Sunreef ambassador Mike Horn to explore ‘What’s Left’
The South Africa-born adventurer is returning to remote destinations on the 35m Pangaea, which recently completed a refit at Sunreef.
Mike Horn, professional adventurer and Sunreef ambassador
Sunreef Yachts has recently completed a refit of Pangaea, which Mike Horn will use for his four-year ‘What’s Left’ expedition that includes the Arctic, Amazon, Patagonia and Antarctica. Horn plans to start his journey in April and reach Greenland in May, the professional adventurer and his team aim to assess changes that have occurred in remote areas over the past half-century and raise awareness of the importance of their preservation.
Born in South Africa and resident in Switzerland since his 20s, Horn has spent decades travelling the world’s most remote locations. His custom-designed Pangaea, a 35m aluminium ketch with an ice-breaker bow, was built in Brazil and delivered in 2007.
Pangaea before her refit at Sunreef
Its recent refit in Sunreef’s Polish facilities in the north-coast city of Gdansk was focused on making the yacht safer and more comfortable. Optimising the living space onboard, Sunreef added two double cabins as part of a complete interior renovation that included a complete upgrade of the dashboard trim.
Other priorities were improving the yacht’s performance, lighting, soundproofing and energy efficiency. To reduce the noise of the generator and engine on board, Sunreef installed new soundproofing for the engine room, with airtight seals isolating it from the living areas.
Pangaea at the Sunreef shipyard in Gdansk
New LED lights were installed throughout the yacht to reduce energy consumption, while all ceilings were changed to materials resisting extreme humidity and cold as part of improvements to the climate-control system.
Horn’s expeditions aboard Pangaea include a four-year circumnavigation from 2008-12, a journey covering over 100,000nm and 63 countries. Hosting close to 100 ‘Young Explorers’ aged between 15-20, the expedition included scientific research, exploration of some of the world’s most remote and inaccessible locations, and environmental education and awareness campaigns.
The upgraded console
He also used Pangaea for his Pole2Pole circumnavigation of the globe via the South and North Poles, starting in May 2016 and finishing in December 2019.
In June 2022, Horn was announced as the ambassador of Sunreef’s new Explorer line of powercats (click for article). Reflecting “his lifelong commitment to adventure, exploration, and environmental conservation”, he was appointed to “inspire Sunreef customers and followers to pursue their exploration ambitions”.
Sunreef renovated he entire interior
Also a motivational speaker, the 56-year-old continues to travel the world, sharing his experiences and advocating for environmental conservation and sustainable living practices.