Well done to our leg one crew who have arrived in Ponta Delgada, in São Miguel dos Açores on board S.V. TravelEdge on Monday 21st October having completed the first leg of eXXpedition Round the World – Leg 1 Plymouth to Azores with Rothy’s.

During their time in the Azores they will take part in a series of land-based research and community outreach activities around Ponta Delgada before a new crew joins the boat to sail Leg 2: North Atlantic Gyre from Azores to Antigua with Copernicus Marine Service on the 28th October 2019.

During their voyage, the eXXpedition Leg 1 crew have been sharing their updates from sea. You can find out more about their personal experiences through the links below!

10th October – Sea legs wanted
11th October – Curious new friendships
12th October – Let the science begin
13th October – The calm between the storms
14th October – 101 of sailmaking
15th October – All rivers lead to the ocean
16th October – Science Wednesday
17th October – Day of a hundred rainbows
18th October – Mother nature decides
19th October – Blue hearts and minds on a mission

Special thanks to Rothy’s the voyage leg sponsor for Plymouth to Azores and our Gold Sponsors Travel Edge, TOMRA, Red Ensign Group, Silver Sponsors 11th Hour Racing, Slaughter and May and all our official suppliers whose products have supported the crew on board over the last two weeks.

Join eXXpedition in the Azores!

The Azores are a group of nine islands, which are volcanic in origin and a famed north-east Atlantic deep-sea coral hotspot making them an important place to explore the prevalence and impact of ocean plastics. While in the Azores the crew will collaborate with the Azores Government, the Expolab Science Center, environmental groups and the local community to take part in research projects and to share their story and raise awareness of the plastic pollution issue and solutions.

21st October 1600 – 1800 Public Evening Talk & Lab Visit at Expolab the Center of Living Sciences 
Mission Director, Emily Penn and the crew of multidisciplinary women share stories of science at sea, sailing and solutions to the plastic issue. The event is open to the public and will start with talks in the main auditorium, followed by an interactive session within the laboratory where people can look into microscopes to see the microplastics that often go unseen, along with other plastic samples we’ve collected during our scientific research. A free event but RSVP needed.

27 October 2019 – 14:00 – 15:00 Public Outreach event with the Azores Government at Parque Atlantico Supermarket R. da Juventude, 9500-211 Ponta Delgada, Portugal.
Informative talks and Q&A exploring alternatives to plastic consumption and other habits and sustainable ways of living. The Azores Government has actively been working on reducing single use plastic, including the campaign that launched last year around “Azores without Straws”.
A free event for anyone that wants to attend.

….. keep checking back for details of Leg 2: North Atlantic Gyre from Azores to Antigua with Copernicus Marine Service which sails on the 28th October 2019.