Q+M Travels | Vancouver – San Francisco
August 25 – September 4 | $3250 | Berths Available
We’re excited to be operating this trip with Mitch & Quincy of Q+M Travels. This voyage is going to be a nice split between coastal and offshore sailing. We’ll spend the first few days exploring Canada’s Gulf Islands and the Olympic Peninsula, then once everyone is comfortable aboard and ready to rock we’ll head offshore for a fast passage down the coast to San Francisco. Mitch & Quincy sail their Kelly Peterson 46, Esprit, in the Bay Area, where they provide fun, educational, and highly delicious adventures for their guests.
If you’re interested in this voyage, please visit the trip page at Q+M Travels!
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.
Born in the mountains of Utah comes a master of water in all forms. Mitchell spent his winters developing his craft as a skier and his summers sailing small boats on the lakes of Utah and costal Southern California. After a couple semesters of college, he needed a change in scenery. A semester sailing in the Caribbean aboard the school ship Ocean Star (Road Town BVI) sounded like a good change. This was a life shifting opportunity that led to a lifetime of sail training. After Ocean Star, Mitchell went to work teaching teenagers aboard 50′ sloops, still returning home to ski and finish college whenever possible. He is now teaching at OCSC Sailing in San Francisco Bay and holds a USCG captains license, numerous US Sailing Association Instructor certifications, and Quincey and he have completed their ISAF Sea Survival course.
He really enjoys teaching the art of sailing and does so through a calm and welcoming atmosphere. Sailing with Mitch is always a good time, he’s light hearted, good humored, and a little old fashioned. Everyone learns something about sailing when aboard with him.
A born traveler, Quincey spent her childhood in between Asia and the United States. She was born in Hong Kong to American expat parents, and was lucky enough to visit many Asian countries from a young age. True to her Pisces nature, she is absolutely at home around water. She loves to swim, snorkel, wake-board, just float, and scuba dive (she holds a PADI Rescue Diver certification). She caught the sailing-bug after meeting Mitchell in Utah (one of their first dates was sailing the Great Salt Lake aboard his Benetau First 235, Gitana). Her sailing experience includes working for the adventure company ActionQuest in the British Virgin Islands as Mate and EMT. In 2017, she and Mitchell led a flotilla of nine boats in the Leeward Caribbean Islands through the company OCSC Sailing, where she gained more experience with provisioning and cooking underway!
Her deep passion, education, and career background is in Holistic Nutrition. She LOVES talking about food, and even more so, loves feeing people great food! Her creativity really shines in the galley, using quality ingredients to craft delicious bites and meals meant to share. She is able to create meals around any and all dietary restrictions and preferences. She is excited to share her passion of sailing, adventure, and eating with all who come aboard!