Mike Horn begins four-year What’s Left expedition
The explorer has embarked on his ‘What’s Left’ expedition aboard Pangaea to explore the world and inspire environmental action.
Horn with youngsters from YCM’s Sports Section
Mike Horn has set off from the Yacht Club de Monaco headed for Iceland as the explorer embarks on his four-year What’s Left round-the-world expedition on the 32m ice-breaker Pangaea, 15 years after the first four-year Pangaea Expedition started from Monaco.
Horn, born in South Africa and now resident in Switzerland, is a Yacht Club de Monaco member and has been an ambassador for Sunreef Yachts’ Explorer range of power catamarans since last year. Based in Gdansk in northern Poland, Sunreef recently completed a two-year restoration of the 35m Pangaea (click for article).
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Mike Horn
The luxury catamaran builder’s Eco range is a sponsor of the What’s Left campaign, with the Sunreef Yachts Eco logo displayed on both sides of the hull beside the yacht’s name. Panerai, Hexaom, Cummins, Explora Journeys and Yacht Club de Monaco are also sponsors of the expedition.
Prince Albert II of Monaco, President of Yacht Club de Monaco, was among those to bid farewell to Horn on Pangaea, which now flies the Monaco flag. What’s Left has been described as the “last major project” for Horn, who has completed adventurous expeditions all over the world across the last 30 years.
What’s Left will revisit iconic places that marked his career, as well as locations he has not been to yet. The expedition’s purpose is to take stock of the state of the planet, involve students and young environmentalists, and engage with the public.
With Pangaea as the principal mode of transport, the expedition will include the Arctic, the Amazon jungle, Antarctica, Patagonia, the Australian desert, New Zealand, northern Canada, Alaska and Asia, with Horn and his crew spending up to six months in each destination.
“Thanks to extensive research, we know now we have to make every effort to change the situation,” Horn said. “We know sea temperatures are rising, that we have problems with microplastics, that fires and floods are increasing. Nature is in revolt.”
Horn will engage the new generation during the What’s Left campaign by launching the second edition of Pangaea X, the environmental programme for young people. When in Iceland, the boat will bring on board students from the Bionet team, which won the first Pangaea X programme.
By combining exploration, education and an eco-commitment, Mike hopes to inspire a new generation of stakeholders in the planet.
“The aim is to support them as they develop their projects with the help of experts and coaches,” Horn said. “During the programme, teams will learn about concepts such as Business Model, Design Thinking and Business Plan to help them make their idea achievable. It’s only then that they can come aboard and make their project a reality. We then become a platform for execution.”
Yacht Club de Monaco has also reiterated its commitment to environmental transition as it encourages initiatives in line with its collective ‘Monaco, Capital of Advanced Yachting’ approach.