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

Sailing to Hawaii

Sailing to Hawaii

A little over a week ago, a group of strangers met in Ensenada, Mexico to embark on a 2,600 nautical mile sailing expedition. For some it was a lifetime dream to sail on the open ocean while others spontaneously made the decision helped by the covid entrapment. The realization of living in a totally new environment, completely disconnected from the outside world, was only really felt once the sight of land has dissipated into the horizon. 

Before long, vast blue 360 degree views became the norm and maneuvering around the boat like you’ve had a skinful after watching the rugby on a Saturday afternoon incurred no second glances. Sailing across an ocean or any open water for that fact, not only tests your physical strength, will power and determination but also is a huge social experiment. 

11 individuals from different countries, cultures, religions, genders and ages in a confined space together. A compilation any therapist would have a wet dream over. 

But sure enough, after a few days all the crew got into a rhythm, naturally finding their role amongst the crew. 

Blue water souls are the driving source to protect and sustain our coastlines, oceans and marine species. Worldwide, those who understand the importance of our ocean’s health are fighting to make positive changes every single day. Disappointed to say, during the passage, we came across ‘ghost nets’, these are fishing nets which have been lost at sea and usually collects other nasty debris, like plastics amongst it. They vary in size and it’s hard to be precise but the two we came across were around 4x4m and the main bulk below water was around 1m, but lines sank deep into the ocean, further than the eye could see. These are simply are a death trap and unfortunately spotting them is becoming a regular occurrence. For us, the nets were just too large and too heavy to bring on board, but we managed to retrieve a huge polystyrene block and secure it to the aft deck continuing our passage. The wind which blew from behind us, wafted the stench of ‘Steve’ the polystyrene block over the helm, which prompted early dawn searches for a stray flying fish or squid.

A Ghost Net mid-pacific

For so many ‘out of sight, out of mind’ leaves a guilt free life, allowing the conscious to continue comfortably adding to the destruction. But those regularly experiencing the outdoors will foster a kinship with nature. Sea Dragon exposes its crew to nature in the most extreme way, showing first-hand the very best the ocean has to offer, and the very worst human involvement has done to it. 

Great efforts had been put into place to ensure all that could be done were done to reduce our effects on the environment, both in how the boat is set up and provisioning. It goes without saying that food has an important role when at sea. Socially we cook and eat together but a good meal or treat such as a warm brownie can bring up morale, especially when impatiently waiting for the Gods of the wind to grace us with their presence once again and stop the flogging of sails. 

Provisioning for 11 people and two weeks is no easy task but pleased to announce after 14 days at sea, our total rubbish amounted to:

1 standard bin bag of general rubbish 

1.5 bags of recycling including cardboard, plastic and cans

That’s drastically less than what the average household throws out a week! 

But once reaching the dock we found that recycling in Hawaii is no easy task, surprising for such a developed island and top tourist destination… 

Back to the sailing part. The curiosity of the ocean triggers something is us and that’s what got us all here, sailing to Hawaii in the first place. Delighted to say that, it was all plain sailing! No major dramas, testing weather, breakages or inedible dinners. Instead, our 72ft temporary home was filled with laughter, quiet moments watching the grapefruit pink sunsets and competition for the most desired spot on the boat – the helm.  A few took an artistic approach to helming in a straight line; always enthusiastic but never fooling the Captain.