Ernest Shackleton, the man who made the impossible possible

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We are introducing you to the 30 legends of sailing. Now it is your turn to choose the greatest sailor of all time.

30 Sailors of History QOK.qxd:Layout 1Ernest Shackleton (born 1874 in Kilkea House, Ireland) is, to this day, the epitome of the explorer capable of accomplishing the impossible. In 1915, as Shackleton and his men were attempting to reach the South Pole aboard the Endurance, the three-masted ship became stuck in the ice pack and was abandoned before being literally crushed by ice pressure. The men used lifeboats to reach Elephant Island.

endurance-entering-iceFrom there, on April 24 Shackleton embarked on a hopeless voyage aboard a 7-meter sailboat to South Georgia, where he finally made contact with some whalers. He had traveled 800 miles. He returned with the rescue after four months where he had left his men and rescued all 27 of them.

Because: Sailing 800 miles on the 7-meter James Caird lifeboat in Antarctica, he rescued all 27 members of his crew who remained waiting for him in the ice.

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Franck Cammas
Paul Cayard
Francis Chichester
Dennis Conner
Russell Coutts
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Michel Desjoyeaux
Alexander Di Benedetto
Vito Dumas
Paul Elvstrom
Ambrose Fogar
François Gabart
Torben Grael
Francis Joyon
Robin Knox-Johnston
Ellen MacArthur
Bernard Moitessier
Mauro Pelaschier
Loick Peyron
Cino Ricci
Alessandra Sensini
Ernest Shackleton
Joshua Slocum
John Soldini
Agostino Straulino
Eric Tabarly
Vasco Vascotto

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