‘In the Footsteps of Shackleton’
Martin Thomas is a retired a surgeon and owns ‘Charm of Rhu‘, a 40ft classic wooden Fife sloop. He is former Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club, a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, and is the new editor of Heavy Weather Sailing.
It is just over a hundred years since Sir Ernest Shackleton’s celebrated Antarctic expedition when his ship the Endurance was crushed and sank in the Weddell Sea. After fifteen months drifting on the ice, he and his men made it to uninhabited Elephant Island. He launched from the beach the 22 foot James Caird and, with five companions, sailed 800 miles in the Southern Ocean in winter and eventually landed on South Georgia. Then, with two companions, he crossed the unknown, unmapped mountain range to seek help.
Martin’s talk will give an illustrated account of Shackleton’s extraordinary polar adventures, the dangers he faced and his brilliant leadership. He will then talk about his own adventure sailing the Southern Ocean to South Georgia and following Shackleton’s exact route over the mountains to Stromness, the Shackleton Traverse.