Spirit is now on her way on an extended voyage south to the Canaries and Cape Verde islands and across the Atlantic to Grenada. In February and March she will cruise the Caribbean islands of the Lesser Antilles from the Grenadines to Antigua.
Following Antigua Classic Regatta in April she will begin her homeward voyage, via Bermuda and the Azores arriving back in Ireland for a new season of Sail Training voyages in mid June 2017.
This presents a wonderful opportunity to combine a great sailing adventure with some practical citizen science, helping to draw attention to the wealth of marine resources that flourish around our coastlines and their vulnerability to litter and pollution. We have linked up with a number of agencies, including Coastwatch Europe and Dr. Tom Doyle from NUIG , to undertake water quality sampling along our route. Part of our focus will be on highlighting the extent of plastic in the ocean, with a particular emphasis on micro plastics.
If you would like to join the crew of Spirit of Oysterhaven on this voyage just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can let you know when and where we have berths available.
We need to make the voyage cover its costs so everyone is expected to make a contribution to share running expenses, which for Ocean Milebuilding voyages averages out at €50 per night. For island hopping and coastal cruises such as Cape Verde and for cruising in the Caribbean guest crew will be paying €120 per night, and for events such as Antigua Classic regatta it will be €180.
All crew members will be members of Spirit of Oysterhaven Club for which the annual subscription is €50. This will also entitle you to avail of other crewing opportunities aboard Spirit during the season when she is back in Ireland.