Le Cercle Polaire in South Georgia
On the 24th of November 2010 in Buenos Aires, le Cercle Polaire boarded the cruiseship "le Boréal", belonging to the French cruise line, "Le Ponant". After a stop of several days on the jewel of Antarctic, South Georgia Island, Le Boréal navigated through the Weddell Sea before landing in Ushuaia. The cruise offered the members of Le Cercle Polaire, namely Michel Rocard, Henriette Rasmussen, Neil Hamilton, Jean-Claude Gascard, Ragnar Axelsson, Xavier Desmier, Nicolas Dubreuil, Stanislas Pottier et Laurent Mayet, a unique opportunity to debate and converse on various issues concerning the rapidly changing Arctic and Antarctic, especially with the rough marine weather conditions which prevailed throughout the cruise (wind speed up to 50 knots, 10 meter high waves). The presence aboard the "Boreal"of a Greenlander, Henriette Rasmussen, travelling to the Antarctic for the first time remains the most notable and symbolic occurance of the cruise.
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