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Hamish & Kate Laird

Hamish and Kate Laird and the Antarctic charter sailboat SEAL in Tierra del Fuego

the Laird family in Alaska


Kate and Hamish Laird welcome you aboard SEAL. We designed and built her specifically for high latitude sailing, supporting scientific and adventure expeditions.
Read more about Seal.

After a season in Greenland, we sailed south down the Atlantic and spent five years in Antarctica, South Georgia, Cape Horn, and the Beagle Channel. SEAL has exceeded our expectations over the last 75,000 miles, and we're very pleased with how she's worked in the Arctic and the Antarctic. We're now back in northern regions after four seasons in Alaska.

Hamish has spent most of the past 30 years working in remote regions since his first voyage to Antarctica in 1988. He spent six years as the full time skipper of Pelagic, one of the pioneering charter yachts in the region. He's skippered expeditions to Greenland, Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, Tierra del Fuego, and Cape Horn. In addition, he's sailed on several superyachts to Antarctica as the "Ice Pilot" for filming and touring expeditions.
He holds an Ocean Yachtmaster Commercial certificate.

Kate has sailed Seal for the last twelve years, following three years on Pelagic. Before that, she crewed on many different boats, from a square topsail schooner to whale watching boats, sailed as a foredeck hand in the Southern Ocean, and spent many seasons singlehanding a 28-footer on the coast of Maine. She first sailed to Antarctica in 1998. She holds a USCG 100 ton master's license and an Ocean Yachtmaster certificate and is the author of Homeschool Teacher.

Anna (15) and Helen (16) have sailed over 75,000 miles, and, as far as we know, were the first young children to sail to the Arctic and the Antarctic since the whalers' families long ago.

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