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The Pegasus Project

The Pegasus Project has taken thousands of kids onto the Bay for marine environment education aboard Pegasus. We invite you to support the youth program by chartering the vessel for private exploration of the Bay. The Pegasus Project is funded by charter revenues, foundation grants, in-kind contributions, and private donations. Contributions are tax deductible. All net proceeds from your chartered voyage will support the Pegasus Project.

From 1994 through 2004, the Pegasus Project was operated by the Nautilus Institute.

In 2006, Pegasus Voyages was established to continue the Pegasus Project, to enable people to experience the marine wilderness in new and empowering ways.

Pegasus Project's mission is to enable youth to become productive members of a sustainable society through positive outdoor environmental education and by reinforcing life skills. The objectives of Pegasus Project are:

  • To conduct Lifeskills Sails aboard Pegasus for youth including youth at risk. Through the encouragement of a mentoring relationship between adult and youth crew members, Lifeskills sails build confidence, focus on teamwork, and empower youth to become active members of a sustainable community.
  • To provide youth participants (and adult crew) with a basic environmental understanding and appreciation of the San Francisco Bay, especially the marine environment, in the course of learning to operate the Pegasus.
  • To provide a multi-year track for underprivileged youth that will enable them to experience their backyard bay through on-the-water activities.
  • To work with partners to develop scholarship options, integrated and multi-level programs, special-needs training and voyages, and in-depth and multi-year programs.

Pegasus Project Major Accomplishments

Sailed with approximately 7500 youth over 10 years

SNC Archway School Voyage

Archway School Voyage, March 7, 2006

Created and nurtured a volunteer network of upwards of 100 volunteers, and a Pegasus community and e-mail list of more than 300

Pegasus Volunteer Crew
Pegasus Volunteer Crew

Provided a consistently safe on-the-water experience for youth in the Bay Area, with specialized crew training and equipment

Rosa Parks School Sail

Rosa Parks School, Class 5, April 4, 2005

"When our class went sailing on the Pegasus, I was very excited. At the end of the trip, I was very happy because I got to sit at the very end of the boat. It was fun and scary at the same time. The Pegasus is a very big boat and very nice. This was the first time I've been on a sailing boat that big. When I get on boats, I get scared because I think that the boat might sink. But now that I have been on Pegasus, I am not scared any more. This boat experience was a lot of fun."
— Daniella, Rosa Parks School Voyage, April 4, 2005

Cultural and Ethnic Diversity:
The majority (about 80 percent) of Pegasus youth voyagers are low-income and from minority communities in the East Bay and beyond.

Berkeley Boosters youth sailing
Berkeley Boosters youth, June 21, 2006

Visit the Crew Pages for these downloadable documents:

  • Training Manual
  • Liferaft Manual
  • Indemnity Form, Adult Crew
  • Indemnity Form, Adult Passenger
  • Indemnity Form, Minor
... plus Voyage Schedule and Signup Form

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