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Natural Exploration Ilhas Selvagens | Madeira to Lanzarote

$1750/ £1390

October 5th – October 11th, 2017

Depart: Madeira
Arrive: Lanzarote
Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Focus: Adventure Sailing, Exploration


Join us in Madeira – taste some Madeira wine, ride down the steep streets of Funchal in a toboggan, or go for a hike amongst the mountain peaks. Then we’ll head out to sea and sail to the seldom visited, Ilhas Selvagens, the breeding ground of many seabirds and home to what Jacques Cousteau said was the clearest water he had ever found in his travels. The “Savage” Islands are specks of deserted volcanic rock that form the archipelago about 150nm south of Madeira, rugged and remote the only human inhabitants are the two wardens, oh and goats. If it’s too rough we may not be able to stop, but we’ve included an extra day in this trip to let us try to make it, weather depending. Then we’ll sail on to Lanzarote, the hot, volcanic desert island which has a long history of art and sculpture, as well as growing some spectacular volcanic wines.


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.

October 5: Crew joins the vessel at 1400 in Madeira, Portugal

– Safety briefings, introductions, move in

October 6: Depart for Lanzarote & Ilhas Selvagen

October 7: Arrive Ilhas Selvagen

October 8: Explore Ilhas Selvagen

October 9: Depart for Lanzarote

October 10: Arrive Lanzarote

October 11: Crew depart 1000


Contribution Includes:
– 7 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 Madeira and Lanzarote
– 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 and from Spain and Portugal. Please look into the specific type of visa you need: