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If you would like to support our essential work recovering marine plastic from ocean please donate here:


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See Clean Ocean Sailing in media:

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Channel 4 - Devon and Cornwall series 3 episode 1


We founded Clean Ocean Sailing with the aim of cleaning our coasts and oceans sustainably under sail, and raising awareness about ocean plastics. We restored our 113-year old sailing boat to carry out this mission.​


With the help of The Annette and another smaller crafts we sail and paddle to remote, inaccessible places to clean up our coast by collecting plastic from the shores and sorting, recording, reusing and recycling it, and now we want you to join us.

By volunteering, you can make a real difference to wildlife and the environment, make new friends, learn new skills and make the world a better place.

Donations will help us keep The Annettes seaworthy, and allow us to dedicate more time to coastal clean ups and recycling.

We would love to invite you to be one of our PATRONS. Become one of the allies, supporters and friends who’ve helped us on our mission over the years. Together we can clean up our ocean.​


Weʼre raising £5,000 to fight ocean plastics! Support our sailing voyages to the Isles of Scilly to clean up island sanctuaries and all around the Cornish coast!


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Upcoming Stories from the Sea Event
Friday 2nd June, 6-9pm

'All hands on deck! Mossy Matrix is teaming up with the intrepid Clean Ocean Sailing (COS) crew to present an evening of stories and songs from the sea. This will be a fun evening of stories, talks, songs and poetry inspired by the sea. COS will talk about its mission to protect the marine environment and raise awareness about the crisis in our oceans. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards funding COS projects.'

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We have owned our beloved boat The Annette for just over 15 years now. She was built 1908 a gaff rigged schooner, 66 foot, 55 tonnes, extremely strong carvel oak planked on oak frames. She was made to sail in the harshest conditions and is, to this day, extremely seaworthy.

She can sleep 8 in two double cabins and four single berths. She is equipped with all the modern systems and navigation equipment required to sail off-shore. And she is our very cosy home.

This past decade we have had many adventures together, sailing the UK’s south coast and to the Scilly Isles many times, crossing the Bay of Biscay to explore the gorgeous estuaries of Galicia. The Annette has taken our friends and us safely across the seas in all weather.​

But now it is time to give her some love. We are fitting a new stem post, a few stanchions, hull planks and a new deck. Most of this structural work is done but there is still a long way to go to restore her to her former glory.


















There are millions of tons of waste plastic littering our oceans and beaches. It’s killing sea life and getting into our food chain and our water supplies.

We sail with Annette around European seas. And with smaller crafts, we paddle and sail around coastlines and visit small, inaccessible beaches where we collect rubbish. We record what we find and collaborate with researchers and other activists to help drive change in mankind’s impact on nature.


Sail with us to generate change in world oceans and in people’s minds!


Day sailing trips and weekends with clean-ups along the remote Cornish coastline / weeks away sailing and fishing for plastic to Isles of Scilly and Brittany / long term crossing and collecting garbage from the ocean / wooden boat restoration / recycling plastic workshops / educational programs / sail training

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Isles of Scilly Enesek Syllan

Brittany Breizh

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Thank you to COS crew of volunteers


Rosie, Stuart Woodman, Helen Frost, Louisa Dawes, Emma Eberhardt, Erik d'Ailly, William Leigh, Emma Smith, Alan Green, Kate Green, Rachel-May Billington, Helen Chadwick, Klaus Hedstrom, Garry Bumfrey, Lotte Marriott, Jo Marriott, Sim Marriott, Monika Hertlová, Simon Pepe Tor Green, Steve Green


Special thanks


Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and the Scillonian community, the owners of the Blue Linnet, Anna and Garry Hicking

Thank you to local businesses

Seaware, Helford river moorings, Mylor mooring services, Port Pendennis marina, Bosuns locker, Halcyon Yachts, Fal Fire Protection, Mylor chandlery and rigging, Gweek classic boatyard, Constantine quay boatyard, St Mary's harbour master, Tresco harbour master, Trebah gardens, Travis Perkins, Trago Mills, Jewsons, Freedom of sleep, Rapanui, Warrens bakery, Baker Tom’s Bread, Bailey’s Country Store and Farm Shop, Argal Farm Shop, Un_rap Falmouth’s plastic-free shop, Nature store, Ferryboat inn, Chainlocker Inn, Paris Hotel Coverack, New Inn Tresco, Atlantic Inn St Mary's, COOP St Mary's, Mike Benny & Son Butchers St Mary's


Thank you for support

Michaela Casková, Petra Ned, Ondřej Polony, Sophie Hellyer, Olivia Milles, Christopher and Pauline Smith, Katie Truscott, Adam Smith, Rosie Swan, James Aiken, Ellie Jackson, Mark Cook, Kim Tregidgo, David Ashworth, Paul Cahill, Kurt Jewson, Tom Edmondson, Christine Leiser, Nikky Alford, Travis Perkins Ltd., Aidy Brooks, Paul Merritt, Jana Strnadelová, Ellie Smart

Our Patrons

Ben Timberlake, Christopher and Pauline Smith, Darren Johnson, Luděk Vémola, Kamila Chramostová, Mary Green, Pete Green, Petra Nedvedová, Tomáš Pavcik, Šimon Špidla, Jana Strnadelová, Olca Džulajová, Jasmine Davey, Anna Sambrook, Colin and Pat Pritchett, Craig Parker, David Mjdehi, David Sycamore, Donald Van Patten, Erik Knoph, Hayley Helms, Jan Ruzicka, Julian Bond, Ruth Atkins, Scott Tulloch, St John Starkie, Björn Lindberg, Ingo Werner, Michel Tisdale, Madeline Dinse, Simon Morris, Ann Moore, J Hartman, Adam Hill, Daniel Murphy, Caya Edwards, Ben Crystal, Izzie MacQueen, Rory Rickard, Helen Mitchell, Daniel Gayda, Mark Hamlin, Stuart Woodman, Jed Arden, Charles May, Jack Mckeone, Amee Freeman, Fred Doy, Beau Thomas, Lee Atkinson, James Agnew, Joseph Rogers, Anne Jenkins, Carol Julian, Wade Spurlin, Laura Sibley, and Mark Card. 

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