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Science at Sea Round Britain Sailing

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Sail Around the British Isles – All Female Crew

Take one month out of 2017 and sail around the British Isles as part of an all-female science at sea expedition. The aim of the trip is to sail some of the most beautiful parts of the planet whilst conducting vital plastic and toxic sampling of the water. You’ll sail into all four capital cities of the UK – Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and London as well as the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Arran in the Clyde and Stornoway. The voyage has three legs – join one, two, or all three.sail-around-british-isles


  • Join a crew of sailors, biologists, artists, filmmakers, everyday citizens, and researchers
  • Learn about taking a continuous sample, in one month, of all the waters around Britain
  • While on dry land, work with locals as you help with activities like science workshops and beach clean ups
  • Meet and work with members of COAST in Glasgow
  • (Learn to) Sail the gorgeous waters around the British Isles

This sail has an important mission:  to examine and research issues regarding chemicals, plastics, carcinogens, and endocrine disruptors in the global environment.

You and your all female team will endeavour to bring the unseen to light.  This includes not only the toxics found in the seas, but also in our bodies. You’ll sample from city waterways to the relatively pristine waters around Minch and the Western Isles.

The voyage begins in Plymouth, rounding Lands End, with your first dock in Cardiff. It’s here that you’ll have your first opportunity to work with locals as you help with science workshops, beach clean-ups, and media events.  From there you’ll head to the Irish seas where shore work continues in Belfast.

There’s an interesting two-day excursion to the Firth of Clyde.  The waters here include the industrial city of Glasgow. In Glasgow you’ll be meeting with COAST – Community of Arran Seabed Trust. Their work involves raising awareness of water pollution along with scientific demonstrations.

If you’re continuing on with the second leg, your next stop is West Scotland.  Pass Mull, Ardnamurchan Point, the Outer Hebrides, and Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis along the way. After that, there is a long passage across the North of the British Isles.  This is where the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea meet. In Edinburgh you’ll spend two days doing shore work before the third and final leg.

The destination is London, and the goal is to connect with the Thames Festival to share information about the work you and the crew have been doing.

Water pollution and the harm it does to our planet and bodies is one of today’s most important topics. This is your chance, not only to learn about the issues and become ambassadors for this important topic once you return hope, but to roll up your sleeves and pitch in to help the cause.

It is possible to fundraise to help finance your involvement as other ladies have done during this expedition series in the past. Just ask for info when you enquire about an application.

Enquire today to learn more.


LEG 1 : Plymouth, via Cardiff and Belfast, to Arran (nr Glasgow)
LEG 2 : Arran (nr Glasgow), via Stornoway, to Edinburgh
LEG 3 : Edinburgh, via London, to Plymouth

The Voyage

Everyone will embark in Plymouth, with the support of Richard Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University and specialist in International Marine Litter research, to undertake the first continuous sampling, in one month, of all the waters around Britain, from polluted city waterways to the relatively pristine waters of the Minch and the Western Isles.

Sailing clockwise from Plymouth, the crew will round Lands End and make first landfall in Cardiff, home of the Welsh Assembly. Here you’ll begin some shore side work with local people, holiday makers, media and politicians, conducting science workshops, beach cleans, media and creative events, according to the skills and interests of crew members.

From Cardiff you’ll head north through the Irish Sea and over to Belfast in Northern Ireland. Your shore work will continue here in collaboration with local organisations, leaving after 2 days for the short hop to the Firth of Clyde, whose waters pour out of the heavy industrial city of Glasgow. The crew will anchor off the Isle of Arran where local organisation COAST (Community of Arran Seabed Trust) will be welcoming hosts, enabling awareness-raising and scientific demonstrations to continue. Arran is also the end of the first leg/beginning of the second leg of the voyage.

Leaving the Clyde on August 18th, you will round the Mull of Kintyre and head through the beautiful waters of the West of Scotland, passing Mull, Ardnamurchan Point, the Small Isles and Skye to the Outer Hebrides and Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Here work will begin again with local people and holiday makers, school children and media in whatever creative ways you all develop. Then follows the long passage across the North of the British Isles, around Cape Wrath and through the Pentland Firth, where the waters of the Atlantic and North Sea meet, then turning towards the South again, you eventually make landfall in Edinburgh, ancient capital city of Scotland and home of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. The shore work continues here over two days, while the second leg of the voyage finishes and the third begins.

From Edinburgh on August 27th get ready to sail through the North Sea, continuing your sampling work as you go and preparing for the entrance into the Thames, through the Thames Barrier at Woolwich and into St Katherine’s Dock by Tower Bridge.

As London starts its annual Thames Festival, your work will link with this, with the scientific data, with questions about our uses of plastics and the routes by which so many toxics, carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, reach our seas – and our bodies.

Leaving London and rounding the South-eastern corner of Britain, you will enter the English Channel, to complete your discoveries of the pollution around our islands. The Channel is a busy seaway and this part of the voyage will be as challenging as any other as the crew pulls together to head back to Plymouth.

The final day will allow everyone to work together onshore for the last time as you bring back the fruits and discoveries of the voyage, new thoughts and inspirations.

More Details

Who can join the crew?

The expedition is open to all women with a commitment to the idea of change in the way we treat our oceans and thus our own bodies: to women who are adventurers at heart and able to contribute with others towards a greater adventure whose outcomes will arise from our unique mix. There will be women from a range of ages and backgrounds including exploration, education, science, enterprise, the creative arts, psychology and technology.

Sailing experience is not required: there will be women with different levels of sailing experience and professional crew within each watch. All crew members will play their full part in the sailing of Sea Dragon and the skills needed to help bring this vessel around the British Isles and into port will be taught as we go.


  • To bring together an all-women crew – of sailors, scientists, artists, journalists, filmmakers, adventurers, psychologists and educators – to create a new Round Britain story about women in science, research, sailing and adventure.
  • To collect data, footage and findings to add to the worldwide data set of plastics and toxics in the ocean, and so help to bring about change.
  • To broaden awareness of the unseen -plastics and toxics/disease/women as changemakers – specifically in the capital cities, ports and harbours where we make landfall.
  • To engage there with local people, holiday-makers, media and politicians, giving information about the implications of ocean pollution, from making everyday choices to action at the political level for a cleaner, healthier environment.

The Boat

The boat is a 72ft (22m), 90,000lb displacement steel hulled sailing vessel built in the UK in 2000. She is one of 11 yachts built for the Global Challenge Race – one of the longest, most demanding ocean voyages ever made with an upwind, west-about 32,000km circumnavigation. Now run to carry out scientific research, the boat provides a superb platform of rugged capability, capacity and efficiency with a naturally low environmental footprint – perfect for this type of remote sailing expedition

It can accommodate up to 14 crew in a combination of sea berths and double bunks. She has two heads with showers, a large well stocked galley, a comfortable salon with seating for 14 people, and a refrigerator and freezer to keep the crew in fresh food for the duration of the voyage. The vessel is equipped with twin iridium satellite phones, HF radio, and all the modern navigation equipment to keep you safe and connected despite being well offshore. The boat is equipped for coastal exploration with two Avon inflatable boats and a scuba compressor with diving equipment.


Dates & Rates


LEG 1 : Plymouth, via Cardiff and Belfast, to Arran (nr Glasgow) : 7 – 17 August 2017
LEG 2 : Arran (nr Glasgow), via Stornoway, to Edinburgh : 17 – 26 August 2017
LEG 3 : Edinburgh, via London, to Plymouth : 26 August – 5 September 2017

Price: 3,990 USD /2,650 GBP per leg



Extraordinary sailing expeditions!

The operators of this floating marine conservation yacht are quite unique. They believe that the depth, complexity and sheer inertia of the threats to our oceans is significant but that practical solutions and the resources to implement them do still exist. The central challenge is our collective will to act, to care. They also believe that our ultimate success depends on a future generation of inspired conservationists.

True to their beliefs the team is passionate about involving everyday people in their mission. Their support of marine exploration, education and conservation work is specifically designed to create space for regular people to join the front line team.

This is true all over the world’s oceans from the Sargasso Sea expedition to look for marine plastics, to a transit of the Southern Ocean. On board this fantastic expedition vessel, professional leaders work alongside visiting crew as one team.

This synergy provides valuable manpower, skills and financial support to their broader mission. You get the chance to step forward into the front-line issues, see first-hand how the work is done, build skills and live a genuine adventure.

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