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

Sail Training

Sail Training

One of the most common questions we get from guests is whether we offer “official” training courses on board. We’ve always wanted to expand in this way, but haven’t found a way to do so that was quite right. That’s why when Charlie Triggs, who was an awesome deckhand with us back in 2018, got in touch to say that he was now working as an instructor for Ardent Training, we were excited. After some discussion, we’re happy to announce a partnership with Ardent Training, a leading provider of online RYA theory courses. To start things off, Ardent Training is offering a significant discount on their RYA Day Skipper course to everyone who sails with us. We’ll continue to provide the high quality hands on practical training in navigation, passage making, safety, and offshore sailing that we always have, but this new partnership provides a great opportunity for our guests to learn before they come on board, then put that training into use on Sea Dragon’s deck.

Ardent Training is the new leading provider of online RYA theory courses, for professional and recreational sailors. Built by highly experienced professional sailors, Edd and Charlotte Hewett, and Charlie Triggs, they wanted to improve the quality of theory training available, giving students a better learning experience, with more features and the best instructor support available. 

The Ardent Training Team in Patagonia

Everyone learns in their own unique way and Ardent Training gives you the options to be able to tailor your learning to your own style. Whether that’s watching instructional videos, reading text and diagrams, or just getting in touch and having a chat with one of their experienced instructors. Although an online course provider, Ardent Training doesn’t want you to miss out on the sociable aspect of learning. After all, everyone has a different opinions, ideas and experiences to learn from. Their online learning platform allows you to learn from home, in your own time and at your own pace, but to be able to benefit from student forums, working groups and live Q+A sessions with their team of experienced RYA instructors. The RYA is the leading international body for both recreational and professional sailing qualifications. Ardent Training’s range of courses start from the RYA Day Skipper theory course, right upto the gold standard RYA Yachtmaster Ocean theory course.

“Being a Deckhand on Sea Dragon was a huge stepping stone for my sailing career. I gained skills, confidence and was able to learn so much, all whilst having great fun sailing across the Pacific Ocean. I can’t recommend the Deckhand position enough. My experience has allowed me to work as a professional sailor in the years since, on conservation vessels and high latitude expedition vessels in different corners of the globe. During this time I also worked my way through my RYA qualifications, to become an RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructor and to become part of the Ardent Training team. 
At Ardent Training we want to support our marine environment and our industry. Part of this is giving back to the charities and organisations that helped build our careers, such as Pangaea Exploration. We’re really excited to be able to provide discounted RYA courses to the crews and clients that sail with Sea Dragon, to help them gain their RYA qualifications and further their skills and knowledge.”
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