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Day 24 Crew Update: Profile of Beccy Finlayson

eXXpedition crew member and scientist Laura Leiva gives us an insight into crew member and TV researcher Beccy Finlayson “26th bottles, not 26 candles”… Beccy laughed, as she carried a bag full of plastic bottles that made their way through the Pacific Ocean from Asia to the uninhabited Broken Islands. For sure a memorable day to […]

Day 23 Crew Update: Science for non-scientists

eXXpedition North Pacific crew member and marketing professional Meg Tapp shares how being on board has boosted her understanding of the science behind ocean plastic! “Being on Sea Dragon is all at once both exactly how I imagined it and nothing like it. The experience of being aboard with these incredible women is eye-opening in […]

eXXpediiton Film Premiere at the Royal Geographic Society

Our film premiered at the Royal Geographic society for International Womens Day, 7th March 2015 to an audience of over 200 people! An exceptional evening made all the more special by the fact we had 13 of the 14 Atlantic 2014 crew present. Our first reunion since the tearful goodbyes in Martinique last December. Our […]

eXXpedition Director and Sea Dragon Skipper Emily Penn at TedXEastEnd

Hear from eXXpedition Director and Sea Dragon Skipper Emily Penn at TedXEastEnd. What can we learn about resilience from remote small island communities? Emily’s work and passion for conservation have taken her around the world, from picking up 56 tonnes of garbage to researching the impact of plastic pollutants on women’s health. In this talk […]

eXXpedition Atlantic Film Premiere!

Join us for the premiere of the eXXpedition Atlantic documentary on the 7th of March at 5.30pm for a 6pm start. In honour of International Women’s Day, we are going to be the finale in a wonderful afternoon and evening event that celebrates women in exploration and field science, organised by Intrepid Explorers – King’s […]

8th December – Sea Dragon and eXXpedition crew welcome the schools of Martinique

For a few hours Monday morning the population aboard Sea Dragon increased 3-fold when the eXXpedition 2014 mission and journey was shared with 60 of Martinique’s school children. Sue, Malin, Laura, Maria, and Diana showed the children ages 5-11 and their teachers how the ship operated, while explaining what life was like aboard Sea Dragon. […]

6th December – Body Burden in Martinique

Giddy with land, cold drinks and wifi, and full of a sense of achievement, our first few days in Martinique were busy. As the crew started to disperse, we continued to come together on Sea Dragon for a number of events.  We have welcomed the other Atlantic Odyssey boats as they came in, and have […]

4th December – Inspiration from our skipper and the 'what is our future' sessions

Thursday December 4th saw us experiencing mounting excitement at the prospect of reaching our goal, landing in Martinique. It was also one of our more magical days and evenings, with Mother Nature herself providing an incredible show. We entered an awestruck silence with the wonder of the setting sun, only to be further stunned in […]

3rd December – Science, Seaweed and Songs

16 27.26 N 56 46.76 W As we cruise ever closer to Martinique’s EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone), situated 200 nautical miles around it’s coastline, today was officially the final day of science! We completed our last Manta Trawl gathering plenty of sargassum (seaweed) as well as a totally different array of organisms – watching a […]

1 December — A New Month & A New Future!

18 43.01 N 51 54.28 W It is December! We celebrated the sunny warm day by happily singing and dancing along with “Feliz Navidad” and “All I want for Christmas is You” (we had excitedly awaited for the first day of December to play some Christmas music). It was another really hot day, and we […]

Saturday 29 November — A Whale In Our Sights & Inspirational Activism

20’ 44,13 N 46’ 47,16 W Today all 14 of us succeeded in the International Buy Nothing Day mission by not buying anything! Easy! Another day in Sea-She Dragon has passed. Even with no more fresh fruit on board (eek!) we are still enjoying this amazing bold adventure all together in the middle of the […]

27 November – Happy Thanksgiving America

22 36.10 N 42 05.69 W Happy Thanksgiving America! We celebrated this holiday with three of our American shipmates – Diana, Shanley & Jenna. For many, it was their first Thanksgiving and although there was no turkey or “tofurkey” in sight, the occasion was complete with pancakes and the last of our fresh fruit (Eek!). […]

Sunday 23-Monday 24 November — Flying Fish, a Last Supper and Fragments of Time

24°45.25’N 33°26.65’W Overnight, a new passenger joined us on board.  One of the Atlantic’s liminal flying fish, existing magically in the borders between air and sea, fetched up on deck – to the great delight of our master dissector Diana.  A late night analysis of the creature’s stomach contents showed an all-natural last meal.  There […]

Saturday 22 November – Pancakes, Progress, Plastics

Saturday 22nd November 2014: Sea Dragon 25 53.53 N 28 25.52 W 780 miles down! After the storms of the past six days we had a beautiful Sunday morning with relatively calm seas, we got busy cleaning the boat, our laundry and ourselves. Lucy made pancakes – a special treat for those on watch – […]

Friday 21 November – Harsh Weather, A Close Call & 'Me-Search' update

Thursday night presented the very harshest conditions yet. After breaking the yankee and tearing the staysail, the wind continued to pick up until it was 30 knots gusting 40 kts with a deep swell. The skies were pitch black and moonless as squall after squall hit us presenting challenging conditions at the helm. At around […]

Anchors Away and They're Off!

After months of planning and a week of intense preparation and educational activities at port in Lanzarote Marina, Seadragon’s Crew finally set sail Over the next three weeks we’ll be posting scientific findings, journal blogposts and updates on the state of the ocean and the plastics and micro-plastics as we sail. Exxpedition’s land crew member […]

Karen McCarthy Woolf – Our land based support!

eXXpedition crew are very pleased to welcome Karen McCarthy Woolf into our land-based crew in charge of our media and outreach while we sail. Karen is a poet and AHRC-funded PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London whose research explores how collaborative and hybrid art forms can be used to write about nature and […]

Meet our Engineer in Residence Dr Jenna Jambeck!

We are delighted to introduce you to our Engineer in Residence Jenna. Jenna brings a wealth of expertise to eXXpedition enabling us to accurately characterise the plastic fragments we find in the ocean using nanoscale technology! Jenna is an Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia (UGA). She received her PhD […]

Maria, our Artist in Residence!

Maria is the latest addition to the crew. She graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Camberwell School of Art & a Postgraduate degree in Art & Design Education from Goldsmith’s University, London. She is passionate advocate and lover of all things related to water. Maria’s work explores interactions between human manipulation of […]

Introducing Sue from the wild windy Isle of Arran!

    eXXpedition are proud to welcome aboard Sue – Sailor, activist, ecotherapist, gardener, grandmother! Without doubt her therapy skills, cooking skills and long held perspective on environmental and community experience will enrich our mission. Sue is a coastal skipper, used to sailing offshore in scottish waters but never yet beyond St Kilda. This voyage brings […]

Maidentrip

MAIDENTRIP is the story of 14 year olf Dutch sailor Laura Decker, as she sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. Must see viewing for the crew of eXXpedition! Directed by Jillian Schlesinger as her first film. Throughout the […]