The World, a private residential yacht, has broken the record for the most southerly navigation reaching 78°43.997´S and 163°41.421´W at the Bay of Whales in Antarctica’s Ross Sea during her recent 22-day Ross Sea Expedition.

The World, the largest privately owned residential yacht, recently completed a 22-day long expedition to the Ross Sea. During this voyage she sailed further south than any other vessel before and reached a positon of 78°43.997´S. (Photo: Andrew Peacock/www.footloosefotography.com)
The World, the largest privately owned residential yacht, recently completed a 22-day long expedition to the Ross Sea. During this voyage she sailed further south than any other vessel before and reached a positon of 78°43.997´S. (Photo: Andrew Peacock/www.footloosefotography.com)

The World recorded this polar record at 10:41hrs Ship’s time (New Zealand time) on 28th January 2017. M/V The World is a 43,188-ton private yacht commanded by Captain Dag H. Saevik. Carrying 145 residents and guests and 272 Crew adventurers, this is now the furthest south any vessel has ever sailed.

The Bay of Whales is a natural ice harbour, an indentation in the Ross Ice Shelf, north of Roosevelt Island, Antarctica. It is the southernmost point of any open ocean in the world. Ernest Shackleton named the feature 1908 during his Nimrod Expedition, because of the large number of whales they encountered. A few years later Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen established a temporary base, Framheim, at the Bay of Whales during his quest for the South Pole. The configuration of the Bay of Whales is continuously changing. It was entirely eliminated when in 1987 a 154 km long iceberg with the name B-09 broke off from the Ross Ice Shelf.

At the most southerly navigation, three GPS receivers verify the position of the Ship’s bow in the Bay of Whales in Antarctica. (Photo: Rob Suisted/ MV The World/ EYOS Expeditions)
At the most southerly navigation, three GPS receivers verify the position of the Ship’s bow in the Bay of Whales in Antarctica. (Photo: Rob Suisted/ MV The World/ EYOS Expeditions)

Few vessels have made the journey to this remote part of Antarctica. In February 2016, Heritage Expeditions’ Polar Class Expedition Vessel the Akademik Shokalskiy reported reaching 78°43.971’S. Now The World joined the exclusive club of furthest south vessels.

The World was undertaking a 22-day expedition of the Ross Sea, including 12 days in Antarctica assisted by EYOS Expeditions led by Rob McCallum. Commenting on achieving a new record, Captain Dag H. Saevik said, “When we designed this remarkable expedition to the Ross Sea with our Residents, that has taken two years of preparation, we hoped that with the right conditions we might be able to reach the ice shelf and set a new record for the most southerly navigation. This voyage of more than 5,000 nautical miles has taken us to the most isolated area of the world. “Explorers like Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott have always been driven to explore the furthest boundaries. However, not many people get to travel to the end of the earth from their own home,” remarked Captain Saevik.

Captain Saevik and Expedition Leader Rob McCallum on the bridge of The World are ver focused during the approach to the Ross Ice Shelf. (Photo: Andy Dinsdale / MV The World/ EYOS Expeditions)
Captain Saevik and Expedition Leader Rob McCallum on the bridge of The World are ver focused during the approach to the Ross Ice Shelf. (Photo: Andy Dinsdale / MV The World/ EYOS Expeditions)

Launched in 2002, The World is the largest privately owned, residential yacht on earth with 165 luxury Residences. Residents from 19 countries and including 142 families own the homes on board the 644 feet ship that circumnavigates the globe every two to three years following an extraordinary itinerary that they select. In-depth expeditions and one-of-a-kind experiences are complemented by world-class amenities and impeccable service. The average occupancy at any one time is 150-200 residents and guests. The vision behind The World was to create a ship which travellers never had to disembark. They could sail for as long as they wished from the comfort of their own private residence.

The World was the first ship of her size to burn marine diesel oil rather than heavy fuel oil.

Source: The World, Press Release