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The more adventurous amongst us often lament the sterile nature of our privileged lives.  “I was born to be at sea during the age of sail,” they complain.  In reality, there has never been more discovering than right now.  Under the ground, at sea, in space, and in our own minds, people are breaking down obstacles to achieving goals that seemed impossible until now.  As we speak, both British Army Captain Louis Rudd and Youtuber and extreme mountaineer Colin O’Brady are on the snow chasing perhaps the last great ‘discovery’ record on the planet.-

The latest case in point may turn out to be nothing but a couple of Darwin Awarders, but based on what experts have told us, both of the two guys who set off this week to become the first-ever humans to cross Antarctica coast-to-coast, solo and without support might actually make it.  Rudd is sponsored by the British Army and has been doing this shit for most of his life, while O’Brady is a 33 year old Youtube star and extreme sports internet bro who’s climbed something like every mountain on Earth while juggling and riding on a unicycle.

It’s odd to think that no one has done this rare trek until now, but not for a lack of trying. Known by many as the last great mountaineering challenge on Earth, the Antarctic traverse has killed dozens of adventurers over the years thanks to an average elevation of 7,500 feet, winds of up to 100 knots, and temps somewhere close to Absolute Zero.

It’s close enough to offshore sailing that we’ll be watching with serious interest. And since the first one to finish will be the only one with a real World Record, they’ll be racing.  Photo from LouRudd.com

Track Rudd.           Track O’Brady.

 

 

November 12th, 2018 by admin

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Barely a year into its new relationship with American sailors, the addition of Cuba to the winter racing is already pumping new life into South Florida distance racing.  Today saw the start of the St. Pete-Havana Race, a predominantly cruising fleet of 70-odd boats headed to the Havana Yacht Club, while March will see the more race-oriented Miami to Havana Race swamp the communist island nation with sailors looking for a good time in a beautiful and unique country.

An interesting development in offshore navigation has been brewing in the background; longtime SA reader, Morning Light alum, SAR helicopter driver, and offshore navigator Chris Branning has been busy working in his spare time on something very cool for anyone who relies on GRIB files to cruise or race.  It’s an app that provides a way to significantly increase the accuracy of the GRIBs you use to predict and route tour race, and hence significantly decrease your time on a passage or around a race course.  It’s all hieroglyphics to many of us, but if you’re the guy who runs the laptop or tablet, this shit is for you.

Chris put together a page of interesting meteorological and current info for those of you watching the St. Pete-Havana Tracker or headed to Cuba yourself next month – check it out over here.  Branning also invited Expedition users to drop him a line on Facebook  to learn more about the system he and his team created to make you a much faster navigator.

 

February 28th, 2017 by admin

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