eXXpedition crew prepare to set sail

Updated: Oct 4, 2019

Past superheros on an eXXpedition mission across the North Pacific (Image by: Eleanor Church Lark Rise Pictures)

Hi, I'm Yanika. In October, I’m joining eXXpedition, an all-female crew sailing the ocean to collect data on micro-plastics and work with local communities to help create changemakers.

I will be sailing with the team across the Atlantic, through the North Atlantic Gyre, in what is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime.

In this blog, I will post some reflections on the prep for this journey. Remember, if you would like to support me, you can do so here.

The eXXpedition research trip is now two months away and the excitement is starting to build up; one week it felt very remote and the next I was hit by a wave of excitement and child-like impatience.

One aspect I wanted to touch on is the fact this is an ALL-FEMALE sailing crew. Why?

First of all, the plastic and toxins (which stick to plastic) found in the marine environment impact women in different ways to men. Some of these toxins impact hormones and fertility. We want to be out there, collecting data and collaborating with universities to carry out studies so that we can make more informed decisions based on how plastic is impacting our bodies.

Last and definitely not least, women are still underrepresented in sailing and STEM careers.

Less than 30% of the EU STEM workforce is female. We want to empower all young girls to get out there and become explorers, sailors, scientists, engineers and all-round superheroes, if that’s what they wish.

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