The ARC is a ‘must do’ for many sailors, and attracts over 200 boats and 1200 people every year to sail 2700 NM across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia.
The ARC is for everyone; families with children, tough racers, cruising couples, big boats and modest boats. Crossing the Atlantic together, but having their own adventures. More than just a boat race, the ARC is about friendships made ashore in the two weeks of pre-departure activities continued over the radio net at sea. It’s about arriving in Saint Lucia to be met on the dock with a rum punch and a chilled beer, knowing you have achieved something fantastic – crossing an ocean on a small sailboat.” – https://www.worldcruising.com/arc/event.aspx
Join the crew of Sea Dragon to race in the ARC transatlantic rally – we’ll enjoy the festivities, go out for some practice, and meet the other crews before we depart, then set sail across the Atlantic for a once in a lifetime ocean crossing opportunity. In St. Lucia, you’ll be able to explore this spectacular island as well as participate in all the parties, award ceremonies, and special events put on by the ARC.
Eric Loss – Skipper
Eric has been sailing competitively since his time as a young mariner and in 2011 he sailed around the world single-handed and told his story in Loss at Sea.
Eric has been Captain on board Sea Dragon since January 2013 and he loves to facilitate the understanding of and connection to the sea for all of those who come on board.
Shanley McEntee – First Mate
Shanley has been all over the world and covered over 40,000 miles on all different types of sailing yachts and loves to do everything from scuba diving to surfing to swimming.
With a degree in Environmental Policy and Marine Science, Shanley continues to explore the world and the different issues mother earth faces. She’s full time with Sea Dragon as First Mate since January of 2013.
Thomas ‘Owen’ McMahon – Deckhand
Having started sailing with the family at the tender age of seven, Tom found a passion for being on the open water, it didn’t matter the vessel, yacht, dingy, bathtub, it was all the same, as long as it could sail. Realizing a life on land would never make him truly happy and saying adieu to life working in coffee shops and pubs, he embarked on his professional sailing career, working as crew on yachts whilst gaining his Yachtmaster offshore and his I.Y.T (international yacht training) instructor. By 2010 Tom found himself fully qualified and living the life, aboard superyachts on the French Riviera, looking after both yachts and their owners. Whilst this was indeed an amazing experience, he hankered after something more, showing people the joys of sailing, creating new sailors and the satisfaction of seeing people realize the lure of the open water.
So now when not on Sea Dragon, Tom can be found teaching people to sail, imparting the joy direct engagement of the sea brings and all sailing has to offer. You will find Tom helping his new sailors to immerse themselves in all things sailing and in building an attachment with their surrounding environment, an interdependence that can only be found on the ocean.
November 15: Crew arrive in Gran Canaria at 1400, briefings, intros, move in
November 16: Sail Training Day
November 17: Sail Training Day
November 18: Provision, shore day
November 19: Arc start, depart for the Caribbean
November 20: – Dec 5/6: Underway to St. Lucia
December 7/8: – Explore St. Lucia, lay days in case of light wind
December 9: Crew depart the vessel
– 24 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals, snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear
Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to Gran Canaria and from St Lucia
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
All crew members will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to Gran Canaria and into St Lucia by sea. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea: www.travel.state.gov/visa.