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.

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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.

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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

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Sail up!

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Leaving San Francisco

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Golden Gate bridge

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Pangaea in full sail; file photo

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Mike Horn at the wheel

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Jacek, a two-year veteran of the Pangaea crew

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Gear Junkie editor Stephen Regenold aboard the Pangaea

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Boat-side friend

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Mike Horn at the wheel

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

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In case of “man overboard”. . .

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Funky photography reflected in the wheel

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

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The galley

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Media room in the Pangaea

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Onboard navigation screen

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

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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.

Posted by Richard Bortness - 04/21/2011 02:25 PM

I am not a sailor but I am a good mess specialist and excellent kp. Love the California coast as a native should, great photos and wish I could see the CA coast like you all!

Posted by Carolyn - 04/21/2011 03:24 PM

It looks like alot of fun! Nice photes and discription of your sailing trip. Fancy sailboat!

Posted by Terry - 04/21/2011 03:53 PM

Aah Steve you might want to lose the red toes socks next time. Just sayin’

Posted by Stephen Regenold - 04/21/2011 04:34 PM

Re “red toe socks”. . . style points down the drain, I know. But they were my special super compression socks. I was recovering from “America’s Toughest Marathon” aboard the boat all week. Deets: http://gearjunkie.com/race-report-on-blue-ridge-marathon. (Slept with my feet elevated, too!)

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