LUAU EXPRESS | CABO San Lucas TO HAWAII
Completed | Mar 18 – Apr 6 2018
This Classic Pacific Tradewinds Sailing Adventure has now set sail.
No experience needed, a passion for adventure a must!
Join Sea Dragon’s expert team for a beautiful trans-pacific trip – sailing under the stars, surfing down waves, and warm, friendly waters as we sail to Hawaii.
Sea Dragon is designed to thrive in these waters! Specifically set up for volunteer crew with both experienced and limited sailing experience, she can safely handle any number of sailing conditions the Pacific might throw at her. With a crew capacity of 14 and a cruising speed of 12 knots, she is a comfortable and exciting ocean-going yacht.
Experienced Ocean Skipper Eric Loss will be leading the crew of Sea Dragon for some fast, fun adventure sailing. Whether you are a first-timer wanting to see what it’s all about, or a seasoned pro wanting to feel some adrenalin… This is the leg for you! Come and embrace this offshore experience
An excellent opportunity to practice your sailing skills, on this incredible leg from Mexico to Hawaii, learn or hone celestial navigation, build your sea miles, experience an ocean crossing, and enjoy the best Sea Dragon and sailing has to offer.
This trip can count as a qualifying RYA Ocean Yachtmaster passage – contact us to discuss!.
- Discounted Cost: US$2000, was US$3450
- Date: Mar 18th – Apr 6th, 2018, 2018
- Depart: IGY Marina Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Arrive: Kewalo Basin, Ohau, Hawaii
- Length: 20 days, 19 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.
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.
SHANNON FRIER – DECKHAND
Growing up in St. Mawes a dreamy sailing village on the South Coast of Cornwall, there was hardly a day Shannon wasn’t on, in or under the water. Known by her friends and family as ‘The Mermaid’ she tried her hardest to become one, studying a degree in Marine and Natural History Photography which brought together her aspirations and interests: training as a professional scuba diver and developing her ability to communicate science in a way that engages the public through creative narratives.
Living and studying in Cornwall Shannon doted on her local environment; devoting her time not only its protection but also preservation for future generations. Lead by her passion for conservation she became an ambassador for eXXpedition and sits on the Clean Cornwall Board in the fight against coastal pollution. After watching marine pollution on her own doorstep getting worse year on year Shannon decided at a very young age to pursue a career that will enable her to turn the tide on marine litter.
Happiest when sailing across the open ocean, Shannon doesn’t think there is anything more magical than being on night watch surrounded by phosphorescence. One of her fondest memories is being on Seadragon off the coast of Guyana watching a school of tuna chasing its prey lit by phosphorescence under a sky full of stars. Shannon loves sharing moments like this with people who have never been to sea because it reconnects them with nature and shows them why they want to protect our oceans.
CHARLIE TRIGGS – DECKHAND
Charlie started sailing on the south east coast of England at the same time as completing his Bachelor’s degree in Biosciences. Realizing that working in a lab didn’t quite fulfill his thirst for adventure, he completed his RYA Day Skipper and started crewing on delivery and cruise yachts in the North Sea, Bay of Biscay and North East Atlantic.
Deciding to combine his love for the natural world along with a passion for sailing, Charlie is working towards a career in Marine Research. After volunteering with ORCA the UK Whale and Dolphin Conservation Charity, Charlie sailed with ‘Song of the Whale’ from the UK to the Falklands. As well as this trip being an incredible offshore sailing experience, he also towed a hydrophone listening to whales and collected micro plastic samples for ongoing research projects.
Charlie joins us as a deckhand on Sea Dragon to gain further experience and hone his offshore sailing skills. He shares the same values as Pangaea Exploration and is excited to show his enthusiasm for sailing and the oceans to everyone who comes onboard.
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.
STEVEN LANSKY – GUEST CREW
We love it when previous guests return, so it is a pleasure to have Steven back aboard Sea Dragon. Having joined us previously on our Dominican Republic to West Palm Beach (Apr 2015), Florida, Guyana to Trinidad and Tobago (Jan 2016), and Camden, Maine to Block Island, Rhode Island (Oct 2016), Steven brings experience of sailing Sea Dragon, life aboard her and how she hands herself in almost all conditions. In addition to his time aboard SD, Steven holds a wealth of sailing experience, he started sailing from the tender age of 5, on Lake Winnipesaukee, certifying before his 14th birthday, for his Power Squadron Auxilary, sailed all through high school, racing thistles on Lakes Acton and Olentangy River, Finns and Interclub Dinghies on the Charles River in Boston, and Lightning on Lake Champlain. After high school Steven’s racing career continued, participating in Intercollegiate Series for The Ohio State University. On top of his early race days, Steven has also sailed in Ontario’s Whalesback Channel on small yachts ranging from 25 ft. Amphibicon to 37 ft. Homebuilt ketch. He enjoys sailing into small unchartered harbours (Gunkhole) and chartering both small and medium sized cruising boats in Monterey Bay, Tampa Bay, San Francisco Bay, Sporades Island, Trinidad and Aegean Sea.
He rejoins Sea Dragon on this adventure across the great Southern Pacific, to enjoy some time away, to rejoin our team, learn what SD can do, take photos, steal moments to sketch and write, observe nature’s marvels, enjoy the sounds of the wind, experience how the current and waves change the way SD dances on the water and absorb the light, pure and unfettered out in the ocean. He is looking forward to brushing up on his seamanship skills, working hard, cooking and caring for Sea Dragon. Welcoming a blue water life for 20 days, Swimming & Sleeping.
March 18:: Crew join the vessel at 1600 in Cabo San Lucas – safety briefings, introductions, move in and Dinner
March 19: Clear Customs,sail training and depart for Hawaii
March 20 – April 4: Underway to Hawaii
April 5: Arrive Ohau, Hawaii. Clear customs and drink Pina Coladas
April 6: Guests can depart from Vessel from 0900
– 19 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 Mexico and Hawaii
– 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 Mexico and the United States. Please be aware that many nationalities able to travel to the US under the ESTA visa waiver program will need a B1/B2 visa to enter the US by sea. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea: www.travel.state.gov/visa.