Green Coco: cooperative sailing adventures

Green Coconut Run is a cooperative sailing voyage, launched by 30 friends in 2015, to realize the dream of sailing around the Pacific. We’ve now evolved into two partner boats, Selaví and Aldebaran.

We are a not-for-profit, focused on affordable expedition sailing for the community, while caring for ocean resources. Starting in 2022, Selaví will also offer charters in the form of adventure retreats.  See our new Green Coco Charters website.

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Learn more about Expedition Aldebaran on Instagram

See more about Selaví at Green Coco Charters

The Route: Green Coconut Run

Map of Years 1-3 (2015-2017)

Aldebaran & Selaví have a home base in Tahiti.  We sailed from California to French Polynesia on Aldebaran starting on 2015. 

How we started the Voyage


Watch the Video: Introduction to Green Coconut Run

Who can join the adventure?

Our voyage is private for Co-op Members on shared trips aboard Aldebaran & Selaví.  Membership is by referral or application. See How to Participate and send us an email at

 Ocean Health: “Cruising with a Cause” :

Along our journey, we look for ways to make a positive impact on ocean health and awareness. We have worked in three areas:

  1. marine reserves
  2. micro-plastics research
  3. solar lights

National Geographic explorer article about our research with microplastics.

Seven Seas magazine covering our work with marine reserves & solar lights:


Read our blog about the Marquesan School Kids Educational Marine Reserve.


Watch our Video about the fisherman-created marine reserve in Mexico (that Four Arrows crowdfunded through Kickstarter) and Read about it on our Blog.


Some of the coverage we’ve received along the trip…

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Listen to the Podcast on @optoutlife about the story of Green Coconut Run.

Listen to NPR’s  Marketplace about our co-op sailing model and the “shared economy” (June 2016)


Santa Barbara Newspress cover story! (February 2015)


The Surfer’s Journal, p. 121, Issue 26.3 (Jun 2017)


SCUBA diving Magazine’s short article (November 2016)


Deep Magazine’s Green Issue, (March 2016)


LOA Tree, Multiple articles (March 2015)

 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.

 A Day in the Life at Anchor

Who has come aboard?

Check out our Crew Bios.

Check out our Instagram

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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…

Or see the topic that interest you below…

Marquesas :  Nuku Hiva  /  Ua Pou  /  Hiva Oa  /  Tahuata  /  Fatu Hiva  /  Our two week haul out in Atuona Harbor (Hiva Oa)

Tuamotos :   Reao Atoll (eastern Tuamotos)  /  Makemo, Tahanea, Faaite, Fakarava  / Hao, Amanu, Haraiki  / Tikehau, Rangiroa, Apataki  

 Gambier Archipelago

Pitcairn Island  /  Oeno Atoll

21 day passage across the Pacific


Questions?  email us at

49 thoughts on “Green Coco: cooperative sailing adventures

    • 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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  5. Hi Sabrina and Christian,
    I’m Kelly’s dad (of Paul and Kelly, recent crew). Been hearing some wonderful, positive stories from their time with you.

    I’m curious about getting involved and contributing to your ongoing project. Sadly I’m far from wealthy (most of my work life has been teaching high school art. But 2 1/2 years ago, in my own “just do it” moment, I immigrated to New Zealand, where I now live up north just outside the Bay of Islands area.

    Be great to connect with you sometime if you ever have down time. I’m in CA right now for another week (actually with Kel in SB!) then back to NZ next Sunday.

    My NZ mobile is +64 21 171 1141. My CA mobile is +1 925 876 3373. I’m on WhatsApp under that NZ number or FB Messenger under my full name, james warren dean.

  6. last phone number for Kristian 1805 6373613, now not correct could someone have him call me with new contact info – last saw him here in Encinitas w his mom – thought he was married now and living in SB area- would enjoy reconnecting ( met u guys surfing at la Roca on a big day in cent Mex)

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