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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. This journey is made possible by the generous sponsorship by Rothy’s.

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Round The World Route Plan

October 2019 - September 2021

  • Leg 2

    Azores North Atlantic Gyre Antigua

    27th October, 2019 - 18th November, 2019
  • Leg 3

    Antigua Green Island Antigua

    with

    23rd November, 2019 - 26th November, 2019
  • Leg 4

    Antigua Bonaire Aruba

    with Red Ensign Group,

    29th November, 2019 - 8th December, 2019
  • Leg 5

    Aruba San Blas Panama

    12th December, 2019 - 22nd December, 2019
  • Leg 6

    Panama Galapagos

    with Travel Edge

    28th January, 2019 - 8th February, 2019
  • Leg 7

    Galapagos Easter Island

    with PerkinElmer

    15th February, 2019 - 4th March, 2019
  • Leg 8

    Easter Island The Pitcairn Group Tahiti

    with

    8th March, 2019 - 1st April, 2019
  • Leg 9

    Tahiti Cook Islands

    with

    15th April, 2019 - 22nd April, 2019
  • Leg 10

    Cook Islands Tonga

    with

    27th April, 2019 - 7th May, 2019
  • Leg 12

    Fiji Vanuatu

    with

    24th May, 2019 - 31st May, 2019
  • Leg 13

    Vanuatu Cairns

    with

    5th June, 2019 - 19th June, 2019
  • Leg 14

    Cairns Darwin

    with

    17th July, 2019 - 28th July, 2019
  • Leg 15

    Darwin Perth

    with TOMRA

    3rd August, 2019 - 20th August, 2019
  • Leg 16

    Perth Indian Ocean Gyre Mauritius

    28th August, 2019 - 24th September, 2019
  • Leg 17

    Mauritius Cape Town, South Africa

    with Slaughter and May

    30th September, 2019 - 24th October, 2019
  • Leg 18

    Cape Town South Atlantic Gyre João Pessoa

    22nd November, 2019 - 22nd December, 2019
  • Leg 19

    Recife Fernando de Noronha Barbados

    3rd January, 2019 - 23rd January, 2019
  • Leg 20

    Barbados St Lucia

    1st February, 2019 - 7th February, 2019
  • Leg 21

    St Lucia Bermuda

    with Red Ensign Group

    12th February, 2019 - 24th February, 2019
  • Leg 23

    Bermuda Halifax

    with Travel Edge

    5th May, 2019 - 15th May, 2019
  • Leg 24

    Halifax Labrador

    29th May, 2019 - 7th June, 2019
  • Leg 25

    Labrador Disko Bay

    12th June, 2019 - 23rd June, 2019
  • Leg 26

    Disko Bay Nuuk

    28th June, 2019 - 26th July, 2019
  • Leg 27

    Nuuk Iceland

    11th July, 2019 - 22nd July, 2019
  • Leg 28

    Iceland Lofoten

    27th July, 2019 - 6th August, 2019
  • Leg 29

    Lofoten Oslo

    with TOMRA

    13th August, 2019 - 23rd August, 2019
  • Leg 30

    Oslo London

    with TOMRA

    28th August, 2019 - 5th September, 2019
  • Leg 22

    Bermuda North Atlantic Gyre Bermuda

    5th April, 2019 - 9th April, 2019
  • Leg 11

    Tonga Fiji

    with

    12th May, 2019 - 19th May, 2019
  • Leg 1

    Plymouth Azores

    with Rothy's

    1st October, 2019 - 1st November, 2019
  • Leg 23

    15th April, 2019 - 26th April, 2019

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Voyage Itinerary

This is the itinerary list for a single voyage (leg)

  • 9th September 2019
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    Victoria, BC
  • 31st October 2019
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    Oahu, Hawaii
  • 16th November 2019
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    Croydon, UK

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Exxpedition

eXXpedition organises all-women sailing voyages exploring the impact of plastic and toxics in our global seas. On each voyage, multidisciplinary women carry out citizen science that feeds into global studies, take part in outreach events with local organisations and discover how they can apply their own skills to the plastic problem.

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Mission leader

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Kirsty Young

Kirsty Young

United Kingdom

Police Constable - Authorised Firearms Officer

Kirsty Young is an Authorised Firearms Officer for the Ministry of Defence Police where she is currently putting her skills to good use within one of the forces specialist units. 

Having been raised in Scotland it was only natural that she grew up with a great love of the outdoors and walking up mountains. After leading her friends to the top of the wrong mountain in the Brecon Beacons (then pointing to the mountain they should have climbed) they are hoping that Kirsty won’t have anything to do with the navigation on board S/V TravelEdge.
From a young age Kirsty found herself making waves in the male dominated world of Motorsport, in particular karting. She has had great success gaining two British Women’s Racing Drivers Club – Kart Championship titles as well as winning many races and titles against large grids of men.


Having spent the majority of her life thriving in male dominated environments Kirsty has become a strong advocator of empowering women and now enjoys spending her evenings volunteering at a local Brownie group with the aim of inspiring the next generation of women.
This will be Kirsty’s first time sailing and she hopes the trip will give her a better understanding of what damage has been done by plastic pollution and how she can become part of a solution that reduces it. She hopes her story will not only inspire women but also encourage everyone she knows to be more mindful of the damage they are doing to the environment and to always push themselves out of their comfort zones on adventures of their own.

Ann Jenkins

Ann Jenkins

Canada

Founder and Director, Asociación PLAYA PATROL

“When young children present me with their first bottle of discarded cigarette butts that they’ve collected at a beach clean up or enthusiastically share a story about why plastic is harmful to the sea, their eyes light up and they get very excited to tell me something important. That’s how I know that what we do with PLAYA PATROL is important at a grassroots level because it inspires people of all ages to change their relationship with single-use plastic. I am both excited to join eXXpedition and fearful to witness first-hand the harm that our relationship with plastic has on our fragile planet.

Ann is originally from Canada and now lives in La Herradura, which is located in Costa Tropical, Spain. In October 2018, she hosted her first beach clean up which attracted 350 volunteers. That propelled her to create a non-profit association which focuses on large scale community beach clean ups in order to educate families, schools and business about the harm that single-use plastic has on our sea and our planet. Ann is looking forward to the challenges and rigor of two weeks at sea and is excited to share her on-board experience when she returns to Spain.

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Sonja Jakić

Sonja Jakić

Croatia

Student and Skipper

Growing up on the island of Cres in Croatia, surrounded by sea, it became one of the most important things in Sonja’s life. Sonja started sailing when she was 10 years old. She’s been a part of a local group whose idea was to solve the problem of sheeps wool waste around the island. Sonja has been a part of many local eco and heritage preservation actions and many cultural and youth programs in school. With so many interests in her head it was very hard for her to choose a course when the time came for that, but she decided to go into mechanical engineering because the idea was to acquire as much knowledge and understanding about things that surround her and how to solve a problem when one appears.

For the last four years Sonja has been working in seasonal nautical tourism in Croatia as a sailor, hostess and a skipper. Reaching secluded bays and finding a bunch of garbage and plastic on shore started to trouble her. Every time she found herself in such a situation, she would just jump in the sea and go and pick it up. For her it started from the heart and her influence on others is now with her guests and crew. At the moment she is finishing her bachelor degree and working as a skipper in south Croatia.

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Aarathi Arumugam

Aarathi Arumugam

Malaysia

Business Woman

An accountant by training, an entrepreneur and community connector by choice, living in an island city, Aarathi believes that life is a journey worth learning. Her work includes curating events and content for families, children and the larger community, in an effort to break boundaries and strengthening bonds.


Aarathi felt compelled to join the crew because given the climate changes we have witnessed in these short 10 years, we no longer have the choice BUT to be interested in how we treat our waste, particularly in the way we dispose of plastics and other seemingly harmless materials that actually create toxic waste in our oceans and lands. As a member of our communities we all have to be bothered about how we can BE that change.


Aarathi is not a personality or anyone famous and you don’t have to be. She believes an opportunity like this offers regular citizens around the world, a chance to contribute toward a legacy that benefits all.

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Katrin Scholz-Barth

Katrin Scholz-Barth

Germany

Mom, Wife, Business Woman - trained as a Bricklayer and Civil/Env Engineer

Katrin is a bricklayer and competitive swimmer from former East Germany. Because in East Germany there was limited resources, they always had to improvise, invent ways to make things work. This mindset shapes me to the day and forces me to be determined, practical, and hands-on. My fierce sense of fairness helps build community.

It was much later in my professional life that a professor told me that entrepreneurs are very unhappy because they always see things that can be improved. That’s when I realized, “Oh, is that what it is? I must be a very good entrepreneur!”

My heart beats at the intersection of sustainability, business, innovation & social entrepreneurship. I view the world around me through the lens of strategic sustainability to find ways to decarbonize.

I really love my work in the business world, helping companies and corporations become more profitable, resilient and competitive by connecting their core business values with environmental sustainability, especially along the water-energy-food nexus.

As an environmental sustainability business women I enjoy most when I lead and initiate change, inspire and empower people, and engage in sustainability design thinking and development of inclusive and equitable communities, which I do in my personal and professional life, from Harvard University to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, as well as in my volunteering activities as President of SustainableQATAR.

To bring back pictures, stories and research results from our eXXpedition round-the-world sailing voyage to this diverse array of organizations and communities is a big motivator, challenge and responsibility I am grateful and willing to accept.

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Natalie Fox

Natalie Fox

United Kingdom

Surf and yoga instructor

Natalie is a surf and yoga instructor based in Portugal during summers and Morzine, French Alps in winters. She has travelled and taught her 2 passions around the world as Roxy fitness ambassador; in Morocco, France, Jersey, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica and New Zealand. She is currently in her second year studying a Masters of Sustainability with Anglia Ruskin University and The Eden Project.

She joined Surfers Against Sewage as a rep in 2014 and has taken part in hundreds of beach cleans over the last 10 years, sharing her environmental stories through Surf Girl Magazine.

Natalie is passionate about preserving and protecting ocean ecosystems, joining Sea Shepherd and Surfers for Cetaceans on campaigns in Antarctica, Faroe Islands and California. In 2011 she cofounded Women for Whales to highlight the plight of whale and dolphins, as well as the connection women often have to these sentient beings. She is now an “ocean plastics ambassador” for Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s #notwhalefood campaign and hopes to align her experience on the eXXpedition with her MSc major project, researching the effects of micro plastics on whales.

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Kimberly Wooten

Kimberly Wooten

United States of America

Historical Archaeologist

Kimberly has worked as an archaeologist across the geographically and culturally diverse state that is California, for several years in British Columbia, as well as field seasons in Stymfalia and Mytilene in Greece. In the last few years, Kimberly’s archaeological interests have started to merge with her more personal activism focusing on climate change. In part, this is because Kimberly is a mother of two genuinely nice humans, Sunday, a dancer, and Inigo, a high school athlete, and she feels a responsibility towards ensuring her children’s future. Kimberly is married to another archaeologist, Scott Baxter, so dinner conversations often revolve around history, field stories, artifacts, people’s behaviors, and dirt!

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Kirana Agustina

Kirana Agustina

Indonesia

Postgraduate Student and Ocean Conservationist

KIRANA has a scientific background in Marine Science which has given her full understanding of Indonesia’s potential for leading the world in environmental issues. Working on marine conservation for nearly seven years and living in Indonesia – the heart of the Coral Triangle, a global epicentre of marine biodiversity, further confirm this. Unfortunately, its maritime potential is grossly neglected, especially with the young generation. And we are currently facing real threats such as marine ‘plastic’ debris that have a severe impact on the marine environment, economic cost and our health.

She just finished her postgraduate program at University College London on Environment, Politics and Society and researched on “Ocean Plastic, Politics of Scale and Indonesia’s National Plan of Action”. She believes through the exploration of environmental problems such as ocean plastic will provide insight related to the scientific, political, economic practices that are shaping the human perspective in their relation to the ocean. Before her postgraduate study, she was doing a United Nations-Nippon Fellowship program in 2018 at Division Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (DOALOS) in New York City. Also, she worked at a different multilateral organisation, national government, and local conservation NGO focused on environment and ocean conservation.

Kirana is the recipient of a developing nations bursary, supported by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Having an opportunity to do ocean sailing on the plastic issue with eXXpedition is going to be like a dream come true for her. She hopes to help Indonesia’s Government in the future becomes an ocean advocate in the fight against ocean plastic issues. She is also very excited to learn from other eXXpedition crew how to shift the public’s perspectives on the importance of ocean issues.

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Marcia Reinauer

Marcia Reinauer

United States of America

Documentary filmmaker and photographer

Marcia Reinauer is a documentary filmmaker and photographer. She grew up boating and spending a significant amount of time on and around the water. In recent years, many of Marcia’s documentary films have centered around raising awareness about athletes working to make our planet healthier through sustainable practices. In her free-time, Marcia races sailboats and crews on off-shore deliveries, which has given her a passion for showing others the importance of protecting our world’s oceans.

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Breezy Grenier

Breezy Grenier

United States of America

Ocean M.E.S.E

Breezy is an ocean scientist by education, and mariner, educator, and entrepreneur by trade. After serving four years in the United States Coast Guard, she attended the University of Rhode Island, studying geology and geological oceanography, marine biology, and underwater archaeology.

A licensed boat captain, Breezy serves as the captain of several vessels from research, fishing, diving and service support, to eco-tourism. She is the Technical Director of an amateur sailing team, and instructs snowboarding, scuba diving, and boating. Breezy is not only a member of the Explorers Club and a Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society, she is also a member of the Sedna Epic Expedition, an all female team of sea women, planning on completing a historic snorkel relay of the Northwest passage.

Breezy uses her unique combinations of knowledge and experience to relay knowledge of what she sees at sea, whether it be disappearing sea ice and stress to the wildlife, to plastic pollution found everywhere. To help relay her message and inspire the next generation, she is the founder of Scientists are Superheroes too, which is to help change the scientist stereotype, and focuses on getting children to go outside, explore, and play sports, engaging and empowering youth to climate actions, and promote healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyles. She also is the founder of Eco-Elders, which promotes connecting generations, creating a knowledge exchange focusing on [home] maker skills, aimed at reducing and reusing habits to combat our ocean plastics problem.

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