Boat Facts &
Pegasus Project Major Accomplishments
1. Sailed with 20,000+ youth; most (about 80 percent) of Pegasus youth voyagers are low-income and from minority communities in the East Bay and beyond.
2. Created and nurtured a volunteer network of upwards of 100 volunteers, and a Pegasus community and e-mail list of more than 700.
3. Provided a safe on-the-water experience for youth in the Bay Area, with specialized crew training and equipment.
4. In 2020, after initial crew and teacher training voyages, Pegasus voyages were suspended by the pandemic.
5. In 2021, crew training resumed in preparation for resumption of Covid-safe voyages.
6. In 2022, we were able to resume a regular voyage schedule with Bay Area youth, with hundreds of kids benefitting from our service.
About the Pegasus
Pegasus, named after the winged horse of Greek mythology, was built in Maine in 1972 to an Alden design. 51 feet long overall, built of Philippine mahogany and displacing about 23 tons, Pegasus is a classic heavy displacement, full keel sailing vessel.
The beautiful Pegasus prepared to ready about, and thus returned to a peaceful harbor. I braced myself, and willed that I would return to your majestic Pegasus, the winged ship that carried us through the waves.
– Piper, 5th grade, Oxford Elementary
The Early Years
In her first decade, Pegasus sailed from the East Coast to the Caribbean each year and conducted marine research. Pegasus survived Hurricane Bob in Woods Hole in 1989, being hit by a tornado in Florida, and was trucked to California in 1994 to become the flagship of the Pegasus Project.
Since 1994, Pegasus has sailed with a volunteer crew taking thousands of kids on the Bay as the Pegasus Project. Pegasus also sails each year in the annual Master Mariners’ Regatta at the end of May and has won her division several times.
Pegasus is a center-cockpit ketch with a main and mizzen mast. There is a huge cockpit, the stern deck, the cabin top, and the foredeck with an anchor well at the bow. You can join the sailing, sit in a group or be by yourself to absorb the beauty of the Bay and enjoy the kindly motion of the Pegasus.
The bowsprit seat is most people’s favorite spot, where you can be the figurehead flying over the water.
Since arriving in California, Pegasus has had many upgrades including new wiring, a new engine, new masts, new sails, new electronics, new winches, and new safety systems, while maintaining her classic and traditional pedigree.
Pegasus’ safety systems and procedures ensure that everyone — even adults and kids new to the ocean, and those who can’t swim — feels safe while moving around the vessel.
Seasoned sailors love sailing Pegasus, as she offers the handling characteristics of a traditional vessel combined with modern deck equipment.
New sailors love sailing on Pegasus because the vessel moves easily through the water with a kind motion and gives everyone a comfortable ride.
The grace and beauty of sailing Pegasus speaks to everyone, old and young alike.
You will never forget sailing across San Francisco Bay on Pegasus.