Our Mission

There’s no silver bullet solution to the ocean plastic crisis. 

eXXpedition – led by ocean advocate and skipper Emily Penn – was founded in 2014 to shift the way people feel, think and act by building a global network of multidisciplinary women who can contribute to world-class scientific studies, explore solutions, and use their unique skill sets to tackle the problem from all angles.



eXXpedition Round the World is a pioneering all-female sailing voyage and scientific research mission to circumnavigate the globe via four ocean Gyres and the Arctic. 

Over two years and 38,000 nautical miles, a crew of 300 women will take on 31 challenging voyage legs to sail through the some of the densest ocean plastic accumulation zones on the planet to study plastic pollution on board expedition sailing vessel S.V. TravelEdge.


Diversity at sea

Every crew is diverse in background, age and experience during an eXXpedition voyage. Participants have ranged in age from 18 to 72 and our Round the World 2019 – 2021 crew has over 30 nationalities represented so far. We are passionate about using our voyages to showcase women in STEM, exploration and sailing. Our bursary places are designed to increase diversity on board and maximise our collective impact. 


During eXXpedition voyages, activities on board are carefully curated to take crew members on a transformative journey. The SHiFT methodology is designed to help people see the problem firsthand, understand the threats to the environment and to ourselves, explore different solutions, find their role in helping solve it and finally, take action – inspiring others to follow.