Salon with outside viewing-
Inward steering -
Toilets / Showers -
Engine room below the salon-
Le Sourire - Technical Caracteristics
* Type: Cutter with lifting keel system
* Registered in France
* Aluminium Strongall hull
* Builders: Meta France
* Designer: Michel Joubert
* Launched in 1987
* Length: 19,60 Mts.
* Draft: 1,4 Mts. - 3,4 Mts.
* Displacement: 30 tons
* Saloon with panoramic view
* Cabins for 8 to 10 passengers
* 2 bath rooms with shower and sink
* Hot and cold pressurised water
* Central heating system
* Mast: Marechal France
* Sails: Main sail full batten: 75M2, Genoa: 85 M2, Working jib: 30 M2
* 2 engines 95 HP IVECO
* 7,5 KVA Westerbeck diesel generator
* Electricity: 12 V and 220V
* Tanks: Diesel: 3200 lt.; Drinking water: 2000 lt.
* Complete safety equipment including liferafts (2x8 people)
* Survival suits
Navigation - Communications
* 32 miles Koden radar, weatherfax, GPS, Depth sounder, Sonar
* VHF radio (fix and portable)
* HF radio
* Inmarsat Standard C satellite communication
* 2 zodiacs 3,60 Mts.
* 8 HP Suzuki outboard
* 15 HP Mariner outboard
Who are we?
The moment you decide on a trip to the South on board a sailing yacht, it is important to know with whom you are going to spend 15 days, a month or more in a restricted space. The choice is not an easy one.
Hugues Delignières has more than 25 years of sailing experience. He has sailed and worked on the trans oceanic French racing boats Charentes Maritimes and on the Class America yacht Ville de Paris.
In 1990/1991, he wintered alone in the Antarctic Peninsula with his first boat Oviri, purposely enclosed in the ice of Pleneau island.
One lonely year in his igloo-boat cut up by sledge and ski journeys.
Oviri overwintering in Pleneau island, Antarctic Peninsula
After studying and working in Commerce and Communication, Marie Paul Guillaumot worked few years on board a charter yacht in Fireland and as tourist guide translator in Ushuaia.
We have been sailing and living in the austral areas for 18 years.
Le Sourire - South Orkneys islands
After many years of family sailing, improving our knowledge of these countries, we can now invite you to embark with us on board "Le Sourire" for a trip to Tierra del Fuego - Fireland, Patagonia, Antarctica or South Georgia.
Our children Marilou, 12 and Theo, 9 years old were born and have grown up in this universe made of navigation and stays in Ushuaia or Puerto Williams where they are glad to see their friends.
Or why not to a place you have always been dreaming about and that we could discover together?
Sailing expeditions in Antarctica
Navigation in the Antarctic Peninsula
Cruises on board sailing boat "Le Sourire"
Crossing towards the Antarctic Peninsula
The cruises normally start from Ushuaia (Argentina) or Puerto Williams (Chile). Leaving Fireland behind, the sailing yacht enters the Drake Passage. Sailing conditions vary: the sea may be very quiet or lifted up by a strong westerly gale with huge waves. After a few days with the albatrosses, Cape petrels and numerous other seabirds flying around the boat, the first icebergs announce the arrival in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Paradise Bay Antarctic Peninsula
Some sites we visit...
- The most classical sites are the Melchior Archipelago in Dallman bay where whales are often seen; the old british base at Port Locroy; The majestic beauty of the Lemaire Channel; the stranded icebergs cemetery near Pleneau island where Hugues Delignières overwintered in solo; Peterman island with Adelie penguins and Port Charcot, Doctor Charcot's two winter places from the beginning of the century; Vernadsky Base at Argentine islands and John Rymill's hut; northward the splendid Paradise bay, Cuverville bay,
Foyn Harbour where the remains of the boat "Gobernor Rew" remind us of the whaling activity of the 20th century. Crossing the Bransfield Strait, the South Shetland islands often windier but with an even more abundant wildlife and of course, the impressive crater of the still active volcano on Deception island.
- A less classical approach would be to Elephant island where Sir Shackleton left his men when he went to look for help in South Georgia after his incredible voyage, and, ice conditions permitting, an incursion into the Weddell sea or southwards into Marguerite bay and its islands, even more isolated from touristic and human activities.
When to sail? Climate and duration of the cruises.
The best period for a trip to Antarctica is the austral summer from the 15th of December till 15th of March when days are long (24 day lights hours in December - January) and temperatures are milder (between 0 and +5°C ) with dry and often sunny weather.
Duration: Minimum 4 weeks (4 days for the crossing of the Drake Passage). Longer trips allows us to reach Marguerite bay or to organise mountaineering expeditions
VICTORY Expeditions Ltd.
Bed and Breakfast &
Exploring Tierra Del Fuego, Cape Horn, the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia
& the Falklands
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