North Pacific Gyre | Hawaii – Ensenada
June 1 – June 23 | $4500
Join us as we cross the North Pacific and sail through the heart of what everyone has been talking about, the North Pacific Gyre!
If you’re looking to test your mettle on an ocean crossing that’s a bit more rugged than the milk run out to Hawaii, this is the voyage for you. We’ll encounter a little bit of everything – warm, fast, close reaching in the tradewinds out of Hawaii and the chance for some spectacular mid-ocean swimming under the Pacific High mid-trip. It will depend on the weather, but we’ll likely end up reaching somewhere between 35 and 40 N latitude. After crossing the Pacific High, we’ll then put the wind on our beam and head South-East, cruising in towards Ensenada in style.
If you’re more interested in seeing the problem of plastic pollution for yourself, we’ll be go right through the heart of the garbage patch. We’ll conduct educational manta trawls for micro-plastic pollution, as well as document and observe larger debris. If the weather permits, you’ll be able to take home your own sample of mid-ocean plastics from our trawl efforts.
At the end of the voyage, we will organize a private shuttle to take you back across the border to San Diego to fly home. This trip is sailable today – Mexico is allowing entry by sea!
This trip is an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and IYT MOY Unlimited qualifying voyage – contact us to discuss.
- Cost: $4,500
- Date: June 1 – June 23, 2021
- Start: Ko Olina Marina, Oahu, Hawaii
- End: Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
- Length: 23 days, 22 nights
- Focus: Offshore Passagemaking | Ocean Crossing | Plastic Pollution
Due to the remote nature of this trip, we are aiming for a higher standard of risk reduction than what airlines and others are requiring. While we can’t guarantee that our protocol will 100% prevent a COVID infection onboard, we are hopeful that with these constraints, it will seriously reduce the risk of the possibility of a serious COVID infection part way to Hawaii, far from advanced medical care. Our tentative COVID protocol is below – it may change as we get closer to the date of the voyage.
14 Days Before Trip: I agree to take maximum precautions to minimize my risk of infection with COVID-19 by following CDC guidelines.
96 Hours Before Boarding: I agree to take a PCR covid test at my own expense. If a testing site is available that can provide results in less than 96 hours, I agree to get tested as close to the date and time of boarding as is consistent with receiving results before boarding.
Day of Boarding: Arrive at vessel, with completed COVID questionnaire. I agree that an agent of Pangaea Exploration will take my temperature, review the COVID questionnaire, and administer a rapid COVID test to me prior to boarding. I acknowledge that I will not be allowed to board the vessel if I test positive on either COVID test, have a temperature of over 100.4 Fahrenheit, or based on the results of my COVID questionnaire. In the event that I am not allowed to board the vessel, I understand that Pangaea will not refund me any money, but will at Pangaea Exploration’s discretion offer to transfer that money to another voyage.
Reserve your spot now with only a $500 Deposit! This deposit is non-refundable per our crew contract. However, it is transferrable or refundable if we are forced to cancel the trip due to COVID.
My trip from O’ahu to Victoria aboard Sea Dragon was an incredible experience. I was continually amazed by Eric, Shanley and Meret, and the level of professionalism, knowledge, and courtesy displayed by each throughout the entire journey. I cannot think of a single moment where we were not fully confident in their experience and expertise. They taught us a great deal about sailing and navigation throughout the trip in a manner that was very engaging and a lot of serious fun! Hats off to Pangaea Exploration and the crew of Sea Dragon for being able to provide such an amazing life experience! It was truly the trip of a lifetime!!
Click on a heading below to learn more!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 against The backdrop of the lush volcanic islands of Hawaii. 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 Mexico. We’ll fall into our watch schedule and have our first night under the stars at sea.
Day 4 – 20: 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 21: Estimated Arrival in Ensenada
After more than two weeks at sea, we’ll arrive in gorgeous Ensenada. We’ll sail past Isla de Todos Santos and enter the bustling port, where we’ll be greeted by a rowdy crowd of California Sea Lions. We’ll come alongside the dock, 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 cold beverage, a walk on terra firma and a group dinner on shore to celebrate our arrival.
Day 22: Customs/Immigration/Paperwork
Sometimes things take a little bit longer to get done in Mexico, especially paperwork! In case things are moving like molasses, we’ll spend today finalizing port clearances and immigration paperwork. Ahh, the joys of international travel.
Day 23: 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 Ensenada.
– 21 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals (vegetarian), snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear
– Mask, snorkel, fins
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
You will join the boat in in Ko Olina between 1500-1700 on the first day. You will depart the boat in Ensenada at 0900 on the last day. Our actual passage time on this ocean voyage is dependent on the weather. If we have a fast passage, we could arrive as early as June 18, Our slowest voyage time would be arriving the 21nd, with guests departing the boat on the 23rd as per the itinerary. If we arrive early, you are welcome to stay aboard until the 23rd to explore Ensenada.
Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is about a 30 minute drive from Ko Olina. Tijuana International Airport is about a 1 hour drive from Ensenada, and San Diego International Airport (SAN) is a 2-4 hour drive, depending on border crossing times. We will be arranging a private shuttle to take any guests who are US citizens or lawful permanent residents who wish to travel out of San Diego to San Diego Airport on the 23rd, or you can make your own travel arrangements.
All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from the USA and Mexico. 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 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.