Following the Turner Twins ‘Quintet Earth Powers Blue Pole Project’ emission-free research sailing expedition, the twins are back in the boat, sailing to 10 major UK cities, in partnership with environmental organisation Parley for the Oceans, Brown Shipley, a Quintet Private Bank, and Quintet Earth.
August 2022; Professional adventurers Hugo and Ross Turner, better known as the Turner Twins, are setting off on a 100% emission-free sailing tour around the UK, starting at Portsmouth Marina on August 6th. The tour is held in partnership with Parley for the Oceans, a new form environmental organisation that focuses on addressing major ocean threats, and is sponsored by Brown Shipley and Quintet Earth. Breitling is the official timing partner and Iridium the official communications partner.
Ross and Hugo will be visiting 10 coastal cities, including Portsmouth, Cardiff, Dublin, Liverpool, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, and London. At each location, they will spend two days raising awareness about the fragility of the ocean, with educational workshops, and will be working with Parley to promote ocean advocacy through beach cleanups and exciting documentary screenings.
With an ambition to make the tour 100% emission-free, everything will be powered by 100% hydrogen technology provided by TCP ECO. From the TV to the lights and event marketing hub, as well as the 40-ft yacht's electric engine.
Hugo and Ross have just completed a 6-week research trip, where they attempted to reach the Atlantic Pole of Inaccessibility (POI). However, in their desire to sail emission-free (only using an electric engine for getting in and out of ports with just 10 miles capacity) unfavourable weather meant they were unable to reach the POI. However, they did carry out valuable ocean research in partnership with the University of Plymouth’s International Marine Litter Research Unit, which will be used to help build a long-term clean up strategy for plastic marine debris.
A POI is defined as being the geographic location furthest from a coast - often featureless, hostile, and nearly always remote. Hugo and Ross have reached four of the nine Poles (Australia, North American, South America, and Iberia), with five to go (Greenland, Madagascar, Eurasia, Atlantic, and point Nemo). They have their sights on reaching all nine.
Some hard hitting facts:
- There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean.
- Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometre litter the deep sea.
- Each year, the ocean becomes a magnet for plastic, with some 10 million tonnes finding its way into the ocean.
- A lego brick could survive in the ocean for as many as 1,300 years!
- Climate changes are now inevitable and irreversible but if we can reach Net Zero by 2050, we can still avoid some of the most devastating effects of global warming - including slowing the heating and reducing the acidity the oceans.
Portsmouth Marina: 6th - 7th August
Plymouth QAB : 10th - 11th August
Cardiff Bay Yacht Club: 15th - 16th August
Poolbeg Yacht Club, Dublin: 21st - 22nd August
Liverpool Marina: 24th - 25th August
Belfast Harbour Marina: 28th - 29th August
Science Centre, Glasgow: 13th - 14th September
Royal Forth Yacht Club, Edinburgh: 26th - 27th September
Royal Quays, Newcastle: 30th - 1st September
St Katharine’s Dock, London : 6th - 9th October
All dates are subject to change