Galapagos to Easter Island

Leg 7

Joining our Round the World mission at San Cristobal, Galapagos will be a dream come true for many!  With its seas under the protection of a marine nature reserve and the island part of the Galapagos National Park with strict ecotourism guidelines, the start of this leg will provide an interesting insight for our research. We will await our weather window and whilst we do we will have plenty of time to learn the ropes and begin our onboard programme – all with the beautiful backdrop of San Cristobal! 

You’ll need to be prepared for some serious sailing action as this leg will see us spending just over two weeks at sea, sailing into tight winds on our way to Easter Island.  As we do we will sail into the South Pacific Gyre, an area of ocean currents that lead to it being a plastic accumulation zone, which should provide some interesting results for our scientific research. After sailing 2000 nautical miles we will reach the Chilean island which is the southeasternmost point in the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania and situated in the middle of the South Pacific Gyre. Easter Island is said to be one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world and its remote location has led to the evolution of unique and abundant marine wildlife.  In recent years this has been recognised by the Chilean Government who have created Rapa Nui Marine Park, one of the world’s largest marine parks. When we reach its shores we will step on land and work with a local community organisation to raise awareness of the issue and share our findings.

MEET THE TEAM

Mission Leader

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Dr Winnie Courtene-Jones

Dr Winnie Courtene-Jones

United Kingdom

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Lead Scientist

Winnie is a marine biologist with a PhD in plastic pollution. She completed her doctoral studies at the Scottish Association for Marine Science where she researched the prevalence and historic
occurrence of microplastic pollution in the deep sea ecosystem. Her expert knowledge in this area has led her to attend meetings at UK and European parliament. Winnie is also passionate about
communicating science to the public and supporting women in science.

She joined the eXXpedition team in 2019 as Lead Scientist for the Round the World mission. Winnie is based at the University of Plymouth, and is responsible for the design and delivery of the science program, which aims to address fundamental knowledge gaps in our understanding of marine plastics.

Winnie will be Mission Leader for Round the World voyages: Azores to Antiqua; Panama to Galapagos; Galapagos to Easter Island and; Perth to Mauritius.

Guest Crew

Carry Somers

Carry Somers

United Kingdom

Fashion Activist

Carry is the founder and Global Operations Director of Fashion Revolution, a a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. Inspired to act after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013, Fashion Revolution is now the world’s largest fashion movement with teams in over 100 countries and millions of people participating each year.

Previously, Carry set up her multi-award winning fashion brand Pachacuti in 1992 after a Masters in Native American Studies. Pachacuti pioneered radical supply chain transparency and was the world’s first Fair Trade Certified company. Earlier this year, Lyst named her as one of the 8 Sustainable Icons Revolutionising the Fashion World, alongside names such as Emma Watson, Stella McCartney and Meghan Markle.

Carry learned to sail on the J-Class yacht Velsheda and has sailed square riggers on the Tall Ships Race and a transatlantic voyage. Carry will use her experience to feed into Fashion Revolution’s 2020 campaign which will focus on the unseen impacts of the industry, such as micofibre pollution.

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Irina Maria Peterson

Irina Maria Peterson

Romania

Business Owner

Irina is the “Ocean Amazone” – a passionate sailor and nature lover! She is co-founder and CEO of a successful nutritional supplements business in US, dedicated to making wellbeing and quality nutrition available to everyone.

She is also human to her beloved dog Ever!

Katlin Tilly

Katlin Tilly

Australia

Food Security Manager and Sustainability Teacher

Katkin was born and raised in Toowoomba, Australia. She studied at the University of Queensland and gained a dual degree in Economics and Geography.

She currently lives and works in the Bahamas at a not-for-profit called The Island School. This school offers high school students a semester abroad where they learn outside of the normal classroom. They join research projects, study marine ecology while scuba diving and explore nature through camping expeditions. Her role within this organization is to lead a research class and she is also the Food Security Manager. She oversees the operations of the aquaponics system, permaculture farm and runs the local farmers project. Their goal is to help reinvigorate agriculture within the Bahamas to help support the local economy, reduce our carbon footprint and allow fresh local produce to be more affordable.


She is also currently working towards obtaining her dive master certification and love anything in the ocean such as freediving, kayaking and boating. The ocean is her happy place and something she is very passionate about protecting.

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Alice Pelton

Alice Pelton

United Kingdom

Entrepreneur

Alice is the Founder of The Lowdown – www.theldown.com – the world’s first review platform for contraception. She is based in London and has worked in the media and digital product development for the past eight years.

Alice built The Lowdown when she realised she couldn’t find user-based data on women’s experiences and side effects from contraception at scale, anywhere. So, she decided to do something about it and create the ‘Trip Advisor for contraception’. The site launched in Feb 2019 has already received thousands of anonymous reviews, and coverage from The Times, Stylist magazine, Marie Claire and Radio 1.

A fierce advocate for women’s health, Alice wants to use her eXXpedition experience to understand the impact of endocrine disruptors on our reproductive health – and leverage The Lowdown community to spread the word to others.

Whether it’s sailing, surfing or scuba diving, Alice absolutely loves the ocean and can’t wait to challenge herself and become better informed about the issue of plastic pollution through this experience.

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Claire McCluskey

Claire McCluskey

Ireland

Artist

Born in midlands Ireland, Claire didn’t grow up with much exposure to or experience of the sea. That all changed in 2014, when an idle pub conversation with her partner got out of hand… and they bought a boat. Two short years later she found herself immersed in a wholly new experience – as an amateur diesel mechanic in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! The couple successfully completed a 9 month North-Atlantic circumnavigation via the Caribbean, and ever since, Claire has been hooked on the sea.

As a contemporary artist, Claire investigates the structures that connect us to the world and each other, and makes work that reflects on themes of connection and collaboration. Having directly witnessed the prevalence of plastic debris in the most offshore regions of the Atlantic, the eXXpedition Round the World mission sparked an interest to do more. This voyage will inform a new body of research in which Claire will explore the symbolic role of the Ocean in our collective cultural psyche, as a means to investigate how ocean pollution may be causing psychological as well as environmental harm.

Claire is sponsored by:

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Juliana Corrales

Juliana Corrales

Costa Rica

Creative Consultant - Design/Communications

Uniting creativity with ocean conservation.

Juliana is a professional in the field of design and creativity, an avid diver and conservationist. She has oriented her personal and professional life to use art, design and targeted communications as tools to positively influence human behaviour for the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans.

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Paula Espejo

Paula Espejo

Chile

Psychologist

Paula was born in Santiago Chile and from the age 5 when she discovered a book of sea shells at her home book shelf she was extremely curious about the ocean.

The water was always a magnet for her and she was part of a synchro swimmers team, started sailing and water skiing with her friend in the lakes in the south Chile when she was a teenager and then she managed to get certified as a diver 20 years ago.

From that day on she never left the ocean and she continued exploring it through underwater photography and other diving specialties like dry suit, Nitrox, buoyancy expert until she reached her Rescue Diver certification.

When her kids were growing up she found in sailing a way to keep them connected to the place she loves and she got her license as a skipper to spend more time time close to the ocean.

She currently works as a Global Executive coach for executives for companies in several countries and in Chile helping them achieve sustainability in the workplace through enhancing peoples capabilities of performance and adaptability to change.

She is also currently training with the Chilean Navy towards obtaining enhancing her sailing skills. She enjoys everything that has to do with being in the ocean from diving and sailing to running barefoot on the beach or play with her kids and boards in the cold Pacific waves.

Partners & Sponsors

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Made possible with the support of our generous sponsors:

Leg Itinerary

  • 15th February 2020
    Leg 7 guest crew arrive.
    San Cristobal, Galapagos
  • 15th February 2020
    EVENT: Waste survey and clean-up.
    San Cristobal, Galapagos
  • 17th February 2020
    Planned departure towards Rapa Nui (Easter Island).
    San Cristobal, Galapagos
  • Sailing, science, talks and adventures at sea!
  • 2nd March 2020
    Planned arrival into Rapa Nui (Easter Island).
    Hanga Roa, Rapa Nui
  • 3rd March 2020
    EVENT: Outreach Talk - Stories of science, sailing and solutions!
    Hanga Roa, Rapa Nui
  • 4th March 2020
    Leg 7 guest crew depart.
    Hanga Roa, Rapa Nui