Caribbean 2017

eXXpedition Caribbean 2017 is a mission aboard S/V Sea Dragon, hopping between islands, sampling waters, surveying waste and doing local outreach

Caribbean 2017 : Grenada to Barbados to St Lucia on 8th – 16th April

Are you interested in joining the crew?

The crew contribution requirement is $3,990  (if you are a UK citizen paying in GBP let us know and we will use the pre-Brexit exchange rate so you are not penalised because of current British politics!)

Please Apply Here



eXXpedition 2017 InformationWant to find out more?

You can find out all about eXXpedition Caribbean 2016, and the plans for 2017 in this Information Pack.




 Meet the team (so far!) who will be making huge waves around the Caribbean!


Imogen Nash – Skipper

IMOGEN feels that being on the water is the most natural thing in the world. Her family are all great water lovers, and from a very early age she has loved being on boats, sailing and taking part in all kinds of other water sports. Growing up, Imogen learnt to dinghy sail in South Devon, UK. She was a competitive swimmer for 12 years, and learnt to wakeboard and waterski when she was just 10 years old.

In 2010 Imogen decided to take her love of the water to the next level and got her RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and Cruising Instructor tickets. Since then, she has primarily worked within sail training. Being onboard the Atlantic Rowers support yacht, numerous Atlantic crossings and sailing across the Pacific over the past couple of years has only grown Imogen’s passion for the world’s oceans and how important is to protect and spread awareness for current environmental issues.

Imogen is a self proclaimed sea addict, and in her spare time she loves to surf, dive and kite-surf – the true definition of a water baby! She was skipper for both eXXpedition Ascension and Amazon in 2015 from Senegal to Guyana.


Lucy Gilliam – Mission Leader

LUCY spends all her time on the water whether she is sailing with eXXpedition across the Atlantic or home with her family living on her sailing barge.

Lucy has a background as an Environmental Scientist with a BSc (1st), in Biological Sciences and a Phd in Microbial Ecology & Soil Science before creating a new life for herself combining her love of sailing, science and building environmental awareness for the plight of our oceans.

Lucy founded eXXpedition with Emily Penn in 2014 and sailed on the very first eXXpedition, racing across the Atlantic from Lanzarote to Martinique. Lucy also campaigns for emission free sail trade with Fairtransport Shipping and Trading with her Partner Captain Arjen van der Veen, Captain of Tres Hombres Ship and Founder of Fairtransport. Lucy has sailed all her life, is an experienced Yacht racer and has crossed the Atlantic many times.

Her goal with Caribbean 2017 is to develop a greater understanding of how plastic pollution generated on land connects with plastic found in our seas, and to explore what community based innovations could be developed to tackle the problem. She looks forward to meeting all the inspirational activists the crew from eXXpedition Caribbean 2016 met last year, and to carry the baton forward helping support change for Caribbean communities.


Oksana Lane – Science Leader

OKSANA is a wetlands program director in Portland, Maine, USA-based non-profit organization called Biodiversity Research Institute (

Oksana has a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota in Environmental Biology and over the past 20 year has been involved in multiple projects focusing on mercury exposure and assessment in biota and people. Her research interests include wildlife toxicology, conservation on a global scale, coastal avian communities and plastics pollution.

Oksana’s concern for the marine environment has grown over the years since firsthand observing and collecting the astoundingly large amounts of trash and micro plastics during 2012-2014 mercury sampling campaigns in the Mediterranean Sea and while working on a “Limpia Guerrero” project in Mexico.

Oksana hopes to join eXXpedition 2017 to help collect data, spread awareness, share the science and work to reduce pollution and contaminants in our wetlands and in marine environments. Oksana grew up in Minsk, Belarus and now lives in Maine with her son.

Holly Vint – 1st Mate

HOLLY has harboured a lifelong love of the ocean and finally got the opportunity to sail in 2012 when she stepped on board STV John Laing as crew, and those two incredible weeks crossing the Bay of Biscay completely changed the course of her life.

After volunteering on Sail Training vessels as much as possible to cram the experience in, she eventually took the plunge and decided to leave University to run away to sea one year ago.

“I have since gained my Yachtmaster Offshore ticket and completed one amazing season as First Mate on 70ft steel ketch STV James Cook for Ocean Youth Trust North, working with young people of all backgrounds and abilities”.

Holly has lots of eXXpedition experience having crossed the Atlantic on board Sea Dragon with eXXpedition Ascension 2015 surviving plagues of locusts and devastatingly beautiful sunrises. She also sailed across the mouth of the Amazon from Brazil to Guyana on Amazon 2015, enjoying incredible scenes of sailing up river through jungle and getting stranded on a sand bar. Holly looks forward to increasing her awareness of oceanic environmental issues once more, and developing skills as a sailor (now sailing as 1st Mate!!), to see new parts of the world, and to meet inspirational people.


Diana Papoulias – Onshore Science Coordinator

DIANA is an aquatic toxicologist and fish biologist.

For 30 years, she researched how contaminants affect the health of fish and amphibians for the U.S. Geological Survey.  The focus of her research has been on the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on reproduction. In 2014, she retired from the government and joined the non-profit E-Tech International to train indigenous people in Peru’s Amazon Basin to monitor their homelands for environmental contamination caused by the petroleum industry.

Diana sailed with eXXpedition Atlantic 2014 and took on the role as Science Mission Lead for eXXpedition Ascension 2015, Amazon 2015, and Caribbean 2017.  She lives with her husband and springer spaniel on a farm in mid-Missouri.

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Elaina BreenElaina Breen – Nurse

ELAINA  is a OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner whose clinical focus included reproductive health and the social determinates of health. Her career has spanned private practice in Alaska, academic research with the University of California-Irvine in preventing preterm births and the clinical management of birth defects. She currently conduct U.S. Federally-mandated non-financial data audits and analysis of how health insurance companies provide health care services for their enrolled members.

Elaina is an avid sailor and life-long outdoors woman, and is concerned about the impact of chemical toxins on food supplies. Her goal through the eXXpedition experience is to gain a greater understanding of the potential solutions to toxic exposure and of the challenges to their implementation.

Rhiannon Moore – Coastal Outreach Specialist

RHIANNON is a Coastal Outreach Specialist for the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation in Ontario, Canada.  There, she is responsible for education and outreach and teaches visitors about coastal conservation.  She has coordinated a number of projects on marine debris, shoreline clean-ups and plastic pollution.

Rhiannon is a keen adventurer and has led a number of extended wilderness canoe trips, and is also a keen artist in her spare time and uses this passion to raise environmental awareness. She hopes to learn new sailing skills through eXXpedition and expand her knowledge around microplastics and toxins in the marine environment and use this experience to inform others and hopefully protect our coastal and marine environment for future generations. She also hopes to squeeze in a painting or two whilst on board RV Sea Dragon!

Sophia Noel – Biologist

SOPHIA is a Species at Risk Biologist in New Brunswick, Canada where she produces status reports and assessments for endangered species and undertakes habitat mapping to facilitate their protection.  Sophia has a strong background in aquatic biology, animal physiology, microbiology and environmental management and has also field experience in Coastal Marine Ecology.

Sophia is comfortable on the water but is also looking forward to learning how to sail with eXXpedition.  She is also looking forward to applying her experience during Caribbean 2017 and learn new skills in environmental monitoring that she can apply to real-world issues and give back to the community of Grenada, where she grew up for 16 years.

Cath Hough – Deckhand

CATH is a passionate, energetic, knowledgeable and skilled sailor with over ten years’ experience working in the marine industry.  Growing up on the Isle of Wight, England, she was immersed into a sailing culture from an early age, and has thoroughly embraced and enjoyed a life on and around the sea! Over the years, her passion for water sports has grown and she has worked around the world, including Europe, Dubai and China. She has recently moved back to the UK to run sailing camps for children.

Cath will be joining eXXpedition as an experienced deckhand and is hoping it will provide her with an opportunity to improve her offshore sailing and cruising and gain more skills in navigation and handling larger vessels. Having always had an interest in the marine environment, she is also looking forward to explore it further and gaining a better understanding of marine research and is looking forward to meeting and sharing knowledge and experience with people from around the world.


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