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eXXpedition - Fiji to Vanuatu, May 2021

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eXXpedition - Round The World 2019-2022
3 YEARS. 300 WOMEN. 38 000 NAUTICAL MILES.

eXXpedition Round The World 2019-2022 is an all-female sailing voyage and scientific research mission. Over 38,000 nautical miles and 30 voyage legs, starting and ending in the UK, eXXpedition crews will explore plastics and toxics in our ocean.

Hey! My name is Eva. 

I'd be so grateful for a couple of minutes of your time to read my story below...

Did you know that 8 million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the ocean each year? That we use over one million plastic bags every minute worldwide? Or that toxic chemicals in the ocean, such as pesticides, flame retardants and industrial waste are accumulating in the food chain?

I've been very lucky to be given the opportunity to take part in this incredible scientific project called 'eXXpedition'. This is an all-female led scientific voyage which travels the oceans carrying out research on the impact of plastic toxics on the ocean environments and on our own health.

In May 2021 I will be part of a team of 10 enthusiastic women sailing from Fiji to Vanuatu, the small islands situated right at the edge of the South Pacific oceanic gyre*.

* "Oceanic gyres are large systems of circular ocean currents formed by global wind patterns and forces created by Earth’s rotation."

Along the way, we will be working with the University of Plymouth in the UK, and the University of Georgia in the US, collecting and analysing scientific samples from the surface and subsurface waters and the sediment to feed into large-scale studies exploring the scale of plastic pollution in our environment.

This particular voyage leg will focus on the strong connection between the islanders and the sea. We will collaborate with local organisations to investigate plastic pollution on the islands. This will provide an insight into the issues they face in terms of the environmental impact and waste management.

To make the expedition possible, each crew member must contribute to the cost of the voyage. I need to contribute £4,300  toward this cost. I will pay all my own flight, travel, kit and training expenses, and I will be working in shifts around the clock crewing the boat while at sea, crossing 600 nautical miles of the South Pacific through all types of weather for 8 days!

I hope that some of you amazing people may wish to be a part of it, and might like to donate towards the costs of the project itself (e.g. logistics and organisation, the research equipment, food and maintenance of the boat).

I'll be sure to acknowledge all donations and give you a shout out on my social media outlets to show my appreciation :)


*Company sponsorship with logo representation is allowed!*


Thank you for reading! For more information about the mission please click here: https://exxpedition.com/expedition/round-the-world/

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Eva Wrhovina
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