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Atlantic Crossing Female Team

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All-Female Transatlantic Ocean Toxins Voyage

The 2015 route will be from Ivory Coast to Recife, Brazil via Ascension Island from 2nd to 24th November 2015. Applications open now and only a few places remaining.

VISION: Assemble an all female crew on a scientific research mission across the Atlantic creating an inspiring narrative of female leadership, personal and environmental awareness, and cultural change space aboard the a high regarded a scientific exploration vessel.


– To challenge consumer and corporate behaviour around chemicals, endocrine disrupters and carcinogens in a our personal and shared environment.
– Engage young women (ages 13-25) in scientific narratives relating to the consumer choices they make, their long term health and impacts on the environment.
– To provide young women with a source of diverse female role models working in STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

Along the voyage we will sample the oceans for plastic and pollutants feeding in data points to wider studies on the impacts of xenobitics and plastic on the ocean and link the narrative of ecosystem health, personal health and the products we consume.

Why this? Why now?

Cancer rates in young women are on the rise. While there is no scientific consensus, there is an evidence base building that environmental exposure from chemicals is impacting women’s health. Women’s specific disease research has a low public profile in the media and there is an imbalance in research funding directed towards gender specific disease. There is also a lack of diversity in gender and race roles models in both STEM professions and in exploration/ sports events. We seek to change this.

– create positive role models for young women

– create awareness for positive proactive health monitoring

– create narratives of awareness around chemicals in environment and chemicals related to human disease

– inspire the precautionary principle in consumer choice and highlight earth friendly/ body friendly choices

There are just 12 places available on the team to join the 2 crew leaders – please complete the enquiry form to request an application form.

Trip notes

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This trip is onboard our favourite conservation sail vessel. Over the past 2 years it has sailed a staggering 50,000 miles across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans carrying out important research on the state of the marine environment.

This is a great way to be introduced to life at sea and or to enhance any knowledge you already have. Guest crew will learn seamanship, sail handling, and navigation.


The proposed 2015 route is from Ivory Coast to Recife, Brazil via Ascension Island. Dates and details to be confirmed.

Proposed dates: 2nd to 24th November 2015 (tbc)

Contribution: £4,990 (tbc)

Please note that this is a dry vessel. No alcohol or cigarettes will be permitted on board.

Travel documents:
Crew will require a passport from their home country (with more than 6 months validity) that will allow them to travel to Spain and Martinique.

Contribution Includes:

  • 21 nights accommodation on board
  • All meals, snacks and drinks on board
  • Sailing instruction
  • Safety equipment and foul weather gear
  • Scientific learning and research guidance

Payment does not include:

  • Transportation to Lanzarote and home from Martinique
  • Transportation to and from the dock
  • Personal expenses while in port

The Crew 

The team of 14 on this transatlantic crossing will be made up of a mix of scientists, artists, adventure seeking ladies who will make up the voyage crew and professional sailors. It will be led by Dr Lucy Gilliam and Emily Penn whose details are below.

Will you join us?

To apply to join the team and for more information please complete the Enquiry Form or send us an email.

Dr Lucy Gilliam is an Environmental Scientist with a BSc (1st), in Biological Sciences and a Phd in Microbial Ecology & Soil Science. Lucy worked as a post-doctoral research scientist at Rothamsted Research before joining the UK Civil Service to work as science advisor for Defra. Her portfolio of work at Defra consists of advising on ecotoxicology including endocrine disruptors, nanotechnology, heavy metals, climate change, biodiversity and sustainable food production.

Lucy is an experienced speaker having presented at conferences, universities and governance institutions around the world.  She consults globally on wide range of environmental and food related topics and has recently worked at Singularity University advising on the challenge of food security as part of the curriculum for the Graduate Studies Program (2013). The GSP class brings together 80 change-makers from 35+ countries.

Lucy is a Founder and Director of New Dawn Traders, a partnership of Artists, Scientists, and Chefs re-imagining global trade by sail power. Lucy has sailed all her life and represented Exeter University in British University Sailing Association championships as well as leading the University Club as Commodore in her final year of studies. She is an experienced Yacht racer and has crossed the Atlantic twice.

Lucy is passionate about sailing & the sea, biodiversity & nature, activism & storytelling for a greener cleaner planet.


Emily Penn is an oceans advocate, skipper and artist who has extensive exploration experience in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. She is a graduate of Cambridge University with a degree in Sustainable Architecture; and Director of global organisation Pangaea Explorations; and the first and youngest woman to be awarded the international Yachtmaster of the Year.

Emily rounded the planet on the biofuelled Earthrace boat; spent 6 months living on a tiny Tongan island organising the largest ever community led rubbish clean-up; and discovered previously unknown oceanic gyres – huge areas of plastic pollution accumulation.

An experienced public speaker, Emily has spoken around the world at conferences, universities and global companies about her adventures and issues relating to our oceans, human mindset and future society.

No ordinary sailing expedition

The mission of the crew and this conservation sail training vessel is quite unique. The crew believes that the depth, complexity and sheer inertia of the threats to our oceans is significant. Practical solutions and the resources to implement them do still exist. The central challenge is our collective will to act, to care and 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. Focusing on 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 expedition vessel professional leaders work alongside visiting crew as one team.

This synergy provides valuable manpower, skills and financial support to the 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.

With our background in environmental sustainability both Tori and Larissa, founders of Another World Adventures are very proud to help our community of adventure seekers join these unique not-for-profit expeditions.


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