eXXpedition Round the World Update
31 March, 2020
To our amazing community,
I hope this reaches you safe and well in these new and challenging times.
Over the past weeks we’ve been working hard to make a plan for the future of eXXpedition Round The World, since the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 made it unsafe and impossible to run the mission to the original schedule.
We have been closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 virus and the implications on health, safety and travel. Our team is being supported by experienced independent medical and risk advisors who are providing advice on how best to respond to the current global situation.
We’ve weighed various options, negotiating cyclone season that runs in the Southern Hemisphere from November until March, and concluded to pause the remaining voyage legs, from Leg 9 in Tahiti onwards, for 12 months. This allows us to continue following the original route, sailing in the optimum weather windows, to finish in the UK a year later than planned. By then, we are hopeful that travel embargoes will have been lifted and that we will have sufficient assurance that crews are healthy before going to sea.
Our plan is for all confirmed guest crew that are yet to sail with us to be given the opportunity to rejoin their planned voyage leg on the mission when it resumes next year.
We’re pleased we have found a solution that will not only allow us to deliver on our existing commitments, but also adds an additional year to the project, in which we will be able to make further impact. We are working on a plan for a ‘Year of Virtual Impact’ developing digital programmes that enable eXXpedition and our wider community to navigate solutions to marine plastic pollution, connect and collaborate on opportunities, and access online resources, talks and workshops.
We look forward to sharing some of our ideas with you soon and working together to turn this unexpected situation, and lengthening of the Round The World project, into a great opportunity to create more impact.