EYOS Expeditions Ltd announced today that it has joined forces with Skip Novak, one of the world’s leading experts in polar sailing.
Novak said, “Working with EYOS was a natural evolution after our increasingly close cooperation over the last several years. Together we can offer a seamless service for the world’s most discerning superyachts, whether motor or sail.”
Effective immediately, Novak will become EYOS’ Director of Sailing Operations and manage the preparations for all sailing expeditions. He will coordinate the lengthy permit process, assist Owners and Captains with itineraries and passage planning, and generally prepare the yacht, its crew and the EYOS Expedition Leader and Ice Pilot for their voyage into the ice. As part of the polar preparations, Novak will visit sailing yachts months in advance of the expedition, meet with the Captain and crew, and author a comprehensive report detailing how a specific yacht should prepare for and undertake its polar voyage.
Ben Lyons, CEO of EYOS Expeditions, commented, “We couldn’t have a better partner than Skip– his knowledge and way of operating will perfectly complement how we work with motor yachts. Perhaps most importantly, we share the same values when it comes to visiting these pristine regions and strive to uphold the highest standards of safety and environmental compliance.”
Novak will also be available to sail as Ice Pilot, bringing his expertise and passion for mountaineering and the polar regions directly to the guests onboard. Novak added, “I’ve been coming south every year for three decades. Every expedition is different, and I look forward to working with more yachts to introduce them to the challenges and rewards of the Arctic and Antarctic.”
Novak will continue to operate his two purpose-designed and built sailboats, Pelagic and Pelagic Australis, on expedition charters under the Pelagic brand.
About Skip Novak
Skip Novak is widely considered the world’s preeminent authority on polar sailing, with almost three decades of high latitude sailing experience. As the builder and operator of both Pelagic and Pelagic Australis, he has set new standards in expedition yacht construction and design.
Skip’s notable sailing achievements include four Whitbread Round the World yacht races since 1977. In these races, he navigated the British Cutter King’s Legend to 2nd place and Simon Le Bon’s Drum to 3rd place. He also was project manager and skipper of the Fazisi, the first Soviet entry in the Whitbread Race.
In addition to sailing, he is a skilled mountaineer and has partaken in climbing expeditions to New Zealand, the Alps, East Africa, Sikkim, Nepal, Patagonia, South Georgia and Antarctica.
Skip is frequently asked to comment on high latitude adventuring and ocean sailing by radio, TV and print media. He also writes a monthly column in Yachting World Magazine.
In 2015, Skip was awarded the prestigious Blue Water Medal from the Cruising Club of America for his lifetime of voyaging to high latitudes, and in 2016 was awarded the Tilman Award by the Royal Cruising Club of London for his work pioneering Antarctic sailing expeditions. He has served on several committees related to Antarctic cruising including four years on the Executive Committee of IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators.)
About EYOS Expeditions LTD
EYOS Expeditions has been designing private super-yacht expeditions since 2008, and the company’s co- founders have spent decades designing groundbreaking itineraries. EYOS Expeditions holds several ‘world’s firsts,’ and they routinely take clients to destinations rarely or never before visited by private yachts. In locations as varied as Vanuatu to Franz Joseph Land, Russia, they remain committed to delivering once-in-a-lifetime experiences for clients while maintaining the highest standards of safety, professionalism and environmental stewardship. In 2015, EYOS partnered with Damen Shipyards for the design of the revolutionary SeaXplorer yacht range, the first purpose built, globally capable and Polar Code compliant superyacht.