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Icebird in Antarticia Composite Final[1]

Over the last nine years chartering in Antartica, Cath and Darrel have witnessed the maturing nature of antarctic tourism, where an increasing number of would be visitors to Antarctica are requiring a more intimate and boutique experience than what is possible by cruise ship. Cath and Darrel have decided to expand their already fully booked charter operations with the introduction of a new yacht Icebird which will fill a market niche for small group luxury sailing yacht charters in Antarctica with optional transfers across the Drake Passage by cruise ship or Charter flight to King George Island. Only an independent expedition yacht can offer the flexibility and freedom to explore this last great wilderness with the privilege of being virtually alone.

Icebird is ideally suited to chartering in Antarctica with an ice re-inforced aluminium construction, 6 water tight compartments, including a watertight engine room, and a heated double glazed pilot house saloon offering all round views of the spectacular scenery scrolling past as the yacht is under way.Icebird has a hydraulically operated lifting keel which can reduce her draft to a mere 1.9 metres and allow access to safe shallow anchorages out of the path of drifting ice, while the 3.3m keel down position means that her highly efficient 10tonne foil with 5 tonnes of lead bulb ensure excellent sea keeping characteristics and the ability to beat off a lee shore in an emergency. Icebird is insulated through out and climate controlled with reticulated hot water radiators and air conditioning. Even the bathrooms have heated towel rails, which come in handy for drying your gear. A large garage in the aft compartment allows plenty of storage for a large aluminium hulled rigid inflatable boat as well as skis, kayaks, dive gear and other (toys) equipment for making the most of the exciting destinations Icebird will be visiting.

 Icebird is equipped with an indestructible Aero-rig, a 100ft rotating carbon spar with fixed boom, a serious no-fuss sailing rig that is eminently suitable for sailing the southern ocean. Icebird can be tacked or gybed with just a turn of the wheel, and with her 3.3m keel down she will tack through 80 degrees, or run down wind with ease, her sails set square to the wind.

 Icebird is a very special yacht built by Trintella, one of the very best European yards, to a very high specification with no expense spared, which included preparation for Antarctic and Arctic waters, and she is classified Category 0 of the ‘Small Commercial Vessel’ code under her Cayman Islands flag.

 Icebird is classified for operating in all oceans including Arctic and Antarctic waters.

 Icebird will be chartered by Spirit of Sydney Expeditions Ltd for its Charter operations. For the first year of operation, Icebird will be available in the Antarctic and southern Patagonian region during October 2012 to March 2013 and for April 2013 to September 2013. Icebird will voyage to French Polynesia and return before commencing the next Antarctic season. Icebird will be available for surf or dive charters in Tahiti and the Society islands or in the Tuamotu Archipelago. In subsequent years Icebird will be voyaging to Alaska, the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Iceland and Norway.

 

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Icebird in Antarticia Composite Final[1]

Luxury Expedition Yacht

Over the last nine years Cath and Darrel have witnessed the maturing nature of antarctic tourism, where an increasing number of would be visitors to Antarctica are requiring a more intimate and boutique experience than what is possible by cruise ship. Cath and Darrel have decided to expand their already fully booked charter operations with the introduction of a new yacht Icebird  which will fill a market niche for small group luxury sailing yacht charters in Antarctica with optional transfers across the Drake Passage by cruise ship. Only an independent expedition yacht can offer the flexibility and freedom to explore this last great wilderness with the privilege of being virtually alone.

Icebird  is ideally suited to chartering in Antarctica with an ice re-inforced aluminium construction, 6 water tight compartments and a heated double glazed  pilot house saloon offering all round views of the spectacular scenery scrolling past as the yacht is under way. Icebird is insulated through out and climate controlled with reticulated hot water radiators and air conditioning. Even the bathrooms have heated towel rails. A large garage in the aft compartment allows plenty of storage for a large aluminium hulled rigid inflatable boat as well as skis, kayaks, dive gear and other (toys) equipment for making the most of the exciting destinations Icebird  will be visiting.

Icebird is equipped with an indestructible Aero-rig, a 100ft rotating carbon spar with fixed boom, a serious no-fuss sailing rig that is eminently suitable for sailing the southern ocean. Icebird can be tacked or gybed with just a turn of the wheel, and with her 3.3m keel down she will tack through 80 degrees, or run down wind with ease, her sails set square to the wind. Icebird  is a very special yacht built in one of the best European yards to a very high specification which included preparation for Antarctic and Arctic waters, and she is to be brought into the ‘Small Commercial Vessel’ code under her Cayman Islands flag. Icebird  will be classified for operating in all oceans including Arctic and Antarctic waters.

Icebird  will be chartered by Spirit of Sydney Expeditions Ltd  for its Charter operations. For the first year of operation, Icebird will be available in the Antarctic and southern Patagonian region during October 2012 to March 2013 and for April 2013 to September 2013. Icebird  will voyage to French Polynesia and return before commencing the next Antarctic season. Icebird  will be available for surf or dive charters in Tahiti and the Society islands or in the Tuamotu Archipelago.  In subsequent years Icebird  will be voyaging to Alaska, the Northwest Passage,  Greenland, Iceland and Norway.

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Icebird is a highly specified Van de Stadt 61 built by the Trintella Shipyard in the Netherlands. She is an extremely strong, heavy-duty expedition yacht that will carry her owners in luxury, safety, and speed, worldwide from the Arctic ocean to the tropic islands of the South Pacific and on to Antarctica. The enclosed pilothouse provides comprehensive navigation, pilotage, and monitoring systems and keeps the sailor in heated, air conditioned, dry comfort.

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A large and well appointed galley provides the chef with large refrigeration storage and spacious facilities for gourmet cooking.

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The lower saloon serves as office second navigation area, den and media entertainment area. The wrap around leather lounge provides relaxation space for cocktails, intimate conversation or movies.

Icebird’s   ‘Aero-rig’ is a free standing and rotating carbon rig built by Carbo Spars of the UK .

To date no Aero-rig has ever been lost and these rigs have a reputation of being indestructible. The Aero rigged yachts Paratii and Paratii 2 have both circumnavigated Antarctica below 60 degrees south and weathered extreme conditions. They are also simple to sail and require very little maintenance, and have minimal potential for icing.

All sail control winches aboard Icebird  are hydraulically driven and consequently short handed sailing is simple.

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The large garage accommodates an aluminum hulled inflatable tender with 25hp engine, as well as many other items including dive compressor, kayaking gear, skis and equipment for specialized expeditions.

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Two well appointed bathrooms include heated towel rails and are serviced by a large capacity water maker.








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