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 Two 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 6: Panama to the Galapagos
28th January – 8th February, 2020

Crew Contribution: £4,400 each
Start: Panama City, Panama
End: San Cristobal, Galapagos
Total trip duration: 12 days

Fresh from passing through the Panama Canal, we will meet in Panama City ready for our first Pacific Ocean leg of eXXpedition Round the World! We will spend just over a week a sea, sailing 1000 nautical miles and crossing the equator on our way to San Cristobal island, Galapagos. Situated just under 1000km offshore from the coast of South America the isolated nature of this volcanic archipelago has led to the Galapagos being famed for its unique wildlife, made even more special by the fact that Charles Darwin used his observations in the Galapagos as a key basis for his ‘Theory of Evolution’. The Galapagos province of Ecuador is a national park and marine nature reserve, with a lot of tourism being championed as ecotourism in the region it will be interesting to see how this management is reflected in our sampling.

San Cristobal itself is one of the oldest islands geologically and is said to be home to the famous Galapagos tortoises, blue and red footed boobies and marine iguanas, so we hope to be treated to lots of wildlife spotting! When we reach land, we will share our story and findings with the local population as part of our outreach programme.

Leg 7: Galapagos to Easter Island
15th February – 4th March, 2020

Crew Contribution: £7,600 each
Start: San Cristobal, Galapagos
End: Easter Island
Total trip duration: 19 days

Joining our Round the World mission at San Cristobal, Galapagos will be a dream come true for many! With its seas under the protection of a marine nature reserve and the island part of the Galapagos National Park with strict ecotourism guidelines, the start of this leg will provide an interesting insight for our research. We will await our weather window and whilst we do we will have plenty of time to learn the ropes and begin our onboard programme – all with the beautiful backdrop of San Cristobal!

You’ll need to be prepared for some serious sailing action as this leg will see us spending just over two weeks at sea, sailing into tight winds on our way to Easter Island. As we do we will sail into the South Pacific Gyre, an area of ocean currents that lead to it being a plastic accumulation zone, which should provide some interesting results for our scientific research. After sailing 2000 nautical miles we will reach the Chilean island which is the southeasternmost point in the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania and situated in the middle of the South Pacific Gyre. Easter Island is said to be one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world and its remote location has led to the evolution of unique and abundant marine wildlife. In recent years this has been recognised by the Chilean Government who have created Rapa Nui Marine Park, one of the world’s largest marine parks. When we reach its shores we will step on land and work with a local community organisation to raise awareness of the issue and share our findings.

Leg 8: Easter Island to Tahiti, via the Pitcairn Group
8th March – 1st April, 2020

Crew Contribution: £8,400 each
Start: Easter Island
End: Tahiti, French Polynesia
Total trip duration: 24 days

This voyage leg will be as unique as the island nations that we will visit. Starting at Easter Island, one of the most remote inhabited islands on Earth and surrounded by the Rapa Nui Marine Park, we will be exposed to some thought-provoking experiences as we meet with a local community organisation to look at the plastic pollution challenges on land.

We will then set sail towards the Pitcairn group of islands and weather permitting, will visit Henderson, an uninhabited island that is a United Nations World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest marine reserves. Henderson is thought to be the world’s most polluted uninhabited islands and trash is thought to wash up on its shores at a rate of 3500 pieces per day (National Geographic) and therefore it will provide an interesting stop over on our way to Tahiti. We will step ashore to investigate some of the impacts of this influx of marine debris.

We will set sail again for Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia. Having sailed 2500 nautical miles we will be treated to amazing scenery as we head towards land, with the high peaks of two extinct volcanoes, part of the Society hotspot volcanic island chain and a rich coral reef fringing the island. We will have an interesting story to share when we set foot on land and collaborate with a local community group to raise awareness of the issue and share our findings.

Leg 9: Tahiti to Rarotonga, Cook Islands
15th April – 22nd April, 2020

Crew Contribution: £3,200 each
Start: Tahiti, French Polynesia
End: Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Total trip duration: 8 days

Tahiti, in the Society Islands archipelago is the largest island in French Polynesia. Tahiti is formed of two extinct volcanoes and has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. Before we set sail, we will collaborate with a local organisation to look at the plastic pollution issues the island faces in more depth, allowing us to fully immerse in the issue from the very start. As we set sail we will pass through the tranquil lagoon which is rich in marine life and beyond the reef into the open ocean where we could be lucky enough to see a pod or two of Spinner Dolphins, that are year-round residents of these waters.

We will spend just over a week on board, sailing 600 nautical miles to the main Cook Island, Rarotonga. Skirting the edge of the South Pacific Gyre we will spend just under 5 days at sea where we will be able to carry out our scientific research, including our surface manta trawls and processing of ocean surface microplastic samples. Rarotonga will provide another amazing vista as we near land. Fringed by a lagoon, it is famed for its underwater life and so is a popular scuba diving and snorkelling destination. We will step ashore to tell our tale and fulfill our mission of ‘making the unseen seen’.

Leg 10: Rarotonga, Cook Islands to Tonga
27th April – 7th May, 2020

Crew Contribution: £4,000 each
Start: Rarotonga, Cook Islands
End: Tonga
Total trip duration: 10 days

Rarotonga is the largest and most populated of the 15 main Cook Islands. The Cook Islands were formed by volcanic activity and are a mix of mountainous volcanic islands, coral atolls and reefs. Cook Islanders are finding plastic waste a growing issue and organisations are working hard to try and introduce a variety of solutions. We will step on land to work alongside a local community group to explore the issue and management challenges faced. We will then set sail the 1000 nautical miles to the Kingdom of Tonga. Whilst at sea we will be able to carry out our scientific research, trawling the surface for microplastics and even analysing some of these samples on board. We will be able to work together to discuss our findings and suitable solutions to this global issue.

After just over a week at sea, we will arrive in The Kingdom of Tonga, an archipelago of around 170 islands, 36 of which are inhabited.

Leg 11: Tonga to Fiji
12th May – 19th May, 2020

Crew Contribution: £3,000 each
Start: Tonga
End: Fiji
Total trip duration: 7 days

On this leg, we will get to continue to explore the beauty of the South Pacific whilst delving into the issues of plastic pollution. Starting in the Kingdom of Tonga we will join a local environmental group to explore the issues this island nation faces.

We will then set sail the 500 nautical miles to the islands of Fiji. Whilst at sea, our onboard expert will facilitate scientific data collection and discussion around this environmental issue allowing all on board to have a deeper insight into the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans, and on us. After four days at sea, we will arrive into beautiful Fiji, a nation of over 300 main islands, of which 106 are permanently inhabited and steeped in culture. The two main islands comprise of 45% of the landmass of Fiji and are mountainous in nature, providing a dramatic sight as we head towards shore. It is reported that Fiji uses an alarming number of plastic bags, between 50 and 60 million per year and therefore it will be an important role for us to step ashore and share our story to raise the awareness and stimulate action.

Leg 12: Fiji to Vanuatu
24th May – 31st May, 2020

Crew Contribution: £3,200 each
Start: Fiji
End: Vanuatu
Total trip duration: 8 days

Fiji, with its rich island culture, rainforests, beautiful beaches, lagoons and palm-lined shores will be a picturesque start to this leg. We will collaborate with local organisations to investigate the plastic pollution on the island. This will provide an insight into the issues it faces in terms of the environmental impact and waste management. Fiji is famed for its rich marine life and so as we depart to sail the 600 nautical miles to Vanuatu we should be treated to some interesting wildlife spotting!

Whilst at sea we will be carrying out our scientific research programme and engaging in discussion and workshops around solutions. After just less than 5 full days offshore we will arrive at a group of 82, relatively small islands called Vanuatu. Vanuatu is a nation of over 80 islands which are volcanic in origin and feature long narrow coastal plains. This provides a strong connection between the islanders and the sea, so it will be a valuable experience to step ashore to raise awareness by sharing our findings.

Leg 13: Vanuatu to Cairns
5th June – 19th June, 2020

Crew Contribution: £5,600 each
Start: Vanuatu
End: Cairns, Australia
Total trip duration: 14 days

The final leg across the South Pacific will be sure to deliver excitement! Starting in Vanuatu, we will work with a local community group to find out more about the plastic pollution issues on the islands. Vanuatu is a mountainous archipelago and will provide a stunning backdrop to our onshore activities.

We will sail West 1300 nautical miles to Cairns, Australia and continue our scientific research whilst at sea, deploying the manta trawl to collect sea surface samples and even managing to process some of these on board. We will be offshore for 10 days and during this time we will skirt the bioregion of the Coral Sea, a marginal sea stretching 2000km down the North East coast of Australia. In addition, we will hopefully be treated to sights of the Minke whale and Humpback whale migration that occurs along this coast at this time of year!

When we reach land we will head into Cairns to share tales from our crossing and raise awareness about the impact that plastic pollution is having on our oceans and on us.

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:
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 – Madagascar. Leg 18: Madagascar – Cape Town.

Phase Four, November 2020 – February 2021:
Leg 19: Cape Town – South Atlantic Gyre – Recife. Leg 20: Recife – Fernando de Noronha – Grenada. Leg 21: Grenada – St Lucia. Leg 22: St Lucia – Bermuda.

Phase Five, March 2021 – September 2021:
Leg 23: Bermuda – Halifax. Leg 24: Halifax – Labrador. Leg 25: Labrador – Disko Bay. Leg 26: Disko Bay – Nuuk. Leg 27: Nuuk – Iceland. Leg 28: Iceland – Lofoten. Leg 29: 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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