Early Bird Pricing on some 2019 Trips!
This year we’re running a fast paced loop around the Pacific. We’ll sail from San Diego to Ensenada and Guadalupe Island before sailing the transpac route to Oahu. From there we’ll loop south, almost to the equator, visiting Palmyra, Fanning, and Kiritimati before returning to Oahu. Then back through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the North Pacific Gyre, to Victoria, Seattle, and Vancouver. From Vancouver, it’ll be back down the coast to San Francisco to end the 2019 season. This season we’re offering three voyages with science focus. Dr. Mary Looney will be aboard providing educational content on Pacific Voyager and Pacific Explorer, and on our trip through the North Pacific Gyre we will be collecting micro-plastic samples with our onboard manta trawl. Our remaining voyages are focused on sailing, learning, and exploration – although, as always, our ecological mindset will be incorporated into all our trips.
Eric and Shanley have more than 185,000 nautical miles at sea between them from the Arctic to the Southern Ocean, and have sailed Sea Dragon throughout the Atlantic and Pacific for the last six years. They are enthusiastic teachers, extremely safety focused, and have a strong track record of providing a great experience to their guest crew. Both Eric and Shanley are medically trained; working with an on-shore team of doctors to take care of any medical emergencies efficiently and effectively.
Sea Dragon is an extremely tough 72ft steel yacht that has circumnavigated the world twice – going upwind – or in sailing terms “the wrong direction”. She is designed to keep amateur crew safe in the roughest of conditions for months at a time, and is a great platform to learn on. While no boat is truly comfortable going upwind, Sea Dragon was built for it, and is the most comfortable boat going to windward in a gale that we’ve ever been aboard.
Sea Dragon is a working expedition vessel and we aim to enable everyone on board to fully participate in all aspects of our voyages – from helming to sail changes, swimming to socializing, cooking and cleaning. We provide a hands-on and immersive environment for learning, adventure and connecting with your fellow voyagers. Our cuisine is delicious and hearty vegetarian food, and we’re excited to share recipes with you. When we’re at sea, we eat lunch and dinner as a group, this means we can all connect, sharing stories and plans for the day. Breakfast is an individual affair, powered by freshly ground coffee or loose leaf tea. Each crew member gets their own bunk (they may be simple but are extremely comfortable) and storage cubby in a shared cabin. While we’re at sea, we expect everyone to stand watch for 4 hours out of every 12, then have 8 hours of free time to sleep, read, chat, or just watch the ocean. On anchor or in port things are a bit different depending on where we are but we can always guarantee some adventure – whether we provide opportunities to snorkel, hike, or explore ashore around scheduled meals.