Brit Liggett, a 26 year old blogger from Brooklyn, New York, wins the Electrolux and 5 Gyres competition, where first prize is becoming a crew member on the coming 5 Gyres research expedition through the Beagle Channel in March.
Electrolux and 5 Gyres want to thank all devotees from around the world that competed with fantastic presentations and applications to become the crew member. Thank you for showing such an interest and dedication.
Within the framework of the Vac from the Sea-project, Electrolux and renowned research organization 5 Gyres have invited one person to join the 5 Gyres research expedition through the Beagle Channel, Chile. The expedition sets off from Puerto Williams on March 3rd and will be at sea for eleven days before reaching final destination Valdivia, Chile, on March 14th.
Brit – The Environmental Journalist and Sailing Enthusiast
In hard competition, the jury, consisting of representatives from Electrolux and 5 Gyres, chose Brit Liggett as the winner. Brit is a blogger, writing about the environment from a green design perspective. She has a history of covering the issue of marine debris and wants to show the direct consequences of not taking better care of the plastic to the public.
Brit is also quite the sailing enthusiast. She has spent a lot of time on the water, on sailing trips and restoring sailing boats as a child. These days she lives in Brooklyn, New York, but still has navigational maps on her walls
Life on Board
The crew stands a 24‐hour watch, normally in teams. On duty Brit will be on deck working the sails, helm and other boat functions. Watch teams also help navigate, communicate with other vessels, and readying the next watch crew.
When research is underway, nets may be in the water, cameras may be filming or the small inflatable boats may be on an away mission. Brit’s watch role will also include important supporting roles like monitoring the boat systems, cleaning and cooking meals for the crew.
You will be able to follow Brit’s journey here on the blog as Brit will continuously report from the expedition as of March 1st.