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The Turner Twins'
Atlantic POI


Blue Pole Project

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The Mission
Professional adventurers and twin brothers, Hugo and Ross Turner went on the expedition of a lifetime. They attempted to sail to the most remote point of the Atlantic – the pole of inaccessibility, where they spent several weeks on a 100% emission-free yacht, conducting a plastic survey to support Plymouth University’s, International Marine Litter Research Unit, to support a long term clean-up strategy of the oceans. They were also testing a hydrogen fuel cell on board the yacht.
The Journey

Launching from the UK they sailed towards Madeira eventually reaching the Spanish coast, before having to turn around due unfavourable weather and for  the start of their UK tour. The Turner Twins attempted to reach the Atlantic “Point of Inaccessibility '' — the area in the Atlantic Ocean which is the furthest away from land in any direction. Sailing a 40ft yacht — which hosted a fully electric motor that was powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, the twins set out to reach this geographic location with the support of three additional crew members – one of which captured the action through videos and images (OBR Patrick Condy) and one was a photographer for Nikon (George Karbus).

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Reaching this pole wasn't the adventure’s only objective. The crew carried out important research which supported a research study to identify macro plastic and ocean pollution — offering data that can only be collected by actually reaching these remote parts of the ocean. “Every trip we undertake has to ultimately have some discovery within it,” says Hugo Turner.

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The Turner Twins
Atlantic adventure

The science behind the adventure

The Turner twins collected crucial information during their journey, providing unique insights and evidence as to the build-up and whereabouts of ocean plastics. “We’re born and bred Devon boys and Plymouth University has a world class marine litter research centre so supporting their work was an obvious choice,” says Hugo. “This is a great way to support their work to understand ocean plastic and help towards creating a long term clean up strategy.”  

With the help of the university’s International Marine Litter Research Unit, the twins collected much-needed data for a research study aiming to identify macro plastics in the Atlantic ocean. Their data will then be validated through the Sentinel satellites operated by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Along with their at-sea research, the twins also deployed a weather buoy — working with OceanOPS and the MET office.

On-board technology included an eco friendly antifoul called Finsulate which does not release harmful chemicals into the oceans. A fully electric Oceanvolt motor has been installed with 11 kWh of battery power, which was powered with an onboard hydrogen fuel cell, as well as solar panels to powering the kettle and all electronics, making the project 100% emission free.

Adventure is all about making as many visceral and surreal moments happen during a trip. Moments that you’ll remember forever, not just remembered for a few months after. It shapes your life.

UK hydrogen tour: Sailing Passages

165 miles

Portsmouth Marina – Plymouth QAB

290 Miles

Plymouth QAB – Cardiff Bay

250 Miles

Cardiff Bay - Poolbeg Yacht Club, Dublin

136 Miles

Poolbeg Yacht Club, Dublin – Liverpool Marina

167 Miles

Liverpool Marina– Belfast Harbour Marina

125 Miles

Belfast Harbour Marina- Science Centre, Glasgow

550 Miles

Science Centre, Glasgow– Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

130 Miles

Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh – Royal Quays marina, Newcastle

442 miles

Royal Quays marina, Newcastle - St Katharine Docks marina, London


St Katharine Docks marina, London