Somewhere in the Southern Ocean right now, Australian adventurer Tim Jarvis and a British/Australian team are recreating Ernest Shackleton's amazing 800 nautical mile sail in an open boat to South Georgia to rescue his stranded crew.
The modern crew has had every possible weather to date, but have reached the half way point and spirits are buoyant.
To honor one of the greatest survival stories in history and one of the most remarkable voyages across the Southern Ocean, Jarvis is leading the expedition in the Alexandra Shackleton, a purpose-built, exact replica of Shackleton’s 22.5-foot lifeboat, James Caird across the same stretch of open ocean and then attempt to cross the rugged peaks of South Georgia.
Jarvis has named his six-crew voyage the Shackleton Epic.
The Alexandra Shackleton left Elephant Island on Jan. 24 January, and six days later things are still looking good. “The crew are pleased that the 'Alexandra Shackleton has handled the conditions extremely well, making great time in the first few days, assisted by generous westerly winds.”