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RTW LEG 2 COMPLETE

Congratulations to our leg two crew who have just arrived in Antigua on S.V TravelEdge after completing the second leg of eXXpedition Round the World – Leg 2: North Atlantic Gyre from Azores to Antigua with Copernicus Marine Service. Last night, they held an event to celebrate the conclusion of their voyage and share their stories of travelling through the North Atlantic Gyre with an audience […]

The Transatlantic Sisterhood

WRITTEN BY MARITA ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE A topic that was discussed a lot, on shore and on the boat, was the all-female aspect of eXXpedition. After spending three weeks with 13 previously unknown women on a boat, I can absolutely confirm that it is an inspiring, encouraging […]

Lost in translation

WRITTEN BY BARBARA & EMILIE ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE   When I finally got word that I had been selected to be one of 300 women to participate in eXXpedition, I got a chance to meet the rest of the crewmates via a skype type call a few […]

Sailing at “espresso-martini-speed”

WRITTEN BY NATASCHA, ERICA AND EMILIE ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE 2274 nautical miles in our rhumb line to go – four days late – my “thanks” goes out to Pablo and Rebekah. On the 1st of October we set sail – we left port, first hoisting our mainsail […]

Starving in ample seas: More plastic than plankton in surface water samples

WRITTEN BY RIKKI ERIKSEN ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE   On a calm and sunny day, the eXXpedition Teams donned foul weather gear and pitched in on deck to deploy the manta trawl.  The manta trawl would scoop up surface waters while the Niskin bottle would sample at depths […]

Midnight snack

WRITTEN BY ERICA CIRANO ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE   At 10 minutes to 12am, I’m roused from a deep slumber by the typical clamour of a changing shift on deck—murmuring voices, laughter, just-emptied mugs clanking with each wave in the galley sink. I’m slightly annoyed to be woken […]

Half-way celebrations

WRITTEN BY LOUISE TREMEWAN ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE   As we set sail from Ponta Delgada at 6am on Friday 1st November, 2274 nautical miles stretched ahead to our destination of Antigua. An exciting, yet daunting adventure for us all! Who would be seasick first? What would the […]

Stop press, we caught two fish!

WRITTEN BY YANIKA BORG ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE Aboard eXXpedition, the cuisine is all veggie-based. Once we were out at sea, our Skipper Anna carried out an anonymous poll to see if we are all comfortable with fishing during our trip. It was an unanimous yes, so the […]

Using the magic plastic-definition device

WRITTEN BY MARITA SCHMID ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE   Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy… aka the Magic machine that tells what kind of plastic we found. What it does in simple terms is shoot infrared light through a material to measure the reflection waves which identifies […]

Do fish use forks to eat their dinner?

WRITTEN BY YANIKA BORG ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE   Hi everyone, Yanika here. Today dawned a gorgeous day in the Atlantic – warm sunshine, slight breeze, calm seas. I was especially and ridiculously happy because I woke up with an appetite and with lots of energy after two […]

Stenella on the Bow

WRITTEN BY THE CREW ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE   Dawn at 6:00 AM for Team 2 (Emily, Nita, Marita, Rikki), under power with a shrill propeller squealing in the backdrop, and utter stillness on the Atlantic Oceans surface. For as far as the eyes can stretch in the […]

The three questions of everyday life on the boat

WRITTEN BY THE CREW ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE What shift are we on? We are working on a rotating watch system with always 4 hours on and then 8 hours off.  We are split into three teams that together with one professional crew member (they have 3h on […]

Our first days at sea

WRITTEN BY THE CREW ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE   After we had to wait for tropical storm Rebekah to pass the Azores, we finally set sail on Friday morning. The entire team was very excited and we could not wait to start sailing. The wind was quite strong […]

Sediment sampling, supermarket and beach clean

Written by Natascha Glanzer-Fuerst and Louise Tremewan Images from Louise Tremewan ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE After a breakfast of cereal and coffee (we have several caffeine fiends on board!), we started our day with learning how to carry out sediment sampling from different points along the boat with […]

Visit to Musami waste management facility

Written by Erica Cirino ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE When weather delayed the departure of eXXpedition’s Leg 2 off from San Miguel to Antigua, the crew took advantage of their extra days linked up to land to learn more about the island’s plastic waste situation. This involved a day […]

Our time on land

WRITTEN BY GUEST CREW ON LEG TWO FROM AZORES TO ANTIGUA WITH COPERNICUS MARINE SERVICE Yes, we are still in the harbour. Yes, on purpose. Yes, all happy with this decision. After some guest-crew internal worries about the colourful circles on the weather forecasts we found online and got sent to by friends and family, […]

Round the World Leg 2 Begins

On Sunday 27th October 2019 the crew for eXXpedition leg 2 assembled in the Azores to prepare for the crossing from the Azores to Antigua. The crew are waiting for an appropriate weather window for departure. eXXpedition North Atlantic Gyre from Azores to Antigua with Copernicus Marine Service will take them through the densest accumulation […]