British skipper and ocean advocate Emily Pennwill will lead an all female group on a research mission through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this summer.
The journey, which will clock up over 3,000 nautical miles, will wade through the world’s densest ocean plastic accumulation zone – the North Pacific Gyre.
The research mission aims to shine a light on microplastics and their impact on environmental and human health, as well as raise awareness of the devastating impact of single-use plastics and toxics in the world’s oceans.
Starting in Hawaii and ending in Seattle, the all-female sailing expedition also aims to celebrate women in science, leadership and adventure.
The voyage has been made possible by eXXpedition, a series of all women voyages, who set out to “make the unseen seen, from the toxics in our bodies to the plastics in our seas”.
North Pacific Gyre 2018 will be eXXpedition’s tenth voyage and the first in the North Pacific Gyre.
The eXXpedition crew will be sailing Sea Dragon, a 72ft scientific exploration vessel (owned by Pangaea Exploration) from Oahu, Hawaii to Vancouver, British Columbia (June 23rd – July 15th 2018) and then from Vancouver to Seattle (July 21st – July 28th 2018) where the journey will end. A roster of events in each place will be announced closer to the departure.
Emily Penn, eXXpedition co-Founder and ocean advocate, said: “We hope our journey from the tropical islands of Hawaii to the wild coastlines of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest will contribute to important scientific studies while inspiring action to protect these great places of outstanding natural beauty and importance.”
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea