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Movie Director Beats Branson Yacht Owner


A famed Hollywood filmmaker has bested an equally famous celebrity explorer as well as an underdog submariner in a race to be the first explorer of the ocean deadliest trench in half a century.



James Cameron plunged about seven miles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific ocean, where temperatures near freezing and the bone-crushing pressure is one thousand times greater than that at sea level.

Photograph of James Cameron in a green and black submarine that is sitting on the deck of a boat. He is wearing a black beanie hat and a black short-sleeved t-shirt.  He has a white beard and a huge smile.

James Cameron, submarine, National Geographic



In January, we profiled the epic attempt by three teams of modern-day explorers to reach the ocean’s deepest point – the first attempt in over 50 years. 



Cameron, the director of Avatar, Titanic and The Abyss, was up against British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, owner of the 32 meter (111 foot) luxury yacht charter vessel NECKER BELLE.  The third team was headed by Patrick Lahey.  Lahey and his team, Triton Submarines, were heavy underdogs to their wealthy competitors.



Speaking after the dive, Cameron described the ocean bottom as a “completely alien world” – similar to the surface of the moon. 

It was a “very lunar, very desolate place. Very isolated,” Cameron said.



Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters weighs in on this epic challenge.  She believes in accomplishing bucket list items while on yacht charter.

“How often do you get an opportunity to explore the bottom of the ocean? I don’t mean via reality television shows provide this option. I mean, charter a yacht and take the onboard submarine below the surface of the sea. It’s an amazing experience.”



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Ms. Jana Sheeder is President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. Providing The Superyacht Experience(tm) since 1976. Private luxury yacht charter vacations in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, South Pacific, South Florida, Miami and The Florida Keys, Italian Rivera, Belize. Megayacht charter company focused on generosity, Pay It Forward, Random Acts of Kindness, Giftivism, giving back to the ocean, to the needy, and the environment with every superyachting charter. Providing eco-friendly alternatives while on yacht charters and known for 6-star customer service, experience, and generosity.

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