Azores Expedition 2021

LEG 1: 14.–20. AUGUST, Faial - SÃo Miguel

LEG 2: 21.–27. AUGUST, SÃo Miguel - Faial 

The Azores are a remote group of islands in the Atlantic at the very end of the North Atlantic Gyre. Enter an untouched paradise also considered as the hidden jewels of Portugal. This expedition will be the second of its kind that would allow us to predict and monitor the amount of microplastics in this remote area. In order to obtain the most accurate picture possible, detailed data on the quantity and composition of the materials found there is needed. We want to play an active role in contributing to a possible solution to the problem.

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 etc.. 

  • 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. 

  • On the island of Faial, we have the opportunity to visit the IMAR Instituto do Mar (Universidade dos Açores) and gain an insight into the projects of the local scientists. 

  • Together with a local NGO, we will do a beach clean up to see how much the beaches of the Azores are affected by plastic waste. 

  • 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                             2016

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 :

The costs include food and drinks (all inclusive) on the ship and board cash contributions per week per participant (fixed). With the board cash all boat expenses are covered like harbor fees,

diesel, etc.


Food and drinks on land are not taken over by the board cash.

Participants pay these themselves.

Costs per course week per participant

Total cost per person when booking two weeks

CHF 1850.-

CHF 3330.-


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