Feb 9th – Feb 17th 2018 | $2190
Join us as we sail for Panama enroute to the Pacific
No experience needed, a passion for adventure a must!
Join the crew of Sea Dragon for a ripping fast downwind sail to Panama. We’ll have days and nights of fast Tradewind surfing, and big seas before arriving at the Atlantic terminus of the Panama Canal, Colon. You’ll learn basics of sail trim, safe downwind sail handling in strong wind, and helming techniques in waves, as well as basics of navigation and seamanship.
This trip can count as a qualifying RYA Ocean Yachtmaster passage – contact us to discuss!.
- Cost: $2190 (no canal transit)
- Date: February 9 – 17, 2018
- Depart: Prickly Bay, Grenada
- Arrive: Colon, Panama
- Length: 11 days, 10 nights
- Focus: Adventure Sailing | Sailing skills | Science,
- Early Bird: $1971 (no canal transit) | for 1st 4 places
- Early Bird Discount Code: GWW2918 NOT including the Panama Canal Transit
If you’re interested, you can stay aboard and transit the Panama Canal, one of the wonders of the modern world, the combined cost of doing so:
- Cost: $2691 (including canal transit)
- Early Bird: $2421 (including canal transit) | for 1st 4 places
- Early Bird Discount Code: GWWT2918 including the Panama Canal Transit
ERIC LOSS & SHANLEY MCENTEE – SKIPPER & FIRST MATE
Eric Loss and Shanley McEntee have been with Pangaea Exploration since 2012. They have extensive experience working with scientific and non-profit research groups and enjoy running educational adventures for school groups. Eric and Shanley have taken Sea Dragon through the Panama Canal, up the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago, and to the Baltic, the Caribbean, and West Africa.
Shanley, born in 1987, grew up surfing and swimming in the Pacific in Del Mar, California. Throughout her youth, she worked with the Surfrider Foundation to protect California’s coastlines. She has a BA in Environmental Policy and Marine Science from Western Washington University. Her love and curiosity for the sea also extends underwater, where she is a PADI Rescue Diver.
After college she learned to sail, combining her passion for science, the environment, and the sea by spending several months aboard Sea|Mester’s schooners Ocean Star and Argo. Soon after she earned her Ocean Yachtmaster license. Shanley is the medical officer onboard Sea Dragon while on expedition and, alongside Eric, runs and maintains her both on and off program.
Eric, born in 1985, grew up in Laguna Beach, California. During his youth, he sailed dinghies, raced CFJ’s, Larks, and C420’s, and taught sailing to children in Dana Point, California. As a member of the Sea Scouts, Eric gained experience sailing and repairing cruising sailboats, 80’ to 130’ schooners, ketches, and brigs, locally and on several ocean crossings. He also earned the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.
After graduating from Bowdoin College, Eric became a PADI Divemaster while working for ActionQuest and Sea|Mester, developing his teaching skills as he progressed from running summer programs on 50’ yachts to skippering an 88’ and 113’ throughout the Eastern Caribbean and across the Atlantic. In 2011, Eric took a break from professional sailing to buy and refit Odyssey, an Islander 36, to attempt a non-stop solo circumnavigation. Eight months later, he returned to Los Angeles, having sailed past the Great Capes of the Southern Oceans and back up the Pacific to his home port.
When not aboard Sea Dragon, Eric and Shanley have sailed throughout the Caribbean, across the Atlantic, and to the Arctic Circle aboard their own Pouvreau 42 Cutter, Fleur Australe.
JENNIFER PATE – MISSION LEADER
Jen is a seasoned sailor with Pangaea, and joins us aboard Sea Dragon as Mission Leader for this leg.
When not working for Panexplore, she runs a community interest film company and leads/participates in expeditions as well as social and environmental responsibility projects. Living in Canada she also runs a sustainable outdoor recreation park called Windmill Lake.
She has been a filmmaker, Mission Coordinator and Mission Leader on a series of international sailing voyages raising awareness of plastic in marine and freshwater environments. She works to promote social and environmental change through her newest initiative Love Your Greats.
February 9:: Crew join Sea Dragon in Prickly Bay, Grenada, at 1600 – swimming, dinner, safety briefings, intros, move in
February 10: Depart for Panama
February 11-15: Underway to Panama
February 16: Arrive Shelter Bay, Panama, clear customs, and Immigration, maybe go for a swim in the pool?
February 17: Crew can depart by 0900
– 10 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 Grenada and Panama
– 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 Grenada and Panama. Please look into the specific type of visa you need: www.travel.state.gov/visa.