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Kinfish Expedition Yacht in Svalabard

Pelorus in the Press

FT How To Spend It

Maria Shollenbarger reveals the lowdown on the yachting tribes of 2021 for The Financial Times’ How To Spend It #EscapeIssue.

June 2021

We are proud to take centre-stage as both extreme expedition leaders and diving enthusiasts in Maria Shollenbarger’s epic feature on the yachting tribes of 2021.

When approached for comment on navigating in the subarctic territory, co-founder Geordie Mackay-Lewis says: “We’ve taken some basic Ibiza-style white yachts fairly high up, and they work fine. You see more of them in the Norwegian fjords than you used to.” However, for those that like to venture further north into the Arctic reaches to Greenland and north of Svalbard, come spring and autumn “you need an ice-class vessel.” Many of which are former industrial ice-breaking or naval patrol ships with high-spec refits for optimum comfort.

Painting a picture of a more tropical oasis, Geordie suggests Indonesia’s waters are home to some of the last remaining pristine corals for diving, pinpointing French Polynesia as an attractive option for US clients: “It’s one of the first places to open [to the US] post-COVID, so it’s basically like bees to honey. We’re seeing a large number of yachts either making for those waters or already there.”

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