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Northwestern Africa Sail | Lanzarote-Agadir-Tenerife


November 3rd – 11th, 2017

Depart: Lanzarote
Arrive: Santa Cruz
Length: 9 days, 8 nights
Focus: Adventure Sailing, Upwind and downwind offshore sail training



Join Sea Dragon as this adventure begins in Lanzarote and journeys over 200nm upwind to Morocco. With consistent weather usually in the mid 20°c and sunshine every day, this is sailing heaven when combined with the perfect sailing winds of Force 3-4 from a prevailing northeast trade wind. A great training ground to test your mettle and fine-tune your helming techniques, you will also take part in night watches and, if you wish, practice celestial navigation as you sail under African stars.

On arrival in Morocco we will explore the souks and streets of Agadir, the capital of Agadir-Ida-Ou Tanane province, on Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast. We will enjoy the wide crescent beach, seaside promenade lined with cafes and bars, and visit the remains of Agadir’s hilltop Kasbah.
Then it’s a turnaround and blast back downwind to Santa Cruz, the capital of Tenerife.  Tenerife is the most populous of the Canary Islands and boasts the massive peak of Teide, towering 3,718 m above sea level, the third largest volcano on the planet.  It’s a perfect end to the trip exploring the cosmopolitan streets of Santa Cruz.

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.

Shannon Frier – Crew

Growing up in St. Mawes a dreamy sailing village on the South Coast of Cornwall, there was hardly a day Shannon wasn’t on, in or under the water. Known by her friends and family as ‘The Mermaid’ she tried her hardest to become one, studying a degree in Marine and Natural History Photography which brought together her aspirations and interests: training as a professional scuba diver and developing her ability to communicate science in a way that engages the public through creative narratives.

Living and studying in Cornwall Shannon doted on her local environment; devoting her time not only its protection but also preservation for future generations. Lead by her passion for conservation she became an ambassador for eXXpeditions and sits on the Clean Cornwall Board in the fight against coastal pollution. After watching marine pollution on her own doorstep getting worse year on year Shannon decided at a very young age to pursue a career that will enable her to turn the tide on marine littler.

Happiest when sailing across the open ocean, Shannon doesn’t think there is anything more magical than being on night watch surrounded by phosphorescence. One of her fondest memories is being on Seadragon off the coast of Guyana watching a school of tuna chasing its prey lit by phosphorescence under a sky full of stars. Shannon loves sharing moments like this with people who have never been to sea because it reconnects them with nature and shows them why they want to protect our oceans.

November 3: Crew join the vessel at 1400 in Marina Lanzarote, Canaries – safety briefings, introductions, move in
November 4: Sail training in AM, Depart for Agadir
November 5: Underway to Agadir
November 6: Arrive Agadir early AM
November 7: in Agadir
November 8: Depart Agadir to Tenerife
November 9: Underway to Tenerife
November 10: Arrive in Santa Cruz.
November 11: Crew Depart at 1000

Contribution Includes:
– 8 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 Lanzarote and Tenerife
– 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, Portugal, and Morrocco. Please look into the specific type of visa you need: