2041 was founded by polar explorer, environmental leader and public speaker Robert Swan, OBE, the first person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles. Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica by the promotion of recycling, renewable energy and sustainability to combat the effects of climate change.
Standing on the stern of the Endeavor, we watch the familiar horizon of white and blue fade into a thick moody night. We venture back into open oceans with tired eyes, but with eager intent for what lies ahead.
A looming forecast in The Drake passage spreads some concern amongst the group. We enjoy a vibrant evening of conversation as the boat starts to rock and we brace for the unruliness of the Southern seas. Our Ukrainian captain directs the ship into the pacific to avoid an early winter storm which was developing on the Atlantic side of the passage. Unsecured equipment soon found unexpected flying lessons. Seasickness flattens some of our team. Shifting between oceans whilst enjoying time on deck. Watching the seas birds gliding inches above white capped waves.
We had the privilege of turning Cape Horn from the Pacific into the Atlantic, a rare rite of passage that has left thousands of sailors at the bottom of the ocean. The team hangs over the ships railing, smiling in awe as the fog covered Horn erupts from a misty cloud bank. The wandering albatrosses guide us into the Beagle Channel, with a wing span of 11ft, they were perfect chaperons . Empty landscapes and a moonlit strait welcome us back into the mainland. Emotions run high as we have a full circle reminder of where we have been, and what we have experienced. Together.