eXXpedition North Pacific is a pioneering all-female sailing expedition and scientific research mission starting in Hawaii and ending in Seattle via Vancouver this summer led by British skipper and ocean advocate Emily Penn.
The expedition is made up of a diverse and international group of 24 women from Britain, USA, Canada, Slovenia, Norway and Honduras. They are scientists, students, artists, filmmakers, business women, psychologists, actors, ocean activists and sustainability professionals - novice as well as experienced sailors.
Split over two voyage legs, they are journeying for a month over 3,000 nautical miles through the densest ocean plastic accumulation zone on the planet, the North Pacific Gyre - better known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Science at Sea
The crew will conduct daily trawls for plastics and pollutants, collecting data for a variety of global datasets and scientific research studies along the way. This data will be used to support scientists in the UK, Canada, Switzerland and the USA including conservation organisation Ocean Wise in Canada and the Hawaii Pacific University. Studies range in focus from understanding the impact of plastic pollution on Sea Turtle environments to microplastics and the impact of toxics, carried by plastic, on our bodies.
We are honoured to be sponsoring crew member Nikkey Dawn who will be on leg 2 of the journey (21st - 28th July). A designer and ocean activist, Nikkey's role on the trip is to document the findings and tell the story through photography and video as they coastal hop from Vancouver to Seattle learning how plastic pollution is impacting the shore and communities. We wish Nikkey and the entire crew a safe and successful trip.
The crew has successfully completed the expedition. Massive thanks to Nikkey for sharing these photos from the trip. For more information about this expedition and their findings, as well as details on further upcoming trips, click here.