Indian Ocean Gyre from Perth to Mauritius

Leg 16

Fremantle, a historic port to the south of Perth, provides a decent hub for us to depart for our sail 3,300 nautical miles across the Indian Ocean towards Mauritius. The Indian Ocean Gyre is formed from the South Equatorial Current and the West Australian Current, leading to an accumulation zone of marine debris, which covers at least five million square kilometers. Science at sea will be a key focus of this voyage, especially as this ‘garbage patch’ is a bit more of a mystery, having only been discovered in 2010. Our planned passage will take us through the main area of marine debris allowing us to carry out key scientific research into the gyre’s characteristics and location.  

After just over three weeks at sea, we will arrive into Mauritius, an island nation. With 49 uninhabited islands and islets just off its coast, we will be greeted by a dramatic landscape. Mauritius itself has more than 150km of white sandy beaches and is protected by the world’s third largest coral reef. This provides an appropriate coastal setting for us to share our story of our Indian Ocean crossing with the local community.

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Leg Itinerary

  • Day 1: Leg 16 guest crew arrive.
    Perth, Australia
  • EVENT: Waste survey and clean-up.
    Perth, Australia
  • Day 2: Planned departure towards Mauritius.
    Perth, Australia
  • Sailing, science, talks and adventures at sea!
  • Day 23: Planned arrival into Port Louis, Mauritius.
    Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Day 24: EVENT Outreach Talk - Stories of science, sailing and solutions!
    Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Day 25: Leg 16 guest crew depart.
    Port Louis, Mauritius