Adventure Sailing

Join one of our adventure sailing trips in 2020 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.

Ships's Log

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Well, It’s that time of the year again when we buckle down to yard work on Sea Dragon to get her ready for the next sailing season. We’re doing a lot of big projects this year in addition to our normal maintenance and annual survey by MECAL for coast guard compliance. We began the work in our winter berth in Chula Vista, getting prepared for the rigging maintenance to be done in San Diego.

Lifting the boom off for service

Last month, we had our mast pulled out of the boat at Driscoll’s Boatworks in Shelter Island, San Diego, for a new set of standing rigging. Since the mast itself is turning 20 this year, we decided to give it a full inspection, so pulled all (and I mean ALL) of the hardware off the actual extrusion for inspection. We’ll also be replacing our 20 year old Bainbridge mainsail track with a new Antal one, as we’ve just about run through all the extant Bainbridge spare parts keeping ours together.

No mast, no problem as we leave Point Loma astern

While the extrusion is bare, the team at Driscolls has cleaned up any corrosion and is repainting the mast so it will last another 20 years.

Meanwhile, we motored Sea Dragon the 80 or so miles down the coast to Baja Naval in Ensenada. Sea Dragon is just about the biggest boat that Baja Naval can haul on their 75 ton travel-lift, so our haul out involved some precision timing of tides, a few nervous moments, and a lot of gratitude that the mast and rig were all up in San Diego. We fit, but the stanchions were almost to the crossbeam of the Travelift, the tires were groaning, and the slings were two-blocked.

Maxing out the Travel-Lift at Baja Naval

While we’re here in Mexico we’re doing a lot of our normal annual maintenance – painting bilges, servicing through hulls, inspecting keel bolts, touching up varnish, and so on, while the yard focuses on repainting our topsides and bottom paint. We’re also doing a number of canvas projects that are really going to spruce up the boat – new bunks, some new cushions, and new hatch & helm guards on the entire deck.

Clutches off the deck for servicing and re-bedding

Now that the Holidays are over, we’re back in full boatyard mode, so we’ll be posting instagram and facebook posts more regularly with photos of the progress. We make a daily lunch-time Pilgrimage to Tacos Lucero for some awesomeness – we can’t wait to share some of our favorite spots with our guest crew in March when we return to Ensenada on our way out to Hawaii. We wish you all the best in the new year, and can’t wait to sail with you soon.


Mmmmm…. Tacos….