Sail Training & Kiel Canal | Sweden to UK

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$1,690 / £990
Aug 29 – Sep 08, 2014

Depart: Stockholm, Sweden
Arrive: Falmouth, UK
Length: 11 days
Focus: Sailing and Exploration




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Join Sea Dragon on this end of summer sail across the Baltic and down the English Channel. Crew will learn the ins and outs of inshore and coastal passage making and navigation with hands-on experience in these crowded waters. Along the way we’ll stop in Kiel, Germany, Germany’s main naval base and home to the Baltic Fleet. Kiel is the capital of the state of Schleswig-Holstein and also boasts one of Northern Europe’s leading handball teams! We’ll motor across the Jutland Peninsula through the Kiel canal, the most heavily trafficked artificial seaway in the world, before bursting out to cross the North Sea and then head down the English Channel for the sail to England! Guest Crew will get the chance to earn their IYT International Crew Certificate, with potential for IYT VHF Radio Operator as well.


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Tom Boyce

Background & Expertise
Tom has a USCG 50 Ton Masters license and currently sails his own boat, a Beneteau 473 (Traveller), on the Great Lakes. He has also cruised extensively in the Caribbean, Aegean and Adriatic Seas. He is Past Commodore of both the Lake Shore Sail Club (LSSC), and the Detroit Catalina Association (DCA). He has raced in several Port Huron – Mackinac races, and the Catalina 27 one design national regattas in Annapolis, Chicago, Detroit, and San Diego.Tom is a member of the Detroit Yacht Racing Association (DRYA) and the Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC).

Expedition Goals

Through Pangaea Explorations, I hope to advance my efforts in protecting the marine environment. I was raised on the Chesapeake Bay and have long supported the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in its efforts to “save the bay”. I have sailed the Great Lakes now for over 40 years and have been able to witness firsthand how a concerted effort of people can work together to restore our “lakes” to their greatness. My goal is to assist Eric & Shanley in any way that I can aboard Sea Dragon during the voyage from Stockholm to Falmouth UK.


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James Talay

Background & Expertise
James is in the Class of 2015 at Capistrano Valley High in Southern California where he has played water polo and swam for 3 years. His appreciation of all things oceanic started early with boating experience gained on his family’s sailboat along with several years sailing with the local Sea Scout Mariner Ship. The latter includes vessels ranging from sabots and lasers all the way up to the tall ship The Spirit of Dana Point, which is affiliated with the teaching facility, Ocean Institute. He spends several weeks a year at sea.

James believes in keeping his Sea Scout Ship involved with local volunteer activities as Director of that group’s Community Outreach Program, where he coordinates monthly outreach events ranging from assisting in homeless shelters to participating in beach clean-ups.

Expedition Goals

James expects to attend either the State of New York or the California State Maritime Academy and will pursue a degree in Marine Transportation or Naval Architecture. After college, he hopes to enter the maritime industry.

On this expedition, James hopes to gain skills which will help him in college and beyond.


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Laura Kennington

Background & Expertise
Laura’s love of the ocean developed at a young age by growing up in a family of scuba divers. With a watersports centre on her doorstep, weekends were spent windsurfing, kayaking and generally immersed in water. As well as being a qualified Personal Trainer, she now pursues endurance adventures. Laura is currently studying to get her Day Skipper and Yachtmaster theory qualifications, with the aim of completing some self-sufficient water expeditions in the future.

Expedition Goals

This will be Laura’s first sailing trip and she’s looking forward to a steep learning curve! She’s delighted to be joining a company that does such great work for marine conservation, as this is an issue she cares deeply about.


Eric Loss – Skipper

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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.

Shanley Mcentee – First Mate

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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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August 29: Crew Arrive on board by 10:00, move in, and receive a safety briefing. After learning the basics, Sea Dragon will depart  to sail down the Baltic to Kiel, Germany.
August 30-31: Underway in the Baltic to Kiel, continuing to learn about inshore navigation and the IYT syllabus.
September 1: Arrive in Kiel Germany, and spend the evening exploring this Baltic metropolis.
September 2: Up Early to transit the Kiel Canal, enter the North Sea.
September 3-7: Underway to UK.
September 8: Arrive UK, crew will be able to depart by 17:00.

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Crew will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to Sweden, Germany, and the United Kingdom. For specific visa information, contact the Swedish Migrations Board, the German Bundesamt fur Migration or the UK Home Office.

Contribution Includes:

– 10 nights accommodation 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 Stockholm and from Falmouth
-Transportation to and from the dock
– Personal expenses while at port


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Please see our Temperate kit list.