Sailing skills and Whale watching | Plymouth to 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 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
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.
Gavin Reid – Deckhand
Gavin, born in the UK, has lived all over the world including locations such as Kuwait, Belgium and USA. It was this early experience of travel that inspired him to explore the world including some projects in Tanzania and India. Having initially decided on a career in International Development he ended up working behind a desk in London for 2 years.
To reignite his passion for traveling, Gavin signed up for the 2015/16 Clipper Round the World Yacht race, seeing it as an opportunity to learn a new skillset as well as a different angle to view the world.
After successfully completing the 11 month, 47,000 mile circumnavigation he was inspired to continue sailing and has since completed his RYA Day Skipper qualification. Becoming a deckhand with Pangaea Exploration is the next step as Gavin looks to develop his sailing experience to convert it into a career in sailing.
Kat Law – Crew
KAT began sailing as a small child as crew for her father in dingys and this slowly progressed to family holidays on chartered yachts. She got her first taste of ocean adventures in 2008 on board a tall ship through the Tall Ships Youth Trust, which ignited a great sense of adventure and a desire to further explore the oceans. This inspired her to take on her greatest challenge to date – the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2015/16.
Following this global circumnavigation, Kat furthered her skill set by gaining her Day Skipper qualification alongside her current job in academic publishing.
Having recently joined our eXXpedition Round Britain as core crew, Kat took the next step towards a career in sailing and leaving the desk behind forever. Her interest in finding out more about the impact of plastics in our environment, and learning from the amazing, intelligent ladies onboard Sea Dragon for this journey made for a truly pioneering journey for Kat
Shannon Frier – Crew
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 litter.
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.
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 – October 2 Underway to Madeira
October 3: Arrive in Madeira, clear immigration
October 4: Crew can depart by 1000
– 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.