Scientist | Author | Explorer
Seb Coulthard is an award winning sailor, engineer and adventurer. Since childhood he has pursued a passionate interest for adventure in remote wildernesses: the Amazonian Rainforest, Antarctica, the Atacama Desert, East Africa, Arctic Norway. His father inspired him to become an explorer which put him on a crossroads with legendary heroes such as Sir Ernest Shackleton.
In 2013 Seb joined Shackleton Epic Expedition, the most audacious and faithful re-enactment of the celebrated open boat journey undertaken by Sir Ernest Shackleton aboard the James Caird lifeboat in order to rescue 22 marooned men left behind on Elephant Island. What made this expedition unique was the fact that the crew were prepared to use the same period equipment as Shackleton 100 years prior; everything from the woollen underwear to the wooden lifeboat, the sextant, the compass, and the starvation diet.
The crew of the Alexandra Shackleton spent 12 days at sea covering a total distance of approx. 820 nautical miles. In doing so, the Shackleton Epic team became the only expedition in history to complete Shackleton's perilous voyage using period resources. Three members of the expedition successfully crossed the interior of South Georgia with support from Seb and other team members.
Seb regularly lectures on Shackleton’s Boat Journey and other journeys of polar, maritime and mountaineering survival. In 2014 he started The Legacy Project , a World First experimental polar archaeology project to reproduce a historically accurate seaworthy replica of Shackleton’s boat, the most accurate replica ever made to date.
Seb is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, former GB Chapter Chair for The Explorers Club, Member of the James Caird Society, joint recipient of the Royal Institute of Navigation Certificate of Achievement, and a joint Royal Yachting Association and Union Internationale Motonautique powerboat world record holder. Seb is a serving member of HM Armed Forces, trained in Arctic extreme cold-weather survival.