M/V Hondius Expedition Ship
RacingThePlanet staff, media, racers and friends and family will be housed on the M/V Hondius for the duration of The Last Desert. The Hondius is the first-registered Polar Class 6 vessel in the world, meeting the latest and highest Lloyd’s Register standards for ice-strengthened cruise ships. Surpassing the requirements of the Polar Code adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Hondius represents the most flexible, advanced, innovative touring vessel in the polar regions, thoroughly optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you the utmost first-hand contact with Antarctica.
Accommodating up to 170 passengers, the Hondius is managed by a staff and crew of 72. Hondius is one of the most environmentally friendly vessels on the polar seas. Hondius uses LED lighting, steam heating, bio-degradable paints and lubricants, and state-of-the-art power management systems that keep fuel consumption and CO2 levels to a minimum. This means that when you sail aboard Hondius, you get to run across Antarctica and enjoy the exotic landscapes and wildlife as much as possible while impacting them as little as possible.
The Expedition Crew
A team of RacingThePlanet staff will be managing the race. The team includes Founder Mary Gadams, who will be visiting Antarctica for her ninth time, event management team members, course director, medical team, and an official photographer. In addition to the RacingThePlanet management team there is also team of Antarctica experts led by an Expedition Leader. Other experts include guides that manage the course, safety, and drive the zodiac boats to get to shore. The experts on board will lecture on different aspects of Antarctic history, flora and fauna, and climate, as well as other topics.
The bios of the expedition crew will be added soon.