Sailing Expeditions

Exploring Antarctica with the SV Selma Expeditions


Sailing SOUTH 2024

Following in the Antarctic footsteps of Shackleton with SV Selma Expeditions

"150 years Shackleton" Sailing Expedition:

Ushuaia – Cape Hoorn – Drake-Passage – Antarctic Peninsula – Graham Land – South Shetland Islands – Elephant Island – Scotia Sea – South Georgia – Port Stanley/ Falkland Islands

Travel dates: 04.02.2024 - 20.03.2024
Duration: 46 days
Fare from: 21.500€ 

A unique opportunity: proven yacht, experienced skipper, small crew

Shackleton advertised in the London Times in 1913 in search of suitable men for the crew of his expedition to cross Antarctica:

"Men wanted for dangerous voyage. Low pay, bitter cold, long months in total darkness, constant danger, return uncertain. Honor and recognition if successful."

Despite this honest and unembellished perspective, the number of applicants (5,000) greatly exceeded the crew needed (56 on two ships).
The expedition, however, failed before it really began: Shackleton's ship, the Endurance, became trapped in the ice and sank, but the "Boss," as his men respectfully called him, ensured that all of them returned alive with one of the most incredible rescues in polar history.

In our case, the prospects are not quite so dangerous: we are traveling in the Antarctic summer and will not need two years to return. But we too want to sail into the rough Southern Ocean and follow in Shackleton's footsteps - on the occasion of his 150th birthday, 
110 years after him and the brave crew of the Endurance.

We want to cross the infamous Drake Passage and sail through the furious 50s and screaming 60s on the stormiest of oceans.
We will explore the magnificent ice and glacier world of the Antarctic Peninsula, set foot on the seventh continent, marvel at its incomparable wildlife. We want to set our course - ice permitting - to the Weddell Sea with its iceberg giants, the volcanic islands of the South Shetland Islands and - following the James Caird with Shackleton, Worsley & Co - sail from Elephant Island to South Georgia.

There we want to trace their footsteps and those of the former whaling stations, as well as discover the unique biodiversity of this subantarctic island, to finally end our journey - rich in experiences and adventures - in the Falklands.

Ship description

Sailing SOUTH 2024

Following in the Antarctic footsteps of Shackleton with SV Selma Expeditions

SY Selma Expeditions

  • Expedition sailing yacht
  • Steel Ketch
  • 66 feet (20 meters)
  • 190 m2 sail area
  • Year of built 1981
  • Length: 20.28 m / 66.53 ft
  • Width: 4,95 m / 16,24 ft
  • Draft: 2,67 m / 8,76 ft
  • Engine: Perkins 122 hp
  • 4 double berths
  • stern cabin (fixed crew)
  • comfortable galley and mess
  • two steering positions: cockpit and protected wheelhouse
  • watertight bulkheads

Robust, equipped for safe and independent navigation on long distance cruises in high latitudes and remote areas. Arctic and Antarctic proven. Countless nautical miles in the wake.

Dates, Prices & Services

Sailing SOUTH 2024

Following in the Antarctic footsteps of Shackleton with SV Selma Expeditions

Dates & Fares

* for 8 people, pure cruise costs, excl. arrival & departure
Departure Arrival Price/Person Duration
04.02.2024 Ushiaia/ Argentina 20.3.2024 Port Stanley/ Falkland Islands 21.500 € 46 Days

Travel specific notes

Price: 21.500 € p.p. (with 8 sailors)
Board cash is included

Voyage specific notes:

The trip is not a prefabricated "standard" trip from the repertoire of a travel provider, but a very personal, individual, privately initiated trip by Christiane Dalcolmo.
She has - in order to make possible for herself and others this dream of a sailing trip to the Southern Ocean in Shackleton's footsteps - launched the project "Sailing SOUTH 2024.

The partner and operator of this voyage is Selma Expeditions from Poland. Selma Expeditions has been sailing in the Southern Ocean, the Antarctic, the Arctic and on the oceans of this world for many years - both with own expeditions and as professional orhanizer of expedition sailing trips with experienced and professional Skipper & 2 persons firm crew.

Christiane Dalcolmo, / Sailing SOUTH 2024 is contact person for this expedition and mediator between Selma Expeditions and the team of fellow sailors*.

Further information and contact:
Christiane Dalcolmo

The price includes the costs for the time of the 46-day voyage aboard SY Selma Expeditions, the costs for ship and permanent crew (skipper + 2), including food and operating costs and including permits and authorizations of entry for the ship to Antarctica and South Georgia.
Arrival and departure or possibly before or after necessary stays and / or overnight stays are to be organized individually by the respective participants and the costs for this are to be paid separately. This also applies to personal costs and fees associated with the entry, e.g. visa or covid regulations, etc. 

The price also includes the otherwise usually separately incurred on-board expenses (costs for food consumed on board and ongoing ship operating costs) and includes:

  • Accommodation in one of the 4 double cabins
  • heating on board
  • Permit costs of the yacht for the trip
  • possible harbor fees
  • entry and visitor fees per person (e.g. South Georgia)
  • Meals on board (breakfast, lunch & dinner). Non-alcoholic beverages
  • All expenses incurred during the operational phase of the vessel (Fuel, lubricating oils, gas, water, electricity, maintenance & repairs)
  • Final ship cleaning

The price does not include:

  • Costs of arrival and departure and related costs (transportation, entry, visas, vaccinations, etc.).
  • Special permits for special activities. (Overnight ashore, sports, film & photo, science, etc.).
  • Personal expenses ashore.
  • Beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages.
  • Special and personal dietary supplements. (e.g., granola bars, energy drinks, dry foods, chocolates, etc).
  • Personal grooming supplies and personal medical supplies.
  • Third party services
  • Personal equipment, clothing, sailing clothes, sailing boots.
  • sleeping bag
  • transmission costs for satellite communication
  • personal insurances (travel cancellation, interruption; foreign health insurance; accident and salvage insurance