Sailing to #SaveOurSeas - Launching the Clean Seas Odyssey
Today we are pleased and excited to launch the Clean Seas Odyssey project aboard the Amelie Rose. In one month from now we will start a three month voyage of discovery, sailing from our home port of Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu River around the Western Channel on a mission to find out more about plastic waste in our local seas.
We want this to be a collaborative project and so we are offering berths to anyone with an interest in the sea plastic issue who wants to come along. If that sounds like you then head over to www.cleanseasodyssey.org/join-us to find out how to sign up.
On the way, we will be stopping in ports and harbours to seek out scientists and researchers, activists and innovators who can help to inform us about different aspects of the issue. We also hope to meet people who, like us, wish to become better informed about solutions to sea plastic pollution. At each harbour visit there will be opportunities for you to visit the boat, talk to the crew and learn more about what we have discovered.
Our route will run west from the Solent, along the south coast through the seas off Dorset and Devon to Cornwall and then out to the Isles of Scilly. From here, we will turn South and head to Brest and Douarnenez before turning North East along the North Brittany coast to the Channel Islands and then home to Hampshire via the Sussex coast. If you are active in the sea-plastics arena and would like to share your work, idea or passion with us when we visit your area then get in touch with us at our website (www.cleanseasodyssey.org/join-us).
We will visit many harbours and havens along the way but will stop off for longer visits in 10 key locations, sometimes to attend a festival or regatta where we expect to meet lots of people who are interested in protecting our seas. In visiting many different places we hope to find out more about how the issues and solutions to sea plastic pollution differ in different counties, countries, and on islands versus mainland shores.
We hope that the networks of people that we create, both in person and online in our social media streams will form a lasting legacy for the project. For those that can’t come along and either sail with us or meet us in harbour we will be documenting the entire voyage in a series of video blogs and posts on social media as well as in written content on our website and in our email newsletter.
For more information about the project, including links to our social media platforms, information on how you can sign up as crew, and when and where you can meet us in harbour, head over to our website at www.cleanseasodyssey.org.
Fair winds and clean seas,
Nick & Rebecca