ALMOST SPRING BREAK | PANAMA TO CABO
COMPLETED | Feb 25 – Mar 15 2018
Almost Spring break has now finished
No experience needed, a passion for adventure a must!
We’ll depart Panama and punch out of the doldrums up the west coast of Central America, crossing the dreaded Gulf of Tehuantepec before arriving in Cabo San Lucas. We’re en route to Hawaii for a rendezvous with science, so we’ll be moving fast. The crew will get a chance to gain some serious Ocean miles in the Pacific, and up a coastline that is rich in fish and birds – maybe you’ll even get to catch a tuna!
This trip can count as a qualifying RYA Ocean Yachtmaster passage – contact us to discuss!.
- Discounted Cost: $1600, was $3200
- Date: Feb 25rd – March 15th, 2018
- Depart: La Playita Marina, Panama City, Panama
- Arrive: IGY Marina Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Length: 19 days, 18 nights
- Focus: Adventure Sailing | Upwind and downwind 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.
IONA TAYLOR – DECKHAND
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.
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.
ALLY NOBLES – GUEST CREW
With previous experience on Sea Dragon, (Writing at Sea 2015) and our Adventure Sail from St Lucia to Key West in 2017. We welcome back this avid sailing enthusiast for this trip down the canal.
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.
ANDY McLEAN – GUEST CREW
Having joined us on Sea Dragon during our trip from Maderia to Lanzarote, October last year; on which he wrote an amazing piece on his experience (see here). We are delighted to welcome back Andy, as he joins us for our Adventure Sails from Panama to Hawaii.
An experienced sailor, holding his skippers qualifications, and having found himself with some unexpected time on his hands and a thirst for adventure, Andy picked up the phone, gave us a call and 24hrs later was booked aboard Sea Dragon for almost 40 days of sailing.
February 25:: Crew join the vessel at 1600 in Panama City, Panama – safety briefings, introductions, move in and Dinner
February 26: Clear Customs, depart for Cabo San Lucas
February 27 – March 13: Underway to Cabo San Lucas
March 14: Guests can depart from Vessel from 0900
– 18 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 Panama and Cabo
– 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 the Panama and Mexico. Please look into the specific type of visa you need: www.travel.state.gov/visa.