Ocean Safety and Typhoon support polar voyage

Skip Novak’s team on board the ‘Pelagic Australis’ Photo: Ocean Safety Skip Novak’s team on board the ‘Pelagic Australis’ Photo: Ocean Safety

Ocean Safety and Typhoon International are supporting polar voyager, Skip Novak, in his latest expedition on board the ‘Pelagic Australis’ to research the South Sandwich Islands in the southern Atlantic.

Each of the 14 crew members on the International South Sandwich Science Expedition will be equipped with Ocean Safety’s Sport Pro 275 lifejackets and a selection of bags and protective clothing from Typhoon including an Ezeedon dry suit, Yalu Side Zip personal flotation device, Surfmaster booties, Raptor 3mm hoods and holdall dry bags and back pack dry bags.

Tough sailing

“This is probably one of the most challenging expeditions Pelagic Australis will have supported,” said Skip. “Not only is it tough sailing just to get to these remote islands, but deploying the science teams ashore ‘dry’ in order to complete their tasks is of paramount importance.”

The voyage is a multi-faceted science project on the string of seven volcanic islands 300nm miles south east of the main island of South Georgia. All the landings will be ‘wet landings’ as the surf is too big to land an inflatable safely.  The team with their kit in dry bags will have to jump in above the surf line and swim ashore in waters of 2°C or 3°C and be hauled back out again by a line thrower.

The Typhoon and Ocean Safety apparel has been especially selected to provide the best possible warmth, protection and durability. “The equipment from Ocean Safety and Typhoon is fundamental to the success of this operation,” Skip added.

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