North Pacific 2018

eXXpedition North Pacific 2018 is a sailing expedition

to explore the North Pacific Gyre and remote coastlines for plastic pollution

In July 2018, a multidisciplinary crew of 14 international women will spend a month sailing in the North Pacific from Hawaii > Vancouver > Seattle (via Vancouver Island). The challenging voyage of three thousand nautical miles will take them over a month as they journey through the densest ocean plastic accumulation zone on the planet, the North Pacific Gyre (better known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch) and explore remote coastlines for plastic pollution on board 72ft exploration sailing vessel Sea Dragon.

The North Pacific 2018 eXXpedition will:
– raise awareness of the devastating impact of single-use plastic and toxics in the world’s oceans
– celebrate women in science, leadership and adventure while creating a community of female change-makers and inspiring global ambassadors to tackle plastic pollution and its environmental and health impacts
– champion and contribute to innovative scientific research to tackle the crisis

Beyond the science on board, which is fed into renowned international studies, the voyages are also a catalyst for wider action. Our Ambassador network of change-makers inspires great interest on the issues and solutions through global media reports, events and films.

Outputs from our North Pacific 2018 eXXpedition, which is our biggest yet, will include a powerful documentary film from an award winning filmmaker, engaging social media awareness campaign, coverage in international media, talks and presentations via our crew ambassadors and useful scientific data collection.

Are you interested in joining the crew? Please Apply Here

The North Pacific expedition will be in two legs

Leg 1: Hawaii to Vancouver
23rd June – 15th July 2018

Sailing to explore and further understand microplastic pollution.

A sail into the heart of the North Pacific Gyre for sailing and science. This is expected to be the most dense ocean plastic accumulation zone on the planet.

The leg 1 crew contribution requirement will be $7,990 USD / £5,990 GBP / $9,990 CAD


Leg 2: Vancouver to Seattle via Vancouver Island
21st – 28th July 2018

Exploring remote coastlines to survey for plastic pollution.

We will be coastal hopping to find out how plastic pollution is impacting the shore and communities. This sail will also involve cleanup projects where possible.

The leg 2 crew contribution requirement will be $3,990 USD / £2,990 GBP / $4,990 CAD



Meet the eXXpedition North Pacific Core Crew

Emily Penn – Mission Director

As co-founder of eXXpedition EMILY has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in our ocean. She has spent the last decade exploring the high seas from the tropics to the Arctic – enabling scientists, filmmakers and interested individuals to gain access to the most remote parts of our planet via Pangaea Exploration’s 72ft sailing expedition vessel, Sea Dragon.

She has organised the largest ever community-led waste cleanup from a tiny Tongan island, trawled for micro-plastics on a voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage, rounded the planet on the record-breaking biofuelled boat Earthrace, and worked on a sailing cargo ship trading western supplies for coconuts.

Emily splits her time between running eXXpedition and developing upstream solutions to the ocean plastic issue with Parley for the Oceans, corporate partners, scientists and government bodies. An experienced public speaker, Emily speaks around the world at conferences, universities and global companies about her adventures and issues relating to our oceans, human mindset and future society.

You can find more information on Emily’s projects at


Soraya Abdel-Hadi – Office Manager


Larissa Clark – Partnerships and Sponsorship

LARISSA is a passionate advocate for environmental and social justice; Founding Director of Another World Adventures and an energetic marketing & communications specialist. A graduate of the Manchester School of Management (UMIST) with a BSc Hons degree in International Management, she’s also studied at the Warrington College of Business, Florida where she wrote an award winning report on Sustainability in Higher Education.

Larissa splits her time between Vancouver and London, and recently spent two and half years living in Monrovia, Liberia. She has travelled extensively around the world and has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean by tall ship. That voyage was the catalyst the creation of Another World Adventures, which is a specialist marketing platform that connects expert operators with adventure seekers. Recently Larissa produced a short film on air quality ‘AIR: A film about the air we breathe’.

Tori Howse – Partnerships and Sponsorship

TORI is an environmental advocate, feminist and a Founding Director of specialist travel platform Another World Adventures. As an environmental science graduate she spent 15 years working in the UK for non profits and government departments tackling a wide range of issues from waste to energy efficiency to air pollution, making big environmental issues real and relevant at a local level. In 2011, she achieved a lifelong ambition to sail across the Atlantic Ocean, a journey that sparked a new career and a passion for ocean protection. She has travelled to many parts of the world, but is never happier than when exploring a cold climate or on a boat at sea.


Meet the eXXpedition Leg 1 Crew
North Pacific Gyre

Eleanor Church – Documentary Filmmaker and Photographer


Emily Duncan – PhD Researcher


Jennifer Russell – Filmmaker


Rowan Henthorn – Marine Scientist


Siri Øsvold – Designer

Meet the eXXpedition Leg 2 Crew
Vancouver to Seattle

Beccy Finlayson – TV Researcher










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