THEY’VE SET SAIL! eXXpedition crew leave Plymouth for the Azores


On Tuesday October 8 , S.V TravelEdge set sail on the first leg of eXXpedition Round the World. eXXpedition Plymouth to Azores with Rothy’s will see the multidisciplinary crew of women, which includes a police constable, documentary filmmaker, yoga instructor, archaeologist, students, activists, and businesswomen head out into rough seas following Hurricane Lorenzo. From 8 nationalities, the crew will be split into ‘watches’ who will work on a rota system to ensure the required sailing and citizen science will be completed, as well as everyday chores, such as cleaning and cooking.

Their first two days on board were action-packed with a welcome to the boat from the professional crew and eXXpedition Director Emily Penn, stowage of their personal belongings, introduction to S.V TravelEdge and important safety briefings.

As the majority of the women on board are not sailors, the current weather conditions will add to the challenge of crossing the Atlantic to the Azores. With approximately 9 days at sea, the expected arrival in the Azores will be on the 19th October 2019. The crew will then take part in local events in collaboration with our local partners, hosting an afternoon of talks and Q&A sessions at Expolab and joining the Government of Azores in community outreach at the local supermarket and visiting the Musami Waste Management facility. Find out more about these events below.



The first leg of ‘Round the World’ will be an exciting and challenging sail from Plymouth to the Azores. For this series of voyages, eXXpedition are partnering with the University of Plymouth for our onboard science programme and this, coupled with the fact that Plymouth is described as ‘Britain’s Ocean City’ makes it an appropriate place for us to slip the mooring lines on our two year mission across the globe.  

We will meet in Plymouth and await a suitable weather window for our crossing. This will provide us with time to learn the ropes before we set sail, as well as an opportunity to work alongside local organisations to look at some of the impact of marine waste on the U.K.’s shoreline. We will spend just under 9 days at sea, sailing upwind over 1200 nautical miles across the Atlantic to the Azores. Led by our expert you will be part of the team carrying out scientific data collection and discussing solutions to this global issue. The Azores are a group of 9 islands, which are volcanic in origin and a famed north-east Atlantic deep-sea coral hotspot, so as we come into land we will be treated to dramatic shorelines and hopefully some marine wildlife spotting! We will share our story and findings with the local population as part of our outreach programme.

Emily Penn, Mission Leader

Join them for an afternoon with the women onboard the maiden voyage at Expolab as they share their firsthand experiences at sea and how they plan to use their unique skills to tackle the issue back on land.

Amongst the crew are women from Indonesia, Croatia, Canada and Germany, with a diverse set of skills ranging from entrepreneurs to filmmakers and archeologists, and after their talks and Q&A session you will visit the interactive lab at Expolab to showcase some of the plastic samples they’ve collected throughout their research.

This event is open to the public, and is made possible thanks to the support from our local partners at the Governo de Açores and Expolab.

This journey is made possible by the generous sponsorship by Rothy’s.

eXXpedition Round the World is a pioneering all-female sailing voyage and scientific research mission to circumnavigate the globe via four ocean Gyres and the Arctic.

Over two years and 38,000 nautical miles, a crew of 300 women will take on 30 challenging voyage legs to sail through the some of the densest ocean plastic accumulation zones on the planet to study plastic pollution on board a world class expedition sailing vessel S.V. TravelEdge and floating research lab.