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About David

David Roberts is the skipper of sailing yacht Pelagic, a charter expedition yacht working in Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn areas.

British biscuits for British bases.

12/11/2013, 64 49.7’S:063 29.8’W, Half a mile from Port Lockroy Written by Bertie Whitley Being British, and currently residing at a British Antarctic base, lets first address the important matter of talking about the weather. Today, the sun is out … Continue reading

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Filming commences

11/11/2013, 64 49.7’S:063 29.8’W, Half a mile from Port Lockroy Written by Bertie Whitley I am writing this from an eerily quiet Pelagic. All you can hear is the sounds of ice melting and bubbling away outside the hull, the … Continue reading

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Seals with laser guns

10/11/2013, 64 49.7’S:063 29.8’W, Half a mile from Port Lockroy Written by Bertie Whitley When we first wedged Pelagic into the little ice gap that has become her home for the last few days we were delighted to see seals … Continue reading

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Fifty shades of white

07/11/2013, 64 49.7’S:063 29.8’W, Half a mile from Port Lockroy Written by Ruth McCarthy from the film crew Another glorious day at Port Lockroy. Shame we are still trapped in sea ice though – unable to move at all now, … Continue reading

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At what temperature does sea water freeze?

06/11/2013, 64 49.7’S:063 29.8’W, Half a mile from Port Lockroy written by Bertie Whitley How cold does it have to be for sea spray to freeze on a boat? We’re not actually sure as our thermometer gave up the ghost … Continue reading

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Heading south

01/11/2013, 58 08.1’S:065 47.5’W, Drake Passage So, Pelagic is heading south once again. We are on our way to the Antarctic Peninsula Ð the first tourist vessel of the new season. More specifically we are heading to Port Lockroy with … Continue reading

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Success at Cape Horn

No problem Pelagic…? It seems this statement is true. We have succeeded in making it to the Horn and back again within three days. We are now back in Ushuaia which has been uncharacteristically calm although there are a few … Continue reading

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No problem Pelagic…?

Cape Horn for New Year, and only three days to do it in… sounds unlikely to work. But, so far we are on track! A happy family, just back from meeting the lighthouse-keeper on the Horn. Just need to make … Continue reading

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Sea Lion Island

Pelagic is down at Sea Lion Island for a few days, helping out with some filming, and taking a bit of an expedition away from Stanley, thus keeping the crew out of trouble. Not that we need keeping out of … Continue reading

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Sailing south with the whales

We left Piriapolis on Sunday after a few weeks of sorting Pelagic out following her winter refit. We left with a 10 knot forecast and for the last 48 hours we have had very pleasant motor sailing weather, an ideal … Continue reading

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