Dolphins!!! We joined the crew of Yacht Boaz for an amazing trip along the Cape Town coastline, and were lucky enough to spend time with this Super-Pod of common dolphins just off Camps Bay. Here are a few highlights, including footage of some playful Heaviside’s Dolphins that spent time on our bow earlier in the day.
The crew of Yacht Boaz are on a serious mission to turn the tide on plastic pollution in our oceans, one nautical mile at a time.
As humans, we use over 300 million tons of new plastic every year, half of which we use only once. Eight million tons of this plastic waste ends up in the ocean.
For 2018, estimates show that we will use 5 trillion plastic bags worldwide by the end of the year – that’s a staggering 160,000 every second. Less than 1% of these bags are recycled – 1 ton of recycled plastic bags saves the energy equivalent of 11 barrels of oil. When you add the statistics for plastic straws, cups, water bottles, packaging and other single use plastics to this, it becomes clear that we have an urgent problem to address.
Over 700 species of marine life are known to suffer directly from the devastating effects of plastic pollution.
Sea birds and mammals consume plastic, and an increasing number starve when their stomachs are full of plastic waste. Studies reveal that an alarming 52% of sea turtles worldwide have ingested plastic debris.
The decisions we make on land concerning plastic usage ultimately affect the health and sustainability of our oceans and marine ecosystems.
Yacht Boaz and Via Volunteers have joined forces to create a unique project for international volunteers, focusing on raising awareness about plastic pollution, and educating youngsters and the general public about responsible plastic use.
Volunteers join us for an amazing ocean adventure as we sail along the South African coastline from Cape Town. With assistance from volunteers, we are able to educate school students and consumers to become responsible users of plastic, so they can make informed decisions about how and when they use plastic, and become more aware of the impact their choices have on our oceans.
During these two-week voyages, we will anchor off Clifton Beach, navigate the Cape of Good Hope, visit beautiful coastal towns like Hout Bay, Simons Town, Gordon’s Bay and the world’s whale watching capital, Hermanus. Every voyage is different, and can include participation in marine festivals, boat shows, working with film crews and other activities related to raising awareness about plastic pollution.
Our international volunteers will learn basic seamanship skills, collect research data, engage with marine scientists, assist us with talks to school and community groups, visit a penguin colony, and meet other volunteers engaged with penguin rehabilitation, shark and whale watching ecotours, and marine research.
Contributions from international volunteers and corporate sponsorship will also help us to sponsor young men and women from disadvantaged communities so that they can also join our voyages, gain useful skills, learn about the oceans on their doorstep, and get involved with raising awareness about responsible plastic use.
During their time with us, it is our hope that the experiences and knowledge gained by international volunteers and local participants will motivate them to become life long ambassadors for this very important cause.
Credit: A big thank you to UK volunteer, Jess Birch, for the GoPro clips featured in this video.