Czech-Polish expedition sets naval record

A Czech-Polish yacht expedition has set a naval record by reaching the Bay of Whales near Antarctica, the southernmost place ever reached by a yacht, after an almost month-long sail. According to Jan Žák from the Czech Antarctic Polar Fund the expedition reached a latitude of 78 degrees 43 minutes south in Antarctica´s Ross Sea. The southernmost latitude a yacht ever reached before was the 77 degrees 51 minutes. The expedition set off for Antarctica from the port of Hobart, the Tasmanian capital, on January 15 and arrived at its destination on February 12th. It covered over 4,000 kms before reaching the Ross Sea.