Russian/Ukrainian yacht hopes for three more records

A Russian/Ukrainian crew has become the first to sail a yacht to a latitude of 77 degrees south in the Ross Sea, west Antarctica.

The eight men – four each from Russia and the Ukraine – left the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol on 25 September, heading for the country’s Akademik Vernadskyy Antarctic station, a trip of 20,000 miles on the 98-footer (30 metres) Scorpius.

After reaching 77 degrees south, the next records for the crew will be circumnavigating both Antarctica south of 60 degrees south and the Arctic north of 65-70 degrees north in the same polar year – the first yacht to achieve such a feat.

The crew, lead by Sergey Nizovtsev, plans to sail through all five oceans without stopping. They will be at sea for a two and a half continuous years, covering 70,000 miles, both of which will also be records.

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