackleton, Antarctic expeditions

“Of the gladdest moments in human life, me thinks is the departure upon a distant journey to unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares and the Slavery of Home, man feels once more happy. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood… afresh dawns the morn of life.”

– Sir Richard Burton, an English adventurer of 1800s
(He also translated The Arabian Nights and Kama Sutra)

From me, Natalie:
The only way to sail through the Drake Passage, which is between Southern America and Antarctica, is to remember and keep an eye on your goal – you final destination. Then, the waves do not matter, you just pull through, like pushing yourself along a rope which attached to your final destination. And you make it. You are not scared any more, because you know that your ship is in good hands that know what to do. Thanks M/V Ushuaia and the person who safely took our ship through the Drake Passage.

Royal Geelong Yacht Club - sailing - sailboat racing - Davidsons Winter Series - Race 1Sailing to Antarctica on Yacht, Tall Ship

  • Beautiful video shoot on drone from a yacht sailed to Antarctica (by Kalle Ljung) – https://vimeo.com/124858722
  • Antarctic Expedition Sailing Yachts – Icebird (we saw them in Antarctica!), Spirit of Sydney – Australian guys – http://icebirdexpeditions.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=40&Itemid=129″Spirit of Sydney has ‘state of the art’ weather and communications systems. Individual email accounts are provided for guests and daily uploads are possible via the Iridium sat phone network. She is also equipped with Xaxero’s Sky-Eye System for real time satellite image downloads of weather systems which can be cross referenced with weather information from Global Marine Network.”
  • Video – Crossing the Drake Passage on a Yacht – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g4nSJ3Dn8o
  • Antarctica trip on a yacht, with details – http://www.bwsailing.com/bw/cruising-news/antarctica-on-our-own
  • Ship capsized – http://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/07/the-ghostly-remains-of-yacht-mar-sem-fim.html
  • Don’t go unprepared – Berserk yacht – http://www.yachtingworld.com/blogs/elaine-bunting/antarctic-deaths-enormous-ramifications-6330
  • IAATO regulations and advice on visiting Antarctica on a yacht – http://iaato.org/yachts
  • http://www.adventuresailingexpeditions.com
  • TONY MOWBRAY – Motivational/Inspirational Conference speaker, Solo World Sailor, Antarctic Adventurer – http://www.tonymowbray.com.au
  • Roger and Ben Wallis – Yacht and Sailboat, AUSTRALIS and PHILOS – Antarctica, Patagonia, Arctic – http://ocean-expeditions.com
  • Sail to Antarctica on a tall ship Bark Europa – http://www.arctic-travels.com/english/the_ships/bark_europa/00226.htm
  • South Georgia, Antarctica, the Southern Ocean on Tall Ship – http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/destinations/south-georgia-expedition

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on Yacht, Tall Ship

  • ARC, a boat race across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia – https://www.worldcruising.com/arc/event.aspx
  • Ocean sailing on tall ships – http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/destinations/oceans
  • Sailing across Atlantic on the Yacht Discovery’s yacht – looks very sound, they offer a pre-voyage preparation sailing, and have other awesome sailing itineraries – http://www.yachtdiscovery.co.uk

Sailing on Tall Ships

Sailing to Arctic

  • Arctic-Greenland on a tall ship – http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/arctic-greenland
  • Yacht Discovery’s yacht – http://www.yachtdiscovery.co.uk

Cost of Cruising

  • http://mjsailing.com/cost-of-cruising-2015
  • http://sundownersailsagain.com/12-month-cruising-costs-jan-to-dec-2015

Living on a Sailboat, Yacht

  • https://wandrlymagazine.com/article/how-to-sail-full-time

Royal Geelong Yacht Club - sailing - sailboat racing - Davidsons Winter Series - Race 1Boating Basics and Terms

  • http://www.blgpc.org.au/category/boating-basics
  • Preliminary sailing course for the beginners – http://www.catamaranvega.com/vega/sailing/contents.html
  • Boat types – http://discoversailing.org.au/discover-sailing/types-of-boats

Training, Courses, Certification, Books

  • RYA Courses
  • RYA courses online (Navigation, Day Skipper, Yachtmaster, Ocean) – http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/rya-long-distance-learning-courses
  • Books (these guys didn’t know sailing and sailed using the books):
    http://www.sailingtojessica.com/sailing-books-onboard.html
    http://www.sailingtojessica.com/chapter-2-meaning-of-life.html
  • Mile building – voyage examples with nautical miles – http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/destinations/mile-building
  • Deckhand on a tall ship – one month or full season placement – http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/deckhand-bessie-ellen-and-irene-one-month-training-placements
  • Some RYA certification/mileage on Yacht Discovery’s yacht – http://www.yachtdiscovery.co.uk

How to Choose a Sailboat, Yacht, Powerboat

  • http://blog.tadroberts.ca/2011/11/the-typical-powerboat-is-not-seaworthy
  • Cherokee Rose –
    http://www.sailingtojessica.com/our-cruising-sailboat.html
    http://www.sailingtojessica.com/anatomy-of-our-sailboat.html

Servicing a Boat

  • http://boatdoctorni.com/antifouling

What to wear/ How to dress for a boat

  • First timers – http://discoversailing.org.au/discover-sailing/your-first-time

Essential Information & Resources for Sailing

  • Marine & Ocean Weather (Australia) – http://www.bom.gov.au/marine/index.shtml
  • Live weather and wind gauge, Altona, VIC (Australia) – http://altonayachtclub.org.au/weather/gauges.htm
  • Port Philip Bay Winds and Temperatures – Melbourne, VIC (Australia) – http://www.baywx.com.au
  • Boating Abroad – What to be aware of – http://www.rya.org.uk/infoadvice/boatingabroad/Pages/default.aspx
  • Kidnapping & Sea Piracy Map – http://wwportal.com/opublikovana-karta-piratstva
  • World maps – http://maps.me/en/home
  • Iridium satellite phone and coverage (free text messages if sent via the Iridium website) – https://www.iridium.com
  • Marine Traffic – where the ships are – http://www.marinetraffic.com/

Charter / Sailing Options / How to become a crew member

  • Turkey – with a captain onboard – http://www.catamaranvega.com/vega
  • Sailing on somebody’s boat (community web site) – https://www.sailsquare.com/
  • Miles for gaining the ocean sailing experience – https://www.sailsquare.com/holidays/4599/sailing-holiday-new_zealand-in-may-900_miles_navigation_to_become_oceanic_skippers_.htm
  • Expedition Ships – http://experience.usatoday.com/cruise/story/ship-types/expedition-ships/2013/06/25/expedition-ships/2401833
  • Tips – http://oceanxploration.com/personal-notes/atlantic-ocean-crossing-find-crew-spot-sailing-boat
  • Oceancrewlink – http://www.crewbay.com
  • http://www.findacrew.com
  • http://www.floatplan.com
  • http://www.7knots.com
  • http://www.crewbay.com
  • http://www.crewfinders.com
  • How to choose who to sail with and the boat – https://www.sailopo.com/Helpful_Tips_Read_This.aspx
  • Work on large yachts – http://www.wilsonhalligan.com/blog.asp?id={5E20587D-657E-48B1-BCDC-A0D5C15EEA1C}

Working on a Ship

  • Work and Travel on a Small Cruise Ship – http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/work/articles/working-on-national-geographic-cruise-ship.shtml

Travellers’ Experience and Tips

  • Nomadic Living Abroad – How to Achieve Your Long-Term Travel Dreams:
    • http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/living/articles/nomadic-living-abroad.shtml
    • http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/living/articles/getting-the-most-from-long-term-travel.shtml
  • Point-it book for communicating without knowing a language – http://www.graf-editions.de/en/pointit
  • How to organise things on a boat:
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vBkwqlAvOo&list=PLOhEGypVYJG136wfnITVQnWqWUtrvcMC3&index=5
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vBkwqlAvOo&list=PLOhEGypVYJG136wfnITVQnWqWUtrvcMC3&index=6

Travelling on Cargo Ships

  • Adventure on the High Seas Aboard a Freighter – How to Travel by Cargo Ship Around the World:
    http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/travel/articles/travel-by-cargo-ship-around-the-world.shtml”When you’re sitting up the front of the bow of the ship, on your own, and all you see is the sea going past and you hear the wind and waves, you’re in heaven. For me, an afternoon with a thermos of Chardonnay, sitting right on the bow, watching the world go by with my binoculars, that’s my heaven.”
  • How to catch a cargo ship – https://flightlessness.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/how-to-catch-a-cargo-ship
  • Globoship: http://www.globoship.ch/ | info@globoship.ch
  • Hamburg Sud: http://www.hamburgsud.com/group/en/corporatehome/ | sandra.santo@hamburgsued-reiseagentur.de
  • Freighter expeditions: http://www.freighterexpeditions.com.au/ | jrichards@freighterexpeditions.com.au
  • CMA CGM: http://www.cma-cgm.com/WorldwideNetwork/Agencies/AgencyList.aspx?PageMethod=InitializeParameters&Country=11 | ho.maubert@cma-cgm.com

Royal Geelong Yacht Club - sailing - sailboat racing - Davidsons Winter Series - Race 1Inspiring Sailors

  • Mads Bo Falk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSHczb6bo3c&list=PLOhEGypVYJG136wfnITVQnWqWUtrvcMC3&index=4
  • His recommendation: Troels Kløvedal, Sven Billesbølle, Lin and Larry Pardey, Roger Taylor (s/v Mingming, s/v Mingming II)
  • Suzanne Van Der Veeken – crossing the Atalntic – http://oceanxploration.com/

Photography On Yachts

  • Photography opportunity on a cruise – Sail Croatia – http://www.sail-croatia.com/sail-croatia-photographer
  • Photographers:
    • Cory Silken – http://silken.artstorefronts.com/home
    • Richard Bennett – https://www.richardbennett.com.au
  • Sailing Photography Tips:
    • http://www.exposureguide.com/sailing-photography-tips.htm

Yacht Racing

  • How to make a perfect tack – https://www.quantumsails.com/resources-and-expertise/articles/in-search-of-perfect-tacks
  • Matt Cassidy’s Bowman Essentials – http://www.sailingworld.com/how-to/matt-cassidys-bowman-essentials

Travelling, Sailing, and Photography Workshops

Muench Workshops – Has a SVALBARD ARCTIC EXPEDITION – https://muenchworkshops.com