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aeolian islands 2023

LEG 1: 16.–23.sep, tonnarella - milazzo

LEG 2: 23.-30.sep, milazzo - tonnarella

The Archipelago of the Aeolian Islands is a UNESCO world heritage and consists of seven astonishing and unique islands off the northern coast of Sicily. Lipari, Panarea, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Alicudi, and Filicudi, all of them blessed by a savage beauty emerging from an uncontaminated sea, created by still-active volcanoes (Stromboli and Vulcano). The Islands are a popular tourist destination in the summer and attract up to 600,000 visitors annually also producing a big amount of plastic litter that can / will end up in the Mediterranean sea.

This expedition is a collaboration with Dr. Teresa Romeo, director and leader of the marine plastic pollution section of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn Sicily. Together with the support of a marine biologist from her group, we will for the very first time collect surface water microplastic samples down to a size of 50 microns around the Aeolian islands.

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A course week includes: 

  • All course participants will serve as crew and be integrated into the sailing routine as much as possible. This involves navigation, watch duty, setting sails, reefing and anchoring.

  • You will sleep like a real crew and share beds/bunking with other participants.

  • Learn your first or improve your existing sailing skills with our skippers with more than 20 years of sailing experience. 

  • Assisting with the sampling by using the Manta Trawl system and conducting the first evaluations on board. 

  • Daily lectures on plastic pollution and its impact on the environment as well as the structure of the marine ecosystem. 

  • We will have each week marine biologist from the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn on board, helping us out with the sampling and also giving hands-on insight into their work

  • We will visit the Aeolian islands and get the chance to go snorkeling among the hydrothermal underwater vents

  • Last but not least, we are also on vacation and the "fun factor" will not be neglected. Swimming and land excursions are just as much a part of the program! 

The boat:

Dufour 460 Grand Large


Year                             2017

Length                    13.50m

Breadth                    4.35m

Draught                    2.30m

Berth                                 8

Cabines                            4

Engine                 55.16kW

Fuel                              250l


The costs per course week are as follows:

Costs per course week per participant:  


Non-students CHF  1'850.- 

Students         CHF  1'350.-

Total cost per person when booking two weeks: 

(includes a 10% discount)


Non-students CHF 3'330.-

Students         CHF 2'430.-


Included in the price are

  • Shared room

  • Food, drinks (all-inclusive)

  • Board cash contributions (fixed) including harbor fees, diesel, marine park fee, cleaning, etc.

  • Carbon footprint removal, CO2 emission removal for the diesel exhaust gases produced 


​Not included in the price are 

  • Food and drinks on land are not taken over by the board cash. Participants pay these themselves.


  • You don't need to have a scientific background

  • No sailing skills are necessary


*The expedition will only take place if there are enough participants. The possible realization of the expedition will be communicated at least one month before the start.

**the boat used for the expedition may differ from the one shown above due to the availability of the yacht charter.


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