WEST COAST TOUR | LOS ANGELES
Sept 12th – 17th 2018 | Promotional Tour – COMPLETED
Pangaea Exploration teamed up with AltaSea in LA, as they hosted our stay and enabled us to present and open Sea Dragon up to tours during AltaSea’s Open House on the 15th September 2018
During our stay, the third stop in our promotional tour, as we made our way down the West Coast,the public were able to visit us at AtlaSea for Boat Tours aboard Sea Dragon and presentation by Dr Mary Hayden-Looney. The fourth stop in our promotional tour, as we made our way down the West Coast.
During our stay, we promoted, research charter opportunities, adventure sailing & science expeditions for all. Demonstrated how our expeditions can be tailor-made for Research Institutions, Corporate clientele, Colleges and Universities, Social groups and Charities. We were also able to highlight how easy it is as an individual to get involved in our expeditions, as guest crew. Our Tour was a unique opportunity to learn about Pangaea Exploration, find out how to go sailing, cross an ocean, and be a part of something bigger
Public Boat Tours Dates & Times:
Saturday 15th September 10am
Sea Dragon will be Berthed @ Berth 58: 2456 South Signal Street, San Pedro, 90731.
To sign up for both presentation & Boat Tour RSVP@altasea.org by Sept. 10th, 2018
Please wear flat closed – toe shoes for boat tour.
AltaSea Open House Flyer
Please contact us if you’re interested in participating in our West Coast Tour and would like a presentation about our work, or are interested in chartering Sea Dragon, for research or as a ‘special charter’ in addition to an existing sailing program and would like a private boat tour.
Sea Dragon Departs Los Angeles – 17th Sept 2018.
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 – WEST COAST TOUR PROGRAM LEAD
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 now to contribute her scientific background of environmental toxicology and marine health as well as to further explore her passion for understanding human impacts on the environment and how to develop scientifically-based conservation strategies.
HOLLY SPERRING – WEST COAST TOUR ASSISTANT & EDUCATION PROGRAM DEVELOPER
Born in the South East of England, Holly was raised in the countryside where she developed a strong relationship with wildlife and the environment. Holly has had a life long passion for wildlife conservation, and in her spare time enjoys yoga, kayaking, horse riding and generally being in the great outdoors
Currently working for Premier Marinas in Brighton, Holly joins Pangaea this summer to expand her knowledge of the marine industry and to gain more sailing experience. She brings to the tour a background in Conservation & Marine Biology, and a keen interest to explore every corner of the globe.