North Pacific 2018


eXXpedition North Pacific 2018 was a pioneering all-female sailing voyage and scientific research mission through the North Pacific Gyre. The aim was to raise awareness of, and solutions for, the devastating environmental and health impacts of single-use plastic and toxics in the world’s oceans.

Partners and Sponsors

Meet the eXXpedition Partners and Sponsors, supporting our journey to make the unseen, seen and designing, innovating and creating sustainable solutions to the worlds plastic problem!

You can see a full list of our North Pacific Partners and Sponsors by clicking on the button below. Crew Specific Partners and Sponsors can be seen on the North Pacific Crew page.

The challenging voyage of three thousand nautical miles between Hawaii > Vancouver > Seattle will take over a month as we journey through the densest ocean plastic accumulation zone on the planet, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and explore remote coastlines for plastic pollution on board 72ft exploration sailing vessel Sea Dragon

The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest ocean and is home to incredibly diverse plant and marine life including six endangered species. The North Pacific Gyre is the largest ecosystem on Earth. Our journey from the tropical islands of Hawaii to the wild coastlines of British Columbia and the Pacific North West will inspire action to protect these great places of outstanding natural beauty and importance.

How does plastic move in the North Pacific?

This drift computation, created by Mercator Ocean and Copernicus Service, shows how debris in the water of the North Pacific moves with the ocean currents towards the centre of its sub-tropical oceanic gyre – better known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

This also shows how our North Pacific voyage will travel through the densest accumulation zone in the centre of the gyre.

Why this? Why now?

Unseen women

There is a lack of diversity in gender and race role models in both STEM professions and in exploration / sports events. We would like to assemble a crew of inspiring female role models and help address the balance.

Unseen pollution

While there is no scientific consensus, there is an evidence base building that environmental exposure from chemicals is impacting women’s health. We would like to better understand the links between health of the environment and of our bodies.

Unseen disease

Breast cancer rates in young women are on the rise. Women’s specific disease research has a low public profile in the media and there is an imbalance in research funding directed towards gender specific diseases.

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.

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 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
– create a community of female changemakers 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

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