Please select your home edition
Edition
Fever-Tree 728x90

East Coast Odyssey - Setting sail to catch the ‘colourful killers’

by Roger Dickeson on 27 May 2013
Two Hands Paul Sharp with Plastic Collected from Beach hero. Roger Dickeson
East Coast Odyssey is looking for people with a sense of adventure and a passion for preventing our oceans from becoming a ‘plastic soup’.

The nature tourism, scientific research and conservation project, East Coast Odyssey, will be the first expedition of its kind to tackle insidious micro-plastics in Australian waters.

A passionate scientist, a peripatetic tall ship sailor, two new generation garbologists, a beautiful 22m ketch, and a mission, a very important one, will launch in August.

Captain David Nash, one of the project founders, said the East Coast Odyssey was an historic opportunity to take a low-impact holiday, feel the amazing sensation of a wooden ship under sail at sea and contribute to vital research.

The mission, under the supervision of Monash University’s Jennifer Lavers, is to collect data on the millions of multi-coloured plastic remnants killing marine wildlife at an alarming rate off Australia’s spectacular east coast.

The restored 1930s Danish vessel Yukon will depart from Hobart to sail Australia's coastline trailing a fine gauge neustonic net designed to pick up surface traces of plastic being ingested at important seabird foraging sites.

But the mission is only possible with the support of lovers of the open ocean keen to board the Yukon for any of her 14 legs from Hobart to Brisbane and south again.


'The project’s success rests entirely with people who have a sense of adventure, would love a memorable holiday and want to stop plastic poisoning our oceans,' Wildiaries founder Simon Mustoe said.

With the assistance of the Two Hands Project, the expedition will also highlight the major influence coastal communities have on stopping the ‘colourful killers’, plastic debris poisoning wildlife and polluting pristine beaches.

Studies have found awareness of micro-plastics’ devastating effects is very low, a trend Dr Lavers and the team want to reverse.

'East Coast Odyssey is a wonderful opportunity to help us see what is really happening on our patch - it’s crucial we find out how much pollution is out there so we can find solutions that will make the biggest impact,' Dr Lavers said.

Guests can join the East Coast Odyssey from Hobart in August by booking a berth with nature-based travel specialist Caroline Densley at Diverse Travel (08 8234 8324) carolined@diversetravel.com.au

East Coast Odyssey is a project involving Yukon-Tours, Wildiaries, Two Hands Project, Dr Jennifer Lavers, Ian Hutton Tours, Marine Action Conservation Society and yachtsman David Pryce.

Protector - 660 x 82KZRaceFurlersRS Sailing 660x82

Related Articles

Musto launches official 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race collection
Musto's unveiling of the new Official Volvo Ocean Race Merchandise Collection marks a major milestone for the business Musto's unveiling of the new Official Volvo Ocean Race Merchandise Collection marks a major milestone for the business, as the brand continues to make major innovations to drive greater sustainability in its global business operations.
Posted today at 1:55 am
Volvo Ocean Race - Another America's Cup winner joins MAPFRE
Joan Vila, one of the best navigators in the world, will return to the Volvo Ocean Race with MAPFRE Joan Vila, one of the best navigators in the world, will return to the Volvo Ocean Race with MAPFRE in 2017-18, some 15 years after becoming the first Spanish sailor to win the coveted trophy. One of the most decorated sailors on the planet, Vila joins MAPFRE having last competed as part of a victorious Illbruck Challenge campaign in 2001-02.
Posted on 20 Jul
Volvo Ocean Race - Follow the build of team Azkonobel
Follow the construction of a new One Design Volvo Ocean 65. Follow the construction of a new One Design Volvo Ocean 65. The build process takes over 36,000 man hours, In this video you can follow the construction of a One Design Volvo Ocean 65 racing machine from start to sailing, in a top quality building facility.. Team AkzoNobel will race this boat in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Posted on 20 Jul
Announcement on the 36th America's Cup
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia as the Challenger of Record The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia as the Challenger of Record, together with their respective representative teams Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge, are pleased to announce that the Protocol establishing the parameters for the 36th America's Cup will be released in September 2017.
Posted on 19 Jul
Volvo Ocean Race - Getting faster - Five days aboard team AkzoNobel
On board reporter Tom Martienssen shares his observations after spending five days at sea with Team AkzoNobel On board reporter Tom Martienssen shares his observations after spending five days at sea with Team AkzoNobel “We’re really struggling at the moment to make the boat go as fast as it’s meant to.” That was the team AkzoNobel navigator Jules Salter soon after leaving Falmouth, England.
Posted on 17 Jul
J-Class revolution + Video
In the 1930s, when the rule was first introduced, J-Class yachts were the pinnacle of world yacht racing. In the 1930s, when the rule was first introduced, J-Class yachts were the pinnacle of world yacht racing. But by 1940 many had been stripped or broken up for scrap metal for the war effort or just abandoned and left to rot in mud berths. Decades later several of these leviathans have been rebuilt and restored and are now part of a healthy and spectacular racing class
Posted on 17 Jul
Volvo Ocean Race - Vestas 11th Hour Racing announce crew line-up
Race-winning navigator Simon Fisher and hat-trick hunter Phil Harmer among crew chosen by co-founders Charlie Enright an With exactly 100 days to go before the Volvo Ocean Race fleet departs Alicante to tackle 45,000 nautical miles around the world, Vestas 11th Hour Racing have unveiled their crew for the 2017-18 edition – and have built a mixed, ten-strong team featuring six nationalities and six previous Race wins.
Posted on 14 Jul
Olympic champion Blair Tuke joins MAPFRE in the Volvo Ocean Race
New Zealand’s Blair Tuke is joining MAPFRE in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18, and could become first sailor in history New Zealand’s Blair Tuke is joining MAPFRE in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18, and could become the first sailor in history to win the ‘Triple Crown’ of an Olympic gold medal, the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.
Posted on 14 Jul
RC44 crews cross fingers for a single-hulled 36th America's Cup
Sailing alongside the owner-drivers in the RC44 class are many crew who have competed in past America's Cups. In the interests of equality, we polled two Italian tacticians and two New Zealand ones to get their views on what might happen and what should happen in this next chapter in America's Cup history.
Posted on 13 Jul
Meet Ben Piggott – The rookie sailor with an 'insane' future
Unassuming, talented and just 21 years old, Ben Piggott is youngest sailor so far confirmed for Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Unassuming, talented and just 21 years old, Ben Piggott is the youngest sailor so far confirmed for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. At that age, most of us haven’t got close to landing our dream job, yet here he is, preparing to fulfill a big life goal and race 45,000 nautical miles around the world.
Posted on 13 Jul