Adventure Sailing | Maine to Bermuda

$1,990/ £1,300
Oct 15 – 23, 2016

Depart: Camden, Maine
Arrive: Bermuda
Length: 9 days 8 nights
Focus: Sailing


Sail from the world famous lobster of Maine to the beautiful pink sand beaches of Bermuda. After a day exploring the beautiful rocky coast of Camden, we will sail south, crossing the mysterious Sargasso sea and the gulf stream – the engine of Atlantic weather. We’ll then spend some time exploring the northernmost tropical reefs in the world around Bermuda’s coast. In just 750 miles we’ll sail into a totally different climate and ecosystem.

Whether you’re an experienced sailor looking to gain some offshore miles or a beginner looking for an exciting trip, this voyage has something for everyone. We’ll have daily classroom and hands on sessions to teach the fundamentals of sailing and passage making, and by the end of the trip you’ll be able to earn your IYT International Crew Certificate.


Eric Loss – Skipper

A native of California, Eric has been on the water since an early age. He has sailed more than 55,000 offshore miles, and has sailed everything from windsurfers to 115′ schooners, and recently he completed a single-handed circumnavigation by way of the great capes. He enjoys teaching all aspects of sailing, from boat handling and dinghy racing to navigation and seamanship. He is always eager to share his knowledge of celestial navigation. Eric has been involved in sail training for most of his life, and is an US Sailing instructor. He holds an IYT Master of Yachts Ocean with commercial endorsement and a USCG 100 ton master’s license. Eric is also an experienced diver and PADI Divemaster.

Shanley Mcentee – First Mate

Shanley was born and raised in San Diego, CA and graduated with a BA in Environmental Policy and a minor in Environmental Science from Western Washington University. Having grown up by the sea, she holds a deep passion for Mother Ocean and our ever-growing need for protection and awareness of the problems our environment is facing. She enjoys anything having to do with the sea, from surfing to scuba diving to sailing, and loves offshore passages. She is PADI Rescue Diver certified and holds an IYT Master of Yachts Offshore with commercial endorsement.

Thomas ‘Owen’ McMahon – Deckhand

Having started sailing with the family at the age of seven Tom has always loved being on the open water, whether as crew on yachts or just messing about in dinghies. Realising a life on land would never make him truly happy he began sailing professionally in 2010. After gaining a yachtmaster offshore he has gone on to work delivering yachts as well as spending years working on superyachts looking after not only the people on board but the boats too. Whilst enjoying this life at sea he realised that a better way to spend his time would be to help people to enjoy what he had done growing up. So now when not on Sea Dragon, Tom also teaches people how to sail as an IYT instructor, so that they can not only enjoy the sea and all it has to offer, but also learn from direct experience a sense of connection with the environment which can only be found on the ocean.

Eleanor Merrill

Background and area of expertise
Eleanor grew up sailing small boats with her family in Massachusetts. She was hooked at an early age and did a semester at sea in high school aboard the schooner Harvey Gamage. Eleanor took a gap year to aquire RYA Yachtmaster certification and went on to sail for Connecticut College. She has done a handful of offshore passages including a few races to Bermuda and a transatlantic from Bermuda to Ireland. Eleanor is managing editor at Cruising World magazine and lives in Rhode Island with her husband, 6 chickens and 120,000 honey bees.

Goals and aims for the expedition
Eleanor is excited to get back on the water after too much time in a cubicle. She hopes learn more about the environmental concerns facing the ocean, get a bit of salt in her hair, and document the adventure along the way.

Lauren Keenan

Background and area of expertise
Lauren grew up scrubbing barnacles off her father’s motor boat at the local community boat club from the age of 4. When she was 8, she first sailed on her own in a dingy fashioned into a sailboat, and later sailed throughout college in her school’s sailing club.

She graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy and more recently with an M.S. in Communication Sciences. She currently works as a medical Speech – Language Pathologist, assisting individuals who have had a stroke or brain injury.

Goals and aims for the expedition
I’m excited about this adventure and learning about professional sailing, and to learn from the interesting people on this trip.

Steven Paul Lansky

Steven Paul Lansky is a poet, playwright, novelist, journalist, performance artist, and retired English Professor. He hosted and produced Night Music on WNKU in Northern Kentucky from 1990-1998. He contributes to Article 25, a Human Rights newspaper in print and online in Cincinnati, Ohio. He actively travels the globe attending and presenting at writing seminars, retreats, and conferences. His sketches, animated videos, and original artwork are featured on social media.

To broaden and deepen understanding of seagoing life, Steven has been working on an epic novel for several years, some of which he shared on Panexplore.com’s blog during a previous expedition. He hopes to make more progress on this project. He hopes to sketch regularly, write daily, and take photos.

Pei Huang

Background and area of expertise
I was born in China and grew up in Boston. Since college, I’ve worked and studied in New York. I spend my free time with my wife playing board games with friends, hiking, playing with our dog, listening to short stories, and watching British crime mysteries.

Goals and aims for the expedition
To experience the ocean, meet new friends and hear interesting stories.

Oct 15: Guest crew join Sea Dragon at 1400. Everyone will have an opportunity to settle into the yacht, and put away their personal belongings. The captain and first mate will give crew a safety and expedition briefing, followed by basic safety training. After an evening meal, the crew will retire and sleep on Sea Dragon for the night.
Oct 16: After Clearing Customs, Sea Dragon will depart Camden, Maine and head out to sea.
Oct 17 – Oct 20: Sailing!
Oct 21: Weather permitting, we will spend the day snorkelling and exploring some of Bermuda’s reefs and beaches and getting acquainted with the boat.
Oct 22: Sea Dragon will arrive in Bermuda, and clear Customs & Immigration
Oct 23: Crew will be able to leave the boat in St. George’s by 1200

*Itinerary subject to change based on weather and willingness to ‘say yes more’ to spontaneous possibilities 😉

Contribution Includes:
– 8 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals, snacks and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Training and Education covered in the syllabus
– IYT International Crew Certificate (if you pass the test!)
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear

Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to Maine and from Bermuda
– 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 both Bermuda and the United States. There may be specific requirements for individuals from countries outside of North America. In particular, most nationalities will require a B1/B2 visa to enter the US by sea, even if you normally don’t need a visa to visit the USA. For specific visa information visit www.travel.state.gov/visa.