“Race for Water Odyssey” expedition:  a race against time to protect oceans from plastic pollution


Initiated by the Race for Water foundation based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the “Race for Water Odyssey” (R4WO) will begin in Bordeaux (France) on March 15, 2015. The objective of this unique expedition is to conduct the first global assessment of plastic pollution in oceans by visiting island beaches situated in the 5 trash vortexes.

It is estimated that over 260 billion tons of plastic are currently polluting the oceans. This waste accumulates inside immense whirlpools of water created by marine currents; gigantic heaps of debris called trash “gyres” or “vortexes”. There are five gyres in existence today, but only one—the North Pacific Gyre—is being actively studied. Starting out from Bordeaux, the R4WO aspires to reach the 5 gyres to study the accumulating waste in these remote places. While studies have already been conducted in isolation on certain vortexes, this unprecedented expedition will collect and analyze systematic and comparable data on all 5 of the planet’s gyres for the first time.

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For nearly 300 days, the high-performance “MOD70 Race for Water” trimaran and her crew will study island beaches located in these vortexes. On each of them, the scientific teams will follow a —> Read More Here


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