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.
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.
Portsmouth Marina – Plymouth QAB
Plymouth QAB – Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay - Poolbeg Yacht Club, Dublin
Poolbeg Yacht Club, Dublin – Liverpool Marina
Liverpool Marina– Belfast Harbour Marina
Belfast Harbour Marina- Science Centre, Glasgow
Science Centre, Glasgow– Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh
Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh – Royal Quays marina, Newcastle
Royal Quays marina, Newcastle - St Katharine Docks marina, London
St Katharine Docks marina, London