Sumara is a relatively young Vertue, built in 1990 by Terry Newman in Weymouth – so she is a mere 24. She had an extensive refit in 2011, having suffered frost damage, so is in immaculate, as-new condition. She is based in Waymouth, Dorset. I have added her because her owner, Alastair Flint has set up a great blog which you can find at:
However, she has also completed a lot of interesting journeys: to the Caribbean, in 1996; to Spitzbergen in Norway in 2002, and more recently, in 2012, an expedition to Jan Mayen in Sumara, where they climbed the Beerenberg – an active volcano whose summit is 2277m.
The Beerenberg volcano is in fact the World’s largest volcano. Located 250 miles east of Greenland and 300 miles north of Iceland, it is beyond the reach of all safety services. Skippers Alasdair Flint and Tim Loftus left their small boat at anchor and exposed to the elements without protection to climb to the peak.
You can watch a video of their trip here:
Alasdair and Tim recently received the prestigious Tilman medal from the Royal Cruising Club in recognition of their extreme Arctic expedition. The medal, in memory of Bill Tilman, is awarded from time to time in recognition of an outstanding voyage to the high latitudes, often including a climbing component.