Holiday Sail | St. Thomas to Fort Lauderdale

Holiday Sail | St. Thomas to Fort Lauderdale

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Dec 26, 2013 – Jan 02, 2014

Depart: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Arrive: Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

Length: 8 days

Focus:Fun, Fast Sailing in the Holiday Season




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Sail across the Caribbean from St. Thomas to Fort Lauderdale.  This is a fast paced passage aboard ex-ocean racer Sea Dragon, and you will be put to the test as we push the boat fast and hard en route to Florida.  Experience the thrill of driving 54 tons of steel at 10 knots through the tropical seas of the central Caribbean!  Crew will learn all they need to know to sail Sea Dragon well – seamanship, sail handling, and navigation.  Ring in the New Year at sea as you rush past the Bahamas in the grip of the gulf stream!

This trip is focused on sailing fast and hard.  Experienced sailors who want to enjoy pushing a fast boat in great conditions in the Caribbean, or novices looking for an exciting and challenging trip are encouraged to join us.


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December 26:   Guest crew will join Sea Dragon in St. Thomas between 3-5 pm. Everyone will have an opportunity to settle into the yacht, and put away their personal belongings. The captain and first mate will give crew a safety and expedition briefing, followed by basic safety training, as well as some brief practice on the use of the sextant.  After an evening meal, the crew will retire and sleep on Sea Dragon for the night.

December 27:  Sea Dragon will clear customs in St. Thomas and depart for Fort Lauderdale.

December 28-31 Underway to Florida

January 1: Arrive into Fort Lauderdale, clear customs

January 2:  All crew can leave the boat by 8am.



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Eric Loss


A native of California, Eric has been on the water since an early age. He has sailed more than 55,000 offshore miles, and has sailed everything from windsurfers to 115′ schooners, and recently he completed a single-handed circumnavigation by way of the great capes. He enjoys teaching all aspects of sailing, from boat handling and dinghy racing to navigation and seamanship. He is always eager to share his knowledge of celestial navigation. Eric has been involved in sail training for most of his life, and is an US Sailing instructor. He holds an IYT Master of Yachts Ocean with commercial endorsement and a USCG 100 ton master’s license. Eric is also an experienced diver and PADI Divemaster.


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Shanley Mcentee

First Mate

Shanley was born and raised in San Diego, CA and graduated with a BA in Environmental Policy and a minor in Environmental Science from Western Washington University. Having grown up by the sea, she holds a deep passion for Mother Ocean and our ever-growing need for protection and awareness of the problems our environment is facing. She enjoys anything having to do with the sea, from surfing to scuba diving to sailing, and loves offshore passages. She is PADI Rescue Diver certified and holds an IYT Master of Yatchs Offshore with commercial endorsement.

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Nicole Besemer

Deckhand and Galley Supervisor

Nicole is a recent graduate from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Marine Science and Biology. She moved down to Miami this summer to get a head start on her career within this field. Growing up in New York and Pennsylvania has given her a relative proximity to the ocean, and she always finds a way to get there when possible. Her Dad would take her on his boat as a baby, and that’s where she developed her passion for everything sea related. Between diving, fishing, going to the beach or the boat, she loves spending time on the water and hopes to pursue a career in marine conservation.

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Mitch Mclean


From growing up in the Pacific Northwest, naturally Mitchell’s passions revolve around the outdoors. He loves sharing his passion as an environmental educator, empowering students to engage critically in the world around them. He believes in community collaboration and urges people to become involved with citizen science initiatives.


Mitchell is a recent graduate from Portland State University with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies. While in school he organized and raced with the PSU Sailing team. He is currently collecting sea time to complete his IYT Captain’s Licensing. Whether it be diving, surfing, or sailing Mitchell is enthralled by everything aquatic.

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  1. Enough clothes for a 7 day voyage (warm weather clothing, plus layers for cold nights)
  2. No hard suitcases or roller bags with frames
  3. Toiletries
  4. Sunscreen and and required medications
  5. Sunglasses and a hat with a brim
  6. Swimwear
  7. Pen and notebook/diary
  8. Camera or video camera (optional)
  9. Snorkeling gear (optional)
  10. Towel
  11. Watch
  12. Set of twin sized sheets for bunk

Everything you bring (with the possible exception of snorkel/dive gear) must fit in a box next to your bunk, dimensions- 50cm x 40cm x 26cm.  Please avoid bringing anything in plastic packaging that will need to be thrown away.

Please note that Sea Dragon is a dry vessel. No alcohol or cigarettes will be permitted on board.


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Contribution Includes:

– 7 nights accomadation on board Sea Dragon

– All meals, snacks and drinks on board

– Sailing instruction

– Safety equipment and foul weather gear


Contribution does not include:

– Transportation to St. Thomas and from Fort Lauderdale

– Transportation to and from the dock

– Personal expenses while at port


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Crew will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to the US Virgin Islands and the United States. There may be specific visa requirements for travelers from countries outside of North America. For specific visa information, contact the US Customs and Border Protection. Non-US citizens will need a B1/B2 visa in order to enter the United States by sea.