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Expedition schedule

LEG 1: 5.Oct–12.Oct, piombino - genoa

LEG 2: 12.oct–19.oct, genoa - piombino

In 2018, Sail & Explore began collecting marine debris data in the Ligurian-Tyrrhenian Sea (Olbia-Elba-Genoa) during the first two weeks of June. Our comparison study results (published in 2020) highlight the importance of monitoring the levels of plastic particle pollution in sensitive ecosystems during different years in order to ascertain the long-term trends in particle concentrations.
The aim of our expeditions in the Ligurian sea is therefore to collect data on a ten years scale to evaluate if there are any changes which can be detected with regard to the quantity and spatial and temporal distribution of microplastics found in the area. 

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What is included in an expedition week ​

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

  • Get to know how to sail and make sailor knots or improve your existing sailing skills with our skippers with more than 20 years of sailing experience and sleep like a real crew and share beds/bunking with other participants

  • Assist with the sampling by using the Manta Trawl system, help to fill out the data sheets and conduct the first evaluations on board

  • Listen to our daily lectures on plastic pollution and its impact on the environment and human health as well as the structure of the marine ecosystem, plankton etc.

  • Learn how to take plankton samples and do the analysis of the samples on board to feed the NOAA plankton database to better understand the global occurrence and distribution patterns of plankton

  • Get the opportunity to get in touch with local researchers and learn from them what their research entails

  • Go swimming and snorkeling in the deep blue sea and explore the land whenever possible! 

The costs per expedition week are as follows

The course costs are CHF 1’850.- per person per week. There is a 10% reduction (CHF 370.-) on the course costs for the additional week. The course costs for two consecutive weeks thus amounts to CHF 3’330.-. The course costs for Students are CHF 1’350.- per person per week. The participation costs cover the participants' board and lodging on board and help to finance the project.


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 

  • A Sail & Explore Expedition T-shirt


​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 any sailing skills or to have a scientific background


*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.


LET'S CREATE A CHANGE TOGETHER!  Take action and become part of our expedition crew 

To get more information about the expedition and to register fill out the form on the right side "MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION".  We will get back to you with further information concerning the full registration, outward and return journey, boat details, what to bring etc. 


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