Tahiti? Why Not! | Kiritimati – Tahiti
May 11 – May 23 | $2950
That’s Right! We’re going to Tahiti! Join us for this fabulous voyage to the Southern Hemisphere. We’ll begin the trip in remote Christmas Island (Kiritimati). Manta Rays often swim past the boat at our anchorage near the Copra Pier, and the warm water is to die for.
After you move aboard, we’ll teach you everything you need to know for this upwind smash to the Equator and beyond. Neptune will come aboard and transform the crew from Pollywogs to hardened Shellbacks, and we may even shave our heads!
We’ll have an awesome sail doing what Sea Dragon was meant to do, crushing it upwind in the trade winds all the way to Tahiti. If we sail well, we’ll have enough time to go play a bit once we arrive – swimming, diving, or just exploring the island.
- Cost: $2950
- Date: May 11 – May 23, 2021
- Start: At Anchor, Kiritimati Atoll, Kiribati
- End: Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
- Length: 13 days, 12 nights
- Focus: Offshore Passagemaking | Sail Training | Equator Crossing
Don’t want to fly to Kiritimati? We have one berth available for the combo trip with Palmyra Explorer II.
Another option if you are interested in a longer voyage in the South Pacific, we are offering a combo voyage from Tahiti to Kiritimati, Tabuaeran, and Hawaii for the same price!
Kiribati has announced that they are keeping their borders closed until the end of February, and will be deciding on whether to extend the closure at the end of the month. Tahiti has closed its borders until March 31, but all indications are that they will reopen in a way that allows us to sail this voyage at that point. We are cautiously optimistic that borders will be open again by the time we are sailing this trip.
Reserve your spot now with only a $500 deposit! This deposit is non-refundable per our crew contract. However, it is transferable or refundable in the event that we are forced to cancel this voyage due to COVID-19.
Click on a heading below to learn more!Tentative Itinerary
Day 1: Afternoon Arrival on Sea Dragon
Welcome to Kiritimati! You’ll fly in and be met at the airport by the team from the Lagoon View Motel. They’ll drive you the 40 minutes across the atoll to the pier where Sea Dragon is anchored. We’ll pick you up by dinghy and take you out to the boat. You’ll have time to find your bunk and get settled in before a general life on board and safety briefing from your Captain and Mate. You’ll be fitted with your own lifejacket and if you didn’t bring foul weather gear with you, assigned a set. We’ll spend the night on anchor.
Day 2: Island Exploration
Today is the day to get a feel for the island you’ve just flown into! You’ll get used to the boat while we clear customs, then we’ll set sail with the sunset for Tahiti. Nothing like a sunset meal in a place like this!
Day 3: Equator Crossing
On our first night at sea we should be nearing the equator! We’ll cross the line and roll on into the southern hemisphere.
Day 4-10: Underway to Tahiti
We’ll have some nice fast sailing on our way south – keep your eyes peeled for the few remote atolls along the way, as long as dolphins, seabirds, and maybe even a whale or two!
Day 11: Arrival in Tahiti
We’ll arrive in French Polynesia and clear Customs – before searching out some delicious food.
Day 12-13: Island Exploration
Once we’ve arrived and cleared into Tahiti, you’re welcome to stay aboard until Sunday to explore the island. If you’d like to leave a day earlier, you can too, but really, who’d want to leave?
– 12 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals (vegetarian), snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear
– Mask, Snorkel, Fins
– Use of Inflatable Paddle Boards
Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from Kiritimati and Tahiti
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
You will join the boat in in Kiritimati around 1700 on the first day. You will depart the boat in Papeete by 1500 on the last day. Kiritimati is on the same time zone as Hawaii, but 1 day ahead, so you will be joining the vessel on May 11 Hawaii time, but May 12 local time.
Fiji Airways has one flight (FJ823) a week to Kiritimati (CXI) – it departs Hawaii the morning of May 11 and lands on Kiritimati that afternoon – May 11(Hawaii), May 12 (local). We will organize ground transportation to the vessel from the airport – all travel must be pre-arranged, as there are no scheduled buses or taxis on the island. Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is about a 30 minute drive from Ko’Olina.
All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from Kiribati and French Polynesia. You will need to have your return ticket from Tahiti booked before boarding the vessel in Kiritimati because of Tahitian immigration laws. 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, or contact us directly to discuss.
ANNA STRANG AND MAGGIE KERR – Skipper and First Mate
Anna and Maggie met as Skipper and First Mate on a 74ft science expedition yacht, sailing from the UK to Tahiti researching ocean plastic pollution.
Anna, born in 1990 was taught to sail in the Cadet fleet in Poole harbour, UK, by her grandfather at the age of 6. From a competitive dinghy racing background, she became an RYA Yachtmaster instructor and has worked full time in the industry for 14 years; teaching a range of ages in all aspects of watersports.
Alongside her professional sailing career, Anna also gained a BA in Architecture from Brighton University. However, having grown up on a farm in the south-west of England, living and working outdoors, she chose to pursue a passion for the outdoors and adventure.
Anna has worked in most areas of the industry from race Captain on luxury yachts in the Maxi Worlds, to teaching and managing an RYA Training Centre. She has sailed over 75,000nm in the Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean and Caribbean.She loves being offshore and has competed in many ocean crossing races with teams of novice crew which she thoroughly enjoys. She first sailed Seadragon in 2017 across the Atlantic and then again across the Pacific in 2018.
Maggie, born in 1992 grew up in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. She started racing sabots from the age of 5, then progressed to pacers and lasers later in her youth. She coached her school sailing team which is where she developed a passion for teaching sailing. Maggie completed a Bachelors degree in Business Public Relations but chose a career offshore with an undying passion for ocean sailing.
Maggie started her career as a teenager, working in her family business which ran adventure sailing charters. Every school break, when she wasn’t competing in dinghy regattas, she spent her time working on a traditional square rigger, classic schooner and ex americas racing cup racing yacht. In 2013 she sailed to Antarctica and rounded Cape horn and fell in love with ocean sailing.
In 2017 Maggie left Australia to travel and continue sailing. She worked in the Mediterranean on a range of luxury yachts between 28 and 92m. She has sailed over 30,000nm all over the world in the Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic and Southern Oceans.
When they are not sailing, they enjoy travelling by land in their yellow camper-van which they converted themselves. They also love to dive and are currently learning to kite-surf.
Anna is an Ocean Yachtmaster with commercial endorsement, an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, a PADI Open Water Diver, and holds her STCW endorsed Proficiency in Medical Care at Sea. Maggie is an MCA Master of Yachts < 200 tons, MCA Officer of the Watch to 500 tons, Australian Master Class 5, and holds a certificate in Advanced First Aid & CPR.
KIM KIRCH – SPRING 2021 DECKHAND
Kim was born and raised in San Diego and brings a wide range of maritime experience. A certified EMT and Open Water Diver, Kim received her first USCG Captain’s license in 2010 and has held her MMC ever since. Her vast and diverse experience on the high seas includes captaining vessels 21 to 50 feet and crewing on yachts over 150 feet. Kim also has a passion for animals and backcountry adventure, which initially led her to Alaska, where she guided bear viewing adventures in Kodiak and Katmai. Active and artistic, Kim loves paragliding, photography, hiking, free diving, climbing, surfing, snowboarding, paddle boarding, fishing, and art.