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

A Message on the Coronavirus Outbreak to our Sailing Community

A Message on the Coronavirus Outbreak to our Sailing Community

++UPDATED May 4 ++

We are closely following the current Coronavirus outbreak and related travel developments. Unfortunately due to recent developments in the United States and Canada, we are having to delay our departure for Hawaii until June.

We hope you are staying safe and healthy in these challenging times. We’ve been carefully monitoring developments in the Coronavirus pandemic from both federal, state, and local authorities along our summer sailing route. Despite our best efforts to find a way to sail, we have been forced to decide that it will not be possible to do so this year due to concerns about both logistics and safety.

Logistically, the restrictions set in place by governments around the world make travel to join the boat impossible. International and domestic air travel is severely curtailed and the US remains under a level 4 travel advisory. In addition, both Hawaii and Canada are imposing mandatory 14 day quarantines upon arrival regardless of time at sea and the land borders between Canada, Mexico, and the US remain closed for recreational travel, with no indications that they will reopen by our scheduled sailing dates.

Additionally on the medical front, we have spoken with our medical advisors, MSOS from the UK. They have provided guidance that clearly indicates we should not be sailing this season. All of the other adventure sailing and charter operators whom we are familiar with have come to the same conclusions.

We will sail again next year on a similar itinerary. All of our energy will be invested to make it the best season to date. We’ve already gotten in touch with all of the guests scheduled to sail with us this year and everyone we’ve spoken with has been excited to delay until the 2021 season. We will be publishing our tentative 2021 schedule by the end of May so that you can sign up for next year’s adventures.

We are feeling the draw of the sea and are as keen as you to be back on the water. This fall we are going to be doing┬áseveral short trips to the Channel Islands from San Diego for anyone who is planning to sail with us in 2021, logistics and health concerns permitting. It will be a great way to get out on the water during the best time of year in Southern California. We’ll sail, we’ll swim, and we’ll adventure together. We are also considering putting together a longer voyage down the Baja Peninsula in November or December. We will announce the details of these fall trips over the summer once we get a better sense of how things shake out with travel restrictions and governmental advisories.

While we wish we could be on anchor in Palmyra atoll right now, we hope you understand that our first priority is and always will be the safety of our crew and guests. We’re all going to need to get out on the water next year, and we are grateful that we and Sea Dragon are safely in San Diego and well positioned for an amazing 2021 sailing season. Personally, we have struggled with the reality of needing to make this decision and we appreciate you sticking with us. We look forward to having you aboard next year for endless horizons, incredible starry skies, and breathtaking sunsets. We heave to now, ready to sail after we’ve all weathered this storm.


Eric & Shanley