Dec 16th – Dec 22nd 2017 | COMPLETE
Join the crew of Sea Dragon for a leisurely cruise down the windward islands from Barbados to Trinidad. On this trip there’s no overnight sailing, only beautiful fast daysails in the trade winds past jungle-covered mountains and spectacular reefs. We’ll visit Bequia, a top contender for almost everyone’s favorite Caribbean island, even if we’ve never met anyone who can quite pin their finger on why. Then it’s on to the Tobago Cays, a little slice of paradise – beautiful crystal clear waters, a thousand shades of blue, and herds of friendly sea turtles more than happy to share the water with you. Then we’ll head back towards “Civilization,” stopping for the afternoon in Union Island, home to about 3,000 residents and Jenny’s famous hot sauce, home-made and ripping hot. Then it’ll be an overnight sail down the windward side of Grenada to Chaugaramas, Trinidad – home to the best food you will ever eat – Doubles! This is our favorite breakfast food in the whole world and they’re dirt cheap – it’s too bad you can only get them for breakfast. Mmmmmm…..
- Cost: $1750
- Dates: December 16 – 22 2017
- Depart: Careenage Harbour, Bridgetown, Barbados
- Arrive: Chaugaramas, Trinidad
- Length: 7 days, 6 nights
- Focus: Adventure Sailing | Exploring
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.
December 16: Crew arrive at 1400, briefings, intros, move in
December 17: Sail to Bequia
December 18: In Bequia
December 19: Sail to Tobago Cays, enjoy Tobago Cays
December 20: Morning swim with the turtles, sail to Union, visit markets, clear customs, depart in the evening for Trinidad.
December 21: Arrive in Chaugaramas, Trinidad, clear customs, listen to Christmas Music
December 22: Eat Doubles for breakfast!!!! Crew depart (after doubles) at 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 Barbados and Trinidad
– 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 Barbados and Trinidad. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea: www.travel.state.gov/visa.