Caribbean, Iceland, Northern Europe

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Dec 13 – 21 [tcbd-popover title= “Exploring Mindset | Martinique to Virgin Islands” text=”‘We live in a time of constant change where the importance of our actions have a wider reach and impact more so than at any other time in our existence.’
We Combined an ocean voyage with a programme of specialist workshops designed to stimulate and focus passions and areas of expertise into an effective future path, led by Emily Penn and Dave Cornthwaite this life-changing 8-day journey across the Caribbean, offered a special opportunity to experience an environment that provided a true escape from society and the daily distractions of land, allowing freedom to think and develop new ideas with a like-minded crew at the same time as having a unique adventure sailing between the epic Caribbean hideaways of Martinique, Antigua, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands.
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Feb 19 – 27 [tcbd-popover title=”Exploring Mindset | Miami to Cayman Islands” text=”‘We live in a time of constant change where the importance of our actions have a wider reach and impact more so than at any other time in our existence.’
We Combined an ocean voyage with a programme of specialist workshops designed to stimulate and focus passions and areas of expertise into an effective future path, led by Emily Penn and Dave Cornthwaite this life-changing 8-day journey across the Caribbean, on S.V Sea Dragon, offered a special opportunity to experience an environment that provided a true escape from society and the daily distractions of land, allowing freedom to think and develop new ideas with a like-minded crew at the same time as having a unique adventure.
Departing from cosmopolitan Miami, Sea Dragon traced the length of the Florida Keys before spending 24 hours anchored off Garden Key. Exploring the uninhabited desert islands of the Dry Tortugas offered the perfect opportunity to spend the day snorkeling on remote reefs in pristine, turquoise waters and exploring the other-worldly Fort Jefferson, watching the sun set into the Gulf of Mexico.
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Mar 8 – 16 [tcbd-popover title=”Exploration Science Program | Cayman Islands” text=”This expedition provided our guest crew with intensive training on how to become an Ocean Science Explorer. Open to students, graduates and those working towards a career in environmental science or ocean conservation and outreach. This intimate and unique course gave cutting edge information on how best to explore the ocean in order to conduct research or to promote conservation initiatives. With a comprehensive program containing modules that covered the full spectrum of expedition planning; from food provisioning, itinerary development, route planning to mechanics to emergency response. With emphasis on International Transit, with a focus in Customs and Immigration and Cultural Sensitivity, Navigation and Remote Communication Techniques and Mobile Apps for Data Collection and Emerging Technologies in Scientific Research, obtaining funding for projects and raising awareness, through to how to dissemination findings through media via audio, video and still photography. This expedition led by an experienced and multidisciplinary team of educators,  is specifically designed to prepare scientists to lead open ocean expeditions.
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May 17 – 24 [tcbd-popover title=”The Ocean Cleanup | Gyre Expedition #3″ text=”Following two very successful expeditions in the past few months, we are pleased to have completed another successful expedition to the North Atlantic Gyre. This was an 8-day voyage, on which the crew took 12 more vertical distribution measurements, necessary to determine the depth profile of plastic pollution. The trip left from and returned to Bermuda, taking the crew to the centre of the so-called ‘North Atlantic Garbage Patch.’ Winston Godwin, our blogger for the trip, beautifully wrapped up some of the experiences in the North Atlantic Gyre:
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Jun 2 – 3 [tcbd-popover title=”BMAZ | Sargasso Sea Expedition” text=” This 2 day Sargasso Sea Research trip was in partnership with Dr Robbie Smith, Curator of the Natural History Museum, from the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo (BAMZ).
The focus of this expedition was the collection of Sargassum Samples, and deep water plankton and the collection of floating plastic with neuston net. It allowed our guest crew to obtain research experience and exposure to life as an environmental scientist.
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Jun 7 – 29 [tcbd-popover title=”5 Gyres: Viking Gyre Expedition | Bermuda to Iceland” text=”Led by 5 Gyres, this research leg was to conduct essential investigations into the level of plastic pollution along our passage.  The team crossed two gyres in the North Atlantic, finding evidence of plastic in every single water sample taken between Bermuda and Iceland. Our crew of scientists, artists, policymakers, CEO’s and journalists conducted visual transects, multi levelled trawling and saw large pieces of debris, including fenders, reusable bottles, and some miscellaneous plastic, and whilst that certainly provided some idea of the volume of plastics and the issues it created, the larger issue at hand was the microplastics scattered throughout the water column, gaving a clear profile of the depth plastic debris exists within the gyres.
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Jul 4 – 17 [tcbd-popover title=”Whale Watching Experience | Iceland to Sweden” text=”With perfect weather conditions, we left Iceland and sailed around the corner, following the south coast down to the Faroes.  24 hour light, great ambience on the boat, and whales.  It was true wilderness.  Leaving the Faroes, things became much more technical, with a strong focus sailing techniques, due to difficult forecasts and changeable weather. Sea Dragon more than capable of whatever nature throws at her, held her crew and ultimately enabled all aboard the magic of running the waves, accompanied by these majestic creatures. During our time on passage, we encountered pilot whales and dolphins, that swam alongside us and around the bow, for an hour or more. Jumping through waves in a spectacular display of agility and playfulness. A full family of machos, mothers and babies, so close we were able to see the variations of colour in their markings, scars on their backs and hear their whistles with underwater cameras.  Surrounded also by dolphins, gannets, a host of other sea birds and the never-ending North Atlantic light – it proved to be a totally awe inspiring trip.” place=”top”]Whale Watching Experience | Iceland to Sweden[/tcbd-popover]  COMPLETE
Aug 2 – 23 [tcbd-popover title=”Baltic Sea Discovery with MTM Research Centre” text=”The aim of this trip is to set sail for the northern parts of the Gulf of Bottnia in the Baltic Sea, then travelling through the Stockholm archipelago, (where we bought aboard Politicians, representatives from government agencies, and sponsors to highlight the issues of plastic pollution) and on to the middle of the Baltic, near Estonia taking samples of debris and water along the way. The main interest was plastic particles in the water, which we could investigate on board with near infrared spectroscopy (NIR) and with microscopes.
With an unexpected low pressure entering the Scandinavian peninsula. The ride was bumpy, but sunny and, but we were able to deploy all instruments and take the desired samples needed.
Throughout the trip legs, we made good speed and distance, and the passages felt more like surfing than sailing. Sea Dragon proved herself once again as a viable research vessel, highlighting that pelagic and benthic sampling can be carried out by fully equipped smaller sailing vessels, in big seas and windy conditions.
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Aug 29 – Sept 8 [tcbd-popover title= “Sail Training & Kiel Canal | Sweden to UK” text=”This end of summer sail, saw Sea Dragon sail across the Baltic, from Stockholm and down the English Channel to Falmouth. During the passage the crew learnt the ins and outs of inshore and coastal passage making and navigation through hands-on experience in these crowded waters. Along the way we stopped in Kiel, Germany, home to Germany’s main naval base and to the Baltic Fleet. Kiel is the capital of the state of Schleswig-Holstein and also boasts one of Northern Europe’s leading handball teams! We motored across the Jutland Peninsula through the Kiel canal, the most heavily trafficked artificial seaway in the world, bursting out to cross the North Sea and then head down the English Channel. Our Guest Crew all got the chance to earn their IYT International Crew Certificates and, IYT VHF Radio Operator during passage.
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Sept 17 – 28 [tcbd-popover title= “Gyre to Gaia Leg 1 | Uk to Azores” text=”Gyre to Gaia bought together an inter-disciplinary crew, of designers, marine and materials scientists, students, philosophers, artists and writers, to sail from the UK to the Canary Islands, via the Azores. Through a carefully designed and facilitated journey we were able to experience, experiment, discuss and reflect on how profoundly we need the sea; what an extraordinary, wonderful, diverse environment it is; what is happening to it; how lifestyle choices impact on it; and what we can do.Gyre to Gaia is an uplifting voyage that aims to explore our intriguing relationship with nature in general and the sea in particular – with a focus on one of the most challenging ecological issues; ocean plastic pollution.” place=”top”]Gyre to Gaia Leg 1 | Uk to Azores[/tcbd-popover]  COMPLETE
Oct 4 – 12 [tcbd-popover title= “Gyre to Gaia Leg 2 | Azores to Canaries” text=”The second trip in the series, the focus of these expeditions was our impact on marine ecosystems, the significance of the seas and their biodiversity. The significance of Marine debris and plastic pollution, and how to develop practical solutions to tackle the issue plaguing our blue waters, from design standards to changes in behaviour, values and world views. Delighted to have had aboard the microplastics research team at Exeter University, led by Professor Tamara Galloway and Dr Ceri Lewis. They spent the passage investigating the uptake and biological effects of microplastics in marine animals, assessing the plastic problem first-hand. Taking sea-surface water samples, and looking at the different sizes and types of plastic littering our seas and consider its impact on the co-existing zooplankton that they find. Their work formed part of larger research projects across Europe and around UK coastal waters to better understand where microplastics occur and whether they impact marine zooplankton.” place=”top”]Gyre to Gaia Leg 2 | Azores to Canaries[/tcbd-popover]  COMPLETE
Nov 14 – Dec 7 [tcbd-popover title= “All Girls Transatlantic Toxics | Canaries to Caribbean” text=”The first of its kind, this all female crew, assembled as a scientific research mission studying ocean toxins, across their Atlantic Passage, creating inspiring narrative of female leadership, personal and environmental awareness, and cultural change.
The aim of the trip was to sample the oceans for plastic and pollutants, collect data to aid wider studies on the impacts of xenobitics and plastic on the ocean and to highlight the link between ecosystem health, personal health and the products we consume,
the chemicals, endocrine disrupters and carcinogens in these products and their long term health and environmental impacts. These trips provide women with a source of diverse female role models working in STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).
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