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Science at Sea

WRITTEN BY DR LA DAANA KANHHAI & JULIE ON LEG FOUR ANTIGUA TO ARUBA WITH RED ENSIGN GROUP   The issue of plastic pollution in the marine environment has emerged in the past decade as an important global environmental issue. The concern about these contaminants is due to their persistent ubiquitous nature and the threat […]

‘Type 2’ Fun at Sea

WRITTEN BY EMMA FEGGETTER ON LEG FOUR ANTIGUA TO ARUBA WITH RED ENSIGN GROUP   All 10 of us would agree that we have all faced our own personal challenges during our time at sea as we travelled from Antigua to Aruba. Offshore sailing makes you live in relatively adverse conditions, the constant movement, the […]

Greening for the blue

WRITTEN BY RACHEL O’CALLAGHAN ON LEG FOUR ANTIGUA TO ARUBA WITH RED ENSIGN GROUP   While our vision and mission of eXXpedition is to shift the way we feel, think and act towards our oceans, in order to take care of our oceans we need to take care of our planet. Onboard SV TravelEdge weʼve got […]

Antigua – a proud and encouraging community

WRITTEN BY LIV & NATHALIE ON LEG FOUR ANTIGUA TO ARUBA WITH RED ENSIGN GROUP As S.V. TravelEdge spent several days at the Antigua harbour and around its islands, this generated considerable awareness within its proud community. Some of the local people we met were already well aware of the work and aims of eXXpedition, […]

Beauty and the Beast

WRITTEN BY RACHEL & JULIET ON LEG FOUR ANTIGUA TO ARUBA WITH RED ENSIGN GROUP   It’s as if we’ve been dropped into a scene of Star Wars – faced with a desert of dust and pockets of gas pushing their way to the surface, like clouds being pushed in the wind, drifting up through […]

Diversity and Sustainability at sea with the Red Ensign Group

After crossing the Atlantic and exploring the region around Antigua,  S.V. TravelEdge is preparing to set sail from Antigua to Aruba, via Bonaire. The voyage will sail through the Caribbean Sea led by eXXpedition’s mission leader – Sally Earthrowl. We are very excited to have our gold sponsors at the Red Ensign Group onboard with […]

Having fun in the Caribbean Sun

WRITTEN BY LARA HOAD ON LEG THREE EXPLORING ANTIGUA VIA GREEN ISLAND What a jam-packed day the ladies of eXXpedition have had!  After a serious amount of gathering scientific samples with both the Manta Trawl and the Niskin bottle going in for a big dip in the deep blue, we jumped into the dingy and […]

Love Where You Visit

WRITTEN BY LISA & JEANINE ON LEG THREE EXPLORING ANTIGUA VIA GREEN ISLAND As we sail around Antigua we are awed by its beauty. Its blue waters, clear skies and pristine sandy beaches. While driving from the airport to Falmouth Harbour we shared with our taxi driver, Bobby, the purpose of our visit. We were […]

All Hands on Deck (and on Planet)

WRITTEN BY KRISTEN & LEAH ON LEG THREE EXPLORING ANTIGUA VIA GREEN ISLAND To run a tight ship and a successful sailing expedition, every member of the crew commits to a role and works together as a unified team. The skipper is usually at the helm steering the boat and keeping a steady course. A […]

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 a unanimous yes, so […]

Using the magic plastic-definition machine

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 […]

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 […]

Crew Profile of Imogen Napper

eXXpedition North Pacific crew member and marketing professional Meg Tapp tells us more about Leg 2 lead scientist and microplastic researcher Imogen Napper… “Where can I even begin to describe Imogen Napper? From the second we all gathered at the harbour in Vancouver, she was raring to go, and has been a crucial member of the […]

Day 15 Crew Update: Profile of Rowan Henthorn

eXXpedition North Pacific crew member Jen Russell introduces fellow crew member and scientist Rowan Henthorn: “There aren’t many people who can pull off a bucket-hat, but Rowan Henthorn is definitely one of them. Rowan was lucky enough to grow up on the beautiful Isle of Man, where she had a childhood filled with beach trips, and being taken […]

Day 10 Crew Update: 1,000 pieces of plastic

eXXpedition North Pacific crew member Michelle Byle reflects on the plastic the crew are finding as they sail through the North Pacific gyre: “We took a small sample of the ocean water today. We poured it through a series of screens to filter out its contents. This is what we found: over 1000 pieces of […]

Plymouth Outreach in the Spotlight: Round Britain Voyage

eXXpedition have run previous expeditions all over the world, but this summer was the first time they had a crew sampling in UK waters. The eXXpedition Round Britain journey took 28 days, and started and finished in Sutton Harbour, Plymouth. By the end of the journey, the crew had travelled 2,035 nautical miles and collected […]

Crew Update: Round Britain Day 18

eXXpedition Round Britain crew member Samantha Sutton describes her experience of life on board during leg 3 of the voyage: “Today was a perfect day for sailing. The sky was clear and I learned how to sail with the wind which was harder than navigating by compass. We were further ahead in our journey to […]