San Juan Islands | Seattle – Vancouver
August 22 – August 29 | $2950
Ever wondered what all the fuss about sailing the Pacific Northwest was? Wonder no more! This was our most popular voyage in 2019 for good reason. We’ll set out from sunny Seattle, WA, at the height of the summer season and explore Washington’s San Juan Islands keeping an eye out for humpback and killer whales along the way. We’ll visit historic Port Townsend and might even pop into Canada’s Gulf Islands for a night before we finish in Vancouver, Canada’s west coast metropolis.
- Cost: $2950
- Date: August 22 – August 29, 2020
- Start: Shilshole Marina, Seattle, Washington
- End: Coal Harbor Marina, Vancouver, British Columbia
- Length: 8 days, 7 nights
- Focus: Coastal Cruising | Island Exploration | Marine Mammals
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I highly recommend this trip to anyone considering it. Its a fantastic way to see some beautiful parts of the world and expand your sailing skills in a truly unique way.
– Fran M.
I had always wanted to sail the San Juan Islands and the Pacific Northwest. It was great to join a boat with knowledge of the area and that handled the provisioning, cooking and all the other details of running a boat so that I could just enjoy the sailing and the San Juans.
– Richard J.
Day 1: Afternoon Arrival on Sea Dragon
You’ll meet us on the dock in Seattle anytime between 1500 and 1700 and come on board to settle in. Everyone will come together for our first dinner as a team. Weather permitting, we’ll have a picnic on the beach and enjoy a spectacular sunset. After dinner, your professional crew will go through life on board and safety procedures in prep for departure the following morning. You’ll be fitted with your own lifejacket and assigned foul weather gear if you haven’t brought your own. We’ll stay the night on the dock.
Day 2: To Port Townsend
After breakfast, we’ll drop lines and head off to our first destination, Port Townsend. Once we’re anchored we’ll head ashore to explore this quaint town, the hub of the northwest’s wooden boat building culture. Overnight on anchor.
Day 3: To the San Juan Islands
After breakfast, we’ll head north towards Lopez Island. This sail offers us some of our best chances at wild-life watching, as we weave through the San Juan Islands to our anchorage, Spencers Spit. Overnight on anchor.
Day 4: Lopez Island Adventure
Today we’ll get to explore Lopez Island and everything it has to offer. From hiking to biking to kayaking, this spot is an outdoor recreational oasis. In the evening we’ll have a lovely campfire on shore and roast some marshmallows over the fire. We’ll spend the night at anchor here once again.
Day 5: To Sucia Island
After a lovely breakfast on the hook, we’ll pick anchor and head to Sucia Island where we can wander the network of hiking trails through the trees, or if you prefer, a picturesque beach to read a book and perhaps have a swim. We’ll spend the night on anchor here, watching the sunset over the trees.
Day 6: To the Gulf Islands
We’ll hop across the border today, a short jump to Bedwell Harbor in the Gulf Islands. Here we’ll check in with Canadian customs before heading ashore to climb Mount Norman or just enjoy a pint at the Poet’s Cove Pub. Overnight on anchor.
Day 7: Transit to Coal Harbor Marina
We’ll have our final sail today up the Strait of Georgia. Keep an eye out for humpback whales before we weave through the shipping in Vancouver’s harbor and under the Lions Gate Bridge arriving in the afternoon. We’ll come alongside and have our final dinner together as a group. Overnight on dock.
Day 8: Departure Day
After a morning breakfast, it will be time to gather things and disembark Sea Dragon by 0900. You’ll be in the perfect spot to explore Vancouver further, especially Stanley Park which is right nearby.
– 7 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals (vegetarian), snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear
– Use of inflatable paddle boards
Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from Seattle and Vancouver
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
Seattle – Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is a 30-40 minute drive south of Shilshole Marina and is also an easy train journey into the city. Vancouver International (YVR) is about 20 minutes away by car, and very easily accessible by rail.
All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from the USA and Canada. Please note that if you are not a US or Canadian citizen, you will likely need to complete a Canadian ETA prior to traveling. Please ensure you have the appropriate paperwork completed before joining the vessel. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea: www.travel.state.gov/visa.
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, West Africa, Central America, and the Central Pacific.
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 88’ and 113’ schooners 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.