Further to my recent post on yachts which have sailed to McMurdo
Nilaya / Berserk Missing
I've remembered a novelty item: a Moth - (a tiny sailing dinghy
common in NZ) sailed there, but not To there :-) in 1965: right in Winter Quarters Bay, which is just about as far south as it's ever possible to sail, except perhaps somewhere like the Bay of Whales (near Roosevelt Island) in a good ice year.
And that led me to stumble across a more recent visit even than Nilaya's to the region - by "Scorpio" out of the Ukraine
, who appear not to have known about any of their four (or five, if you count the Moth) predecessors*, as they claimed a record
for furthest south.
It seems they actually didn't make it into the Sound, as the reported latitude was 77 South, which is slightly north of the tip of Ross Island.
To be only a few weeks behind Nilaya and not know of their existence seems quirky: to be so ill-informed about such a high profile incursion that they went on to claim a record
, they must have been emulating two out of three of the wise monkeys of fable.
Mind you, Sail World didn't pick it up either, at least not until I told them... which is strange given that they'd provided a forum for Andhøy to try to repair his battered reputation among the people who sail in the deep down under.
Sail-World.com : Ukrainian yacht crew in Antarctic record - and more to come
On an even more whimsical note, given that it's a yacht club on an arm of the sea, it would take only an annual regatta
or a hefty bribe for the McMurdo Yacht Club to challenge for the next Americas Cup, methinks!
* I should reiterate there may be more: these are only the ones I'm aware of. In particular, my knowledge is sketchy between 2000 and 2010: I'd welcome hearing about any others.