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Roger Wallis & crew

Roger Wallis - Skipper

Roger has been in and out of boats all his life. For the past 20 years he has operated a fishing trawler in Bass Strait (which he built the trawler himself). As well as owning fishing boats, he has owned numerous sailing vessels, 'AUSTRALIS' is the fourth ocean going cruising yacht that has been specially purchased and fitted out for expedition support for polar and global operations.

He has sailed in numerous Sydney-Hobart yacht races and has cruised extensively around the World. He first sailed to the Antarctic continent as relief skipper on a voyage to Commonwealth Bay in 1995. Since then he has sailed his own yachts on numerous voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia Island, the Falklands and in the Chilean Channels around Patagonia. These trips have been in support of film crews, scientists, mountaineers, skiers, sea kayakers and wildlife enthusiasts. In 2002 he sailed single handed east from South Georgia to Cape Town in South Africa.

Past clients include the Australian Antarctic Division, BBC, mountain and ski guides from Australia, the USA and NZ, film crews from various countries, sea kayak expeditioners, commercial photographers, Freedivers and dozens of individuals who have joined him for cruising trips.

Roger's adult sons Ben and Daniel regularly work with him both behind the scenes and on voyages.

Roger has spent 13 seasons traveling the area from South America to Antarctica and South Georgia.

  • 20 plus, voyages to Antarctica.
  • 3 crossings of the Southern Ocean, one in mid winter.
  • 2 voyages to Greenland.
  • 2 full length trips of the Atlantic, Ushuaia to Greenland, return.
  • 3 South Pacific crossings.
  • 6 full length trips of the Chilean Channels from Valdivia to Ushuaia.
  • Numerous trips to Cape Horn & the Beagle Canal.
  • 1 South Atlantic crossing single-handed from South Georgia to Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Numerous sailing trips from Victoria to Tasmania across Bass Strait.
  • Commercial fisherman – skipper and crew in Bass Strait for 37 years.
  • Built own fishing trawler & 2 yachts.
  • 46 years as skipper & crew.

 

Ben Wallis - Skipper

DOB: 8/6/1979

Qualifications-
Master Class 5 Trading – (Pending).
Australian Yachting Federation Certificate of Competency, Safety & Sea Survival
NSW Maritime boat drivers licence
SSI Open Water Divers certificate
FRC - Freediving

Experience-
2 Sydney to Hobart Races
14 Antarctic Peninsula trips - 1997 - 2009
2 Greenland
2 Ross sead
2 Macquarie Island
2 New Zealand Sub-Antarctic
1 South Georgia trip- 2005
8 Chilean Channels trips - including Cape Horn
Diago Ramierez, Ill Defonso, Cape Horn
Darwin to Sydney
2 Sailing in Tahiti / Society Islands

 

Crew

Daniel Wallis - Crew

DOB: 11/2/1984

Qualifications-
Australian Yachting Federation Certificate of Competency, Safety and Sea Survival
Open Coxwains - Workplace First Aid Level 2 and Radio Operators Certificate
Boat building
apprenticing

Experience-
Winery Boat – crew - Lakes Entrance
Hobart to Sydney - crew
2 Antarctic Peninsula trip - 2003/07
1 South Georgia trip - 2005
8 Chilean Channels trips - including Cape Horn
Darwin to Lakes Entrance - 2003
Australia to New Zealand to French Polynesia to Cape Horn- 2004
Sailing around Tahiti / Society Islands for 5 months- April - August 2004

Tahiti to Cape Horn - 2004

 

Skye Marr-Whelan - Crew

DOB: 17/9/1983

Qualifications-
STCW95- Standards of Training, Certification & Watch keeping for seafarers.
SSI Open Water Divers certificate

Experience-
14 Antarctic Peninsula trips 2005 - 2008
4 South Georgia trips 2005 – 2007
3 Chilean Channels trips – 2005 - 2008
2 North Scotland trips – 2007
1 Norway fjords trip – 2007
2 Spitsbergen trips – 2007

2 Greenland trips - 2007
4 Russia Far East trips – 2008
Sailing in Tahiti / Society Islands – 2 trips

 

All crew have gained vast experience in the ways of the sea.

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