San Felix Island (Chile) Expedition

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"The San Felix Island Expedition"

The term "San Felix Island Expedition" (or "SFX Project" or "Project") means "The 2002 Cordell Expedition to San Felix Island." This term means the entire project, including preparation and post-expedition activities, not just the actual voyage to, and visit at, San Felix Island.

"The Expedition"

The term "Expedition" refers specifically to the portion of the San Felix Island Project that is the actual voyage to and from San Felix Island, and the time on the island. The planned dates are March 12-30, 2002.


The overriding consideration in all plans and operations will be safety of personnel and property. While some risk is inherent in an exploratory venture such as this, we will make no plan and take no action that involves significant risk to life, limb, or property. Plans for emergencies and contingencies will be an integral part of this project.


San Felix Island is under the jurisdiction and protection of the Republic of Chile. Therefore, the Expedition will be brought into alignment with the policies and objectives of the appropriate Chilean governmental, scientific, and regulatory organizations. The Expedition will respect the rights, interests, and authorities of all persons with legitimate interests in San Felix Island.

Site resources

The Expedition will take exceptional measures to prevent damage to any resource on San Felix Island. It will be policy that any activity that causes significant impact to a sensitive resource will be terminated unless and until such impacts can be prevented.

Financial resources

The Expedition Leader is empowered to determine that sufficient financial resources exist to satisfy the goals and policies of the SFX Project. In this event that there are not sufficient resources, the Expedition Leader can opt to terminate the Project and cancel the Expedition.

Financial management

Finances will be managed by the Expedition Leader, with the assistance of Cordell Expeditions. A separate account has been opened for these monies, and will be closed upon completion of the Project. Residual monies left at the completion of the Project, is any, will be distributed among the participants.


Donations from individuals will be held until the Expedition is complete. In the event of noncompletion, these donations will be returned. Donations to the SFX Project through Cordell Expeditions are tax- deductible and will only be used for the SFX Project.

Intellectual property

Photographs, video, sound recordings, field notes, sketches, drawings, paintings, and similar materials produced in connection with the Project are the property of the creator, who holds the copyright under the law of the respective country. The Project is granted the right to freely copy any or all such materials for purposes of enhancing the and its programs, together with the right to royalty-free use in publications, programs, and similar promotional activities. The Project does not have the right to distribute such materials to third parties without consent of the copyright holder. Use of such materials by any member of the Project is subject to the consent of the copyright holder.

Scientific property

Cordell Expeditions is the owner of scientific materials resulting from the SFX Project. These include biological specimens, soil, water, and rock samples, logged data such as radio logs, meteorological and bathymetric records, photographs, videos, sound recordings, and similar materials that are primarily scientific data, historical materials, either records or artifacts, and all other similar materials that are reasonably part of the scientific record of the Expedition. The creator or supplier of such records has the right to freely copy the materials (at personal expense) for any use not inconsistent with the basic scientific nature of the Expedition.

Expedition property

Equipment borrowed for the Project will be returned at the conclusion of the Project. Equipment donated to Cordell Expeditions remains the property of Cordell Expeditions. Equipment purchased using Project funds will be disposed by consensus of the participants.

Personal property

Some personal gear and materials will be shipped and used in common with the Expedition. The owner of such gear and materials assumes the responsibility for controlling and protecting such gear and materials.

Personal satisfaction

Among the primary goals of this expedition is personal satisfaction of the participants. The SFX Project will be managed and executed with special regard to this aspect, and with mechanisms for enhancing it. It will be the policy of this expedition to provide full information about the status and plans to anyone and any organization.


All participants in the Expedition will mutually exempt every other participant and organization, specifically including the organizers of the SFX Project and Cordell Expeditions, from any liability whatsoever.


Actions taken by the Expedition Leader will be final. Participants agree to be bound by the rules, decisions, and directives of the Expedition Leader.


In the event the Project is unable to assemble the resources required to complete the Expedition, the Expedition Leader is authorized to cancel the Expedition and terminate the Project. In this event, external donations will be returned, borrowed equipment will be returned, purchased equipment will be sold, and financial obligations will be paid from the cash reserves. Any residual monies, after payment of expenses associated with termination, will be distributed among the participants.

Cost to participants

The cost to Team Members is $1250.

The fee includes all costs during the Expedition, from the point of departure (Valpariso, Chile) to the point of return (Valpariso, Chile), with the following exceptions:

The fee is not refundable, except in the case that the Expedition is canceled by decision of the Expedition Leader, in which case residual monies will be returned to the Team Members. If a Team Member wishes to withdraw, an acceptable replacement participant could take his or her place, and the payments can be applied to the replacement. Responsibility for finding the replacement rests with the Team Member (but note that a replacement Team Member must be approved by the Board). If there is no replacement, the monies are forfeit to the Expedition.


Team Members will provide the following:

The following documents will be required for Team Members:

Withdrawal and termination

Any Team Member may withdraw at any time, and may refuse to participate in any activity, without need of stated reason. The Expedition Leader may exclude any Team Member from any activity for clear stated cause. The Expedition Leader may terminate a Team Member's participation in the Project for clear stated cause. A terminated member may be returned part or all of his payment, at the discretion of the Expedition Leader.

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Last update: 8 February 2002 Robert W. Schmieder