Female Crew Researches Ocean Pollution
Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel
Everyone knows the Marines slogan "We're looking for a few good men." Now, another sea-going organization, Exxpedition, is putting a female spin on things, looking for a few good women – 300, to be exact.
The all-female crew of environmental activists is looking for "300 incredible women from all over the world to join our crew on a pioneering ocean sailing expedition to circumnavigate the globe," researching the impacts of plastics and toxics in the ocean.
"Past sailing experience is not necessary, but a passion to protect our ocean is a must!" says group founder and Exxpedition leader Emily Penn.
The around-the-world journey sets sail in October 2019 and will cover 38,000 nautical miles over a period of two years with new female crew members joining the Exxpedition team on a rotating basis.
During the voyage – consisting of 30 legs, ranging from four to 23 days – crew members will gather data and conduct experiments to learn more about the state of the ocean.
"It's important to understand where the plastic in the ocean is coming from and how to prevent it," Penn explains. "We also need to communicate this story." She hopes crew members can be "change makers" when they return home, drawing attention to the ocean pollution.
Penn, a graduate of Cambridge University and a Fellow of Britain's Royal Geographical Society, is skippering the S/V Travel Edge sailing vessel and floating research lab, which will be the crew's home at sea.
Built and equipped to sail anywhere in the world in all weather conditions, the 70-ft vessel was used by the British military for an expedition to Antarctica.
For the crew this is the trip of a lifetime – and a voyage with the power to affect the life of our planet!
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