Feb 9th – Feb 17th 2018 | Completed

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: Port Louis Marina,St George’s Grenada
  • Arrive: Colon, Panama
  • Length: 11 days, 10 nights
  • Focus: Adventure Sailing | Sailing skills | Science,

If you’re interested, you can still join us to transit the Panama Canal, one of the wonders of the modern world, as a single trip or combine the cost of doing so with Almost Spring break and travel with us from Panama to Cabo



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.


Iona’s love of the water began with competing at club level in a variety of dinghies and racing for Cardiff university at team racing competitions in fireflies.
She spends her free time teaching adults and young children how to dinghy sail. Iona ventured into yachting via the Tall Ships Youth Trust with whom she has been volunteering for for the past 8 years. No stranger to challenge 72’s she joins us this spring to work as deckhand aboard Sea Dragon.
In a professional role Iona works as a junior doctor and is hoping to go into pre-hospital/ expedition medicine via a career as an A&E physician. She is currently taking this year out to enjoy some time sailing and recover from two years as a hospital junior doctor.”
Having just completed the ARC, Iona has discovered a new love for ocean sailing. And is very excited to be crossing the panama canal and the pacific ocean, a passage she has always seen as a life goal for her.
She joins us to practice heavy weather helming in big seas (should it occur) and would like to get to grips with celestial navigation and prepare herself for completing her yachtmaster qualification later this year.



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.





Finnian Moore is a seasoned filmmaker, and has been working in the industry for over 10 years. His most recent work has been directing and producing two seasons of The Ayala Show, a live music programme broadcast on Irish TV. He has also worked shooting music videos, and documentaries all over the world, including in Mexico, Venezuela, Zambia, Switzerland, Canada, and the US. He has filmed videos for the legendary Gilbert O’Sullivan, Grammy Award Winning Horacio Palencia, and Mercury Prize Nominee Sam Lee. Finnian has filmed in many difficult situations, including riots, rainforests, the open ocean, and in studios from London to LA. He now runs his own production company Mind Motion Media with my sister Ayala, and brother-in-law Juan.

Fortunate enough to have travelled far and wide in his lifetime; his many expeditions, a background in Biological science and the desire to get into natural filmmaking rendered Fin fascinated with articulating the human condition, information about dangers facing the environment, and human culture in compelling ways.
Film makers who inspire him the most are Werner Herzog, Peter Weir, Steve McQueen, Alejandro González Iñárritu, David Attenbourough, David Lynch, Paolo Sorrentino, Paul Thomas Anderson… The list could go on.

Fin joins Sea Dragon and his old film buddy Jen to document our passage from Grenada to Panama. He will be recording what we do on Sea Dragon, the issues we currently have in our Oceans and how we demonstrate ecological living on board and promote sustainable behaviours.
Finnian Moore.


A well seasoned sailor, Jeff is at home on the water, in any capacity and holds multiple ASA cerficates. Having chartered cruisers and powerboats in the Caribbean, sailed the islands over many years and sailed around the waters of the US East Coast, he trades in this captains hat and joins us aboard Sea Dragon to gain experience and to crew a bigger boat. Joining us for not one leg, but staying with us from Grenada to Panama, Jeff will experience first hand what Sea Dragon is capable of, why we promote suitable living aboard her, how we can interact with our surroundings with minimal impact, and the impact single use plastics has had on our Oceans.





Lisa joins Sea Dragon after reading the article in Cruising World, about our trip from Maine to Bermuda A lifelong passionate recreational sailor, Lisa owns a 32′ Beneteau Oceanis, and sails the coastal waters off mid-coast Maine in her leisure time. Her sailing resume holds multiple USCG qualifications as a graduate of several off shore sailing schools, sailing her own vessel as well as Crewing on a 70′ Swan from Camden, Maine to Antigua, a Bareboat charter on the southern Turkish coast and being a SSI certified diver. Lisa joins us as she is “always looking for experiences to learn to be a better sailor”, to continue to grow her knowledge and experience,so that she may implement these skills on her own vessel, as safety for her own boat crew is always her first priority.
With prior experience of bigger vessels, Lisa will be comfortable with life aboard and working Sea Dragon, on this downwind passage. She will experience just how this majestic ‘girl’ boogies. With Eric and Shanley leading the charge, Lisa will definitely be taking home some useful tips for crew life aboard her Beneteau.



Randy joins Sea Dragon as seasoned and passionate recreational sailor. Having completed his IYT International Bareboat Skippers & ICC/VHF Radio certifications, he comes aboard to renew and expand his sailing skills.
Vocationally Randy is an Environmental engineer (contaminant/groundwater cleanup) and material testing laboratory supervisor. Having worked in this field for the last decade or two, he finds himself looking at a sabbatical or possible change in direction.
Previously a volunteer trail crew supervisor, wilderness trail worker and now an avid Nordic skier and mountaineer, Randy is used to working with what ever the environment throws at him, not that we are expecting anything on this pleasant passage. So being at the call of the wind and waves will hold no surprises. We look forward to showing Randy life aboard a sustainable vessel, what we do to try and lessen the impact we have on the environment around us, and to see first hand the issues facing our blue waters.



Randy joins Sea Dragon having won the Sperry x Pangaea sweepstake with his daughter Alexis. Due to personal commitments Alexis can no longer join her father for this passage, so he comes aboard to enjoy the experience of living and sailing aboard Sea Dragon for both of them. A keen and avid fisherman, David is happiest when aboard his boat fishing with his buddies. ( so we know who will be tasked with catching supper then 🙂 We look forward to showing David life aboard a sustainable vessel, the joys, bluewater sailing offers, what we do to try and lessen the impact we have on the environment around us, and to see first hand the issues facing our blue waters and the simple measures, we as recreational ocean/sea users can do to help.






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


More Information:

Contribution Includes:
– 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.


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