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LOW AND BEHOLD; RECORD SHIP'S ANTARCTIC ADVENTURE Scots skipper Ronnie navigates to most southern point ever reached by a boat Scots skipper Ronnie.


A SCOT has sailed into the history books by recording the most southerly position reached by a ship on an epic expedition to Antarctica.

Captain Ronnie Maclean's groundbreaking voyage to the Ross Sea has now been officially recognised in the Guinness Book of Records.

And the team scooped the Distinguished Crew Award last month at the International Superyacht Society's annual prizegiving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The crew of the 287ft motor yacht MY Arctic P reached a position of 78deg43.042'' S 163deg42.069''W. Delighted Ronnie 36, from Leurbost on Lewis, posed for a picture in his kilt to celebrate the achievement. And he said he was "thrilled" to have been part of the crew.

His progress was closely followed by his parents Mary and Murdo Maclean from the family home in Leurbost.

During the trip of a lifetime, the crew got the chance to see humpback whales and curious penguins at close quarters.

The journey to the Bay of Whales, named by legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton on a record-breaking southerly voyage in 1908, was organised with EYOS Expeditions.

The ice-strengthened vessel, which is owned by Australian media moguls the Packer family, reached its historic position in the Ross Sea in Antarctica on January 27.

An instrument on the bow recorded the co-ordinates and the latitude was confirmed by navigation instruments on the bridge.

The latitude of the Ross Ice Shelf, which marks the limit of southerly navigation, changes due to the northward flow of the ice interrupted by parts breaking off icebergs.

Australian Captain Russell Pugh is named in the official world record. The crew also included an ice pilot, a naturalist and a doctor.


ICE BREAKER Penguin keeps an eye on the ship

DOWN SOUTH Ronnie and crew send a message to a pal at home during their trip. Left, map of their location

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 21, 2014
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