AN adventurous crew will return to Cornwall this weekend after an epic 20,000-mile global journey which literally took them to “the end of the world.”
The Adventure2013 crew achieved their dreams aboard their yacht, Elinca, on a journey to the Antarctic Peninsula – taking in 12 countries – and will return to the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club in Falmouth on Saturday.
The 60-strong crew has seen some amazing wildlife.
Whales, dolphins, porpoises, sunfish, albatross, turtles – and, of course, many different varieties of penguin – are just some of the species that have crossed Elinca’s bow, swum alongside or been spotted by eagle-eyed crew members. Flying fish and even an octopus tried to join by landing on deck.
The 12-leg voyage took the crew to places including the Cape Verde Islands, the east coast countries of South America, the Falklands and South Georgia, as well as their goal – the Antarctic Peninsula.
The captain, James Boyce said: “This adventure has far exceeded all our hopes and dreams. We have seen some extraordinary sights, visited wonderful places and met interesting people.
“It is hard to pick a stand-out moment but probably the majesty of the snow and ice cliffs in Antarctica and the comical curiosity of the penguins were unforgettable.
“Throughout the crews have been outstanding – always prepared to take on the less attractive jobs, lend a hand with little sleep when the going got tough and maintain a high level of cheerfulness and fun whatever the weather. I would do it all again.”
The organising group met through volunteering for UK sail training charities that take young people to sea – including the Ocean Youth Trust and Rona Sailing Project.
As well as providing life-changing opportunities for the young people, the volunteers too learnt valuable skills and gained the experience needed to take on this voyage to the end of the world.