Adventure Sailing

Join one of our seven adventure sailing trips in 2019 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 185,000 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

Fish Tales and Landfalls of Paradise

Fish Tales and Landfalls of Paradise

Sea Dragon made it to Hawaii! But I’m getting ahead of myself. First…

Since the last blog, there have been many days of sun and sailing and many nights of stars and squalls. One night, Peter and I saw the biggest meteor you’ve ever seen. It was so big you could see variations in the ball of fire at the front. Pale yellow fading to a bright white in the center. The streak was so big it was more triangular than anything else, and it left a mark in my eye for moments after. 

Aside from star gazing, the nights are filled with stories, jokes, and introspective silence. Our fruit slowly aged and we enjoyed several batches of banana bread with our morning coffee. Over the course of a few days, we slowed down enough to fish (about 6 kts) and caught two gorgeous Mahi-Mahi! Pictures don’t do them justice. Shanley is the filet master, but managed to teach me just enough of the skill to get us a feast for lunch.

Peter holding the second of two Mahi-Mahi

We had a pure sunny day, so we put up the spinnaker to eek out a few more knots from the gentle wind. The steering was a bit finicky, but the ride was smooth and fast. Plus it’s a pretty sail to look at. We had to take it down after dinner though, because it’s hard to fly it full when you can’t see the sail or when squalls pop up out of nowhere and throw the wind into swirling confusion.

Spinny, flying good and strong

We set the fishing line again the next morning, and right before lunch we caught a tuna! A beautiful skipjack with dark stripes on its belly and shimmering blue-green spots across its back. A meaty one, too. Tom insists it was at least 150 pounds. Take a look at the picture below for reference—I’ll let you decide if Tom is being truthful or not. Roger (a monster of a man, at least 8 feet tall with hands the size of dinner plates) is there for size comparison. That fish had enough fish to feed 8 people for three days. We had seared tuna in wasabi and soy sauce, an enormous bowl of poke, and some delicious tuna pasta. And there’s still some in the freezer. 

Giant Roger and the Giant Tuna

During the day, we sit in what little shade we can find and count flying fish. Sometimes there is only one sailing about between the waves. But other times, there are enormous schools of them! Fifty at once leap out of the water in a shinny silvery flutter of wings. If you’re up on the bow, you can see little baby ones bounce around. They’re quite a hoot to watch, really. They can’t seem to move in the straight, graceful way the mature ones can, like they haven’t quite figured out the whole flying thing. Instead they move in humps or veer off at sharp angles. 

As we got closer and closer to Hawaii, the nighttime rain grew warmer and the winds grew stronger, and our sunsets and sunrises grew more and more spectacular. There’s nothing like watching the sun set over the waves, over the exact same horizon you’ve seen yesterday and the day before that and the day before that, even though there is 150nm in between then and now. 

Somewhere between Mexico and Hawaii

Our last full day at sea, we hove-to for a swim call. It was sunny and hot, and the cool water felt utterly refreshing. Looking down into the 4.3km of water beneath our toes, the shafts of sunlight pierced into the purest, endless, baby blue I’ve ever seen. It made the world feel quite small and quite enormous at the same time. 

A nice little squall brought us some wind, and we cruised towards O’ahu at 8kts or above. After another beautiful sunset, the last of the night watches began. To celebrate, I made a batch of hot apple crisp. It’s pretty nice waking up at midnight for a 4 hour watch and realizing the smell of cinnamon and hot, tangy apples is not in your dreams. 

We had a red footed booby join us on the jib sheet at about 2200. Its webbed feet had big, long, hooked claws and they were wrapped around the skinny sheet like a baby’s hand. I didn’t think webbed feet could curl like that. Every time the boat bounced over a wave, the bird would slide down the sheet a few inches. But Bob the Booby didn’t seem to mind. I crept past it to check out the glorious moonlight shining down behind the main sail, and it let out a noise that was halfway between a honk and a croak and sounded like what I imagine a dinosaur must have. Pretty startling, if I’m being honest. I may have jumped just a little.

Bob the Booby on the jib sheet

Lighthouses on Molokai were spotted at around 0150 Sunday morning, and Land Ho! came with the sunrise. By 0800, we were passing Koko Head Crater, Diamond Head, Waikiki, and Pearl Harbor. The whole ridge line was spread out around us, like jagged teeth. The wind died down to 4kts, and we started the motor for the first time since leaving Mexico. 

Koko Head Crater, rounding the Southeastern tip of Oahu

We arrived at the dock by 1100 local time, and pulled into our slip. Shortly thereafter, beer and shower water flowed freely. Everyone made calls to loved ones and set off to explore the multiple hotels, restaurants, and swimming lagoons of Ko’Olina. In the evening, we met at the Monkey Pod for one last dinner all together. Stories were shared and retold, and laughs flowed heavily as we enjoyed the company of these strangers-turned-friends. 

As this crew leaves, Sea Dragon will be in Hawaii for the next week preparing for a fresh set of crew and the sail down to the Palmyra Atoll and Christmas Island.