EXXpedition around the world 2019-2021 is an all-female sailing voyage and scientific research mission.
Connected by a passion to protect our shared ocean, it will enable 300 women to go to sea as hands-on crew and experience first-hand the challenges we face from single-use plastics while contributing to cutting-edge scientific research and solution-based thinking.
I am one of 10 women selected for the 17th leg of Project eXXpedition, from Mauritius to Cape Town. It would be a great honour representing South Africa and the North-West University on this voyage.
I am currently a second year PhD student focussing on marine pollution on coral reefs from remote islands in the Western Indian Ocean– the exact same region that we will be crossing during the voyage.
In 2014, I bore witness to beaches full of plastic on remote, uninhabited islands on the Western Indian Ocean. Now, I intend to return to the region as part of Project eXXpedition to bring awareness to the plight of our oceans and the severity of the effect of our reckless use of single-use plastics.
Participants of the eXXpedition are expected to fund their own portion of the voyage. For the leg from Mauritius to Cape Town, the crew fee is set at £9 400 (R174 118).
Any part sponsors would be tremendously appreciated.
We are changing the way people look at our oceans
Project eXXpedition is an endeavour that will go down in history as one of the most revolutionary campaigns for ocean awareness. I have always loved the ocean, and it would be a dream come true to be able to participate in this project to protect the ocean for future generations.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, things are not going to get better. It’s not.”
— Dr Seuss.