Antigua is the next stop for all-female plastic research crew

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On November 17th 2019 the Leg 2: North Atlantic Gyre from Azores to Antigua with Copernicus Marine Services crew is planning to arrive into Antigua.

Antigua is an important part of the research journey of 38,000 nautical miles with three missions ending, starting or exploring the Caribbean island and its waters.

The journey from the Azores to Antigua has taken the Leg 2 crew through the densest accumulation zone for plastic pollution in the North Atlantic where they’ve conducted important research for acclaimed scientific institutions led by Mission Leader and Science Lead Dr Winnie Courtene-Jones.

The crew will take part in a series of land-based research and community outreach activities in Antigua before a new crew will depart on Leg 3: Exploring Antigua via Green Island 23rd November – 26th November 2019 led by Mission Leader Sally Earthrowl. Later in the month the Leg 4 crew will set sail from Antigua to Aruba with the Red Ensign Group.

Public events in Antigua include an evening talk at The Clubhouse, Falmouth Harbour on 17th November 2019 where eXXpedition Science Lead, Dr Winnie Courtene-Jones and the crew of multidisciplinary women will share their stories of science at sea, sailing and solutions to the plastic issue. The event is open to the public and will start with welcome drinks at 18:00 followed by a presentation at 19:00. There will be a Q and A session after the presentation. A free event but RSVP needed via Eventbrite.

eXXpedition Round the World

Under the directorship of award winning ocean advocate Emily Penn, eXXpedition Round the World is a  two-year scientific research mission to study microplastics in our ocean with a focus on pinpointing solutions to ocean plastic pollution back on dry land.

eXXpedition Round the World crews on board S.V. TravelEdge will sail through some of the most important and diverse marine environments on the planet. This includes crossing four of the five oceanic gyres, where ocean plastic is known to accumulate, and the Arctic.

The mission wants to celebrate women in STEM, exploration and sailing. It is being crewed by 300 international multidisciplinary women in teams of ten and aims to create a powerful global network of ambassadors who can use their first-hand experience at-sea to implement solutions back on dry land.

Mission Director Emily Penn said: “We’re excited to be exploring Antigua and the Caribbean Sea during eXXpedition Round the World. Antigua provides the perfect base for us to consider the issues of plastic pollution at an island scale, which is reflective of the issues at a larger, global scale. Antigua has made great progress in its banning of single-use plastic items since January 2016 when it first banned single-use plastic bags and it will be very interesting to learn about the impact of this legislation. Antigua as a destination crosses over three of our voyage legs and we thank all our supporters in particular our Antigua voyage leg sponsors Copernicus Marine Services and the Red Ensign Group and all our local partners.”

Antigua Voyage Legs – links to see more about each mission

Leg 2 Azores to Antigua with Copernicus Marine Services 28th October – 18th November 2019

Leg 3 Antigua to Antigua via Green Island 23rd November – 26th November 2019

Leg 4 Antigua to Aruba with the Red Ensign Group 29th November – 8th December 2019

**Meet the Crew – See the eXXpedition Round the World Crew Directory**

Leg 2 Azores to Antigua with Copernicus Marine Services 

Dr Winnie Courtene-Jones     UK             Science Lead / Mission Leader

Anna Strang            UK            Skipper

Maggie Kerr               Australia        First Mate

Sophie Dingwall            UK            Deck Hand

Emily Butler            UK            Environmental Science Graduate

Yanika Borg            Malta            Data Analyst & Scientist

Natascha Glanzer-Fuerst    Austria            Sustainability Entrepreneur

Erica Cirino            USA            Writer, artist, wildlife rehabilitator

Louise Tremewan        UK            Teacher

Marita Schmidt            Austria            Business Unit Coordinator

Rikki Eriksen            USA/Danish        Marine Biologist

Barbara Roy            USA            Insurance Broker

Emilie Boge-Dresler        Denmark        Costume Designer

Nita Jirgensone            Latvia            Sociologist


Leg 3 Antigua to Antigua via Green Island

Sally Earthrowl        UK            Mission Leader

Anna Strang            UK            Skipper

Maggie Kerr               Australia        First Mate

Sophie Dingwall            UK            Deck Hand

Lara Hoad            UK            Architect and Educator

Kristen Weiss            USA            Science Communicator

Kirsten Antoncich        UK            Clinical Psychotherapist

Leah Fouchong            Trinidad & Tobago    Geography Teacher

Lindsey Turnball        USA            Entrepreneur

Jeanine Behr-Getz        USA            Writer & Consultant

Chantal Nativel            South Africa        Event Producer

Lisa Sahney            USA            Luxury Travel Advisor Travel Edge

Stephanie Wheeler

Jeannine Goussev        USA            Managing Director


Leg 4 Antigua to Aruba with the Red Ensign Group

Sally Earthrowl        UK            Mission Leader

Anna Strang            UK            Skipper

Maggie Kerr               Australia        First Mate

Sophie Dingwall            UK            Deck Hand

Julie Andersen            USA            Executive Director Plastic Oceans Intl

Rachel O’Callaghan        UK            Designer

Juliet Carvalhal            Netherlands        Entrepreneur & Environmental Activist

Marena Brinkhurts        Canada            Map Maker

Liv Backhaus            Denmark        Marine Biologist

Sam Peltz            USA            Film Producer

La Daana Kanha        Trinidad & Tobago    Marine Scientist

Emma Feggetter        UK            Transformation Programme Manager

Nathalie Moreau        French            Corporate Account Manager

 

All costs of the not-for-profit expedition are covered by crew contributions, sponsorships and partnerships.

Gold Sponsors are: Travel Edge, TOMRA, Red Ensign Group
Silver Sponsors are: 11th Hour Racing, Slaughter and May

Voyage Leg Sponsors: Copernicus Marine Services & the Red Ensign Group

Local Antigua Partners: The Clubhouse, Antigua Yacht Club

Find out more about our sponsors and supporters here

www.eXXpedition.com

 

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