[tab title=”Overview”]Are you interested in learning about the ocean and participating in exciting research while exploring the beautiful Cayman Islands? Pangaea Exploration is proud to be partnering with the University of Miami’s new Exploration Science Master’s program. The focus of the trip is primarily on performing the research of students enrolled in the program, and any space not taken by UM students is open to anyone interest in learning from UM professors and students and exploring the unique environment of the Caymans. You will get to experience the thrill of sailing across the rich blue of the Caribbean under beautiful trade-wind skies, crashing upwind to the tiny outposts of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, and then surfing Sea Dragon back down the waves to the bustling port of Georgetown in Grand Cayman. Participants in this trip will get an amazing opportunity to help participate in real research in a beautiful tropical setting while exploring some of the least visited islands in the Caribbean.
March 22: Students will be picked up by dinghy at the dock and public ramp near the Lobster Pot Restaurant in Georgetown at 3 PM. Everyone will have an opportunity to settle into the yacht, and put away their personal belongings. The captain and first mate will give crew a safety and expedition briefing, followed by basic safety training. After an evening meal, the crew will retire and sleep on Sea Dragon for the night.
March 23: Students will go out for a morning sail aboard Sea Dragon, before returning to her mooring to explore the waters surrounding the island, from the shallow reefs out to Cayman’s world famous wall, where the bottom drops of from 50 to 1000 feet in a matter of a few hundred yards.
March 25: Sea Dragon will sail 100 miles east to Cayman Brac, the final resting place of Donald Crowhurst’s famous yacht, Teignmouth Electron.
March 26: The crew will explore Cayman Brac’s reefs and cliffs and conduct their research.
March 27: The crew will spend the morning in Cayman Brac before sailing to Little Cayman in the afternoon.
March 28: The crew will explore Little Cayman and conduct their research.
March 29: The crew will explore Little Cayman and conduct their research, then set sail for an overnight downwind sled ride to Grand Cayman.
March 30: Sea Dragon will return to her mooring in Grand Cayman, and students may disembark by 3PM.
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- Enough clothes for a 7 day voyage (warm weather clothing, plus layers for cold nights)
- No hard suitcases or roller bags with frames
- Sunscreen and and required medications
- Sunglasses and a hat with a brim
- Pen and notebook/diary
- Camera or video camera (optional)
- Snorkeling gear (optional)
Sheets will be provided for the Sea Dragons berths, however if you prefer to bring a sleeping bag or personal blanket, students are welcome to do so.
Everything you bring (with the possible exception of snorkel/dive gear) must fit in a box next to your bunk, dimensions- 50cm x 40cm x 26cm. Please avoid bringing anything in plastic packaging that will need to be thrown away.
Please note that Sea Dragon is a dry vessel. No alcohol or cigarettes will be permitted on board.
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Dates: March 22-30, 2014
Depart: Georgetown, Cayman Islands
Arrive: Georgetown, Cayman Islands
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
Focus: UM Exploration Science
– 8 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals, snacks and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Training and Education covered in the syllabus
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear
Contribution Does Not Include:
– Transportation to and from Ft. Lauderdale
– Transportation to and from the dock
– Additional nights spent ashore
-Personal expense while in port
*Opportunity to receive IYT Introduction to Boating and International Crew Certificate upon passing of exam
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Students will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to the Cayman Islands. There may be specific visa requirements for students from countries outside of North America. For specific visa information, contact the Cayman Islands Immigration Department.