Our Story

Founded in 2018

IT BEGINS WITH A PIONEER AND ENTREPRENEUR, DONNA MATSON

She lived a life admired by many and rivaled by none. She adventured to all corners of our planet on her sailboat, by foot, and even by camelback. Whistlin' Riggin' was her sailboat and is now used by Neverland Ocean Learning to sail to remote places to create unique ocean education content.

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+ A SAILBOAT NAMED WHISTLIN' RIGGIN'

Whistlin' Riggin' is a 1979 Union Polaris 36' that we travel with. In July 2017, a complete restoration began in Newport Beach, California. After just over one year, Whistlin' Riggin' returned to the seas refreshed. There's a bit more work to complete on Whistlin' Riggin' before a journey around the world can begin. The boat is still in need of some essential electronic systems and a new set of sails, to name a few things. While we're getting those things in order, we're also kickstarting Neverland Ocean Learning.

THEN, NEVERLAND OCEAN LEARNING WAS BORN

Inspired by Donna's adventures, Neverland Ocean Learning aims to excite youth about the ocean. The idea was born as we learned about Donna's life and the educational films she produced that were inspired by her travels. With a desire to bring Whistlin' Riggin' around the world, we thought there would be no better use of Donna's sailboat than to continue her legacy by educating youth about all the ocean has to offer.