We spent an extended period of time in the South Atlantic and, apart from periods of frustration with lack of progress, we were dismayed to see just how much rubbish there was floating around us.
Old fishing pots, plastic crates, bottles and netting were everywhere and we were saddened to see this beautiful environment polluted to such an extent. Our plea from the sea is that you find a bin and recycle!
Another reason to be concerned at the level of rubbish is that this area is a true haven for wildlife and we can only imagine the devastating impact the debris has on them. We passed close to the volcanic Tristan and Gough islands, whose existence would be news to many people.
Dee Caffari writes this as she enters the Southern Ocean, reflecting on the increasing amount of plastic trash floating around our Oceans.