The purpose built marine research and expedition vessel R/V SONG OF THE WHALE (SOTW) will be working around South Georgia as part of a British Antarctic Survey whale research project for a month at the beginning of 2018.
SOTW will be sailing from Europe to the Falklands in advance of the project, leaving Europe in October 2017 at the latest – or potentially earlier if stop-offs elsewhere are arranged en route. The vessel will be returning to Europe or the East coast of the USA in time for Summer 2018, departing from the Falklands by early April 2018 at the latest, possibly earlier if stop offs are scheduled for the return passage. The positioning voyages will take approximately 40 days in each direction.
SOTW is suited to work in both coastal and offshore environments and is operated by an experienced, dedicated team of operations and research staff; previous projects range from scientific research and filming, to providing an expedition base, youth outreach activities, and sail training opportunities (the staff team includes experienced wildlife naturalists/guides and a Yachtmaster Ocean instructor).
Recognised as one of the most unique, low cost, low carbon and low noise commercially registered research vessels in the World, opportunities now exist for organisations or individuals to take advantage of the positioning voyages in 2017 and 2018 to facilitate projects using SOTW as a platform en route to and from the Southern Ocean, or while the vessel is in the Falklands/ South Georgia. The MCR team is keen to discuss the opportunities, and your requirements and ideas. For example, a possible research project in the Cape Verde Islands in September 2017 and a film/photography project in the Falklands are already under discussion. A map showing the optimum sailing routes to and from the S Atlantic is attached but there is plenty of scope to adapt this to visit specific places e.g. the Azores, Canary Islands, West Africa, UKOT or other island groups and countries in the N and S Atlantic or Caribbean Sea.
The Google Earth image shows the optimum sailing route from Europe to the Falkland Islands (red) and from the Falklands to the East coast of the USA (green). Also shown are the principal island groups which could be incorporated into expeditions or research projects.
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