The World has broken a world record.
The private residential ship broke 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. It is the furthest south any vessel has ever sailed. The World recorded this polar record at 10:41 hrs ship’s time (New Zealand time) on Jan. 28.
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-ft. ship that circumnavigates the globe every two to three years following an itinerary that they select.
The World is currently 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,” added Captain Saevik.
(Photo credit/Andrew Peacock)