eXX NORTH PACIFIC | OAHU TO VANCOUVER
Jun 23rd – Jul 15th 2018 |COMPLETE Private Trip eXX
eXXpedition x Pangaea Exploration partnership.
Girls eXXpedition join us for their first ever sailing expedition in the Pacific
North Pacific 2018 | leg 1
The adventurous women on this eXXpedition will join us in the Pacific on this their first of two missions aboard SV Sea Dragon to sail into the heart of the North Pacific Gyre and explore remote coastlines for plastic pollution
No experience needed, a passion for adventure a must!
This will be an illuminating sail into the heart of the North Pacific Gyre for sailing and science. This is a great opportunity, whether you are a first-timer wanting to see for yourself the issues facing our oceans, or a seasoned pro wanting to get that Pacific notch on your belt and feel some adrenalin… this trip is for you.
For more information
- Date: June 23rd – July 15th, 2018
- Depart: Kewalo Basin, Oahu, Hawaii
- Arrive: Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Length: 22 days, 20 nights
- Focus: Adventure Sailing, eXXpedition- making the unseen seen program
IMOGEN NASH – SKIPPER.
To Imo it feels just as natural being in the water as out, a true water baby spending much of her upbringing by the water on the south coast of the UK. Growing up in small sailing dinghy’s and swimming competitively; she has now been working as a professional Skipper for the past 7 years. Covering many miles all over the world, focusing a lot in the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. Over these years she has built a huge passion for the world’s oceans, the environment and protecting nature.
Imogen is a crew member on her local RNLI LifeBoat and loves to spend her days in the ocean; diving, surfing & kite surfing she also has a true love for photography. Holding her MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, MCA/RYA Cruising instructor, MCA Ship’s Captain Medical & PADI Rescue Diver.
ANNA STRANG – FIRST MATE
Sailing started for Anna due to her Grandfather, a sailor himself he taught Anna how to sail at an early age. By the tender age of six, Anna and her cousin were competitively racing Cadets out of Parkstone Yacht Club most weekends.
Enthusiastic and passionate for any time on the water, Anna, sailed all through her childhood and went on to make ‘messing around on boats’ a full time career. She currently teaches a range of ages and abilities in practical and theory lessons from powerboats to yachting. This year Anna has worked for Oceans of Hope as relief skipper and Instructor during the annual ‘Oceans of Hope Challenge’ in Croatia, in which 72 novice sailors all suffering from MS chartered 10 boats and independently sailed in Croatia. With a strong belief that sailing is for everyone, Anna continues to work with the team at Oceans of Hope to raise awareness and encourage people to try sailing. Having just taken a team of 10 MS sufferers out to Barcelona Watersports to do 2 weeks of training with the aims that they gain RYA Qualifications and can skipper for next years events. This cruise has been nominated for ‘Sailing Todays Best Cruise 2017’
JESSICA MACINTOSH – DECKHAND
Hailing from Nova Scotia, Jessica grew up on the warm waters of the Northumberland Strait working in search and rescue with the Canadian Coast Guard, where she learned that a “bad day on the boat is better than a good day in the office.”
Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Jessica was about to board a plane to Madrid to teach English, but an impulsive (and intuitive) change of heart took her to Gloucester, Massachusetts where she met her first ship, the Roseway. Jessica’s experience on Roseway with the World Ocean School sparked her passion for life at sea, traditional wooden boats, and sharing this passion with others. Since then, Jessica has had the good fortune of sailing on the Pride of Baltimore II and various other traditional schooners throughout the Caribbean and the Eastern Seaboard, including racing on schooner Columbia in the 2017 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.
Jessica has also worked on commercial fishing vessels in the North Pacific and as a Pollution Response Officer with the Canadian Coast Guard.
In 2013, Jessica completed her Masters in Marine Management, where she focused on fisheries management and sustainable coastal communities. In early 2014 Jessica co-founded a non-profit society committed to engaging youth with innovative oceans education programs and oceans-related career resources.
Jessica is slightly sad to say that she now works full-time in an office 1500 km away from the ocean, but she is grateful that she at least gets to continue pursuing her passion for oceans by contributing to Canadian marine conservation policy.
Emily Penn – Mission Director
As co-founder of eXXpedition EMILY has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in our ocean. She has spent the last decade exploring the high seas from the tropics to the Arctic – enabling scientists, filmmakers and interested individuals to gain access to the most remote parts of our planet via Pangaea Exploration’s 72ft sailing expedition vessel, Sea Dragon.
She has organised the largest ever community-led waste cleanup from a tiny Tongan island, trawled for micro-plastics on a voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage, rounded the planet on the record-breaking biofuelled boat Earthrace, and worked on a sailing cargo ship trading western supplies for coconuts.
Emily splits her time between running eXXpedition and developing upstream solutions to the ocean plastic issue with Parley for the Oceans, corporate partners, scientists and government bodies. An experienced public speaker, Emily speaks around the world at conferences, universities and global companies about her adventures and issues relating to our oceans, human mindset and future society.
Emily will be sailing on both leg 1 and leg 2 of eXXpedition North Pacific 2018. You can find more information on Emily’s projects at www.emilypenn.co.uk.
Sally Earthrowl – Deputy Mission Leader
SALLY is a keen environmentalist, Geography teacher and whole-school Teaching and Learning Coordinator. Having worked in both London schools and a school in Bali over her twelve-year teaching career, Sally values the importance and power of education as a key contributor to the sustainable management of global issues.
Living in Bali, she has seen first-hand the devastating effect and upstream issues around plastic pollution in a developing country. She is hugely passionate about our planet and has worked closely with the local community in Bali to educate and raise awareness to bring about change in local waste management systems and behaviours. Sally hopes to be able to use what she learns on board Sea Dragon and her experience in the realm of education to take action in raising awareness to change consumer habits and reduce our impact on our planet.
Eleanor Church – Documentary Filmmaker and Photographer
A documentary filmmaker, photographer, mother, adventurer, environmentalist and swimmer, ELEANOR been making films for over 15 years, in challenging conditions all over the world. Her work has always focussed on the environment and people, and the impact that they have on one another. Often her work has been linked to the sea – from illegal fishing in West Africa and human rights abuses in the Thai fishing industry, to fish sustainability and pollution. Eleanor’s mission over the years has been to find the most effective and creative way of putting these stories across, to nudge people to see things differently and to bring about change.
Emily Duncan – PhD Researcher
EMILY is a PhD researcher at University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The research focus is on the Impacts of plastic pollution on marine turtles in research sites in the USA, Cyprus and Australia. Her area of expertise is the scientific background and consequences of plastic pollution on marine organisms and environments and sample collection for investigating plastic pollution in the marine environments, in particular large marine vertebrates (specialising marine turtles). During the eXXpedition North Pacific sail, Emily is planning to consider plastic pollution levels in the context of important development sites for post-hatchling marine turtles; a critical stage in development and recruitment in potentially vulnerable sub-populations.
Jennifer Russell – Filmmaker
JENNIFER is a short filmmaker, who has been based in Hong Kong for the past 7 years. She produces short-form content, predominantly for distribution across social media. Jennifer is increasingly teaming up with brands who prioritise sustainability, as well as working for charities & NGOs to tell the stories that matter. As she’s become aware of the sheer volume of plastic in our seas, both in HK and globally. As a child she was exposed to sailing by her parents and loves being on the water, whether on a boat, stand-up paddleboard or surfboard.
Rowan Henthorn – Marine Scientist
Growing up on the Isle of Man, ROWAN was immersed in the marine environment from an early age. At the age of five, she learnt to dive and snorkel in the waters around the Island. These early experiences created an inherent interest in the seas and led to her study a degree in ocean science and a masters in applied marine science at Plymouth University. Now working as a marine scientist, Rowan is passionate about the health of our marine environment, and is excited to be part of a team of inspiring woman that want to spread the word about plastic pollution to a global audience.
Siri Østvold – Designer
SIRI spent a lot of time on sailboats while growing up – she loves being on the ocean and in the surf. As a designer based in Oslo, she is enjoying the long coastline of Norway. Her work involves developing brands, concepts and completing identity processes.
Siri believes in a starting point in research, insight and a curious mind, which might lead to pleasant surprises and sustainable solutions. Driven by personal motivation, she wants to use her expertise and experience within design and storytelling to contribute to a cause that’s close to her heart and affects us all.
Kristine Berg – Circular Economy Communicator
KRISTINE is a circular economy nerd, hobby photographer, outdoors human and environmentalist. Born and raised amidst the deep fjords of Norway, her grandfather taught her the joys and mysteries of the ocean from an early age. Excited by the complexity of human behaviour and science of sustainability, she has worked with innovation, non-profits and sustainability consulting. But it was after working at a surf camp in Indonesia that she experienced first hand the devastating plastic pollution threatening our oceans and the communities that depend on them.
With degrees in Industrial Ecology and Political Science, Kristine now works as Community Manager for TOMRA, living out her passion for innovative recycling. She is thrilled to be spending time on the ocean with amazing and talented women, working hard and exploring how they can empower others to understand how to care for the ocean. Her goal is also to help develop tools for the eXXpedition community to share their stories and inspire change after the voyage.
Ana Jarc – Environmental Engineering Student
ANA is a final year student of Water Management and Environmental Engineering at University of Ljubljana. Coming from Slovenia, she spent all of her summers sailing the Adriatic sea with her family, where her love of ocean and sailing began. Ana is passionate about traveling, because it enables her to experience different cultures, ways of living and take on new adventures. She can’t wait to experience this voyage with these inspiring women from which she says she’s sure that she’ll learn so much.
Michelle Byle – Designer and Art Director
MICHELLE is a multidisciplinary designer and art director based in San Francisco, California. She loves to help shape the way people experience the world through design, and believes in the power of visual communication to help educate and expose us to new things. In her career, Michelle has created educational exhibits for museums, and developed branding and corporate identities. She is currently working in marketing and packaging design as a creative lead at People Against Dirty, the parent company of the brands Method and Ecover, which have pioneered using plastic recovered from the ocean in their packaging.
Michelle’s first exposure to the problem of plastic debris in our oceans was as a volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, where sea lions, elephant seals and dolphins afflicted by entanglements are treated and rereleased into the wild. Her goal is to bring people who aren’t able to join the crew on the boat into the North Pacific, to see the problem first hand through the power of visual storytelling. She aims to use her design skills to raise awareness about what we each can do to reduce the use of plastic in our day-to-day lives, and to use what she learns onboard to influence the packaging industry in a positive way.
Karine Therrien – Yoga instructor
Karine Therrien – Yoga instructor
KARINE is a mother of four, sailor, stand-up paddler and yoga instructor. Passionate about environmental sciences, water protection and having fun in water, she is a strong believer in healthy lifestyles and following our bliss. Having lived along the St-Laurence River and the Great Lakes, Karine is an avid advocate of sustainable agriculture. After her masters degree in agro-environmental engineering deepened her interests around water protection, she advised established farmers on soil management best practices and the future generation by teaching in college.
Education of science (learning and teaching) has always been, for Karine, the best way to bring awareness to people to change their actions. She’s passionate about scientific research, environment protection (mainly water), health, education (teaching and learning) and sailing. Karine is particularly motivated by the post voyage: educating people around the plastic issues in water, the link to our health and the impacts of our actions. She is planning to start by talking directly to children in schools.
June 23:: Crew join the vessel at 1000 in Oahu – introductions, move in and onshore eXXpedition program
June 24: safety briefings aboard SD, Practice trawl deployment, sail training, prepare for departure
June 25 Depart Honolulu, for Vancouver, eXXpedition program.
June 26 – July 13: Underway to Vancouver, eXXpedition program.
July 14: Arrive in Vancouver – Marina TBC. Clear customs and immigration. Onshore eXXpedition program
July 15: Guest crew can depart from Vessel from 1200
– 22 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals, snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear
Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from Hawaii and Canada
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from the USA and Canada. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea: www.travel.state.gov/visa.