Pacific: Panama to Japan

 

Feb 22 –  28     [tcbd-popover title=”Guadalupe Discovery | California to Mexico” text=”Land and underwater exploration in and around Guadalupe, working with local organisations to survey and film all our challenges and successes
On land, the team reported on the status of the restoration on the island following the evacuation of the last goats in 2005. Goats were originally introduced to Guadalupe in the early 19th century as provisions for the whalers and sealers when stopping over.By 1900 the feral goat population had reached 100,000 wiping out the majority of the vegetation and many bird species had disappeared. Guadalupe has now been designated a biosphere reserve.
The dive team explored the underwater wildlife of the island beyond what it is famous for – the great white sharks.  In contrast to the mostly extinct terrestrial life on the island, Guadalupe was home to the last known refuge of two types of seals in the Pacific.  In 1975 it became a pinniped sanctuary.
This pseudo pristine remote island is scarcely inhabited – home to only a handful of families of abalone and lobster fishermen.Our team very much enjoyed visiting this incredible island, meeting the local community, exploring the rugged terrain and diving deep below the surface..” place=”top”]GuadalupeDiscovery | California to Mexico[/tcbd-popover]
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Mar 13 – 30 [tcbd-popover title=”Pacific Crossing | Mexico to Hawaii” text=”An open 16 day, 3070 nm ocean passage starting in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico,in and finishing in Honolulu, Hawaii. This passage marked the first deployment of the onboard CO2 sensor monitoring ocean acidification, and saw the start of the team on board documentation of the debris generated by the Japan tsunami of March 2011. Rarely has such a monumental amount of material – tens of thousands of tons including cars, entire homes and boats – simultaneously thrust into the sea from a single location.
This voyage will also the 5th leg of British Adventurer Dave Cornthwaite’s Expedition1000 Project which involved 25 separate journeys of 1000 miles of more each using a different form of non-motorised transport.” place=”top”]Pacific Crossing | Mexico to Hawaii[/tcbd-popover]
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Apr 7 – 21 [tcbd-popover title=”Sail Training | Hawaii to Marshall Islands” text=”This open ocean passage started in Honolulu, Hawaii and took about 11 days. Sea Dragon having just undergone a major refit was more than ready to embark on her passage to Kuroshio, Japan, stopping in Majuro, Marshall Islands, en route. Originally built in 2000, for the round the world Global Challenge Race, Sea Dragon is designed to thrive in these vast Oceans! Specifically set up for volunteer crew with limited sailing experience she safely handles any number of sailing conditions. With a crew capacity of 14 and a cruising speed of 12 knots, she is a comfortable and exciting ocean going yacht.
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May 1 – 23 [tcbd-popover title=”5 Gyres / Agalita | Western North Pacific Gyre” text=”Departing from Majuro, the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. We sailed into the lesser known and studied Western Garbage Patch just off the southeastern coast of Japan, to collect data on this first research phase on the significance of marine debris in the Western North Pacific. This area of debris buildup, southeast of the Kuroshio Extension (ocean current), is the opposite side of the North Pacific from the well-known Eastern Garbage Patch midway between Hawaii to California, and is believed to be a small “recirculation gyre,” (an area of clockwise-rotating water, much like an ocean eddy).
This expedition was in partnership with Pangaea Exploration, 5 Gyres Institute, Algalita Marine Research Foundation and the University of Hawaii. Scientists, educators and adventure-seekers alike joined Sea Dragon on the first of two phases of this marine debris expedition.” place=”top”]5 Gyres / Agalita | Western North Pacific Gyre[/tcbd-popover]
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May 30 – Jul 1 [tcbd-popover title=”5 Gyres / Agalita | Japan Tsunami Debris Field” text=”This expedition departed from Japan just over 1 year after the 3-11-2011 tsunami hit.  heading northeast to the Japan Tsunami Debris Field, to collect data on the volume of marine debris following the Tsunami, then sailed into Maui, Hawaii.
Ten’s of thousands of tons of debris washed away from the coastline of Japan on March 11th, 2011 after an earthquake occurred offshore, resulting in the worst tsunami on record. The material infrastructure in a developed country was carried out to sea, including cars, boats, homes and also many victims. One year later we found the field of floating debris to be half-way across the North Pacific Ocean. We conducted multiple transects through this area to survey the condition, type of debris, the rate of growth of marine organisms and presence of invasive species.
The second phase in our research into the distribution of marine plastics in the North Pacific Gyre, saw four organizations; 5 Gyres Institute, Pangaea Explorations, Algalita Marine Research Foundation and the University of Hawaii, collaborate over 7,000 nautical miles to study the impacts of plastic pollution and tsunami debris in the marine environment.” place=”top”]5 Gyres / Agalita | Japan Tsunami Debris Field[/tcbd-popover]
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Aug 14 – Sept 4 [tcbd-popover title=”Northern Line Islands | Hawaii to Kiribati” text=”The Northern Line Islands are part of the recent Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument that was established in 2009 in hopes to further protect some of the few remaining near-pristine reefs left in our oceans. We commonly hear about overfishing, climate change, and pollution when it comes to how we’re damaging our oceans but rarely about the effects of ship groundings and wrecks on reefs
A link has been noticed between shipwrecks in the Pacific Islands and the outbreak of corallimorphs as a marine invasive species. Corallimrophs, a toxic organism resembling a cross between a coral and anenome, have blossomed on these reefs and killed off all corals in their path. Huge portions of once-dense coral reefs are now covered in this brown, invasive species.
As part of our research we determined what caused this shift on the reef and how to best manage and restore these reefs back to their original state. Since these reefs represent some of the few untouched ecosystems left, it was of utmost importance that we manage and conserve them so that they will be around for future generations to enjoy and learn from.
Pangaea Explorations invited a handful of guest crew to join this important mission. Divers, journalists, photographers, educators complimented the dedicated Scripps science team aboard Sea Dragon.” place=”top”]Northern Line Islands | Hawaii to Kiribati[/tcbd-popover]
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Sept 4 – 28 [tcbd-popover title=”Central Pacific Uninhabited with WHOI | Kiritimati to Tarawa,
” text=”A private charter by WHOI. Scientific teams investigated how the EUC,(Equatorial Undercurrent) which runs between 2 degrees (138 miles) north and 2 degrees south of the equator, affect the equatorial islands’ reef ecosystems, starting with global climate models that simulate impacts in a warming world.” place=”top”]Central Pacific Uninhabited with WHOI | Kiritimati to Tarawa,
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Oct 7 – 17 [tcbd-popover title=” Pacific Adventure | Kiribati to Tahiti” text=”A 37 day adventure sail from Tarawa Kiritabti to Papeete Tahiti, was the perfect ‘downtime passage’ for the crew and teams aboard Sea Dragon, with a more leisurely focus of sailing, diving, snorkelling and marine watching. This was the perfect recess in a busy schedule.” place=”top”]Pacific Adventure| Kiribati to Tahiti[/tcbd-popover]  COMPLETE
Nov 22 – Dec 25 [tcbd-popover title=” Pacific Adventure | Tahiti to Galapagos” text=”This 34 day ocean crossing, was the perfect passage for our budding RYA Yachtmaster guest crew to gain amazing milage. Whilst the main focus on this trip was to ensure celestial navigation was accomplished and to learn to handle and manage a larger vessel in a vast ocean setting, we still had time for some fun aboard, and managed to get some diving and snorkelling into the program too.” place=”top”]Pacific Adventure| Tahiti to Galapagos[/tcbd-popover]   COMPLETE
Dec 30 – Jan 07 [tcbd-popover title=” Pacific Adventure | Galapagos to Panama” text=”After lengthy expeditions across the Pacific, we were able to open up Sea Dragon to the public, to come aboard for our remote island Exploration passage from San Christobel in the Galapagos to Panama City.
During this 9 day exploration sail, our crew learnt how to sail, handle and live aboard Sea Dragon as she made her way from the Pacific back toward the Caribbean.” place=”top”]Pacific Adventure| Galapagos to Panama[/tcbd-popover]
 
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