Green Coconut Run: a cooperative sailing adventure to the South Seas

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The Green Coconut Run is a cooperative sailing voyage, launched by 30 friends, to live the dream of sailing around the Pacific!

Where is the Boat? Click on the Map.

Map of Years 1-3

So far in 2017: Tahiti (September), Tuamotos (August), Marquesas (June-July), Pitcairn & Gambier (May), Galapagos (February-March). In 2015-16, we sailed from California (departing in March) to Costa Rica (arriving by August), and then explored Panama, Isla del Coco, Galapagos and mainland Ecuador the following season. Read about our Route here.


Our co-op members join for week or more, on the 42 foot trimaran Aldebaran. Four to six crew contribute to running the boat, as we surf, dive, and explore hard to reach coastlines from California to Tahiti.

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“Cruising with a Cause” :

Besides being a cooperative adventure, we lend a hand with ocean health initiatives: innovative marine reserves, micro-plastics research, and sharing solar lights.

–> Read the National Geographic explorer article about our research with microplastics:

–> Read the Seven Seas magazine covering our work with marine reserves & solar lights:

Writing about cool marine reserves and bringing solar lights to school kids in coastal villages without electricity.

–> Read our blog about our latest project in French Polynesia:

The Green Coco community raised $2000 with a raffle to support the school kids in the Marquesas and their unique marine protected areas

–> and for fun… listen to NPR Marketplace about our co-op sailing model:

NPR Marketplace covers Green Coconut Run on national radio

 About the Boat

Aldebaran is a 42ft trimaran built in Hawaii in 1968. Where do we sleep, eat, and what do we do? Read about the Boat.

Wondering who’s come aboard? Check out our Crew Bios.

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Thanks for being a part of the dream!


“There’s no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue, there’s no joy in merely doing things which any one can do. But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you never thought you’d make”  – Unknown

“Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made.”  – Robert N. Rose

Read our latest blog posts HERE…

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Marquesas :  Nuku Hiva  /  Ua Pou  /  Hiva Oa  /  Tahuata  /  Fatu Hiva

Our two week haul out in Atuona Harbor

Airplane wreck in Reao

Tuamotos:  Reao Atoll

Gambier Archipelago

Oeno Atoll

Pitcairn Island


21 day passage across the Pacific


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15 thoughts on “Green Coconut Run: a cooperative sailing adventure to the South Seas

    • That’s the best part about all this– bringing people together and celebrating these amazing places! Cheers !

  1. So happy to hear that you are finally on your way to a grand adventure. We are in the La Paz BCS area currently. I was wondering why you are not going to venture up into the Sea of Cortez? So many fantastic islands and anchorages. Hope that our paths will cross.
    Mary Silvestri

    • Hi Mary! Great to hear that you are enjoying the La Paz area on your boat. We would LOVE to spend more time up there but getting south before hurricane season is our pressing plan. We are asking other cruisers to explore its protected areas for the Green Coconut Run, because you’re right without Sea of Cortez it would not be complete ! Perhaps we can meet up when we get south, let’s be in touch.

      FYI friends- Mary was the broker who helped make the purchase of Aldebaran happen! I have no idea how she managed to be so patient with that whole process, wow. Huge thanks to you Mary.

  2. Met you all at Santa Barbara Island this past weekend. We were the guys on the Three Musketeers. I thought I would look you up. What an adventure! Just awesome! Between the three of us we have boats in MDR, Dana Point, and LaPaz so I am sure we will run across you all someplace. We will be sure to carry extra gas 🙂
    Captain Dave

    • Captain Dave! You guys were super generous to give us some gas for our dive compressor– we left home in such a hurry we forgot to fill up the brand new jerry cans. Pleasure seeing “Three Muskateers” in Santa Barbara island, and most certainly, we hope to rendezvous again in southern Baja, and visit that remarkable cove you told us about in isla espiritu santo. Cheers!

    • Seriously. It is an awe-inspiring moment to be able to connect with big animals… one can’t help but feel a deep and resounding love! Especially when they open their flippers and send you a hug!

  3. Hey this is Jordan, had a fun time surfing with you guys this morning in Mazatlan! I’ll send you guys pictures from my friend when I get them. Don’t tell too many people about that spot 😉 shoots!

    • Thanks Jordan, total respect towards the local spots especially those still under the radar. What an amazing day (we went back out 1-4pm and it was even heavier!) We will be fueling up in El CID marina tomorrow and might check out Los Pinos perhaps you can see our trimaran out there 😉 cheers

    • Wow…it’s the adventure of a lifetime…Photos, videos, chronicles are amazing…Livin’ the dream…and doing all that it takes to keep it going. Sending much love your way, Sabrina, or should we say La Sirena!

      • Hey Pat and Rick! So wonderful to hear from you guys. We are having such a grand time and are so thrilled to be able to share the adventure with so many. I’m really glad you are enjoying our photos, videos, and writings =) Hope you both are doing well. Sending much love your way!

      • Hi, I’m Ryan’s brother Brad and I am interested in joining you guys, at the end of the month, if Ryan hasn’t already told you. Looking for an adventure and fresh caught fish! Bradley L Smith

      • Hey brad, excited to have you aboard next week! Looks like a nice run of swell coming. The weather has been gorgeous, offshore everyday in Nicaragua!

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