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The UK ocean health check

In preparation for the 2021 Darwin200 global voyage following Charles Darwin’s journey on HMS Beagle, we have charted the tall ship Pelican of London to undertake a voyage around the UK to test our project systems, undertake promotional activities in major UK cities and ports, and to visit the most spectacular and interesting islands in the British Archipelago!

We are looking for twelve people to supplement our professional crew to sail Pelican during the UK voyage in August/September 2020!

Onboard The Pelican of London in the voyage around the UK we will:

Between 24-hour stops in ports around the UK’s coasts, we will sail to the most interesting and beautiful corners of the British Isles. We will explore breath-taking lochs and pass dramatic castles. We will land (where possible) to see circles of ancient standing stones, the abandoned villages of the mysterious ‘lost’ island of St Kilda, spot whales and seals, and pass immense cliffside seabird colonies!

  • Trawl for macro plastics
  • Water column samples and filter to undertake the micro-plastic partial concentrations
  • Ocean pH study around the UK (analysing differences around the UK)
  • Marine life study to assess what is there, what we have lost, what is returning
  • Wind measurements around the UK to identify new locations for offshore wind power

Between 24-hour stops in ports around the UK’s coasts, we will sail to the most interesting and beautiful corners of the British Isles. We will explore breath-taking lochs and pass dramatic castles. We will land (where possible) to see circles of ancient standing stones, the abandoned villages of the mysterious ‘lost’ island of St Kilda, spot whales and seals, and pass immense cliffside seabird colonies!

Join us onboard and be part of something meaningful and inspirational

The British archipelago comprises over 6,000 islands.

In 2019, Lonely Planet selected the UK’s outer islands as one of the best destinations in Europe! They are often voted amongst the most beautiful islands in the world, yet few outsiders get to experience them in full.

The Darwin200 UK Voyage will take you to discover the secrets and magic of these isles shimmering in the sea mists. Throughout the UK Voyage, we will opportunistically look for wildlife (whales, seals and seabirds).

Sail on Pelican and voyage around the UK!

Sail with us: join the adventure

There are 3 options for you to join the UK Voyage:
Option 1: Come for the whole voyage: start Sharpness, end London (July 30th to September 18th). £2,400 contributed by participant.
Option 2: Come for the first half: start Sharpness, end Liverpool (July 30th to August 20th). £1,400 contributed by participant.
Option 3: Come for second half: start Liverpool, end London (August 20th to September 18th). £1,800 contributed by participant.

We are looking for twelve people to supplement our professional crew to sail Pelican during the UK voyage.

No previous sailing experience is required.

The professional crew will offer participants all training and guidance. Participants will be expected to assist with sailing in 4 hour on / 8 hour off shifts. This is an incredible opportunity to learn how to sail, or to have a unique sailing experience led by professional sailors on a stunning tall ship!

Note: the majority of your participation costs are covered through existing sponsorship. The contribution you pay covers your food and other direct expenses incurred as a result of your participation.

UK voyage itinerary

Meet at 12:00 noon in Sharpness Docks, Gloucester, England for 36 hours of training.
Training day on Pelican in Sharpness Docks.
Depart Sharpness Docks and arrive at Folkestone. These days sailing will be a gentle start to ‘learn the ropes’.
Depart Folkestone, arrive Southampton.
Darwin200 promotional day in Southampton docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.
Depart Southampton, arrive Plymouth.
Darwin200 promotional day in Plymouth docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.
Depart Plymouth, arrive Falmouth.
Darwin200 promotional day in Falmouth docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.
Sail to Scilly Islands. Afternoon ashore exploring Scilly Islands.
Depart Scilly Islands, arrive at Cardiff.
Darwin200 promotional day in Cardiff docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax
Depart Cardiff, arrive Liverpool.
Darwin200 promotional day in Liverpool docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.
Depart Liverpool, arrive Belfast. Anyone coming for first half of voyage only disembarks here. Anyone coming for second half of voyage only, joins Pelican here.
NOTE: depending upon the final numbers of people coming for second half only, participants coming for the second half only may be required to arrive in Liverpool 36 hours earlier for training.
Darwin200 promotional day in Belfast docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.
Depart Belfast, arrive Glasgow.
Darwin200 promotional day in Glasgow docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.
Depart Glasgow, arrive at the Hebrides.
Two days ashore exploring various islands of the Hebrides.
Depart Hebrides, arrive to St Kilda.
Full day exploring the ‘lost’ island of St Kilda (ruined stone villages, bird colonies and epic landscapes).
Depart St Kilda, arrive Orkney Islands.
Full day exploring Orkney Islands.
Depart Orkney Islands, arrive at Shetland Islands.
Full day exploring Shetland Islands.
Depart Shetland Islands, arrive at Edinburgh.
Darwin200 promotional day in Glasgow docks. Voyage crew can rest and relax.
Depart Glasgow, arrive London.
Voyage crew departs Pelican in London.