The Royal Geographical Society & Silversea Expeditions Present ‘Greatest Escape Centenary Dinner’ Hong Kong, 17 June
Silversea Expeditions and The Royal Geographical Society are presenting ‘The Greatest Escape Centenary Dinner’ in Hong Kong on 17 June.
The Sir Ernest Shackleton Epic dinner at The Hong Kong Football Club will introduce one of mankind’s most remarkable stories of leadership, determination and survival.
The event welcomes two modern-day adventurers, Stephen Venables, OBE and Tim Jarvis, AM who were the first to retrace Shackleton’s celebrated 1916 escape in Antarctica.
As title sponsor of the event, Silversea is also donating two Antarctic cruises, to be auctioned during the dinner with proceeds donated to the RGS Schools Outreach Programme. The 2 cruises are an 18 days Valparaiso to Ushuaia cruise including 10 days sailing to the Antarctic peninsula, departing 14 November 2016 and a 16 days cruise aboard the inaugural voyage to Antarctica of the Silver Cloud, departing 15 November 2016 from Buenos Aires.
A century ago, following the crushing of Endurance by pack ice, Shackleton and his crew of 28 survived for a year on the Antarctic ice, before attempting to escape in three small wooden lifeboats for several harrowing days in the roughest ocean to reach bleak and remote Elephant Island. With the long dark winter looming, and his men half-starved and desperate, Sir Ernest realised he would have to go for help.
In a leaking 23ft wooden boat, Shackleton and five men battled for 17 days on an 800-mile voyage across the treacherous Southern Ocean through constant gales, terrible cold and mountainous seas to reach the remote island of South Georgia, then climbed over precipitous, heavily glaciated territory and mountaineered without equipment across unclimbed, uncharted mountains, enduring 138 days in one of the most inhospitable places on earth, to reach a whaling station and get help fortheir stricken crewmates on Elephant Island, an epic triumph of endurance and leadership.
At the centenary dinner, the two speakers will recount more exciting details of the great lengths they went to recreate Shackleton’s legacy.
Stephen Venables, OBE, famed for climbing Mount Everest alone and without oxygen in 1988 by pioneering a new route up the gigantic Kangshung Face from Tibet, one of the greatest feats of mountaineering in history, starred in the film ‘Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure’, climbing the precipitous, heavily glaciated mountains of South Georgia using the same vintage equipment as Shackleton along with fellow mountaineering legends Conrad Anker and Reinhold Messner.
Tim Jarvis, AM, who has mounted record-breaking expeditions to the South and North Poles over 20 years as an adventurer, was the first to retrace Shackleton’s great escape. He sailed a replica of Sir Ernest’s boat 1,500 kilometres across the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island, where most of the Endurance crew was stranded, to South Georgia, and then climbed across the treacherous mountains also using entirely vintage equipment.
The two are appearing on the same stage for the first time globally at ‘The Greatest Escape Centenary Dinner: the Sir Ernest Shackleton Epic’, which includes a drinks reception and a three-course dinner with wine, priced at HK$1,180 including RGS temporary membership fee.
The Annual Dinner has sold out for the last ten years so early booking is strongly advised, with priority to RGS-HK Members and their guests.
For bookings: [email protected].
For those wishing to relive what is widely regarded as the greatest escape of all time in more hospitable and luxurious circumstances, Silversea Expeditions joins the global centenary celebrations with an18-day Shackleton Centenary Voyage, sailing from Ushuaia on the tip of South America for an in-depth exploration of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. It departs 22 December, 2016.
Accompanied by a team of eminent naturalists, geologists, biologists, historians and ornithologists, this voyage not only follows in the footsteps of the great explorer Shackleton but also encounters wildlife and birds like nowhere else in the world, and visits historic sites of the early explorers and remains of whaling operations.
Through Silversea’s long-term partnership with the Royal Geographical Society, an exclusive onboard exhibition features artefacts and iconic images by the Endurance’s official photographer Frank Hurley.
The ‘Shackleton Centenary Voyage’ aboard the all-suite Silver Explorer includes fine cuisine, wine and spirits, the personalised service of a butler, and all excursions including Zodiac tours. A special Shackleton centenary commemorative dinner, with an elegant keepsake menu, will include such delicacies as a mousseline of Dover sole, beef Wellington, Antarctic bass filet, and a bitter-chocolate soufflé.
To find out more about Silversea’s Shackleton Centenary Voyages please visit: http://www.silversea.com/
For reservation enquiries with Silversea please call toll free numbers: Hong Kong (800 908 793) and Singapore (800 616 7056) or +61 2 9255 0600 or visit www.silversea.com.