The contract between Xplore Expeditions and Antarctic Endurance 2016 was signed on 19 Apr 2015.
Some of the AE16 team joined Xplore in Gosport in June, for a visit to London. On 10 June Tower Bridge was opened to allow the yacht to pass through and back again, before coming alongside HMS PRESIDENT.
Xplore approaching Tower Bridge (Crown Copyright/MOD 2015)
Part of the AE16 Team join Stephen Wilkins onboard Xplore on the way up the Thames (Crown Copyright/MOD 2015)
Final approach to the bridge.
Beyond the bridge (before returning to HMS PRESIDENT).