Join the crew

Thank you for your interest in joining an eXXpedition voyage.

We are now recruiting for crew members for our Round the World voyages.

We are looking for a variety of skills from sailors to cooks, scientists to filmmakers, storytellers to artists.
You do not require any sailing experience to join our crew.

Round the World Update: The Application Process

We have received an unprecedented number of excellent applications for our Round the World voyages.

We work very hard to make sure that every eXXpedition crew is multidisciplinary, and has a mix of backgrounds and experiences. This means that if you are not selected for the voyage of your choice, it is likely to be because you are very similar to someone else we already have on board. This does not mean that you cannot join us for another voyage! Most candidates will be returned to our central pool of applicants and will be contacted when we release the next phase of Round the World voyages. This system will continue throughout the Round the World selection process.

We want to take everyone sailing. The eXXpedition team are working in the background to increase our capacity and develop other ways to support our growing community of changemakers.

Please note, all crew members are required to contribute a set amount to cover the costs of the eXXpedition, and make their own way to and from the boat. Many of our crew have very successfully fundraised to cover these costs. You can see the crew contribution for each voyage in the information below.

Voyages Accepting Applications Now!

Applications for Phase Three are now open!

Please note, all voyage dates and details are subject to change.

If you have applied for a previous voyage, you will be offered the opportunity to put yourself forward for a phase two or future voyage. Please keep an eye on your emails (and don’t forget to check your junk mail folder)!

Leg 14: Cairns to Darwin
17th July 2020 – 28th July 2020

Crew Contribution: £4,800 each
Start: Port Douglas, Cairns
End: Darwin
Total trip duration: 12 days

Port Douglas, located on the coast between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range, will provide the perfect setting for us to begin phase 3 of eXXpedition Round the World! The Daintree forest is the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest in the world and grows along the Daintree river right down to the edge of the sea. Heading northwards and skirting the bio-region of the Coral Sea, we are likely to be treated to the abundance of marine wildlife as we sail alongside the Great Barrier Reef. We will then head west around Cape York, Australia’s northernmost tip. Throughout the voyage, we will be continuing our onboard science programme, discovering the impacts that humans are having on our oceans. After sailing 1,200 nautical miles we will arrive in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territories and where the HMS Beagle arrived in 1839 with shipmate Charles Darwin. Here we will connect with the local community to raise awareness of the issues and solutions to ocean plastic through sharing the story of our journey.

Leg 15: Darwin to Perth
3rd August 2020 – 20th August 2020

Crew Contribution: £7,200 each
Start: Darwin, Australia
End: Perth, Australia
Total trip duration: 18 days

Leaving Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territories, we will sail west across the Timor Sea towards the Indian Ocean. Then we will continue south along the coastline of Western Australia. Sailing 2,000 nautical miles in total, we will continue our onboard science programme whilst enjoying the natural wonders of the world’s largest fringing reef – World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef. Being on the west of Australia, we will be treated to glorious sunsets and turquoise seas. We will end this journey in Fremantle, a port just south of the Swan River in Perth. Here we will step ashore and share the findings and stories from our voyage to raise awareness of the health of our oceans and the actions people can take to help to protect them.

Leg 16: Perth to Mauritius
28th August 2020 to 24th September 2020

Crew Contribution: £10,600 each
Start: Perth, Australia
End: Mauritius
Total trip duration: 28 days

Fremantle, a historic port to the south of Perth, provides a decent hub for us to depart for our sail 3,300 nautical miles across the Indian Ocean towards Mauritius. The Indian Ocean Gyre is formed from the South Equatorial Current and the West Australian Current, leading to an accumulation zone of marine debris, which covers at least five million square kilometers. Science at sea will be a key focus of this voyage, especially as this ‘garbage patch’ is a bit more of a mystery, having only been discovered in 2010. Our planned passage will take us through the main area of marine debris allowing us to carry out key scientific research into the gyre’s characteristics and location.

After just over three weeks at sea, we will arrive into Mauritius, an island nation. With 49 uninhabited islands and islets just off its coast, we will be greeted by a dramatic landscape. Mauritius itself has more than 150km of white sandy beaches and is protected by the world’s third largest coral reef. This provides an appropriate coastal setting for us to share our story of our Indian Ocean crossing with the local community.

Leg 17: Mauritius to Cape Town
30th September 2020 – 24th October 2020

Crew Contribution: £9,400 each
Start: Mauritius
End: Cape Town, South Africa
Total trip duration: 25 days

The island nation of Mauritius is surrounded by more than 150km of white sandy beaches and the world’s third largest coral reef. This provides a strong connection between the islanders and the sea, resulting in this location being a great place for us to explore the issue of plastic pollution and marine debris on an island-scale. We will then sail 140 nautical miles towards Reunion Island, where we will stop off to carry out some onshore research and outreach before continuing our journey to Cape Town. The passage between Reunion and Cape Town covers 2,300 nautical miles and is a technically challenging sail, so make sure you have your sea legs at the ready! When at sea we continue with our science programme and workshops on board, and will aim to transect the western side of the Indian Ocean Gyre. As we head around Cape Point into the Atlantic Ocean, we will be treated to the stunning view of the iconic Table Mountain as we approach Cape Town. Here we will step ashore to share our findings and raise awareness with the local community.

Round the World Itinerary

All voyage plans are subject to change.

Phase One, October 2019 – December 2019 (APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PHASE ARE CLOSED):
Leg 1: Plymouth, UK – Azores. Leg 2:Azores – North Atlantic Gyre – Antigua. Leg 3: Antigua – Antigua. Leg 4: Antigua – Bonaire – Aruba Leg 5: Aruba – San Blas – Panama.

Phase Two, January 2020 – June 2020 (APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PHASE ARE CLOSED):
Leg 6: Panama – Galapagos. Leg 7: Galapagos – Easter Island. Leg 8: Easter Island – South Pacific Gyre – Tahiti. Leg 9: Tahiti – Cook Islands. Leg 10: Cook Islands – Tonga. Leg 11: Tonga – Fiji. Leg 12: Fiji – Vanuatu. Leg 13: Vanuatu – Cairns.

Phase Three, July 2020 – October 2020:
Leg 14: Cairns – Darwin. Leg 15: Darwin – Perth. Leg 16: Perth – Indian Ocean Gyre – Mauritius. Leg 17: Mauritius – Cape Town.

Phase Four, November 2020 – April 2021:
Leg 18: Cape Town – South Atlantic Gyre – Recife. Leg 19: Recife – Fernando de Noronha – Grenada. Leg 20: Grenada – St Lucia. Leg 21: St Lucia – Bermuda.

Phase Five, May 2021 – September 2021:
Leg 22: Bermuda – Halifax. Leg 23: Halifax – Labrador. Leg 24: Labrador – Disko Bay. Leg 25: Disko Bay – Nuuk. Leg 26: Nuuk – Iceland. Leg 27: Iceland – Lofoten. Leg 28: Lofoten – Oslo. Leg 30: Oslo – London, UK.

Round the World will consist of 30 voyages and available sails will be displayed on this page of our website as they go live. You can apply at any time for current or future trips.

Please note, all crew members are required to contribute a set amount to cover the costs of the eXXpedition, and make their own way to and from the boat. Many of our crew have very successfully fundraised to cover these costs.

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