Sail Our Seas

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OCT 2014

Depart: Southampton, UK
Arrive: Rapa Nui
Days: TBD




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‘Sail Our Seas’: A 2014 Sailing Expedition to Rapa Nui

Sail Our Seas (SOS) is a multidimensional research voyage with a mission to study environmental change. Following the route of the 1914 Mana Expedition to Easter Island, sailing from Southampton in the UK to Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, SOS will visit six countries and cross two oceans to arrive at the most isolated island in the world. But as with all journeys, the true experience will be found en route. Sail Our Seas will be connecting the dots between human communities around the world, whilst comparing notes with the Mana Expedition that took place one hundred years ago. Departing from the UK in October 2014 the voyage plans to arrive on Rapa Nui in time for the island’s annual Tapati Festival, February 2015.

Join Us!

If you are interested in joining this historic voyage we are looking for people to come onboard as either sailing crew or, maybe you have a research proposal to bring to the table? Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information! Email with your questions and we’ll be sure to reply:

In the mean time check out our blog for further inspiration: Sail Our Seas.


Susie Stephen
Project Director

[tab title=”Mission”]The mission of the 2014 expedition to Rapa Nui is to promote art & science, & education through exploration, within the context of environmental change. Our main question will be: how has the environment changed in the 100 years since the 1914 Mana Expedition?

This will be accomplished by:
1.    Creating educational opportunities;
a.    A ‘live-at-sea’ classroom, enabling schools to interact with the crew onboard.
b.    Collaborative and cooperative work between crew and academic researchers onboard.
c.    Workshops and presentations delivered by the team at destinations visited en-route.

2.    Collecting data to conduct a 100-year comparative analysis of the findings and work of the 1914 expedition.

3.    Studying the environment en-route, specifically collecting evidence that will contribute to marine science & climate change research.

4.    Documenting the voyage to create media for educational and public use.

The 2014 expedition represents a unique opportunity for people who join the voyage to become sailing crewmembers and researchers – collaborating with the documentation of the journey and the study of the environment (marine & terrestrial) one hundred years after the work of the 1914 expedition.

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The route has been divided into eight legs:

1.    Southampton, UK to the Canary Islands, Spain.
Highlights – Sailing out of the English Channel into the Atlantic with one stop over at the verdant island of Madeira, Portugal and on to the volcanic Canary Islands, Spain.

2.    Canary Islands, Spain to Cape Verde.
Highlights – Visiting the rocky island nation of Cape Verde before sailing out to cross the Atlantic.

3.    Cape Verde to Pernambuco, Brazil.
Highlights – Crossing the equator, exploring the coastline of Brazil, visiting coves the Mana recorded.

4.    Pernambuco to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Highlights – Sailing into the impressive harbour of Rio de Janeiro, visiting notable sites on land.

5.    Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Highlights – Crossing the major basin of the Rio Plata and sailing along the Argentine coastline.

6.    Buenos Aires to Punta Arenas, Chile.
Highlights – Sailing through the inland waterways and channels of the Magellan Straits.

7.    Punta Arenas to Santiago, Chile.
Highlights – Reaching the furthest southern point of the journey, searching for the Mana Inlet.

8.    Santiago to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile.
Highlights – Sailing into the Pacific Ocean, visiting the Juan Fernandez Islands, reaching Rapa Nui.

Each leg of the journey will be treated as a separate section of the trip, and members of the crew will be able to join the expedition for one, two, three or all sections of the total voyage.


[tab title=”Mission”]Post-Expedition
The 2014 expedition aims to create not only sailing adventures and educational experiences for a wide range of people, but also produce the following outcomes: media documenting the expedition; a photographic catalogue consisting of images taken throughout the journey; a collection of art work comparative to that of the 1914 Mana Expedition; educational media for public use (e.g. interactive online maps, learning tools e.g. games, applications); a peer reviewed publication of scientific findings; a publication describing the findings of the case study, with images, produced in Rapa Nui, Spanish and English; and finally, an exhibition of the main pieces of artwork and findings from the expedition that will travel between Rapa Nui and the UK.