Antarctic Voyage talk
Cruising Division presentation:
The Unexpected Antarctic Voyage of the Greg Mortimer
Join RSYS member Phil Bennett and Dr. Ian Goodwin as they recall how the COVID outbreak turned a luxury cruise to the Antarctic into a voyage to unexpected destinations.
Having departed Ushuaia in Southern Argentina in late February 2020, the Captain of the Greg Mortimer found options for returning passengers back to Ushuaia had closed. They were diverted to the Falkland islands but again on approach, the port was closed. Sailing further North, the Captain found the authorities in Montevideo cautiously obliging but already COVID was suspected on the ship. After the medical situation worsened, there was dissent amongst the crew and the Captain lost authority.
The story gets more interesting as the passengers were eventually evacuated from the ship and flown to Melbourne for 14 days of hotel isolation.
We will advise you whether this talk will be held at the Club or by Zoom closer to the date.
About the speakers:
Phil Bennett is a long term RSYS Member and owner of the yacht "King Billy". With five Sydney to Hobarts under his belt including last year's, the Antarctic voyage with his wife Elisa was to be a luxury holiday.
Dr. Ian Goodwin is the Expedition Glaciologist, Climatologist and Polar Guide aboard the "Greg Mortimer" who resides in Sydney. He is a member of RPAYC and owner of "Balleny". He has 40 years experience working in Antarctica and as an Antarctic researcher. He will share with us some of his Antarctic photography and insights into Antarctic weather.
Date: Wednesday 23 September