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September 17 – 25 2017
Depart: La Coruna
Length: 9 days, 8 nights
Focus: Adventure Sailing, Whale and Dolphin Watching
Join us in La Coruna, a Galician city with roots dating back to the Romans. It’s home to the Tower of Hercules, the oldest Roman lighthouse still in use, and a great spot to get a spectacular view of the peninsula and the bay. After meeting the other crew and learning about the boat, we’ll go out for a training sail, and, depending on weather, we’ll aim to stop into one of the beautiful Spanish Rias Baixas, perhaps to Vigo or Pontevedra? These beautiful river valleys provide spectacular protected anchorages on an otherwise unforgiving coastline. We’ll then head offshore, running down the coast of the Iberian Peninsula, a coastline inundated with huge pods of dolphins and whales. Last time we sailed this route, we had whales or dolphins follow the boat for hours every day for sunset, and even had a baby fin whale follow us for an hour, surfing down the waves alongside and rolling over and over, watching us all the while. We’ll end this trip at the mountainous island of Madeira, famous for it’s wine, toboggan rides, and beautiful location.
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.
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September 17: Crew joins the vessel at 1400 in La Coruna, Spain – safety briefings, introductions, move in
September 18: Depart for Sea, Sail to Ria de Vigo/Pontevedra
September 19: Explore Ria de Vigo/Pontevedra, Depart for Madeira
September 20: Underway to Madeira
September 21: Underway to Madeira
September 22: Underway to Madeira
September 23: Underway to Madeira
September 24: Arrive Madeira
September 25: Crew (if departing) Depart from the vessel by 1000
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– 8 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 La Coruna and 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 Spain and Portugal. Please look into the specific type of visa you need: www.travel.state.gov/visa.