Aug 1st – 7th 2018 | Completed
Join us as we explore the Orcas of Puget Sounds on this fast dash between two cities.
No experience needed, a passion for adventure a must!
The team will make this seven-day sail from Seattle to Vancouver.Sailing through breathtaking Puget Sounds, and travel past the San Juan Islands and Bellingham, while our resident crew introduces our guests to this remarkable ecosystem and its wildlife. Transient orcas are sometimes spotted hunting the harbor seals and porpoises that make up their preferred prey. Orca, Minke, Grey and humpback whales may be seen, on our travels. Partake in documenting our sightings of these magnificent creatures, so we might share our findings with sailandwhale.com a pilot project collecting long-term, useful cetacean migration data.
For anyone not able to make it for our longer, remote ocean voyages, this trip is an excellent opportunity to experience life on board first hand. Like crews before, you will see and feel the life at sea. You will have an opportunity to marvel at the magnificent marine mammals that frequent this coastline, we will be sailing through as Harbour seals are ‘pupping’ along the straits of Juan de Fuca and the southern Puget Sound and whale migration is firmly underway.
- Aug 1st – 7th, 2018
- Depart: Seattle, WA, USA
- Arrive: Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Length: 7 days, 6 nights
- Focus: Adventure Sailing | Offshore sail training
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.
ALLY NOBLES – DECKHAND
With previous experience on Sea Dragon, (Writing at Sea 2015) and our Adventure Sails from St Lucia to Key West in 2017 and Panama to Cabo earlier this year. We welcome back this avid sailing enthusiast for this trip up and down the West Coast as deckhand aboard Sea Dragon.
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.
MARY HAYDEN LOONEY – GUEST CREW
Although a Texas native, Mary grew up camping, fishing, hiking, running, and exploring Tennessee where she developed a passion for science, the environment and its conservation. She earned her B.S. in Biology at Middle Tennessee State University where she began researching environmental impacts of coal production in eastern Tennessee. In this research, Mary discovered her true interests of studying and understanding the relationship between humans and their environments and how human actions effect the environment.
Mary found herself in Texas studying environmental toxicology with regards to marine mammals and marine environments. Earning her Ph.D. involved developing methodologies and technologies to assess the toxic effects of common marine contaminants on marine mammal health. These methods employed non-lethal, minimally invasive sample collection from marine mammals and helped to paint a picture of marine mammal health in wild gray whale, beluga whale, and bottlenose dolphin populations. In her spare time, she spends as much time as possible outside and sharing her love for nature.
Mary joins Pangaea to experience life aboard Sea Dragon at ready to start the West Coast Tour as Program Lead
MARIA ANNIKA KUUSISTO – GUEST CREW
First time aboard Sea Dragon, office worker and a diligent litter picker, Annika joins us to experience this expedition from US to Canadian waters. Coming aboard, as a novice sailor to see for herself the extent of the pollution facing our blue waters.Extremely passionate about environmental issues. Annika and her husband and strive to lead a less wasteful lifestyle. Annika joins Sea Dragon’s crew to learn core sailing skills and more about marine environments and the effect plastics have on them. Her personal goal for this expedition is to learn about the marine life in the area and to document the possible abundances of litter (plastics) in the sea and on the land, for my own interest.
JUSSI KUUSISTO – GUEST CREW
Jussi joins Sea Dragon’s crew for this expedition, to fulfil his interest in learning to sail, and the impact of of plastic on the marine environments and animals.
With a masters degree in Physics with Astrophysics, covering general relativity, quantum mechanics, fields and waves, the physics of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe as a whole. Jussi is also been very interested in animals, their behaviour and habitats at an amateur level. Having become acutely aware of environmental issues impacting the environments of, marine animals, as well as the resulting issues these bring to our everyday life on land, his goal for this expedition is to see for himself and learn more about the impact of plastic, and to explore potential solutions in the area of interest.
Aug 1:: Crew Crew join the vessel at 1600 in Seattle – safety briefings, introductions, move in and Dinner
Aug 2:: Clear Customs,sail training and depart for Vancouver
Aug 3 – 5::Underway to Vancouver, adventure sailing,
Coastal training – sail training, sail trimming, navigation, helming, watch systems,
Plastic Pollution issues,Life aboard a Live aboard Sailing vessel, Marine wildlife watching.
Aug 6::Arrive Vancouver, Canada. Clear customs,
Aug 7::Guests can depart from Vessel from 0900
– 6 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 Canada and the USA
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from the USA and Canada. Please note that many nationalities which can enter the USA on the ESTA visa waiver program will need a B1/B2 to enter by sea. For Canada all crew members who do not hold a Canadian or US passport, must apply for an eTA before travel.
Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea: www.travel.state.gov/visa.