Sailing Yacht Le Sourire

Cruises Expeditions to Antarctica - South Georgia- Falkland Islands

Croisieres Falklands Antarctica Georgie du sud

Special Expeditions

The boat

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Cruises Expeditions on board sailing yacht "Le Sourire"
Le Sourire in South Georgia

Le Sourire - General Caracteristics

Le Sourire ( The Smile in English) was the name of a small newspaper written by painter Paul Gauguin while he was living in Tahiti. Le Sourire is a sailing yacht built by the META FRANCE shipyards in 1988 and refurbished in 2000. Her hull is made of Strongall aluminium. She has a lifting keel to enter into shallow anchorage, two powerful engines and a salon with outside viewing to enjoy the beautiful landscape even while staying inside protected from the cold and the wind.

Le Sourire is adapted to all sorts of expeditions and crews: discovery voyages for nature and animals lovers, scientific work or documentaries, mountaineering, skiing or diving expeditions...

Spanish, french, german and british TVs have already choosen Le Sourire for their expeditions to Antarctica, South Georgia, South Sandwich, Cape Horn and to the chilean channels.

Le Sourire en Georgie du Sud

Life on board
Le Sourire is a secure, simple and comfortable yacht without superfluous luxury. We have chosen a spacious boat because comfort at sea is important and everyone must enjoy a certain intimacy. We don't pretend to attend clients in a 5* hotel but to receive people willing to know these regions in a different way, and transmit to them our passion and emotions.

Life on board follows the rhythm of the yacht, according to the navigation, manoeuvres and excursions on land. The atmosphere is home like, and the participation in the navigation and everyday life is always appreciated.

Le Sourire has an important library on austral regions.


Le Sourire is member of IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators).

Le Sourire can acomodate up to 10 passengers in 4 separate cabins but we normally recieve a maximum of 8 passengers:
- Two Triple cabins (One double berth + one simple berth)
- Two Double cabins( Two simple berths)

Le Sourire - Interior

 A: Salon with outside viewing- B: Galley - C: Inward steering and Chart table D: Small salon E: Stove -F: Wardrobe -
G: Cabins - H: Toilets / Showers -I: Storage J: Engine room below the salon Le Sourire -

Technical Caracteristics

* Type: Cutter with lifting keel system
* Registered in France
* Aluminium Strongall hull
* Builders: Meta France
* Designer: Michel Joubert
* Launched in 1987
* Length: 19,60 Mts. * Draft: 1,4 Mts. - 3,4 Mts. * Displacement: 30 tons
* Saloon with panoramic view
* Cabins for 8 to 10 passengers
* 2 bath rooms with shower and sink
* Hot and cold pressurised water
* Central heating system
* Mast: Marechal France
* Sails: Main sail full batten: 75M2, Genoa: 85 M2, Working jib: 30 M2
* 2 engines 95 HP IVECO
* 7,5 KVA Westerbeck diesel generator
* Electricity: 12 V and 220V
* Tanks: Diesel: 3200 lt.; Drinking water: 2000 lt.
* Compressor Coltri
* Complete safety equipment including liferafts (2x8 people)
* Survival suits
Navigation - Communications
* 32 miles Koden radar, weatherfax, GPS, Depth sounder, Sonar * Autopilot
* VHF radio (fix and portable) * HF radio * Inmarsat Standard C satellite communication
* 2 zodiacs 3,60 Mts.
* 8 HP Suzuki outboard
* 15 HP Mariner outboard