North Pacific Gyre | Hawaii – Victoria

North Pacific Gyre | Hawaii – Victoria

July 20 – August 9 | $3950

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Join us as we cross back across the North Pacific and sail through the heart of what everyone has been talking about, the North Pacific Gyre! This trip has a little bit of everything – warm & fast sailing in the tradewinds leaving Hawaii, the chance for some spectacular mid-ocean swimming under the Pacific High mid-trip, then mixing it up with weak frontal systems approaching the coast of Canada and maybe even some fog coming down the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We’ll go right through the heart of the garbage patch, giving everyone aboard a chance to see it for themselves.

On this voyage, we will conduct a number of Manta Trawls for micro-plastic pollution for educational purposes, and may also be collecting data for Marine Debris Tracker.

This trip is an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and IYT MOY Unlimited qualifying voyage – contact us to discuss!

  • Cost: $3,950
  • Date: July 20 – August 9, 2019
  • Start: Ko’Olina Marina, Oahu, Hawaii
  • End: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Length: 21 days, 20 nights
  • Focus: Offshore Passagemaking | Ocean Crossing | Sail Training

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Tentative Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival on Sea Dragon

You’ll join us at Ko’Olina Marina in Oahu between 1500 and 1700 to move on board. You’ll have the opportunity to find your bunk and begin to get settled in before we all gather together for our first dinner on board. After dinner, your professional crew will take you through general life on board and safety procedures. You’ll be fitted with your own lifejacket and if you didn’t bring any with you, assigned foul weather gear. You’ll have the rest of the evening free to just relax or explore around the resort and marina.

Day 2: Hawaiian Island Day Sail

Today you’ll get to know your home for the next few weeks. After breakfast, we’ll head out for a day sail where we’ll practice safety procedures, get familiar with the deck layout and sail Sea Dragon for the first time. The backdrop of the lush volcanic islands of Hawaii will be quite the sight! We’ll be back on the dock in the afternoon and have some free time to go for a swim or just enjoy the area.

Day 3: Departure for Big Blue

After breakfast, we’ll clear out of US customs and immigration, cast off the lines and head out to sea. We’ll set the sails just as we did the day before, only this time we’ll be on our way to Canada! We’ll fall into our watch schedule and have our first night under the stars at sea. 

Day 4 – 19: Offshore Sailing

We will all find our rhythm to life at sea and the days will fade in and out upon big blue. No two days, sunrises, sunsets or watches will be the same. Hopefully we’ll spot some good sea life, including dolphins, whales, albatross and boobies. As we adjust our sails along the way, things that seemed so foreign in the beginning will quickly become second nature and the miles will fall behind as we continue north.

Day 20: Estimated Arrival in Victoria 

After more than two weeks at sea, we’ll arrive at Victoria Harbor. The Strait of Juan de Fuca will welcome us from the sea and at once our senses will be re-introduced to attributes of land. We’ll come alongside the dock in and while we wait to get cleared through customs and immigration we’ll tidy Sea Dragon. After we’re cleared it will be time for a nice cold beverage, a nice walk on terra firma and a group dinner on shore to celebrate our arrival!

Day 21: Departure Day

After a fun night out, it will be time to disembark Sea Dragon at 0900. We’ll all say so long, but not goodbye and you’ll find yourself free to explore beautiful Victoria.


More Information:

Contribution Includes:
– 20 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals, snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear

Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from Hawaii and Victoria
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port

Kit: Tropical & Temperate


Travel Details:

You will join the boat in in Ko’Olina between 1500-1700 on the first day.  You will depart the boat in Victoria at 0900 on the last day.  If we have a fast passage and arrive earlier, you are welcome to stay aboard until the last schedule day of the trip if you wish.

Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is about a 30 minute drive from Ko’Olina.  There are numerous ferries from Victoria to Seattle, Vancouver, and Tsawassen.  You can also travel via seaplane to Vancouver, or fly Air Canada out of Victoria International Airport, YYJ, which is about a 20 minute drive north of the city.

All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from the USA and Canada. Please note that if you are not a US or Canadian citizen, you will likely need to complete a Canadian ETA prior to travelling.   Please ensure you have the appropriate paperwork completed before joining the vessel, or you will not be allowed to board. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea:



Eric Loss and Shanley McEntee have been with Pangaea Exploration since 2012. They have extensive experience working with scientific and non-profit research groups and enjoy running educational adventures for school groups. Eric and Shanley have taken Sea Dragon through the Panama Canal, up the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago, and to the Baltic, the Caribbean, and West Africa.

Shanley, born in 1987, grew up surfing and swimming in the Pacific in Del Mar, California. Throughout her youth, she worked with the Surfrider Foundation to protect California’s coastlines. She has a BA in Environmental Policy and Marine Science from Western Washington University. Her love and curiosity for the sea also extends underwater, where she is a PADI Rescue Diver.

After college she learned to sail, combining her passion for science, the environment, and the sea by spending several months aboard Sea|Mester’s schooners Ocean Star and Argo. Soon after she earned her Ocean Yachtmaster license. Shanley is the medical officer onboard Sea Dragon while on expedition and, alongside Eric, runs and maintains her both on and off program.

Eric, born in 1985, grew up in Laguna Beach, California. During his youth, he sailed dinghies, raced CFJ’s, Larks, and C420’s, and taught sailing to children in Dana Point, California. As a member of the Sea Scouts, Eric gained experience sailing and repairing cruising sailboats, 80’ to 130’ schooners, ketches, and brigs, locally and on several ocean crossings. He also earned the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.

After graduating from Bowdoin College, Eric became a PADI Divemaster while working for ActionQuest and Sea|Mester, developing his teaching skills as he progressed from running summer programs on 50’ yachts to skippering 88’ and 113’ schooners throughout the Eastern Caribbean and across the Atlantic. In 2011, Eric took a break from professional sailing to buy and refit Odyssey, an Islander 36, to attempt a non-stop solo circumnavigation. Eight months later, he returned to Los Angeles, having sailed past the Great Capes of the Southern Oceans and back up the Pacific to his home port.

When not aboard Sea Dragon, Eric and Shanley have sailed throughout the Caribbean, across the Atlantic, and to the Arctic Circle aboard their own Pouvreau 42 Cutter, Fleur Australe.





Being from landlocked Switzerland Meret had, at 18, never set foot on a sail boat. But this was about to change, she had agreed to join the TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition for 6 months. This trip from Trinidad & Tobago to Hawaii sealed both her love for the ocean and sailing. Therefore, she studied Conservation Biology and Ecology with a marine focus at the University of Exeter. Yet every break saw her going off on the next sailing adventure, where she would collect data for various research projects. Most focused on marine plastic pollution, an issue sailing had highlighted.

After completing the Northwest Passage with TOPtoTOP in 2016, she was fascinated by the rapidly changing Arctic environment. So, in 2018 she joined TS Blue Clipper as the on-board biologist doing presentations for guests on Arctic wildlife and ecosystems and helped organise a research expedition looking into the effects of microplastics on the Arctic waters of Svalbard.

Long term, combining science, sailing and outreach is her dream. Currently, she is finishing the analysis of the Arctic microplastic samples and will be going to Sweden to analyse samples from the Baltic. After two summers in the Arctic, she is very excited to be joining Sea Dragon this summer to sail in warmer waters.