Charlie Flesch has approximately 30 thousand nautical miles under his belt (the equivalent of more than a round the world trip), the majority of which in the daring and icy waters of the Southern Ocean. He started his experience in Antarctica as mate of Dutchman Henk Boersma, the most experienced Antarctic skipper in activity today, and now Charlie has four trips to Antarctica in charge of S/Y Fernande. With a degree in Biology, he has over 20 years’ experience group-leading in the outdoors - performing as skipper, educator, lecturer, hiking an scuba diving guide. He has comprehensive wilderness first aid training and integrated teams in Antarctica, the Red Sea and Polynesia, among which the Brazilian enterprise Orient Expedition (the Schurmann Family’s third round the world trip). He is an accomplished cook and very careful to the well-being of his groups. He speaks fluent Portuguese, English and Spanish and his hobbies are music and photography.