Antarctica Speed Record Attempt

in support of the Special Boat Service Association (SBSA)

Project Trident

To be the fastest people to ski unsupported from the Antarctic coastline at Hercules Inlet to the South Pole

Key Facts

Start point

Hercules Inlet

Finish Point

Geographical South Pole




Nov - Dec 2022

The Records

24d, 01h, 13m

World record - Christian Eide (2011)

29d, 19h, 24m

British record - Richard Parks (2013)

33d, 23h, 30m

Team record - Canada (2009)

Target Completion

23 Days

The Team

Wayne Hoyle

Simon Virgo

About SBSA

SBSA discreetly support those who serve from the shadows and are dedicated to supporting members and their families, whether serving or retired.

Proudly supported by

Wayne Hoyle

Wayne is a former Special Forces Officer.

During his transition, and since leaving his role with specialist military units, he has led numerous expeditions and challenges all around the World. He was the first serving Officer to walk unsupported to both the North and South Poles, he established a new route on the North Face of Kilimanjaro, and has led teams across the Spitsbergen Archipelago, the Sahara, through Vietnam and Cambodia, and South and Central America raising millions for charities.

As a result of his experiences, both during his military career and beyond, Wayne has developed a deep understanding of the need for mental aptitude and resilience as well as for physical strength and skill. He will need all these qualities for Project Trident to be successful, and he relishing the prospect of the challenge

Simon Virgo

Simon works in financial services and has done so for most of his adult life. From a young age, living on the edge of Dartmoor, he has loved the outdoor life and taking on challenging pursuits, including mountain endurance events, mountain climbing, skiing, ski mountaineering and multi-discipline events.

As well as the UK’s mountains, his adventures have taken him to Patagonia, the Middle East, the Alps and Norway, with successful ascents of Mont Blanc, Mount Cook and Cerro Paine Grande.

In 2004 he skied to the Geographic North Pole.

Simon is a qualified mountain leader.