M/V Plancius Expedition Ship
Competitors will be housed on M/V Plancius for the duration of The Last Desert. M/V Plancius was originally built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy, a duty which it carried out for 28 years until 2004. It was then refurbished into a 114-passenger expedition ship. The 89 meter / 293 foot ship was built for ice conditions to be able to easily manage the harsh conditions the Antarctic offers - to reach these ice conditions she has a strengthened bow and stern. The hull is thicker and the whole construction on the waterline of the vessel is reinforced by using extra frames.
The Expedition Crew
A team of 4 Deserts Race Series staff will be managing the event. The team includes Founder Mary Gadams, who will be visiting Antarctica for her sixth time, event management team members, course director, medical team, and event photographer.
In addition to the 4 Deserts Race Series management team there is also team of Antarctica experts led by Expedition Leader Kelvin Murray. Other experts include guides that lead excursions for mountaineering, camping, kayaking and snowshoeing. The experts on board will be able to lecture on different aspects of Antarctic history, flora and fauna, and climate, amongst other topics.
Expedition Leader: Kelvin Murray