Nov 15th – Dec 8th 2017 | COMPLETE;
Join us on Sea Dragon and sail in the Atlantic Odyssey rally – we’ll enjoy the festivities, go out for some practice, and meet the other crews before we depart, then set sail across the Atlantic for a once in a lifetime ocean crossing opportunity. In Barbados, you’ll be able to explore this spectacular island as well as participate in the excitement and parties of all the other rally boats arriving.
- Cost: $3,900
- Dates: November 15 – December 8, 2017
- Depart: Marina Santa Cruz, Tenerife
- Arrive: Careenage Harbour, Bridgetown, Barbados
- Length: 24 days, 23 nights
- Focus: Adventure Sailing | Racing | YM Ocean qualifier
*This trip is a YM Ocean qualifying passage. Please contact us for details if you are interested in joining us to meet the requirements for your Ocean Yachtmaster.
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.
THOMAS ‘OWEN’ McMAHON – DECKHAND
Having started sailing with the family at the tender age of seven, Tom found a passion for being on the open water, it didn’t matter the vessel, yacht, dingy, bathtub, it was all the same, as long as it could sail. Realizing a life on land would never make him truly happy and saying adieu to life working in coffee shops and pubs, he embarked on his professional sailing career, working as crew on yachts whilst gaining his Yachtmaster offshore and his I.Y.T (international yacht training) instructor. By 2010 Tom found himself fully qualified and living the life, aboard superyachts on the French Riviera, looking after both yachts and their owners. Whilst this was indeed an amazing experience, he hankered after something more, showing people the joys of sailing, creating new sailors and the satisfaction of seeing people realize the lure of the open water.
So now when not on Sea Dragon, Tom can be found teaching people to sail, imparting the joy direct engagement of the sea brings and all sailing has to offer. You will find Tom helping his new sailors to immerse themselves in all things sailing and in building an attachment with their surrounding environment, an interdependence that can only be found on the ocean.
ANNA STRANG – GUEST CREW
Sailing started for Anna due to her Grandfather, a sailor himself he taught Anna how to sail at an early age. By the tender age of six, Anna and her cousin were competitively racing Cadets out of Parkstone Yacht Club most weekends.
Enthusiastic and passionate for any time on the water, Anna, sailed all through her childhood and went on to make ‘messing around on boats’ a full time career. She currently teaches a range of ages and abilities in practical and theory lessons from powerboats to yachting. This year Anna has worked for Oceans of Hope as relief skipper and Instructor during the annual ‘Oceans of Hope Challenge’ in Croatia, in which 72 novice sailors all suffering from MS chartered 10 boats and independently sailed in Croatia. With a strong belief that sailing is for everyone, Anna continues to work with the team at Oceans of Hope to raise awareness and encourage people to try sailing. Having just taken a team of 10 MS sufferers out to Barcelona Watersports to do 2 weeks of training with the aims that they gain RYA Qualifications and can skipper for next years events. This cruise has been nominated for ‘Sailing Todays Best Cruise 2017’
Anna joins Sea Dragon to gain offshore miles, practise skills, techniques and gain experience on a larger vessel, and experience a different side of the sailing industry.
SUSANNE TORNBERG – GUEST CREW
A self confessed novice sailor, Susanne joins Sea Dragon to run this rally because she is curious about sailing and intrested in enviromental issues plaguing our oceans. She is hoping to develope her boathandling and navigation skills, learn as much as possible about the issues facing our oceans and sea so that she can make it her mission to bridge the gap between people, who know very little about the problems facing our waters and those who are passionate and well informed around issues concerning ocean health, sustainability, and ocean research.
SIMON ARTHUR – GUEST CREW
An experienced sailor, Simon joins Sea Dragon to help crew her in the Odyssey Rally to further his sailing skills
MIKE SMITH – GUEST CREW
A professional geneticist and self confessed novice sailor, Mike joins Sea Dragon as part of her crew in an attempt to further his experience and sailing skills. During his passage with us, Mike hopes to learn and experience first hand the issues facing our oceans and marine conservation and meet like-minded people with similar passions.
November 15: Crew arrive in Tenerife at 1400, briefings, intros, move in
November 16: Sail Training Day
November 17: Provision, shore day
November 18: Caribbean Odyssey start, depart for the Caribbean
November 19 – Dec 4/5: Underway to Barbados
December 6/7: – Explore Barbados, lay days in case of light wind
December 8: – Crew depart the vessel
– 23 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 Tenerife and Barbados
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
Kit: Tropical & Temperate
All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from Tenerife and Barbados. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea: www.travel.state.gov/visa.