Voyage of the Pangaea!

This week, on a seafaring route from San Francisco to Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to sail with explorer Mike Horn and his crew. Our trajectory, from Pier 40 in San Fran’s Embarcadero district, under the Golden Gate bridge in typical deep fog, and then south forever along the misty California coast, took just a little over two days. We saw dolphins, sea birds, and once what I think was an orca (do they come this far south?), but not much else. It was a calm, Zen cruise for the most part, which contrasted starkly with the stories and jaw-dropping tales Mike Horn told during our voyage about his life exploring and living in the wild.


Mike Horn on the bow of his Pangaea sailboat; file photo

Horn captained the Pangaea, an amazing craft that was launched two years ago to be the base for its eponymous Pangaea Expedition, a four-year, continent-hopping journey for Horn and a couple hundred young adults who’re chosen to come along and live, learn and explore.


Crew on Pangaea moving main sail

More to come soon on the sailing experience as well as the Pangaea Expedition as a whole. For now, here are a few pictures from the trip. —Stephen Regenold


Sail up!


Leaving San Francisco


Golden Gate bridge


Pangaea in full sail; file photo


Mike Horn at the wheel


Jacek, a two-year veteran of the Pangaea crew


Gear Junkie editor Stephen Regenold aboard the Pangaea


Boat-side friend


Mike Horn at the wheel


We could hear the dolphins breathe as they surfaced, tracking along with the boat seemingly for fun


In case of “man overboard”. . .


Funky photography reflected in the wheel


Wenger Mike Horn Ranger knife aboard Mike Horn’s own ship. . . “We use it every day of an expedition,” Horn said.


The galley


Media room in the Pangaea


Onboard navigation screen


SPOT Satellite Connect check-in (via an Apple iPhone!) while at sea


Marina Del Ray, Calif., our final destination for the trip

For more on Mike Horn’s Pangaea Expedition, go to: www.mikehorn.com/en/pangaea.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.