Adventure Sailing

Join one of our adventure sailing trips in 2022 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 4 – written by Jan-Willem

Blog 4 – written by Jan-Willem

Hooking up — The language of sailing

“9.00 — Hook Up” says the whiteboard. Rather than taking this as an instruction from the captain to start an early morning party, “hook” is just another word for our anchor, and the whiteboard just informs us that we’ll lift anchor and get underway again at 9.00 AM.
I don’t know why or when sailing developed its own language for everything, but after two weeks on Sea Dragon I know that we cook our meals in the galley, not the kitchen, I do my business and take showers in the head, not the bathroom, and the sheets are the ropes that control the sails, not the pieces of cotton I make my bed…uh, my bunk with. Standing at the wheel during my watch, I confidently turn right when instructed to go 10 more degrees to starboard, or left when asked to turn to port.
Books about sailing try to explain this by saying the specialized language is precise and avoids confusion, but I don’t know. It strikes me as just another example of jargon, same as so many professions creating their own language of belonging (talk to a doctor lately?). I know it took my wife ages before she was able to decipher my instructions when sailing our own boat, and even after 10 years in the US I still confuse English sailing terms with the Dutch ones I learned in the Sea Scouts.
But…as I said, 2 weeks into our journey from Victoria (BC) to Ketchikan, AK we’re all on the same page. We’re a merry bunch of sailors, by now familiar with the basics of sailing Sea Dragon, grinding away on the winches, hauling on the halyards, or keeping her on course at the wheel. When not on watch, we practice our bowlines, reef knots, clove hitch and other knots useful on the water (or we just read of course…). All the while, we ooh and aah over the amazingly beautiful and rugged landscape we sail through.
At 9.00 sharp the rattling of chain in the forepeak signals the hook coming up. Once again free from our attachment to land, we slowly glide out of Patterson Inlet, ready to explore what the day will bring, and I can’t wait.