Hemisphere Hopper | Tahiti – Hawaii

Hemisphere Hopper | Tahiti – Hawaii

May 15 – June 4 | 

Limited Availability
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Join us in beautiful Tahiti for the sailing voyage of a lifetime!  We’ll start in the blue waters of Papeete’s lagoon and sail north across the equator.  This should be a very fast sail – a reach in in the trades, with warm water splashing aboard and frigates and boobies overhead.

About a week after leaving Tahiti we’ll cross the Equator, and King Neptune and his court will board Sea Dragon to turn her crew from pollywogs into hardened shellbacks. This secretive ceremony will mark your inclusion into an exclusive club of those who have crossed the equator under sail.

If you’re interested in celestial navigation, this voyage is a great opportunity to hone your skills. The trade wind skies of the tropics and sub tropics make for great sun, moon, planet, and star sights, and crossing the equator throws in an extra twist that most people only experience in textbooks.

Depending on the weather, we hope to have enough time to explore French Polynesia a bit. Depending on travel restrictions, we may be able to hop across to Moorea after we arrive in Papeete, one of the most beautiful islands on the planet. Or, we may choose to merely explore Tahiti and all it has to offer.

  • Cost: $4950 $4450
  • Date: May 15 – June 4, 2022
  • Start: Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • End: Ko’Olina Marina, Oahu, Hawaii
  • Length: 21 days, 20 nights
  • Focus: Offshore Passagemaking | Swimming & Snorkeling | Tropical Island Exploration

COVID-19 Risk Reduction Protocol:

Mandatory Vaccination:  I Warrant that I have been vaccinated against COVID-19, with the final dose at least 15 days prior to boarding the vessel. If the final dose (1st dose J&J, 2nd dose Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca) of my COVID-19 vaccine was received before January 15, 2022, I understand that I must provide proof of a booster dose in accordance with Tahiti Entry requirements. I understand that I will not be allowed to board if I do not provide proof of this vaccination.

14 Days Before Trip:  I agree to take maximum precautions to minimize my risk of infection with COVID-19 by following CDC guidelines.

72 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 72 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. I agree that an agent of Pangaea Exploration will take my temperature, 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 do not provide proof of vaccination, 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 transferable or refundable in the event that we are forced to cancel this voyage or significantly alter the itinerary (date or location change).  

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Tentative Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive at Sea Dragon

You’ll join us at the dock in Tahiti after 1500 to move on board. You’ll have the opportunity to find your bunk and get settled in.  Because of flight schedules, we won’t have any training planned, just a chance for everyone to get to know each other.

Day 2:  Exploring Tahiti

This is your chance to explore Tahiti – snorkeling, paddle boarding, surfing, diving, or just having a croissant and Coffee!  We’ll spend the day enjoying all that French Polynesia has to offer.

Day 3:  Training & Departure

After Breakfast, we’ll clear customs out of French Polynesia and your professional crew will go over safety drills and sail training on board.  After learning to sail Sea Dragon, we’ll have a bit more time to enjoy Tahiti before a final dinner in Paradise.

Day 4-19:  Underway Offshore

After breakfast, we’ll drop lines and head out to sea. As we set our sails and point north, the towering spires of Moorea and Tahiti will slowly fade and give way to a 360-degree endless horizon. We’ll settle into our watch schedule and routine for our 1200NM sail.

We’ll have some nice fast sailing on our way across the equator and north to Hawaii Fingers crossed we’ll be visited by dolphins, whales and endless sea birds. The warm tropical sailing will be quite the treat!  

Day 20:  Arrival

Welcome to Oahu!  We’ll close the coast and make our way into Ko’Olina on Oahu’s west coast.  We’ll clear customs and immigration, then have a wonderful last dinner out.  Lilikoi Mai Tai’s anyone?

Day 21: Departure Day

After breakfast, it will be time to disembark  Sea Dragon and head home at 1200.


 What's Included

Contribution Includes:
– 20 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 Tahiti and Kiritimati
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port


 Packing List
 Travel Details

You will join the boat in Papeete after 1500 on the first day.    You will depart the boat in Ko’Olina by 0900 on the final day.

Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is about a 30 minute drive from Ko’Olina, and Papeete International Airport (PPT) is a short drive from the harbor.

All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from French Polynesia and the United States.  Please note that if you are not a US, Bermudian, or Canadian citizen you WILL require a B1/B2 visa to enter the US in Hawaii by Sea – an ESTA will not be accepted, and will result in a hefty fine and deportation.    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.

 


 Boat Tour


 Your Crew

 

ALESSANDRA PEPARINI – Captain

My passion for the ocean started very early… when I was a kid I spent all summers in the water! My activities were from fishing to swimming, from snorkeling to the first freediving, from kayaking to simply playing with the waves.  My confidence with the water and my sensitivity towards the ocean and all kinds of creatures in and outside the water started growing during these early years and is what has drove me to my working choices and lifestyle.

I start sailing late, when I was 18yo and I have immediately felt in love with it. At 20yo, together with a friend, I owned a 7m boat which we totally rebuild inside. After some time working at a sail loft specializing in canvas work, I started doing charters and deliveries in the Med as a deckhand, cook, and mate while during the winter I continued working full time as swimming instructor, specializing in working with people affected by disabilities (physical and mental). After several years of doing this and working on custom composites with Carboway I decided something was missing in my life.

So, when my second and last dog had died for old age I have decided to leave for an Atlantic crossing in 2016. Even though I had a ticket back to Europe, I never used it and I kept on sailing until I arrived in the Pacific, where I worked freelance on superyachts and doing deliveries.

I really enjoy long passages and being in remote places, I feel 100% part of the nature around me. And when I am not on a boat I love going up the mountains hiking or climbing, otherwise freediving. I am excited to be working on board Sea Dragon because I enjoy heaps teaching how to swim and be in the water to people, transmitting my passion, I would like to give back to the ocean,  which is in need, using Sea Dragon as a way for teaching people how to be respectful and minimize their impact on nature around them.

Alessandra holds her Yachtmaster Offshore with Commercial Endorsement, a CMAS Advanced Diver, an AIDA Advanced Freediver, and holds her STCW endorsed Proficiency in Medical Care at Sea.

 

LUKE DACOSTA – First Mate

From a young age I’ve surfed along the south coast of England, always wanting more from being on the water. After graduating University in Leeds from a graphics degree I began to want something more. 

 I began teaching watersports all over Europe, visiting places I fell in love with and meeting people that became good friends and also gaining a partner in life. We both caught the windsurfing bug and are still hooked on the sport today. In the winters we would go to France and run Chalets with me as the Chef of which I have a passion and several years experience under my belt and Harriet as the manager/ host.

Harriet and I returned to the south coast of England to train for our yacht master on the Isle of Wight getting very familiar with the Solent waters. Not long after we found ourselves wanting to maximise our experience and this took us to different corners of the world, Harriet in the Bay of Biscay and myself on a delivery on route to Singapore across the Atlantic and the Pacific which as been my biggest achievement in the sailing world so far. Completing the “Coconut Milk Run” going west got me hooked on ocean sailing and of course wanting to explore more of the Pacific. 

Amongst other sports, free diving has become a passion of mine. Exploring what lies beneath in such a natural way is something I want to pursue through my voyages especially in the Pacific.

We both returned to Europe to work as a team through a season as Flotilla skippers in Croatia and doing private skippering in Greece but always wanted to head back to bigger waters. Deepening our need to explore more of the waters around the world we will be on the move for the next few years exploring as much as we can. We have a lot to see and are very happy to be on Sea Dragon to experience a section of the Pacific with a company with great values.

Luke holds his Yachtmaster Offshore with Commercial Endorsement, is an SSI Open Water Diver, and is a windsurfing, dinghy, and powerboat instructor.

 

HARRIET AVERNS – Watch Leader

Harriet is from Kent in the South East of England and grew up doing a variety of sports and spent a lot of time in the water competing as a club swimmer. She took part in the Tall Ships Race on board a 73ft sail training vessel in the Baltic at the age of 16 and absolutely fell in love with being at sea. After finishing school she went on to train to become a water sports instructor and spend 3 summers in the Mediterranean. She taught windsurfing, dinghy sailing and powerboating as well as progressing to teach Wind foiling and did her open water scuba diving course. During the winters she ran ski chalets in the French Alps alongside her partner Luke. Harriet completed her Yachtmaster Offshore in the Solent in 2020 and went on to volunteer for non-profit marine conservation organisation Sea Shepherd. She took part in their dolphin bycatch campaign in the Bay of Biscay working as a deckhand and rib driver. She then returned to the Med in summer 2021 to run flotilla holidays in Croatia. She has also recently been awarded Yachmaster of the Year for her performance in her Yachtmaster exam. Harriet is really excited to explore the pacific and experience the freedom of ocean sailing.

Harriet holds her Yachtmaster Offshore with a commercial endorsement, is a PADI Open Water Diver, and is a Windsurfing, Dinghy, and Powerboat Instructor.