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Crew completes southernmost circle of Antarctica

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A team of eight Polish sailors became the first to circumnavigate Antarctica below the 60th parallel when their yacht, the 72-foot Katharsis II, officially completed the loop on March 21.

After 72 days on their southernmost journey in the world’s most treacherous waters, the crew reached a Tasmanian port on April 6, according to XinhuaNet news.

The most dangerous part of the voyage came after the circumnavigation, XinhuaNet reports. About 1,000nm southwest of Tasmania’s capital Hobart, the Oyster class yacht was hit by a massive rogue wave, causing an uncontrolled jibe and knocking the entire crew into the frigid water.

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