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

Squall City

After departing Hawaii we quickly entered new territory: squall city. 

For the past few days we’ve had a great, strong breeze that’s pushed us upwind toward the high and allowed us to get familiar with Sea Dragon’s sails and reefing system. The weather initially put everyone’s seasickness medicine to the test, but now that we are all on the mend  the weather seems to be a bonding point. Yesterday the squalls seemed to take particular interest in Sea Dragon and we frequently found ourselves in the rain. In an attempt to appease the weather gods we started doing anti-rain dances such as the sprinkler and the wave…they didn’t seem to do the trick, and just as we were beginning to loose faith in the power of dance, Jaden yelled “Fish!”. Sure enough we had caught 2 mahi mahis! Anna and Maggie quickly brought the pair on board and filleted them after giving thanks to Neptune and the ocean. The winds eventually subsided and today we enjoyed delicious fish tacos! 

There’s not too much to report right now, but hopefully we will reach the great pacific garbage patch in the next day or so and be able to trawl for plastics. Unfortunately we have already started to see an increase in the amount of large debris in the water: everything from ghost nets, to shampoo bottles and buckets. A few of the sailors onboard have more knowledge on plastic pollution in the ocean and will share a blog about what we find in the coming days. 

Spirits are still high and everyone is settling into the rhythm of life at sea – lots of reading, resting, chatting, and sailing. 2 weeks until Ensenada!

-Elle