The Mirpuri Foundation boat “Turn the Tide on Plastic” is now in the Southern Hemisphere, after crossing the Equator, the latest milestone in the drag race to Cape Town.

With the crossing of the Equator came the offerings to King Neptune, the Roman God of the Sea. Ancient maritime tradition dictates that any sailor that hasn’t yet crossed the Equator – known as a Pollywog – be inducted into Neptune’s court by the Shellbacks, those onboard with crossings already under their belts. 

The induction ceremony usually involves a certain degree of hair shaving while being covered in whatever slop the team have managed to concoct over the previous few days.

Besides crossing into the Southern Hemisphere, Dee Caffari’s team deployed a drifter buoy that will measure salinity, dissolved CO2 and Chlorophyll-a (algae), and for the first time ever, microplastics, in the Atlantic.