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My take on a week with the Pangaea Exploration crew as we sailed the Atlantic from Madeira to Lanzarote
by Andy McLean
I’m sitting here at the table in the saloon of Sea Dragon on the final day of my first offshore passage in a long time, reflecting on an epic few days with the crew of Pangaea Exploration. Actually, ‘epic’ does not do our Atlantic journey from Madeira to Lanzarote justice.
In this article, you’ll hear about life aboard an 18-person ocean racing yacht, see a video of a sperm whale, visit a remote Portuguese island, see the most majestic of sunsets and see first hand how micro plastics have made our oceans toxic.
Tom said Day Four was the calmest he had seen the Atlantic
First though, as always, start with ‘the Why?
The sea is my blood and I have not had enough of it in my life
I’ve lived by the sea since I was a little boy in the remote Chatham Islands, 300km east of New Zealand. It was there my dad, Peter, learned his first craft as a man of the sea — as a diver and then as a fisherman.
Dad is a very clever man — he’s managed to not work in an office ever since his first job clearing cheques in a bank. He now works on the land but retains a deep connection with the ocean as a yachtsman, while I am the one that works in a bank with a massive amount of FOMO!
And why this trip with Pangaea Exploration?
Simply put, it’s because of Emily Penn (the company’s founder) who I got to know in September 2015 and from whom I learned for the first time about the alarming nature of plastic pollution in our oceans.
I’ve long admired the Exploration, Education, Conservation mantra (here at Selvagem Grande)
I’ve been seeking to do a trip on Sea Dragon ever since and when I saw the option of a Madeira start point, I had a big reason to say ‘Yes’. I’ve written about that aspect of my why here.
Being crew on a big yacht is something everyone should do
In 2004 I sailed from New Zealand to Fiji with my dad and two of his mates and there was literally no wind the whole way up the Pacific. And so when I got out of the taxi at the marina near Funchal, my first question to our skipper Eric Loss was: any chance of any wind this week?
The first two days were very relaxed, a night getting to know each other and the short hop to the south-west tip of the island to anchor in a deserted bay. While we snorkeled in the deep blue with the barren Madeiran hills towering above us, the masses of hikers looked like ants on a mound.
Shannon and Shanley taking the plunge in Madeira
I’ve been on quite a few sailing holidays over the years and there’s always been a safety brief(ing). I’d never experienced one as professional as that given by Eric and his first mate Shanley McEntee and it also helped that we had two other experienced sailors aboard — Tom and Shannon.
I knew I’d struck a good group when Shannon produced a lunch on that first day that did not embarrass me when the vege wraps that me and Eric created seemed to go down well. The responsibility for lunch on board lies with the people ‘on watch’ right before meal time — which is why the novice was paired with the skipper.
While at sea, there’s a watch schedule to ensure the responsibility for keeping the boat headed in the right direction is shared so we can all get a good amount of sleep. I was surprised at how comfortable the beds were — they were more like cushioned hammocks than bunks and the bamboo pillows.
Having just the five of us on such a big yacht also meant we had loads of personal space, and we could all stretch out around the table I’m writing on now, or on the deck above. And if we wanted snacks or a cup of tea, everything was uber easy to find.
Ilas Selvagens — Savage Islands or the Dry Salvages?
As we pulled anchor and hoisted the mainsail, I asked Tom “so, what was that island Shanley mentioned at the briefing?”. I still can’t pronounce the name of the rock that marks the southernmost point of the Madeira archipelago but I’ll never forget Selvagem Grande.
We arrived at 10 am, literally to the minute of my third watch of ending four hours after it started. Over the 160 miles, we covered under sail, my shifts on the helm had been: 10 am to 2 pm, 8 pm to midnight and 6 am to 10 am, with a smattering of sleep in between.
As we were to find out the next day from our guide Manuel, the Spanish call Selvagem Grande and its neighbor Selvagem Pequena ‘just rocks’ in the Atlantic. However dry these islands may be, as Eric points out they extend Portugal’s economic zone at sea by around 150 miles south towards the Canaries.
Our landing on the island was delayed until the morning of day four as the Madeiran Navy was carrying out an operation in the area. And, gosh, was it worth the wait for the perfect weather day.
Our anchorage at Selvagem Grande — literally a rock in the middle of the Atlantic adjacent to Casablanca
Over three hours led us up the hill and around the island in what was the best tour I have ever had. Hopefully, the pictures I have taken do the tour justice.
In that time we learned about the nesting and the remarkable flying speeds of the resident Corey’s Shearwater birds, the Portuguese government’s ill-fated attempts to introduce goats and rabbits (and the subsequent conservation project to rid the island of rats and replenish the island’s plants by Manuel and his friend Jacques), an old story of Captain Cook’s rumoured hiding place of gold stolen from South America, how the island was used by the Portuguese air force for target practice and an ill-fated attempt by the same people to drop food on the island that sends ‘rice and flower everywhere’.
Our guide Manuel of Maderia, along with two couples sailing through the Ilas Selvagens
The beauty of this tour is that it is free, you only need to have a yacht to get there and obtain a permit in Funchal. In practice its only explorer sailors that get this privilege — as we did along with Reg and Nicky from Guernsey and Loche and Benedict from Paris.
Not one but two sperm whales (and a baby)
It was mid-afternoon on day four as we left Selvagem Grande headed for Lanzarote and the Atlantic was flat calm. It meant that we could take off our buoyancy aids for the afternoon and really relax — this was an exception to the strict safety protocol Eric and Shanley maintain on Sea Dragon, that also wisely includes no alcohol at sea.
We’d been motoring about an hour when Eric shrieked “whales” and me and Shannon literally flew up the companionway steps from the Saloon where we were reading. It’s really hard to put into words what the next hour was like so I am not going to.
Instead here’s a video I recorded which shows how special it was, in the middle of nowhere in the Atlantic Ocean as Tom navigated us perfectly into place to see these beautiful creatures. And another video 30 minutes later.
And a perfect sunset to cap “a perfect day”
As I sat on the starboard side of Sea Dragon mesmerized by the stillness of this mighty body of water, I thought of Lou Reed’s words “it’s just a perfect day” — it was a privilege that could not get any better.
The view to the West
Of course, it did as on the port side, Shannon and Shanley were admiring the reflection of the pink western African desert haze on the water as we happened upon a sea turtle. “How did he get all the way out here?” I wondered.
And to the East
And then just as the sun was hitting the horizon, a boat sailing into its final glare. We looked at each other and smiled — seriously, what are the chances of that happening?
Catching microplastics in Lanzarote
Last October I went to an Impact Career day run by Emily Penn and my friend Ben Keene at Escape the City in London. There were around 20 people there, each seeking more meaning in their work and Emily laid out the issue of plastic pollution, literally on the classroom table.
Trawling for plastics with the volcanos of Lanzarote behind
Today, nearly a year on, we dropped the special trawling machine that Eric and Shanley take all over the world an into the Five Gyres to research this pressing issue. In 30 short minutes before we headed into the marina at Arrecife, we dragged the net and, yes, we found microplastics on the water’s surface.
Here’s how Shannon and Shanley described our catch, including some plastics that need further investigation under the microscope.
A final word
As I type this, I am about to run to meet our team for our final dinner ashore on Lanzarote. I arrived (late) on Thursday afternoon and five sleeps and 310 nautical miles later, I feel utterly refreshed and exponentially more knowledgeable than I was this time last week at my desk in the bank in London.
Reposted from Andy Mclean’s Medium Article
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The adventure continues… By Eric Loss – Skipper We arrived in Madeira yesterday afternoon after a fabulously fast 24 hour’s run of 207nm. It’s been an interesting passage from Plymouth – a textbook frontal system with near gale force winds and driving rain in the […]
By Eric Loss – Skipper
After four months off this summer, then a few weeks docked, it’s a bit odd to be back underway aboard Sea Dragon. Everything is laden with the familiarity of the last five years of experience, but just different enough to be new – the precise way to latch that door, the exact smell of that bilge, the sound of the engine. It’s been an interesting three weeks in Plymouth, a bit of a hurry up and wait game as we finalized our schedule and worked on repairs – a race to remove the generator and sails, then a long lingering drag of small jobs waiting for their return, then a whirlwind of bending the mainsail back on and re-installing the generator, all in the 48 hours before we had to leave. It’s exciting to have a destination, to know that we’re on our way to the Pacific, by however lengthy a route, but a bit sad as well to sail out into the fog off Plymouth, leaving our home behind for the promise of a new adventure.
We settle back into all the old routines without too much prompting!
– the cleaning, the provisioning, getting bunks made up for the new crew, then the ever-present and somewhat nervous wait for a “hallooo!” from the dockside, wondering who they’ll turn out to be. It all came back quickly, almost on autopilot, assigning lifejackets and hangers in the wet locker, safety briefings, trip briefings, boat briefings, none of them very brief. There are changes here, too – anew style of survival suit to try on, things in slightly different places, just enough to be noticeable, just subtle enough not to be jarring.
We have a good group aboard for this first leg down to Madeira, and we’re off to a good start – a fast first 24 hours has seen us passing Ushant and motoring out into a calm Biscay, everyone getting their sea legs and getting used to being aboard. Zoe is the only one totally new to the boat – Gavin & Kat sailed Sea Dragon this summer while we were gone, and Shannon explored the coast (and river sand bars) of South America a few years ago, but it’s almost like a new boat for all, with a new crew, new memories to be made. I’m off for a nap now, to further settle back into the watch standing routine of life aboard, but keep an eye out for further updates from Sea Dragon as we head south towards warmer weather and sunnier skies.
Dec 16th – Dec 22nd 2017 | COMPLETE Join the crew of Sea Dragon for a leisurely cruise down the windward islands from Barbados to Trinidad. On this trip there’s no overnight sailing, only beautiful fast daysails in the trade winds past jungle-covered […]
Nov 15th – Dec 8th 2017 | COMPLETE; Join us on Sea Dragon and sail in the Atlantic Odyssey rally – we’ll enjoy the festivities, go out for some practice, and meet the other crews before we depart, then set sail across the […]
Oct 5th – 11th 2017 | COMPLETE .
No experience needed, a passion for adventure a must!
Join us in Madeira – taste some Madeira wine, ride down the steep streets of Funchal in a toboggan, or go for a hike amongst the mountain peaks. Then we’ll head out to sea and sail to the seldom visited, Ilhas Selvagens, the breeding ground of many seabirds and home to what Jacques Cousteau said was the clearest water he had ever found in his travels. The “Savage” Islands are specks of deserted volcanic rock that form the archipelago about 150nm south of Madeira, rugged and remote the only human inhabitants are the two wardens, oh and goats. If it’s too rough we may not be able to stop, but we’ve included an extra day in this trip to let us try to make it, weather depending. Then we’ll sail on to Lanzarote, the hot, volcanic desert island which has a long history of art and sculpture, as well as growing some spectacular volcanic wines.
- Cost: $1750 / £1390
- Date: October 5th – 11th, 2017
- Depart: Madeira
- Arrive: Lanzarote
- Length: 7 days, 6 nights
- Focus: Adventure sailing, Sailing skills and Yachtlife
ERIC LOSS – SKIPPER
Eric has been sailing competitively since his time as a young mariner and in 2011 he sailed around the world single-handed and told his story in Loss at Sea.
Eric has been Captain on board Sea Dragon since January 2013 and he loves to facilitate the understanding of and connection to the sea for all of those who come on board.
SHANLEY MCENTEE – FIRST MATE
Shanley has been all over the world and covered over 40,000 miles on all different types of sailing yachts and loves to do everything from scuba diving to surfing to swimming.
With a degree in Environmental Policy and Marine Science, Shanley continues to explore the world and the different issues mother earth faces. She’s full time with Sea Dragon as First Mate since January of 2013.
THOMAS ‘OWEN’ McMAHON – DECKHAND
Having started sailing with the family at the tender age of seven, Tom found a passion for being on the open water, it didn’t matter the vessel, yacht, dingy, bathtub, it was all the same, as long as it could sail. Realizing a life on land would never make him truly happy and saying adieu to life working in coffee shops and pubs, he embarked on his professional sailing career, working as crew on yachts whilst gaining his Yachtmaster offshore and his I.Y.T (international yacht training) instructor. By 2010 Tom found himself fully qualified and living the life, aboard superyachts on the French Riviera, looking after both yachts and their owners. Whilst this was indeed an amazing experience, he hankered after something more, showing people the joys of sailing, creating new sailors and the satisfaction of seeing people realize the lure of the open water.
So now when not on Sea Dragon, Tom can be found teaching people to sail, imparting the joy direct engagement of the sea brings and all sailing has to offer. You will find Tom helping his new sailors to immerse themselves in all things sailing and in building an attachment with their surrounding environment, an interdependence that can only be found on the ocean.
SHANNON FRIER – GUEST CREW
Growing up in St. Mawes a dreamy sailing village on the South Coast of Cornwall, there was hardly a day Shannon wasn’t on, in or under the water. Known by her friends and family as ‘The Mermaid’ she tried her hardest to become one, studying a degree in Marine and Natural History Photography which brought together her aspirations and interests: training as a professional scuba diver and developing her ability to communicate science in a way that engages the public through creative narratives.
Living and studying in Cornwall Shannon doted on her local environment; devoting her time not only its protection but also preservation for future generations. Lead by her passion for conservation she became an ambassador for eXXpedition and sits on the Clean Cornwall Board in the fight against coastal pollution. After watching marine pollution on her own doorstep getting worse year on year Shannon decided at a very young age to pursue a career that will enable her to turn the tide on marine litter.
Happiest when sailing across the open ocean, Shannon doesn’t think there is anything more magical than being on night watch surrounded by phosphorescence. One of her fondest memories is being on Seadragon off the coast of Guyana watching a school of tuna chasing its prey lit by phosphorescence under a sky full of stars. Shannon loves sharing moments like this with people who have never been to sea because it reconnects them with nature and shows them why they want to protect our oceans.
October 5: Crew joins the vessel at 1400 in Madeira, Portugal
– Safety briefings, introductions, move in
October 6: Depart for Lanzarote & Ilhas Selvagen
October 7: Arrive Ilhas Selvagen
October 8: Explore Ilhas Selvagen
October 9: Depart for Lanzarote
October 10: Arrive Lanzarote
October 11: Crew depart 1000
– 6 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals, snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear
Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from Madeira and Lanzarote
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
All crew members will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to and from Spain and Portugal. Please look into the specific type of visa you need: www.travel.state.gov/visa.
Sept 23rd – Oct 11th 2017 | COMPLETE . NO experience needed. Passion for adventure a MUST! Come on this amazing adventure with Sea Dragon, as we sail from Plymouth to Lanzarote. Before leaving Plymouth we will prepare you for the journey ahead, then it’s […]
Sept 23rd – Oct 5th 2017 | COMPLETE . No experience needed, a passion for adventure a must! Join Sea Dragon, as we sail from Plymouth to Madeira. Before leaving Plymouth we will prepare you for the journey ahead, then it’s across the busy shipping […]
Aug 7th – Sept 5th 2017 | COMPLETE
eXXpedition X Pangaea
No experience needed. Passion for adventure a MUST!
The eXXpedition team will sail around the whole of the British Isles, sampling the waters for plastics and toxics as we go, according to the protocols developed by the 5 Gyres Institute. Starting from Plymouth on 8th August, we will sail into the heart of all four of Britain’s capital cities, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, and London, as well as to the Isle of Arran in the Clyde.
LEG 1: Plymouth, via Cardiff and Belfast, to Arran (nr Glasgow): 7th – 17th August
LEG 2: Arran (nr Glasgow) to Edinburgh: 17th – 26th August
LEG 3: Edinburgh, via London, to Plymouth: 26th Aug – 5th Sep
To explore the issue of plastics, chemicals, endocrine disruptors and carcinogens in our personal and global environment.
Following the previous eXXpeditions, Round Britain 2017 will be an all women’s voyage, as we continue our quest to make the unseen seen, from the toxins in our bodies to the toxins in our seas.
We embark from 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, we will round Lands End and make the first landfall in Cardiff, home of the Welsh Assembly. Here we begin our shoreside work with local people, holidaymakers, media and politicians, conducting science workshops, beach cleans, media and creative events, according to the skills and interests of crew members.
From Cardiff, we head north through the Irish Sea and over to Belfast in Northern Ireland. Our 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. We 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, our original plan was to sail around 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. There we would work again with local people and holidaymakers, school children and media in whatever creative ways we develop. Then a long passage across the North of the British Isles, around Cape Wrath and through the Pentland Firth, where the waters of the Atlantic and the North Sea meet, then turning towards the South again, we would eventually make landfall in Edinburgh, ancient capital city of Scotland and home of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.
ROUTE ADJUSTMENT: Due to adverse weather conditions in Scotland due to the tail end of Hurricane Gert, the eXXpedition core crew made the decision to adjust course due to safety and scientific concerns.
We will alter course and sail through the Caledonian Canal, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Loch Ness and onto Inverness and Edinburgh. We are scheduled to arrive on 25th August in Edinburgh. Shore work continues here over two days, while the second leg of the voyage finishes and the third begins.
The science programme will continue as planned with the required permits. Our crew is looking forward to collecting valuable freshwater samples to complement our marine samples. Sea Dragon will be highly visible as she proceeds through the Scottish canal system.
From Edinburgh on August 27th, we sail through the North Sea, continuing our sampling work as we 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, our work will link with this, with the scientific data, with questions about our uses of plastics and the routes by which so many toxins, carcinogens, and endocrine disruptors, reach our seas – and our bodies.
Leaving London and rounding the South-eastern corner of Britain, we will enter the English Channel, to complete our 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 we head back to Plymouth. Our final day will allow us to work together onshore for the last time as we bring back the fruits and discoveries of the voyage, new thoughts, and inspirations.
As we plan this voyage, the problems of plastics – breaking down into microplastics – and toxins in the ocean are finally beginning to be acknowledged by politicians and media worldwide. Microbeads in toiletries, cosmetics and cleaning products, single-use packaging, plastic water bottles, nurdles, the many persistent organic pollutants (POPs) found in most everyday manufactures products – and much, much more are all being recognised as devastating in their effects on oceans, ecosystems, aquatic life, mammals – and us. So we are setting off to build on this growing awareness by publicising what is to be found in the waters closest to home, where we swim, surf, sail, snorkel, and fish.
By sailing into the heart of our capital cities we wish to draw attention to the role each nation plays in its plastics and toxics policies and we want to meet politicians and local media. In Scotland, we’ll be able to work with schoolchildren, who return in mid-August and everywhere we’ll be involving local and holidaying people in seeing the results of our trawls and engaging with these under-researched and under-talked about issues. We will be linking this sampling to narratives of ecosystem and personal health and the products we consume.
Our data will be fed into wider studies. Water samples will be collected and analysed for the presence of toxins and microplastics under the auspices of Dr Jenna Jambeck, University of Georgia, a leading authority on how/how much marine debris reaches the oceans worldwide and a crew member on eXXpedition Atlantic 2014.
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.
Be part of something bigger, You can only protect what you know and love!
- Cost: $3990 / £2650
- Dates: August 7th – September 7th 2017
- Depart: Sutton Harbour, Plymouth
- Arrive: Sutton Harbour, Plymouth
- Via: Cardiff, Belfast, Arran, Edinburgh & London
- Length: 32 days, 31 nights
- Focus: Sailing | science.
Pangaea Boat Crew:
DIANE REID – SKIPPER
Diane is a professional Skipper, Racer and Instructor. She is Royal Yachting Association accredited as an Ocean Yachtmaster commercially endorsed, a Sail Canada Instructor in Cruising, Racing, VHF and Navigation and a World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Instructor. Diane’s career has spanned over 70,000 miles throughout Lake Ontario, the Atlantic and Southern Ocean, Irish Sea, Bay of Biscay, Caribbean Islands and East coast of the United States. Whether in a Mini 650, a Clipper 70 or a Volvo 60, Diane has taught or raced on it. Her students and race teams have varied from single handed, double handed and fully crewed teams. When Diane is not on the water, she can often be found volunteering with various committees on Lake Ontario and with Sail Canada endeavouring to drive the sport of sailing to great new levels.
She comes to Pangaea to skipper Sea Dragon for this Girls eXXpedition.
HOLLY VINT – FIRST MATE
We welcome back our Holly to Sea Dragon, as she takes over the role of mate during this voyage.
Holly has had a lifelong love of the ocean and left university to run away to sea, only a year ago. With a growing portfolio of sailing experience and qualifications to her name, Holly can be found working adventurous offshore expedition vesselsin some pretty cool parts of the world. Her appreciation for the urgency to help protect the oceans was sparked when working for Pangaea as a deckhand for the Ascension and Amazon eXXpeditions in 2015.
KAT LAW – GUEST CREW
KAT began sailing as a small child as crew for her father in dingys and this slowly progressed to family holidays on chartered yachts. She got her first taste of ocean adventures in 2008 on board a tall ship through the Tall Ships Youth Trust, which ignited a great sense of adventure and a desire to further explore the oceans. This inspired her to take on her greatest challenge to date – the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2015/16.
Following this global circumnavigation, Kat furthered her skill set by gaining her Day Skipper qualification alongside her current job in academic publishing.
Having recently joined our eXXpedition Round Britain as core crew, Kat took the next step towards a career in sailing and leaving the desk behind forever. Her interest in finding out more about the impact of plastics in our environment, and learning from the amazing, intelligent ladies onboard Sea Dragon for this journey made for a truly pioneering journey for Kat.
eXXpedition Mission Leaders:
SUE WEAVER – LEG 1
Sailor, activist, ecotherapist, gardener, grandmother! Without doubt Sue’s therapy skills, cooking skills and long held perspective on environmental and community experience will enrich our mission.
Sue is a coastal skipper, used to sailing offshore in Scottish waters but never yet beyond St Kilda. This voyage brings together much that she holds dear – women, the ocean, health and the need for deep change and she still feels amazed to have the privilege of taking part.
Guest crew along side Sue are;
Hannah Thomas- Peters
ANNE BAKER – LEG 2
Anne’s story is like a three-legged stool. As a yachtmaster involved in sail training, mainly with all girl crews and with thousands of sea miles, this trip, from a sailing prospective, is a dream chance to cross the Atlantic with an all women crew. Then there is the women’s health element and being part of a team trying to understand in more detail how environmental and specifically ocean toxins affect women’s health. For my own health and also to share this through the female branches of the youth organisations I work with, principally girl guides and scouts. Anne’s third leg, comes from her recent agricultural studies during which she realized the effects of human intervention on the environment, both land and sea and highlighted the fine balance of the environmental and the impact of farming.
Guest crew along side Anne are;
Jessica V H
DIANA PAPOULIAS – SCIENCE CO-ORDINATOR & MISSION LEADER LEG 3
DIANA is an aquatic toxicologist and fish biologist.
For 30 years, she researched how contaminants affect the health of fish and amphibians for the U.S. Geological Survey. The focus of her research has been on the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on reproduction. In 2014, she retired from the government and joined the non-profit E-Tech International to train indigenous people in Peru’s Amazon Basin to monitor their homelands for environmental contamination caused by the petroleum industry.
Diana sailed with eXXpedition Atlantic 2014 and took on the role as Science Mission Lead for eXXpedition Ascension 2015, Amazon 2015, and Caribbean 2017. She lives with her husband and springer spaniel on a farm in mid-Missouri.
Guest crew along side Diana are;
Hannah Thomas- Peters
August 7th : Crew for Leg 1 joins the vessel at 1000 in Sutton Harbour, Plymouth – safety briefings, introductions, move in
August 8th – 16th: Sailing, trawling, Cardiff, Belfast onshore events, arrive in Arran
August 17: Crew can depart by 1000
August 17: Crew for Leg 2 joins the vessel at 1600 in Lamlash, Arran – safety briefings, introductions, move in
August 18th – 25th: Sailing, trawling, Edinburgh onshore events, arrive in Edinburgh
August 26th: Crew can depart by 1000
August 26th: Crew for Leg 3 joins the vessel at 1600 in Port Leith, Edinburgh – safety briefings, introductions, move in
August 26th – September 6th: Sailing, trawling, London onshore events, arrive in Plymouth
September 7th: Crew can depart by 1000
All crew members will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to and from the UK. Please look into the specific type of visa you need: www.travel.state.gov/visa.