100 Trans-Atlantic Sailors Rally for Science


National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish and his team at Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation bring us stories from around the world about adventuring with purpose. Here, ASC’s Emily Stifler Wolfe writes about the 2014 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, in which 100 sailboats are collecting 600 ocean water samples for the ASC Microplastics Project.

ARC+ boats leaving the harbor (Photo by Edwin Butter)

By Emily Stifler Wolfe

Before the new year, crew members from 100 sailboats are set to collect 600 ocean water samples from a 602,000-square-nautical-mile area in the Atlantic Ocean for ASC’s microplastics research.

“It’s huge for science, for really getting a picture of this part of the Atlantic,” said ASC partner scientist Abby Barrows. “[This will give] us the fuller picture of how plastic concentrations may or may not fluctuate closer to land and in the middle of the ocean.”

The boats are part of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), the largest sailing rally in the world, and the massive transect is the creation of ASC adventurers Marjo Boertien and Edwin Butter, crew of the Orion of Aberdeen.

On November 9, the first wave of boats departed from Grand Canary Island, a Spanish province off the —> Read More Here


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