Support 'eXXpedition Round Britain 2017'

Support 'eXXpedition Round Britain 2017'

Sailing round the British Isles, trawling for plastics and toxics, raising awareness of ocean plastics pollution in 7 shore stops

We did it!

On 15th Sep 2017 we successfully raised £829 with 34 supporters in 42 days


This current LIVE crowdfunder page is to raise the final funds required as we sail Round Britain researching and raising awareness of the plastic problem blighting our oceans. In June 2017 we successfully raised £15,000 towards our £20,000 target. We are now aiming to raise the final £5000 needed to cover the costs of the mission. Thank you in advance for your support. 

The problem of marine plastic pollution

Microbeads in toiletries, cosmetics and cleaning products, single-use packaging, water bottles, nurdles, persistent organic pollutants found in most everyday products are devastating in their effects on oceans, ecosystems, aquatic life, mammals – and us.

"In the ocean, plastic debris injures and kills fish, seabirds and marine mammals. Marine plastic pollution has impacted at least 267 species worldwide, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species and 43% of all marine mammal species. The impacts include fatalities as a result of ingestion, starvation, suffocation, infection, drowning, and entanglement."

We are building on this growing awareness by researching and publicising what is to be found in the waters closest to our home in the British Isles, where we swim, surf, sail, snorkel and fish.

eXXpedition Round Britain 2017

Our project will

  • Highlight the extent of the pollution all around the UK through sampling
  • Highlight how purchases of single-use or unnecessary plastics contribute to the problem
  • Provide opportunities for discussion of purchasing choices with communities around Britain, connecting to personal and environmental health and to disposal and recycling
  • Connect with NGOs and community groups to join up dots and support each others campaign goals to STOP OCEAN PLASTIC
  • Provide opportunities to discuss devolved policies with UK governments


We sail from Plymouth on 8th August on Sea Dragon, a 72 ft yacht equipped for scientific research. Over 30 days we will carry out the first continuous trawl for plastics and toxics in UK waters sailing over 2000 miles of the UK coastline. Our voyage takes us into the heart of the four UK capitals, as well as Arran, in the Clyde, the Caledonian canal along with Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness.  A unique combination of fresh water and marine samples will be collected. 

Sailing into each capital city draws attention to individual national policy-making roles. We will talk to politicians and media, and involve the public in seeing our trawl results, engaging with these under-researched and under-talked about issues. We will link this plastics sampling to narratives of ecosystem and personal health and the products we consume.

Our activities

Onshore activities in every port will include citizen science workshops, film screenings, school visits, creative art and storytelling events, beach cleans, engagement with local academic communities, campaigning community groups and local politicians and media.

Part of global scientific studies

Data from our manta trawling and beach surveys & clean up activities will be fed into wider global 'Citizen science' studies. Water samples will be collected and analysed for the presence of toxics and microplastics by Dr Jenna Jambeck, University of Georgia, a leading authority on marine debris reaching the oceans worldwide and crew member on eXXpedition Atlantic 2014. We are also collaborating with Professor Richard Thompson at Plymouth University for sample analysis. 

What we will do

  • bring together an all-women crew – scientists, artists, journalists, businesswomen, filmmakers, activists and educators – to create a Round Britain story about women in science, research, sailing and adventure.
  • add data and footage to the worldwide data set on plastics and toxics in the ocean, especially around Britain.
  • engage with communities through public workshop, giving information about the implications of ocean pollution, from making everyday choices to political action for a cleaner, healthier environment.
  • participate in beach clean ups and arrange series of public events to showcase the issue.
  • broaden awareness of the unseen - plastics and toxics; disease; women as changemakers.


During 7th August – 5th September 2017 eXXpedition will be sailing round Great Britain on board S.V. Sea Dragon with stops and events along the way:


17:00 7th August – eXXpedition Press and Launch Event – Plymouth University Marine Station

Booking – Due to limited space, this event is invite-only.  If you would like to request a space please email us at and we will try to accommodate you

09:00-12:00 8th August – Children’s University Lab Event and Beach Clean  – Plymouth University Marine Station

Booking – Required, please register here.

10:00-12:00 8th August – Boat tour of eXXpedition sailing vessel Sea Dragon – Sutton Harbour 

Booking – not required, but limited space on the boat at any one time.



14:00-16:00 10th August – Boat tours of Sea Dragon, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff

Booking – not required, but limited space on the boat at any one time.

13:00-16:00 10th August – Kids Against Plastic event, youth education outreach, Techniquest

Booking – not required, just turn up!

10:00-12:00 11th August – Beach Clean with Thames Estuary Partnership and Keep Wales Tidy, Cardiff Point

Booking – not required, meeting point at the car park by Empire Way, CF11 0JS.

10:00-12:00 11th August – Boat tour of Sea Dragon with ‘Kids Against Plastic’ on board, Mermaid Quay

Booking – not required, but limited space on the boat at any one time.

19:00-22:00 11th August – Open Mic Storytelling ‘Tales of Sea’, Lookout Cafe

Booking – not required, just turn up!

Launch of Welsh campaign ‘dwrdimplastig’



18:00 14th August – Beach Clean with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

Booking – Required, keep an eye out on this page for registration details.

10-17:00 15th August – Science from the Plastic Ocean with Microscopes and Interactive displays, The Odyssey Pavilion

Booking – not required, just turn up!

12:00 15th August – Film screening of ‘Making the Unseen Seen’, by Jen Pate, The Odyssey Pavilion

Booking – not required, just turn up!

10-17:00 15th August – ‘Art from the Plastic Ocean’ See what we have found and learn about our mission, The Dock Cafe

Booking – not required, just turn up!

15th August – Meetings with media and politicians


Lamlash, Arran

Booking – All events at Arran are open to the public, no booking required.

10:30-17:00 17th August – Interactive workshop with microscopes and creative work with Kids Against Plastic, Lifeboat Station, Lamlash

14:00 17th August – Kayak Visit to Sea Dragon, Lamlash Bay

15:00 17th August – Beach clean up with project partners COAST

19:30 17th August – Storytelling and music event ‘Tales from the Sea Dragon‘, Pier Head Tavern

17th August – Meetings with politicians and media



09:00 25th August – Beach clean up in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society Musselburgh Beach

Booking – Required, please register here.

12:30 – 2:30 25th August – Reception at Holyrood, Edinburgh

Booking – Due to limited space, this event is invite-only.  If you would like to request a space please email us at and we will try to accommodate you

10-17:00 26th August – ‘A Life in Plastic’ An immersive Arts and Science experience combining sound, video, microscopic art and construction of a public sculpture, ASCUS labs, Leith

Booking – not required, just turn up!

11-16:00 26th August  – ‘Kids Against Plastic’ event (Youth Education Outreach) and Interactive Displays, Leith Labs, Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre

Booking – not required, just turn up!

14-15:00 26th August – Boat tour of eXXpedition sailing vessel Sea Dragon, Ocean Terminal next to Royal Yacht Britannia

Booking – Not required, but limited space on board at any one time.



30th August – Sea Dragon sails up the Thames

10:00 30th August – Sea Dragon arrives at Tower Bridge

9:00 30th August – Press Reception at Tower Pier

Booking – Due to limited space, this event is invite-only.

10-16:00 31st August – eXXpedition exhibition roadshow and demonstrations from Kids Against Plastic, Thames Estuary Partnership, Thames21 and the Port of London Authority, St. Katherine’s Docks

Booking – not required, just turn up!

17:30-19:30 31st August – Science lecture ‘Plastic – making the unseen seen’, Huxley Lecture Theatre, Zoological Society of London

Booking – Required, please keep an eye on the ZSL events page for registration.

10-16:00 1st September – eXXpedition exhibition roadshow and demonstrations from Kids Against Plastic, Thames Estuary Partnership, Thames21 and the Port of London Authority, St. Katherine’s Docks

Booking – not required, just turn up!

14:00 1st September – Screening of the Movie ‘Flows‘ by Klaus Thyman, The Dickens Inn, St. Katherine’s Docks

Booking – Not required, just turn up!

19:30 1st September – ‘Tales from the Ocean‘ event at Cutty Sark, Greenwich Maritime Museum

Booking – Required, tickets available here.

2nd September – Big Bottle Count with Totally Thames, Various Locations

Booking – Required, more information and registration here.

11:30-16:00 2nd & 3rd September – Join Artist Jo Atherton for a ‘Flotsam weaving‘ workshop, Cutty Sark, King William Walk

Booking – Not required, just turn up! More details here.



4th September – Sea Dragon returns to Sutton Harbour, Plymouth

18:00 0n 4th Sept – Film screening of ‘A Plastic Ocean‘ at Plymouth Arts Centre

Booking – Not required, just turn up!

10:00 5th Sept – Join ‘Muddy Fingers‘ for creative morning learning about marine litter, Sutton Harbour

Booking – Not required, just turn up!

10:00 on 5th Sept  – Beach cleans, shore lab and ecology workshops with Children’s University, Diving and Marine Centre, University of Plymouth

Booking – Required, please register here.



Let's change policy!

Long-term change requires action at all levels, personal, local and political, from consumer decisions to local policies and national policy changes. This voyage will speak to people in ways that engage at all these levels, by giving information, inspiration and encouragement.

Next steps

After the voyage we will continue our engagement with the issues, now armed with the story of our voyage, with film, photographs, writings, artwork and blogs – and with data. The 24 adventurous women from all backgrounds who have cared enough to make this voyage, on one, two or three legs, will be eXXpedition Ocean Ambassadors, carrying back an experience that will have changed them forever.

Don't worry - you are not funding a holiday!

The funding raised through this initiative will be used directly for public outreach and engagement in the series of ports we will be visiting.  Your generous support will help us cover the costs of venues, travel costs for land-based support, materials for activities like the beach clean-ups, and science equipment. None of the funding from this crowdfunding initiative goes towards the costs of crew members onboard the vessel or the vessel operating costs (these are covered personally by the participants themselves). 


OUR fabulous REWARDS

Example of the plastic debris art to be used on eXXpedition customised products

 More pictures coming soon!

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