Shackleton & Crew: 8 countries-3500km-5 months
It’s two weeks since Shackleton (pictured above) left Newhaven Marina, along with chaperone architects Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel. In that time, since leaving the white cliffs of Dover to port, they have covered 475nm (880km) – passing through four countries and spending many hours on the go.
Today there is some respite, as the team have just entered the sheltered waters of the Kiel Canal on their way to the Baltic. On the voyage so far there have been a few mishaps, small leaks and misjudgements – but they haven’t damaged anyone else’s boat, fallen overboard or got lost. So the first fortnight probably counts as a success!
Where to now and why?
Once into the Baltic it’s up the Danish and Swedish coasts, past Copenhagen and Gothenburg, before crossing the Skagerrak strait and heading north to Bergen, Norway. The team will then follow the route of the famous Hurtigruten ferry, passing up the fjords to Tromsø at 70° North.
So what kind of vessel would you choose to travel from around 50° to 70° latitude? For expedition sailing one would likely choose a high-latitudes sailing yacht, but Shackleton’s owner Guylee, along with colleague David are architects – so a re-purposed lifeboat was obviously the logical choice. At some level this makes absolute sense…
Once Stødig (meaning sound and steadfast) and crew arrive in Tromsø they’ll spend the winter there, making smaller coastal excursions, exploring the wild and isolated landscape. The purpose – to demonstrate the ability of design innovation to facilitate self sufficiency in an extreme environment and to document and share the adventure through photography and film.
Stodig’s adventure is in support of Hope Health Action, who provide life saving health and disability care to the world’s most vulnerable without discrimination. Guylee has been involved in their work in Haiti since 2009, most recently spending 18 months working there.
Ferry to Fjords
For now, until the next update, we’ll leave you with a few photographs of Stødig’s journey so far – as Shackleton, Guylee and David voyage onwards toward the Arctic Circle.
Victron Energy equipment fitted:
- 1 x Color Control GX
- 1 x Battery Monitor BMV-700
- 3 x 1 x 12V/230Ah AGM Super Cycle Battery (Domestics)
- 1 x 12V/165Ah AGM Deep Cycle Battery (Starter)
- 1 x EasyPlus Compact 12/1600/70-16
- 1 x SmartSolar MPPT 150/60-Tr
- 1 x 25A Buck-Boost
Here’s what a few well known adventurers also have to say:
- MARK BEAUMONT adventurer & broadcaster – Stødig exemplifies a lot of things I am passionate about: adventure, self sufficiency, sustainability and a dogged determination to explore remote places in new ways. With Guylee and David’s design skills I am looking forward to seeing how they overcome the challenges facing them during the lifeboat’s conversion and how they can capture and share this entire odyssey.
- SIR ROBIN KNOX-JOHNSTON sailing maverick – Everyone should do something like this when they are young, this voyage should inspire others to take on their own challenges.