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Sailing skills and Whale watching | Plymouth to Madeira

Sept 23 – Oct 4, 2017

Depart: Plymouth
Arrive: Madeira
Length: 12 days, 11 nights
Focus: Adventure Sailing, Sailing skills, Marine life


Join Sea Dragon, as we sail from Plymouth to Madeira. Before leaving Plymouth we will prepare you for the journey ahead, then it’s across the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel, past Ile d’Oussant and across the Bay of Biscay, notorious for some of Europe’s most fearful weather, though at this time of year we should be fine, and if not, you’ll be ready.

As we make the run to Madeira, we will catch a glimpse of the oldest Roman lighthouse still in use as we tack down the coast of the Iberian Peninsula, a coastline inundated with huge pods of Whales and dolphins. As we encounter these beautiful and majestic creatures on route we hope to document our sightings of these magnificent mammals, so we might share our findings with sailandwhale.com a pilot project collecting long-term, useful cetacean migration data.

To top off what promises to be an awe inspiring journey of wild seas and marine life, we will arrive at the mountainous island of Madeira, where you can sample its famous wine, ride its infamous toboggan ride, and enjoy its beautiful location. Here in Madeira, we will bid you a fond farewell armed with some amazing memories, new sailing skills, experiences, and friends.

You will experience every aspect of life at sea as we navigate the Atlantic, learning, honing seamanship, sailing, and passage making skills.

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.

September 23: Crew joins the vessel at 1400 in Plymouth, England – safety briefings, introductions, move in

September 24: Sail training and practicing heavy weather tactics, possibly depart for Madeira (weather dependant)

September 25: Depart for Madeira, underway

September 16 РOctober 2 Underway to Madeira

October 3: Arrive in Madeira, clear immigration

October 4: Crew can depart by 1000


Contribution Includes:
– 11 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 Plymouth or Madeira
– 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 the UK and Spain. Please look into the specific type of visa you need: www.travel.state.gov/visa.