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Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

I recorded part 1 of the 3 part series last night. Watching it now. I'm quite familiar with the story but haven't seen this yet. They re-enact his voyage in the Antarctic in a 22 foot sailboat (lifeboat turned sailboat with leftover bits of his crushed-by-the-ice Endurance) a hundred years ago.

So far it's awesome. Definitely some BFS footage.

Check your local PBS listings.
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

cool, have to look for it
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

You can watch it on line here:
Video: Episode One | Watch Chasing Shackleton Online | PBS Video

Guess I'll watch it tonight instead of fending off zombie attacks.
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

I watched that too, I'm a long time fan of the 'Shackleton story'..

Setting aside the fact that they are using AIS and VHF to (mostly) keep in touch with an escort vessel, (and IMO that's only prudent) they appear to be using period techniques and equipment, even down to the clothing, and cooking as Shackleton did... interesting to see them in basic parkas and wool gloves while the escort skipper seems kitted out in Musto or equivalent!

And on board: the crew includes a Volvo RTW race veteran and a world sailing speed setter... must be some contrast. None of them seemed to handle the horrific motion of the tubby little boat very well in bad conditions.
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

I was wrong - part 2 is not on tonight. Part 1 was on again at 3AM. Part 2 is next week. But thanks to Captainmeme's link I won't have to set my VCR. I'll watch it from my iPad when I have time.

I watched it thinking "my mid 70's production boat would be drier and possibly more comfortable than that!"
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

Off-topic...

There are so many reality shows... I think, since I don't have a tv... but It might be an interesting show to put five people on a 30-foot sailboat and she how things get real.

call mtv - Road Rules on Water --- "Arggh Maties"
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

Thanks for the heads up on this. It is the ultimate story of human perseverance and survival. Last week I considered the contrast with this experience vs the ships recently stuck on ice in the Antarctic. In Shacketons day, one waited it out until the thaw, totally self sufficient. Be a year or so before they realized you were missing, another to finance, equip, and come looking for you!
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DVR set... thanks OP.
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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

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Re: Sailing on network TV! "Chasing Shackleton" on tonight!

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Thanks for the link
You are welcomed.

I watched E1. I'm still shivering from it.
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