North Pacific Gyre | Honolulu – Victoria
June 18 – July 9 |
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. After a blast north, we’ll turn east through the heart of the gyre, before emerging on the backside into northern hemisphere frontal weather for the final push into Victoria.
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.
This trip is an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and IYT MOY Unlimited qualifying voyage – contact us to discuss.
Ardent Training is offering a significant discount on the RYA Day Skipper Theory online course to anyone signed up for this trip. If you’re interested in taking the course, let us know when you sign up!
- Cost: $4,950
- Date: June 18 – July 9, 2022
- Start: Ko Olina Marina, Oahu, Hawaii
- End: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
- Length: 21 days, 20 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 this protocol will reduce the chances of a serious COVID-19 infection aboard while far from advanced medical care.
Everyone on board the vessel must be vaccinated against COVID-19, with their final vaccine dose received no less than 15 days prior to boarding.
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, or have a temperature of over 100.4 Fahrenheit. 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.
Sign up Now with only a $500 deposit. Please note that since we are less than 60 days from the start of this trip, full payment will be required within 7 days of signing up. Please review our crew contract.
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 – 18: 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 19-20: Estimated Arrival in Victoria
After more than two weeks at sea, we’ll pass through the straights of Juan de Fuca. After entering historic Victoria harbor, we’ll dock at the customs dock, and while we wait to get cleared through customs and immigration, we’ll tidy Sea Dragon. After we’re cleared we’ll move to our marina and it will be time for a cold beverage, a 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 Ensenada.
– 10 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 Victoria 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 July 5, Our slowest voyage time would be arriving the 8th, with guests departing the boat on the 9th as per the itinerary. If we arrive early, you are welcome to stay aboard until the 9th to explore Victoria.
Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is about a 30 minute drive from Ko Olina. Victoria International Airport is about a 30 minute drive from the harbor. Transportation options direct from the harbor include the Coho Ferry to Port Angeles, WA, the Victoria Clipper Ferry to Seattle, WA, or a seaplane with Harbour Air. You can also head to Sydney, BC, about 30 minutes away, and take the BC Ferries to Tsawassen BC or (fingers crossed) the Washington State Ferry to Anacortes or Friday Harbor WA.
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 ensure you have the appropriate paperwork completed before joining the vessel, or you will not be allowed to board. If you are not a US or Canadian Citizen, you will likely need to file an ETA with Canada Border Services before leaving Hawaii. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea, or contact us directly to discuss.
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.
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 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.