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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.

Voyages Accepting Applications Now!

Leg 1: Plymouth to Azores
4th October – 17th October 2019 (TBC)

Duration: 14 days / Starts: Plymouth, UK / Finish: Horta, Azores
Crew contribution: £5,200 each

The first leg of ‘Round the World’ will be an exciting and challenging sail from Plymouth to the Azores. For this series of voyages, eXXpedition are partnering with the University of Plymouth for our onboard science programme and this, coupled with the fact that Plymouth is described as ‘Britain’s Ocean City’ makes it an appropriate place for us to slip the mooring lines on our two year mission across the globe.

We will meet in Plymouth and await a suitable weather window for our crossing. This will provide us with time to learn the ropes before we set sail, as well as an opportunity to work alongside local organisations to look at some of the impact of marine waste on the U.K.’s shoreline. We will spend just under 9 days at sea, sailing upwind over 1200 nautical miles across the Atlantic to the Azores. Led by our onboard expert you will be part of the team carrying out scientific data collection and discussing solutions to this global issue. The Azores are a group of 9 islands, which are volcanic in origin and a famed north-east Atlantic deep-sea coral hotspot, so as we come into land we will be treated to dramatic shorelines and hopefully some marine wildlife spotting! We will share our story and findings with the local population as part of our outreach programme.

Leg 2: Azores to Antigua
24th October – 15th November 2019 (TBC)

Duration: 23 days / Starts: Horta, Azores / Finish: Antigua
Crew contribution: £7,700 each

Meeting in Horta, we will join a local environmental group to explore some of the island’s issues of marine debris and plastic waste. We will then spend 18 days at sea sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from the Azores to Antigua, an island in the West Indies. Our route will enable us to take in the North Atlantic Gyre, one of the five main plastic accumulation zones on our planet and a key focal point of our ‘Round the World’ mission, led by our onboard expert to collect scientific data and discuss solutions to the issue of marine plastic.

Antigua, a low-lying island with many beautiful beaches and coral reef ecosystems fringing its shores, will welcome us to the Caribbean. Sitting on the boundary between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea this island provides a good setting for us to share our story of our crossing with the local population and raise awareness of the plastic pollution issue and solutions.

Leg 3: Antigua to Antigua
22nd November – 26th November 2019 (TBC)

Duration: 5 days / Starts: Antigua / Finish: Antigua
Crew contribution: £2,000 each

Antigua itself is a low-lying nation with an interesting geology that is surrounded by beaches and fringed with coral reefs, providing a great backdrop for this shorter, yet jam-packed trip. Antigua provides the perfect base for us to consider the issues of plastic pollution at an island scale, which is reflective of the issues at a larger, global scale. Antigua has made great progress in its banning of single-use plastic items since January 2016 when it first banned single-use plastic bags, therefore it will be interesting to learn about the impact of this legislation. We will explore the impacts on land and then set sail to share a flavour of our onboard programme; scientific data collection, discussion around issues, sharing ideas about the solutions and of course, sailing across the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

Leg 4: Antigua to Aruba, via Bonaire
30th November – 8th December 2019 (TBC)

Duration: 9 days / Starts: Antigua / Finish: Aruba
Crew contribution: £3,600 each

On this leg, we will get to explore the beauty of the Caribbean, but also delve into the local issues around marine debris and plastic pollution. Starting in Antigua, we will sail to Bonaire, an island where the reef-lined coast is protected by a National Marine Park and is therefore abundant with wildlife,before sailing onto the Dutch-Caribbean island of Aruba. Our onboard expert will facilitate scientific data collection and discussion around this environmental issue. We will get to explore the unique beauty of each island, and the impacts of plastic pollution and work with the local population to raise awareness and celebrate the environmental outreach work that is already taking place.

Leg 5: Aruba to Panama, via San Blas
12th December – 22nd December 2019 (TBC)

Duration: 11 days / Starts: Aruba / Finish: Colon, Panama
Crew contribution: £4,000 each

Meeting in Aruba we will collaborate with a local environmental outreach organisation to explore the waste on the island and the impacts of marine debris. We will then sail west to Panama and onto the beautiful San Blas Islands. An archipelago of about 365 islands and sand banks of which less than 50 are inhabited; a remote island paradise which faces more than its fair share of waste management challenges! Spending ten nights on board we’ll sail 700 nautical miles between our destinations and explore the issue of marine plastic pollution both on land and at sea through scientific data collection, and discussions around the issue and potential solutions.

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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