Maple Gate | Canada to San Francisco


August 1st – 15th, 2018

Depart: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Arrive: San Francisco, CA, USA
Length: 14 days, 13 nights
Focus: Adventure Sailing, Offshore sail training, Science

Early Bird Price: $2176/£1686 for 1st 4 places


Sea Dragon has been working hard for the last 18 months sailing over 40,000 miles across 2 oceans, The Atlantic and The Pacific and 3 Seas, Caribbean, Sargasso and Irish supporting important marine conservation work. She and her crew will have completed scientific surveys of all these waters – in areas that concentrate marine debris into “garbage patches” and the effect that this build up of waste in our waters has on our ecosystem. Additionally, she will have just finished aiding in the research and survey of community and natural habitat impacts in the Pacific’s, Phoenix Islands.

A unique opportunity exists to get a personal experience on board the Sea Dragon, with a Fourteen-day sail from Vancouver to San Francisco. Departing after several public events, Sea Dragon and her team will sail from Vancouver, out through beautifully forested bays and into the open Pacific. From there, you will experience Sea Dragon in her true element – sailing on the high seas, trawling for microplastics and sampling waters. Having Passed down the coast for what should be an excellent sail, Sea Dragon will enter San Francisco under the Golden Gate.

For any who have not been able to make it to our longer, remote ocean voyages, this trip is an excellent opportunity to experience life on board first hand. Like crews before, you will see and feel the life at sea. Yachtmaster Eric Loss – Chief Skipper for Pangaea Explorations- and his amazing team, will provide a unique chance to participate and learn about sailing, offshore life and the research we get involved in.

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.


Contribution Includes:
– 14 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 and from Canada and the USA
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port

Kit: Temperate

All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from the USA and Canada. Please note that many nationalities which can enter the USA on the ESTA visa waiver program will need a B1/B2 to enter by sea. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea: