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

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Tuesday morning was not like the usual mornings at sea where sleepy crew are being woken up at all hours of the morning to stand their navigational watch. This particular morning, Marisa and Anna filled the cabin with the sweet sweet smell of baking. With the assistance of Otto, our trusty Auto pilot and the lack of wind, they wisely split their time baking red velvet cupcakes along with a cake in the shape of a fish; in honor of my birthday. What a difference it was waking the crew for their early morning watches with a freshly baked cupcake to lure them out of bed! We celebrated the day with a piñata homemade by Anna. By the afternoon the wind had filled back in, so with 23 knots apparent wind speed to add an extra level of difficulty in smashing the piñata blind folded, I did eventually manage to break it open and shower the crew in popcorn. 

I woke Wednesday morning to the San Fransisco Coast guard sending out a pan pan for the bay area, this is the very first time we have heard the United States Coast Guard since leaving Hawaii, This means we are getting close to land! The wind has picked up to a steady 20-25knots true and has swung aft of the beam. With the preventer rigged up and the swell on the port quarter, the crew are having fun surfing down the 2m waves, a challenge in itself to keep on course. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of guiding Sea Dragon through a wave, battling the helm and watching as the boat speed increases as she surfs. We are rolling a bit  side to side as we surf these waves, so below deck everyone braces before calculating the right moment to launch out of their bunks and into their foul weather gear for their turn to take on the ocean. It’s been overcast for the last couple of days, however moral is up as we compete for the top speed on the helm, I currently take the lead at 15.3knots, but the challenge is still on. We are averaging 10knots as we cruise towards Todos de Santos, the island of the big wave ‘Killer’ off the coast of Ensenada. Fortunately for us, there will not be a 70ft wave to great us, although there has been much talk of rogue waves amongst crew on night watches that everyone has been keeping their third eye on the horizon. This new angle of sail is throwing big smiles across the faces of those on the helm, it really is enjoyable fast sailing and Sea Dragon is absolutely loving it. All our hard work beating upwind north of 37 degrees latitude has already paid off. The days are going by quickly as we approach land, everyone is chatting about how they think their bodies will react when they step foot onto stable ground and speculating what they may have missed in the media in the past couple of weeks while they have been completely off grid.