Polish-Czech expedition sets naval record off Antarctica
Only days ago a Polish-Czech expedition set a new naval record – sailing The Selma – a steel yacht – to the Ross Sea off Antarctica and setting the record for the southernmost point ever reached by a similar vessel. They reached the latitude of 78 degrees 43 minutes south after roughly one month’s journey. Along the way, the crew had to navigate both stormy waters and ice.
Crewmembers not only reached the Bay of Whales off Antarctica, they set a new record, reaching the southernmost point ever with such a vessel. The crew of 11 includes Czech Dušan Jamný, who described some of the events of the past few days by satellite phone:
During their month-long journey the boat performed admirably and technology without glitches. Almost. The Czech crew member again:
“There was a storm, not in the sense that we saw rain but when waves were between five and seven metres high and the wind was around 30 knots. When we reached the Ross Sea, specifically ice surrounding it, we had to decide which way to head next to find an opening. Then we were sailing past ice.
“In terms of the technological apparatus, everything is working now but when everything was frozen, nothing worked expect for the sails, but they worked fine. Things froze, like the filter on the motor, but that was expected and everything is ok now.”