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Making the Unseen, Seen; Pioneering female lead round the world voyage

On 8th October 2019, eXXpedition Round the World set sail from Plymouth on a two-year, thirty-leg, voyage and scientific expedition. A total of 300 women from many different nations, vocations and walks of life will guest crew the 73-foot vessel, the S.V. Traveledge, over 30 legs, sailing alongside the small professional crew.

During the voyage the crews will investigate the causes of and solutions to ocean plastic pollution, undertaking scientific research and taking part in workshops to explore how their skills and personal or professional situation can contribute to solutions.

 

eXXpedition departing Plymouth, photographed by Sophie Bolesworth

Leap are proud supporters of eXXpedition as an official supplier through our “Grant for Good” programme; we gifted studio hours to eXXpedition, with our team creating the project’s website and we also host it on our Wunderism (our carbon neutral hosting).

“Each eXXpedition voyage is designed to encourage collaboration between crew members and community groups, and to open conversations around female leadership, personal and environmental awareness, and cultural and societal shifts.”

 

All activities, both at sea and on land at the various ports and locations visited, have three primary aims: to use science to support solutions to the ocean plastics problem through up-stream (land-based) actions, to shift perceptions, and to create a network of inspiring leaders.

 

Alongside the interactive boat tracker, the crew are posting daily articles to their blog, with articles ranging from “ship’s log” posts about life onboard, through features on the scientific research being undertaken, to accounts of the different projects that the crews are involved with at each of their stops.

We’re incredibly proud to be supporting eXXpedition and the fantastic work that their crews are doing, and will share more about their voyage and its findings over the coming months.