Planning an Antarctic or Arctic
expedition in your own boat?
Hamish Laird has just finished a six week voyage to South Georgia and Antarctica as ice pilot and expedition leader onboard a private yacht. He revisited favorite anchorages and had "the best sightings of humpback whales in the 27 years I've been coming down here." It's not too early to start thinking about next season if you're planning to head down the the Antarctic on your own boat.
Hamish has spent most of the past 27 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, and the last ten years on board Seal.
He's skippered expeditions to Greenland, Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn, and Alaska. He has sailed to Antarctica and South Georgia numerous times as the "Ice Pilot" aboard superyachts for filming and touring expeditions.
An Ice Pilot brings local knowledge to your expedition, advising your captain on the best anchorages, routes, and sites to visit. Hamish is also well-versed in the natural and human history of the area. Having him as the "expedition leader" on your paperwork, will greatly simpify your permitting process, because with our long association with IAATO and the Antarctic and South Georgia rules and regulations, you can be sure of a minimum impact visit.
Hamish is also available to help you with your pre-voyage planning, boat preparation, and logistical support, either in person or by phone and email. Contact us for a quotation or more information.
He holds an Ocean Yachtmaster Commercial certificate.