On 11th September 2019, we unveiled S.V. TravelEdge the vessel that was to be the home, transport and lab for our crew of women sailing around the world to carry out solutions-based research on plastic pollution. It was an honour to have our gold sponsor Travel Edge with us at Sutton Harbour Marina, Plymouth, UK, for the traditional renaming ceremony before we embarked on our mission.

S.V. TravelEdge was built and equipped to sail anywhere in the world in any conditions. She is immensely safe and strong with the highest safety rating possible – MCA Category 0.

She was refitted in 2019 and equipped as a scientific expedition boat including a custom-built manta trawl, scientific equipment for collection of samples and data, and plenty of collaborative space on and below deck for sample analysis, crew presentations and workshops.

Her accommodation is laid out with a bunk style set up, but there was always a quiet spot to be found just to relax and enjoy the surroundings. She is designed to be sailed hard in any weather all over the world and that’s what she did for voyage legs 1 – 8.


The refit of TravelEdge was supported by amazing kit suppliers who also helped us to lower the impact of her circumnavigation through their technologies. We installed Silent Wind Turbines and solar panels and connected them to batteries from Transporter Energy to enable us to use sustainable methods to generate enough power on board and reduce the need for generator and engine power for the navigation, water maker and other electricity needs at sea.

S.V. TravelEdge