All-female Yachting Crew Fights Ocean Plastic During Circumnavigation - 29/07/2019

eXXpedition Round the World 2019-2021 is an all-female sailing voyage and scientific research mission. With over 38,000 nautical miles and 30 voyage legs starting and ending in the United Kingdom, eXXpedition crews will explore plastic and toxins in our ocean, via four of the five oceanic gyres and the Arctic. Connected by a passion to protect our shared ocean, it will enable 300 women to go to sea as hands-on crew and experience first hand the challenges we face from single-use plastics while contributing to cutting-edge scientific research and solutions-based thinking.

The organizers have invited women from diverse multidisciplinary and cultural backgrounds to apply and take part – previous sailing experience is not a requirement. “The plastic pollution challenge our ocean faces is a global one and it will take an inspired army of passionate, skilled and experienced people to tackle it,” said Emily Penn, eXXpedition Director and Sky Ocean Rescue Ambassador. “This is our biggest project yet and by far the most challenging. We’re looking for amazing women with a passion to protect our ocean to come forward to join us.”

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

This summer, Emily returned from leading eXXpedition North Pacific - the highly-acclaimed research expedition through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. In the four years since the first eXXpedition voyage across the Atlantic, over 100 exceptional women have sailed on missions creating their own narratives about plastics and toxics, utilizing their specific skills and their eXXpedition experience. These eXXpedition Ambassadors have undertaken hundreds of activities back on dry land to inspire action on ocean plastics in their communities and beyond.


Last updated: 06/08/2019