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Depart: St Lucia
Arrive: Key West
Length: 13 days, 12 nights
Focus: Adventure Sailing
Join the crew of Sea Dragon for a quick and dirty upwind delivery – we’ll leave St. Lucia and sail hard upwind for a few days to get to Key West – good way to build some offshore experience or gain some mileage and night hours on our Challenge 72′.
Loes Hendricks – Skipper
With an early passion for sailing and a lifelong ambition to work at sea, Loes has made yachting her full time profession since 2011. Having gained considerable experience over the past few years, she has accumulated more than 40.000 nautical miles of experience as crew and Captain of various sailing yachts between 50-80ft and over the last seven years has crossed the Atlantic 5 times. Migratory, Loes tends to winter in the Caribbean and finds herself drawn to summer in the Mediterranean.
In her spare time, Loes enjoys yoga, meditation, singing, snorkeling and hiking (not all at the same time). Preferring to spend her time outdoors and connect with nature. Loes enjoys time in the Himalayas, when not on the ocean.
Aurelie Cebe – First Mate
Aurelie’s initial education was in the hotel and catering industry. Here she worked for over 10 years in the luxury hospitality market.
Then, she had the chance to get in the private jet coordination area, which woke up my enthusiasm for traveling. It was a short hop from jets to boats as she decided to step into sailing.
Having thoroughly thrown herself into learning how to handle boats she certified as a commercially endorsed Offshore Yachtmaster, very quickly. She has sailed 4 Atlantic crossings (both ways), participated in both races and cruising around the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Atlantic, helped with boat deliveries, owner trips, boat charters and guests. Aurelie has gained not only Racing, modern and classic boat experience, whilst embracing her sailing career, she has also covered over 21’300NM
Aurelie’s onshore life, sees her combining her passion for sailing with her passion for wine, working in the wine business, when not out on the waters.
Cath Hough – Deckhand
Cath is a passionate, energetic, knowledgeable and skilled sailor with over ten years’ experience working in the Marine industry. Growing up on the Isle of Wight, England, UK; she was immersed into a sailing culture from an early age and has thoroughly embraced and enjoyed a life on and around the sea!
Over the years her passion for Watersports has grown and Cath has worked around the world, including Europe, Dubai, and China. She has recently moved back to the UK to run sailing camps for children.
Outside of work, Cath is a keen racer, and also enjoys Yacht cruising, photography, and media. Having always had an interest in the Marine Environment and never had the chance to explore it deeper, She joins Sea Dragon to gain a better understanding of marine research, improve her offshore sailing and gain further skills in navigation and handling a larger sailing vessel.
Ally Nobles – Guest Crew
With previous experience on Sea Dragon, (Writing at Sea 2015) We welcome back this avid sailing enthusiast for this trip to Key West.
A native New Orleanian, Ally Nobles has extensive experience sailing the gulf coast, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, American and British Virgin Islands, Grenada and the Grenadines. She is a certified NAUI Open Water Scuba Diver who has explored the ocean reefs of Bora Bora, Bequia, SVG, Tortola, BVI, Costa Rica and Florida.
Her passion for sailing is matched by her love of music, travel, photography, and poetry. An accomplished jazz pianist and vocalist, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory in 2013 and recently completed her thesis for a Master’s of Fine Arts in Poetry. Ally is happiest when she is sailing, reading, and exploring new lands.
Will Cutler – Guest Crew
Mario Costa Sousa – Guest Crew
An Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Calgary (CA) Mario joins Sea Dragon and brings with him over thirty four years worth of sailing experience.
Having found his ‘sea legs’ at an early age, Mario has enjoyed the over the years, the thrill of racing and rallies, the pleasure of yacht cruising, and the responsibility of boat deliveries. He has clocked up an impressive 3576nm in deliveries and cruising alone with a further 1168nm during his years participating in racing.
Outside of work, Mario still fully immerses into the sailing culture and feeds his passion for adventure and exploration by continuing to working yacht cruises, deliveries and the odd race. To date he has covered most of the sailing regions, including sailing in European waters, North and South America waters, and the Caribbean.
He joins this trip to keep his offshore sailing skills updated, to be part of a working boat team and meet like minded people who share his passion for sailing and the ocean.
David Cockrell – Guest Crew
David Cockrell is a climate activist and retired college administrator, urban planner, and professor. He holds a Ph.D. in Conservation Social Science from the University of Idaho and taught for many years in environmental studies and outdoor education. Currently, he is active in Sierra Club renewable energy and climate change campaigns and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Palmer Land Trust.
David transitioned from mountaineering and kayaking into sailing a few years ago and now rabidly sails a 1980 Balboa 27 on his home lake of Lake Pueblo, Colorado, USA. He joins us for the St. Lucia – Key West trip to experience Sea Dragon, get to know Pangaea staff and crew, and further explore the Caribbean in anticipation of future trips.
Denver Braughler – Guest Crew
Having learned to sail about ten years ago, Denver has some experience with boating and sailing in inland waters on small watercraft. Along with his enthusiasm for sailing, Denver has a flying hobby and holds a single engine private pilot license.
His professional career is computer programming, but he also volunteers as a teaching assistant at an elementary school in Virginia. After this expedition, he is going to Ukraine for his third consecutive summer assisting orphans and disadvantaged children with outings, activities, camping, and English.
Denver joins us on Sea Dragon to extend his sailing knowledge and plans to use these skills in the future to enrich the lives of children he helps.
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April 19: Crew picked up from Dinghy Dock at IGY Rodney Bay at 1400,
Afternoon, Safety briefings, introductions and boat familiarizations and trip preparations.
April 20: In port day/sail training in St. Lucia depending on weather, or Depart for Key West
April 21/22-29: Underway to Key West
April 30: Arrive Key West
May 1: Clear Customs
May 2: Crew can depart the vessel by 0900
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– 12 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 Key West or the Azores
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
Kit: Tropical Kit List with some warmer clothes.
All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from St Lucia and Key West, by sea. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea: www.travel.state.gov/visa.