Adventure Sailing

Join one of our adventure sailing trips in 2021 as we explore the Pacific!

Expedition Charters

Looking for an experienced crew to take your team on their next expedition?

What We Do

Pangaea Exploration operates expedition and research charters throughout the world’s oceans. In between these voyages, we offer up our superb platform and our excellent crew to the public for sail training and adventure sailing voyages.

If you’ve ever dreamed of crossing an ocean, visiting remote tropical islands, or just taking an out of the ordinary sailing vacation, this could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Our guests are normally split 50/50 between sailors looking for a bit of blue water and adventurers who have never stepped foot on a boat in their lives. We offer adventure sailing voyages ranging in length between 1 and 4 weeks, anything from coastal cruising exploring islands to crossing oceans and learning celestial navigation.

In our work as a research vessel, we have worked with some of the world’s leading researchers and institutions. Work conducted on board has spanned from microplastics to coral, and water sampling to whales. We were an integral part of discovering the existence of microplastic pollution in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, have supported many diving trips, whether to find un-charted seamounts off the coast of Brazil or help in the search for “super reefs” in the Pacific. We have been a film platform for television programs on humpback whales and marine toxicology, as well as spending time in fresh water, sailing to the center of the North American continent through the Great Lakes.

Our Mission

At Pangaea, we strongly believe in the importance of connecting people with the sea. To that end, we have two main priorities: research expeditions and adventure sailing voyages. First, we provide a more affordable and eco-friendly platform for researchers to reach remote regions. Traditionally, these types of projects would need to be conducted on board large ships, costing up to 10 times more per day to operate and consuming more fuel in an hour than we do in a year. Secondly, we feel strongly that if people get a chance to get out on the ocean and experience it the way we do, they will better understand the importance of the sea. With this in mind, we offer adventure sailing voyages that provide this opportunity to people who range from complete beginners to experienced sailors.

Our Crew & Experience

We have been operating Sea Dragon throughout the Atlantic and Pacific for the past 10 years building an excellent reputation for safe, effective & efficient sailing voyages. Our experienced crew has covered over 200,000 nautical miles – not only developing a strong background in sailing education but also the skills to effectively and safely sail anywhere in the world. With sailing experience from Chicago to Stockholm, Africa to Patagonia, Greenland to Japan – our crew are excited to have you on board and share their knowledge of the world’s waterways.

Sea Dragon

We sail throughout the world’s oceans aboard Sea Dragon, our 72ft expedition yacht. Sea Dragon was built as one of twelve steel ships for the British Steel Global Challenge, the toughest yacht race in the world. She has circumnavigated the world twice – both times upwind in the southern Ocean. Sea Dragon has gone through extensive refits in order to be more suitable as a teaching and research platform while maintaining her true rugged heritage. Sea Dragon can carry up to 15 people on unsupported voyages up to two months in length in any of the world’s oceans.

Ship's Log

Blog #2:  To the Big Blue

Blog #2: To the Big Blue

The mighty Sea Dragon is underway! Our crew has finally arrived in Ensenada. After a couple days of safety / domestic briefings, we have set sails and pointed our bow southwest. Destination, paradise. With the wind blowing mostly from the NW, we have been charging upwind through the Pacific on a close reach averaging around 7-10 knots boat speed. We are currently running both full stay sail, yankee, and mainsail at 1st reef.  The true wind is averaging around 15-18 knots, with occasional gusts in the lower 20’s. It is expected to drop down through out the day. The crew is adjusting pretty well to life on board at a 15 degree heel. After more than a few stumbles and bruises, everyone is starting to find their own groove, along with their sea legs. The crew is starting to fall into their own routine, with their designated team members. This entails standing watch, doing hourly boat logs, cooking, cleaning, and of course sailing. Luckily on this voyage we have a top notch crew that is comprised of sailors, adventurers, and amazing cooks who are all very competent and down to earth individuals. Knock on wood, nobody has gotten seasick yet. For the most part the skies have been mostly cloudy, usually clearing up at night. We were rewarded this morning with a beautiful sunrise, and sunshine to warm us up for most of the day. The days and nights are spent sailing, stargazing, reading, and enjoying honest conversations about life with some of the greatest company. Nothing beats sailing at night, with a sky full of stars, to the meditative sound of the water rushing along the boats hull and the occasional unexpected saltwater shower. The crew will begin their classes on celestial navigation today, taught by Captain Anna and First Mate Maggie. They will learn to navigate the open ocean using the stars, sun, and moon just as our ancestors have hundreds of years ago. The crew is more than keen to learn. The wind is expected to shift more NNE on Wednesday, putting us on a beam reach. Wind and sea state at around Force 4-5 per forecast. Overall, Sea Dragon is making great way, and the crew is in high spirits as we charge on down to the star of the Pacific.