Wednesday August 1, 2018, we set sail for Denmark on the fourth and fifth By the Ocean we Unite sailing expedition for cleaner oceans. Together with scientists, filmmakers and impactmakers from around the globe we will conduct scientific research, increase global awareness and activate people, organizations and governments to work on solutions for our global plastic problem. Hop on board the ‘Fantastiko’ and learn all about plastic pollution on the experience of a lifetime!
Leg 1: Rotterdam (the Netherlands) – Copenhagen (Denmark) (August 1 – August 10)
Leg 2: Copenhagen (Denmark) – Rotterdam (the Netherlands) (August 13 – August 22)
WE’RE SORRY, EXPEDITION DENMARK 2018 IS FULLY BOOKED! GET IN TOUCH TO BE PUT ON THE LIST FOR NEXT YEAR’S EXPEDITION
”My invitation to you: join these guys on one of their expeditions, it’s an awesome experience!” – Anoûl Hendriks, DJ @ Talpa Radio (538 Hitzone)
”This trip has been impressive in so many ways, the By the Ocean we Unite crew has been very inspiring with their views and gave the expedition members a lot to think about” – Fabio Bartali, expedition member @ Expedition Up to Norway 2016
”By the Ocean we Unite has given me an unforgettable journey “Up to Norway”; a beautiful sailing experience combined with contributing for cleaner/plastic free oceans” – Nadim Bou-Rached, expedition member @ Expedition Up to Norway 2016
Sailing with By the Ocean we Unite is a unique experience. On one hand you get to experience magnificent nature in all her rugged beauty, out at open sea and on land. On the other hand you will be confronted with the widespread problem of plastic pollution in our waters and learn all about it. Plus, by joining this expedition you help make our work possible: preventing more plastics from ending up in our seas through research and education.
So.. with plastic pollution becoming one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, our time spent behind screens increasing rapidly and our moments in the wild becoming more and more scarce.. we invite you to join this life-changing expedition!
Sailing ship ”Fantastiko” (see pictures below) is a beautiful 26-meter long two-master ketch. It is perfectly suited for sea sailing expeditions! We have used the ship for all our major expeditions.
The vessel was built at a specialized shipyard, Chinook in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The construction, from 2002 till 2012, was carried out as a Youth Care project of the province of North-Holland. Two hundred youngsters build the ship together with dozens of experts. The Fantastiko received a Register Holland quality label. The fully equipped ship offers room for 15 persons.
By the Ocean we Unite charters sea sailing ship ”Fantastiko” including professional crew for every expedition. Click here for more information on floating hotel Fantastiko.
”I want as many people as possible to enjoy the endless possibilities of this ship. My mission is for people to be able to fully relax and enjoy when we’re out on the water. Maybe they can even discover new sides of themselves. It gives so much energy and inspiration to for example be sailing at open sea in the middle of the night and watch the stars while drinking a cup of coffee, or watch a dolphin that suddenly swims along with the ship.” – Captain Huub Veeneman
”All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.” – John F. Kennedy
Both legs are ten days and contain the same on board program around plastic pollution. The program on land differs, since we’re visiting different places. The major difference is the North Sea crossing; leg 1 contains a 4-day crossing, leg 2 consists of single days of sailing.
Leg 1: Feeling like a 4-day North Sea crossing? Join leg 1!
Leg 2: Feeling like a little more relaxed sailing? Join leg 2!
Price: €1250,- per leg (including all food and drinks on board, a bed in a two-person cabin, all other costs involved with sailing, BTOWU t-shirt & reusable water bottle) (excluding transport to or from Copenhagen, expenses in bars etc.)
Tip: Want to join but can’t afford it at the moment? Get (part of) your participation sponsored by friends and family! Get in touch for tips & tricks about for example writing a blog, sharing your new knowledge, etc.
WE ARE FULLY BOOKED! Any questions? Want to be put on the mailing list for next year’s expedition? Get in touch with Karl Beerenfenger (project manager): +31 (0)6-18632023 or email@example.com
Danish-based NGO Plastic Change is stepping on board Expedition Denmark 2018 as co-organizer. As a figure of speech as well as literally. 🙂
We have sometimes called them the Danish By the Ocean we Unite – better would be to call us the Dutch Plastic Change – as they have been working to reduce plastic pollution among others by sailing the world’s seas and oceans. Plastic Change was founded in April 2014 by marine biologist and sailor Henrik Beha Pedersen – at the same time as our Thomas was preparing for his Atlantic crossing where he would meet with the plastic bottle in the middle of the ocean, leading him to start our foundation two years later.
We are happy and proud to co-organize the program in Denmark with the experienced team of Plastic Change. Their extensive network and knowledge makes for the perfect partner to reach out to as many people as possible. From Skagen till Aeroe they will have one of their crew members on board, to support the expedition.
In recent years she survived two tumors both which caused a life-threatening illness, called Cushing’s Disease, after which – in March this year – she became the fastest woman to row solo across the Atlantic. It took her only 49 days to row from Gran Canaria to Barbados. Now she has set her mind on fighting plastic pollution, and her participation in Expedition Denmark 2018 is a harbinger for what she has planned in the UK in 2019.
Kiko, now that she is slowly gaining fame, is setting up an extensive campaign around plastic pollution in the UK. Next year she’ll be cycling 6700 km along the shoreline, involving schools and local organisations as well as famous ambassadors for every leg.
Want to be become an expedition partner? Call or send an email to Karl Beerenfenger (project manager): +31 (0)6-18632023 / firstname.lastname@example.org
We will assist research projects from a range of institutes and universities. We will use a manta trawl to sample free floating sea surface plastics to determine their abundance per sea surface area and we will collect sediment samples from a range of beaches for measurements of plastics along the high tide line.
Since conducting scientific research at sea is usually costly and time consuming, and we are sailing the sea anyway, we will open the ship to any research program that needs samples.
Could we help you out with your research by collecting samples? Please get in touch with Dr. Nanne van Hoytema (research coordinator): +32 4-84460898 or email@example.com
For this expedition we collaborate with several people and organizations from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and other countries to share knowledge and increase our impact.
The powerful energy of giving
Plastic pollution is a global problem which we believe we can only solve by working together and helping where possible. Therefore we created the PIFF: Pay-It-Forward-Fund. It works as following: startups working on reducing plastic pollution can get in touch with us to explain their concept – sometimes we pick organizations we come across ourselves. During the expedition we’ll discuss ideas with the expedition members. All ideas, network and suggestions are forwarded to the organization after the expedition. Also we take part of the participation fee and put it in a fund, of which the expedition members themselves eventually decide which organization(s) they will support financially. Expedition members may also suggest projects themselves, or organize a project together, as long as its main goal is reducing plastic pollution.
10% of the expedition fee is put in the fund. Expedition members of Expedition Denmark 2018 (leg 1 and leg 2) have got till the end October 2018 to make a decision. We’ll keep you updated!
Call or send an email to Karl Beerenfenger (project manager): +31 (0)6-18632023 / firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to participate with your organization or project!
PIFF so far: through our previous three expeditions we’ve backed other projects with a total amount of €4,050.-, plus numerous ideas and relevant contacts