Berserk Skipper Andhoy Responds to Critics

Jarle Andhoy, a one time contributor to BWS about his first Antarctic voyage, has been under a lot of criticism for a voyage he took to Antarctica without proper permitting and with quad bikes strapped on his boat—making the boat unsteady.  While Andhoy and another crew member were making the trek to the South Pole on the quads, the boat with three other crew-members appears to have sunk. The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) is considering pressing charges for this unauthorized trip, but Andhoy tells Sail-World that they did nothing wrong and answers the critics. Here is an excerpt from their story:

Norwegian adventure sailor, 33-year-old Jarle Andhøy, skipper owner of the Berserk, the yacht that is missing presumed lost in the Ross Sea since February 21, has strongly refuted most of the claims made recently by other experienced Antarctic seafarers in an interview with Sail-World.com

Both Skip Novak, a well-known round-world racing sailor, and Don McIntyre, Australian arctic adventurer, have been quoted recently (see Sail-World stories: Skip Novak, Don McIntyre) criticizing many aspects of the Berserk expedition.

In the ill-fated voyage it is thought that three of the crew, left on Berserk anchored in Horseshoe Bay while the other two crew made a dash by All Terrain Vehicle (quad bikes) for the South Pole, are lost and the vessel sunk.

Jarle Andhøy completely denies many of the claims which have been made by the pair.

“I am perturbed about the false claims,” he said “For the sake of the families of my crew who were lost, the true facts must be known.”

“First, I would never ask him (Novak) about going to the Ross Sea, because he has never been sailing there. While I respect him as a professional experienced sailor, he has not advise me on that at all.”

Skip Novak also claimed that the expedition was setting out from the wrong place, and too late in the season. “This is erroneous,” says Andhøy, “for a number of reasons. First, it is a little late in the season on land in traditional terms, because the old ways of getting to the Pole were slow. With our faster transport (the quad bikes) it was not too late for us at all. Shackleton and Scott’s wintering quarters are there and that is the historical gateway to the South Pole.”

For the complete story, go to www.sail-world.com.

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