Scientific eXXpedition sets sail for Lamlash

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Round Britain sailors who are undertaking a scientific expedition around the coast of the United Kingdom have stopped at Lamlash during their voyage to host an onshore day, leading workshops and educational events during their stopover.

Hosting a full day of events the all female crew on board SV Sea Dragon started their day receiving a donation of fresh fruit and vegetables from the Brodick Co-op for restocking their supplies for the onward journey. They then set up an educational centre in the Lamlash RNLI Lifeboat Station who allowed them to use the premises for welcoming school children throughout the day. Community of Arran Seabed Trust provided the crew and visitors with microscopes for studying the various plastic samples that they recovered from the sea before embarking on a beach clean with pupils.

During the morning two campaigners Amy and Ella Meek, aged 13 and 11, of Kids against Plastic spoke to some of the younger pupils from Arran High School, while in the afternoon, two members of the scientific crew visited the school where conservation and pollution were the main discussions.

In the evening, the Pierhead tavern hosted a storytelling session, along with live music  where crew members told stories and humorous anecdotes about their voyage and their experiences on board SV Sea Dragon.

By the evening an exhausted crew were returned to the vessel by Russ and Elspeth Cheshire of Ocean Breeze RiB Tours who provided the crew with transportation to and from the boat during the day.

Crew member Sue Weaver of Kildonan said: ‘Our Scottish leg will culminate in Edinburgh with a reception at Holyrood, organised for us by MSP Kenneth Gibson before a highpoint in England when we sail up the Thames and under Tower Bridge on Wednesday August 30 to a reception at Tower Pier.’

Following the stopover in London the Sea Dragon and crew will return to Plymouth on Monday September 4, from where they departed on Tuesday August 8, having conducted bio monitoring operations of plastic pollution in the sea and raising awareness of the environmental damage done to the ocean and inspiring positive actions to deal with the problems.