Adventure Sailing & Science Expeditions

Adventure Sailing & Science Expeditions

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Pangaea offers adventure sailing, global exploration, and science on SV Sea Dragon, our 72ft ex-Global Challenge sailing yacht.

Between expeditions, Sea Dragon sails the world with our guest crews on voyages of adventure and discovery. Depending on the voyage, our crew can gain offshore miles, learn celestial navigation, experience tropical islands, or delve deeper into our scientific work, testing the world’s oceans and seas for pollutants and micro-plastics. Data collected with our partners is recorded and shared with academic institutions around the world. Our guest crews are a key part of both sailing Sea Dragon and taking part in our scientific activities.

We can provide a complete program suitable for experienced sailors, scientists or novices alike. About 80% of our guests have never been on a sailboat before, let alone completed an ocean crossing. Anyone can go sailing, and anyone can comb their local beaches for indicators of ocean health, but with our partner organizations, Pangaea brings these things together in a way that provides adventure, exploration, and science globally. So take a look at our upcoming trips and join us to make a difference in both your own life and the health of our oceans and seas in a meaningful and lasting way.


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A West Coast Recap

A West Coast Recap

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” 

Helen Keller.

 

Written by Eric Loss – Skipper aboard Sea Dragon.
photos by West Coast, Sea Dragon crew

West Coast Crew

Last Friday afternoon marked the unofficial end of our 2018 season, with the departure of our deckhand and frequent blog and playlist contributor Ally.

One year ago today, we departed Plymouth under grey and grizzly skies to cross the Bay of Biscay and sail to Madeira. 20,000 miles later, we have left the smoke and fog of Seattle and Vancouver to arrive in sunny Chula Vista.

SD leaving UK
Chula Vista Marina, San Diego

We’ve had a great trip down the West Coast, and really enjoyed getting to share Sea Dragon with so many visitors along the way. Because so much of what we do is ocean passage-making and voyages to remote locations, it’s rare that we get such a great opportunity to meet all of our fans and supporters and open the boat up to all of you.

 

Our tour started in Sausalito, where we rafted alongside the schooner Seaward, operated by Call of the Sea.

Matthew Turner, Seaward & Sea Dragon

 

Past deckhand Katie Jewett was instrumental in helping arrange logistics for our San Francisco visit.

Katie

Putting us in touch with Call of the Sea, the California Academy of Sciences, Spaulding Marine Center, as well as Latitude 38, California’s boating newspaper.
We’d especially like to thank Mary from Call of the Sea and Captain Zach for putting up with our traffic across their clean decks as we conducted boat tours and even put together a bit of a reunion sail on the bay – it was great to see both Stiv and Boxy, who together have probably spent more miles on Sea Dragon than anyone but Shanley and I.

We had a great trip from Sauce-town down to Monterey, if you ignore the lack of wind and the drone of the engine. What one hand takes away, the other one gives, and we got to watch dolphins and dozens of humpback whales breaching, blowing, and generally whaling about across the glassy waters of the Pacific.

Whale & Dolphin watching

 

The harbor of Monterey was very accommodating, letting us open the boat to a very busy day of tours (and even a TV crew) over labor Day Weekend.

Monterey Harbor
Monterey neighbour
Eric, interviewed by KSBW news

 

Our very own Dr. Looney gave a great and very detailed presentation on her own PhD work to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Mary’s presentation 

 

George from MBARI gave up his Monday off to give us a tour of their very impressive facilities, vessels, and ROVs as well.

George & crew @ Monterey Bay Aquarium, Research Institution

 

We stopped in Morro Bay and at both Santa Cruz and Catalina Island to give our non-local crew a bit of a taste of what Southern California used to be like.

Morro
Santa Cruz
Catalina

 

We also got to sneak in our best (and only) sail of the trip down the coast, surfing at 10+ knots in 25-30 knots of wind for hours before getting into the lee of Santa Rosa and motoring in to beautiful Coches Prietos on Santa Cruz.

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After that it was on to AltaSea in the Port of Los Angeles, a new and super exciting project that is turning 35 acres of abandoned docks into a center for Marine research and innovation. We hadn’t visited AltaSea before this visit, but the potential of the site is immense and we are huge supporters of their vision and hope to be back again soon.

AltaSea’s Open Day – Mary presenting
SD outside AltaSea

 

Finally we visited my homeport, Dana Point, and docked at the Ocean Institute. It was awesome to be back in my old stomping grounds and meet lots of friends from the past, in particular Skip and the Mariners  Sea Scouts, who were instrumental in my early life and love for sailing.

Mariners

 

That brings us back to Chula Vista, where we are docked next to the schooner Bill of Rights and are doing some deep cleaning and light maintenance on board before we take a few months off

Maintenance
Cleaning

– Shanley and I have been aboard for 10.5 out of the last 12 months, and Sea Dragon has sailed a lot of miles since her UK departure a year ago. It’s time for the team and boat to rest before getting into our refit period over the winter. We are also in the midst of finalizing our 2019 season, which should be ready soon. Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting announcements about our schedule coming soon! Once again, thank you to all who helped and came out to see us for with 2018 West Coast Tour!

 

Call of the Sea
California Academy of Sciences
Latitude 38
Spaulding Marine Center
The 5 Gyres Institute
Story of Stuff
Monterey Bay Aquarium
MBARI
AltaSea
Dana Point Ocean Institute
Mariners
Bill of Rights