Heading to Antarctica is never a simple task. Even on board an expedition vessel the risks are plenty. But when cruising on an “unproven” 29m explorer – the smallest private Marshall Island flag boat to ever venture to the Southern Peninsula – you need to be sure of two things, a) that you have an open mind, and b) that the vessel is designed by Vripack. Captain Scott Whittaker grew up sailing. With 30 years of marine industry experience under his belt, there are few places on Earth where he hasn’t traveled. But when Wayne and Gayle Laufer, owners of 29m Gayle Force (ex-PATRIOT) requested to see the wilds of Antarctica, he knew it was “game on”. First built in the Netherlands in 2003 by Bloemsma & Van Breemen, Gayle Force forms part of Vripack’s legendary Doggersbank Offshore series. Known for its heavy-duty use, low emissions, clean engine rooms, and long-lasting equipment, the Doggersbank epitomizes Vripack’s design philosophy; to create safe, durable yachts with light, elegant and comfortable interiors that make you feel at home, at sea.
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