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Christmas in Sète

 

Christmas in séte

For a few months now Pangaea has been settled in the charming and friendly village of Sète, on the southern coast of France. Pangaea has been undergoing some minor renovations ans maintenance work while Mike has been giving conferences, writing books and preparing for his next amazing adventures in 2015. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and VERY BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR. May 2015 be full of love and laughter and may all your dreams, aspirations and challenges come true 🙂

Laureus Project visit in Woodlands Primary School, Cape Town, South Africa

Laureus project in Cape Town Primary School
Laureus project in Cape Town Primary School

Nov 24 – Laureus Academy Member and adventurer extraordinaire, Mike Horn, mentored a group of children from the Laureus-funded Great Commission United (GCU) project at Woodlands Primary School in Cape Town last week.

The South-African born Swiss explorer met with a group of local children from the GCU project and joined them for some fun basketball, skipping, boxing and soccer sessions. He then enthralled the kids with tales from some of the adventures that have earned him the reputation as the world’s greatest modern day explorer, such as swimming with crocodiles on his solo Amazon River navigation. Mike ended his talk by urging the kids to keep striving to achieve their goals, believing that nothing is impossible.

The Great Commission United is a football and basketball orientated project that aims to keep young people from Heideveld and surrounding areas on the Cape Flats away from gangs and crime and plugged into positive influences and aspirations. The project strives to enrich the children’s life experience through sport and to ignite a desire of wanting more from their lives.

Mike Horn is one of the 47 members of The Laureus World Sports Academy, a unique collection of some of the world’s greatest sporting icons. Each Academy Member uses the power of sport to help tackle pressing social challenges through the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation projects.

Since its inception Laureus has raised over €60 million to improve the lives of millions of young people and currently supports more than 150 community sports projects in 34 countries.

France at long last!

Sète, France
The Mediterranean coastline of Sète, France

Mike Horn sails Pangaea into the port of Sète, the seaside resort on the French Mediteranean. Sète has its own very strong cultural identity, traditions, cuisine and dialect and is home to 88’000 inhabitants.

The local people have made Mike and his crew feel very welcome.

Mike will now leave Pangaea and return to Switzerland to continue work on his upcoming book and to train for the 2015 K2 Expedition.

 

Majorca

Beautiful Scenes of Mallorca
Beautiful Scenes of Mallorca

Pangaea makes a quick stop-over in Majorca before continuing her journey north. Majorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago in Spain and it’s picturesque coastline offers ideal anchorage spots for Mike and crew.

13 Faces of Valais

Mike Horn and Fred Roux on the summit of Mount Dolent
Mike Horn and Fred Roux on the summit of Mount Dolent

22 September 2014 – Mike Horn and Valaisan alpinist, Fred Roux climb to the summit of Mount Dolent in Valais, Switzerland and descend with parapentes, as part of a promotion film called the ’13 Faces of Valais’.  Breathtaking scenery is beautifully captured by photographer David Carlier.

Wikipedia: Mont Dolent (3,820 m) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif that lies on the border of Italy and Switzerland, and close to the border with France.

It is generally considered the tripoint between Italy, Switzerland and France, although the point itself lies at 3,749 metres, north-west of the summit of Mont Dolent.

 

Pangaea’s next stop – Barcelona!

 

Mike and Jacek clean Pangaea's hull
Mike and Jacek clean Pangaea’s hull in Barcelona

Sailing in the Mediterranean has been a welcoming change for Mike and his crew. Pangaea normally sails  big ocean traverses or amongst the icebergs of the Arctic, but now she is in Barcelona.

Barcelona offers the crew the opportunity to do some maintenance work such as cleaning the hull and checking the sails.

Mike will quickly return to Switzerland afterwards to work on his new book.

Pangaea arrives in Ibiza

After a pleasant journey from Gibraltar with good winds and sunny weather, Mike and his crew sail Pangaea to the southern tip of the beautiful island of Ibiza.

Pangaea drops anchor amongst many other boats and sun seekers there for their summer holidays.

Pangaea will be leaving again as soon as Mike and his crew have had a good rest and meal.

Pangaea's hull with Generali logo
Pangaea’s Insurance kindly organized by Calcutta Insurance Broker
Mike eats meat in Ibiza
A good meal after the Atlantic Crossing
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea sailing off the southern coast of Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Jacek at the stern
Jacek greets visitors onboard Pangaea
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza
Pangaea in Ibiza

 

Sailing past Isla De Alegranza

Sailing past Isla De Alegranza
Sailing past Isla De Alegranza

After a short stop-over in Lanzarote Island Mike Horn and crew hoist Pangaea’s sails once again and sail past Isla De Alegranza towards their final destination. Sailing into 22 knots of head-on NE winds has dramatically reduced Pangaea’s speed. They are now sailing 7 knots and have still another 547nm until Gibraltar.

Mike is in a constant state of travel and adventure , so keep up to date on all his expeditions !