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September 2011

Old Pulteney Team Row to North Pole

British Team Complete Historic First Row to the North Pole

British Team Complete Historic First Row to the North Pole

In August 2011 a British team became the first to row to the magnetic North Pole. Led by Scottish-born explorer Jock Wishart, the crew of 6 included fellow adventurer Mark Beaumont – record-breaking round-the-world cyclist – who joined the expedition to film an exclusive BBC documentary.

This, the first attempt of its kind, was made possible by the increasing retreat of the Arctic ice cap, which now offers a 6-week window of opportunity in the summer. It is hoped that the challenge will highlight the effects that climate change are having on the region.

It took the team 33 days aboard their specially-designed “Old Pulteney Ice Boat”, which can be hauled across pack ice as well as rowed, to cross the 450 miles from Canada’s Resolute Bay navigating ice floes, fog, and polar bears.

As sponsors of this historic expedition, our friends at Old Pulteney have released a commemorative single malt whisky, available in a limited edition of only 3,000 worldwide.


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