California Coast | San Francisco – Ensenada
September 26 – October 7 | $3200
This trip is a great blend of inshore and offshore adventure. The longest passage is less than 48 hours, but we should get the full offshore experience with strong winds, open ocean exposure and overnight sailing. If you’ve been thinking about one of our longer trips, this is a great trial run. With stops in Monterey and the Channel Islands, we’ll have plenty of shore-side action for everyone – towns, wilderness, and everything in between. Our final destination, Ensenada, has some of our favorite things – great hot sauce, great tacos, and the Valle de Guadalupe, home to vineyards that rival Napa in quality. This is the nicest time of year to be in California, so come join us for this journey down the coast!
- Cost: $3200
- Date: September 26 – October 7, 2020
- Start: Sausalito, San Francisco, CA
- End: Marina Coral, Ensenada, Mexico
- Length: 12 days, 11 nights
- Focus: Coastal Cruising | Coastal Exploration | Offshore Sailing
Sign up Now! When you book, the $1000 deposit is non-refundable. Please read our crew contract before booking.
Taking a trip on Sea Dragon with Eric & Shanley is a life changing experience. All the adventure, fun team work, food makes for an unforgettable trip. Careful, because you will not want to return to land.
– Nicholas W.
Day 1: Afternoon Arrival on Sea Dragon
You’ll meet us on the dock in Sausalito anytime between 1500 and 1700 and come on board to settle in. Everyone will come together for our first dinner on board and have the opportunity to get to know your fellow crew members. 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 alongside.
Day 2: Sail To Monterey
After a delicious breakfast, we’ll get underway down the coast to Monterey – this is normally a great downwind sail with lots of whales. We’ll arrive into Monterey just in time to enjoy watching the sun set on the Pacific. On the dock for the night.
Day 3: Explore Monterey
We’ll spend the day in Monterey, with options to visit the famous aquarium, Cannery Row, coastal trails and more. On the dock for the night.
Day 4: To the Channel Islands
We’ll depart Monterey for an overnight sail down to the Channel Islands – our first big passage of the trip! We’ll split into watch teams and sail Sea Dragon through the night down the coast of Big Sur and Central California. Overnight at sea.
Day 5: Northern Channel Islands Arrival
In the morning, we’ll anchor at Santa Rosa Island, one of the least visited of the islands. We’ll have the chance to swim and hike ashore, exploring the old ranch and extensive trail network maintained by the Park Service. Overnight at anchor.
Day 6-8: Channel Islands Exploration
We’ll continue to explore the Channel Islands – we’ll visit the Painted Cave, Scorpion Arch, and if weather permits, get to tiny Anacapa or perhaps remote and foreboding San Miguel. Nights at anchor.
Day 9: Heading South
We’ll head south to beautiful Two Harbors on Catalina Island. Overnight on mooring.
Day 10: Catalina Morning, Blue Water Afternoon
After spending the morning in Catalina, we’ll drop our mooring in afternoon to sail overnight to San Diego. Overnight at sea.
Day 11: Clear Customs San Diego, sail to Mexico
We’ll need to clear customs out of the US before heading to Mexico and will pop in for a quick stop in San Diego to do so. As soon as we’re done, we’ll get off the dock and continue our passage down to Ensenada. This passage should be full of nice sailing and marine mammals. Night on the dock in Marina Coral, Ensenada.
Day 12: Clear Customs in Mexico, Crew Depart by 1300
After a last breakfast together, everyone will prepare to depart after lunch. We ask that no travel is booked requiring you to leave the boat before 1300, as we’ll need to finish clearing customs and immigration in the morning.
– 11 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
– Mask, snorkel, fins
Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from San Francisco and Ensenada
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
You will join the boat in in Seattle between 1500-1700 on the first day. You will depart the boat in Ensenada at 1300 on the last day.
San Francisco International (SFO) is about 45 minutes by car or 1 hour by bus and train from Sausalito. Oakland International (OAK) is about 1 hour by either car or transit. In addition, Amtrak has connecting service from downtown SF to its Emeryville depot, with trains to the rest of the country.
San Diego International Airport (SAN) is about a 90-100 minute drive from TIJ, and Tijuana International Airport (TIJ) is about a 70 minute drive north. Please be aware that north-bound border crossings can be slow. Hotel Coral can arrange an airport shuttle directly from the hotel to either airport, and Five Star Tours operates regular bus service from Ensenada to downtown San Diego.
All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from the USA and Mexico. 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 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.
MOLLY WHITNEY – DECKHAND
Molly was born in England in 2000, but family work took her to the beautiful west coast of Scotland in 2007 where she found my love for the sea and sailing. It’s always been a part of life; grandad lived on a boat in Sussex and her dad bought a boat which we sailed every summer around the Firth of Clyde.
During her time at Academy, she went on school trips to OYT Scotland, sailing on their Challenge 72’s and Oyster Ketch 70. When she left academy she volunteered with them while she was at college studying sound production but found that she would rather spend time at sea than in a studio, so Mo became OYT Scotland’s full time Cadet of 2017-18, getting her RYA Yachtmaster Offshore commercially endorsed and experience working with youth.
2018-19 took her through RYA Cruising Instructor and to sailing on bigger tall ships in Australia (Young Endeavour) and Sweden (Vega Gamleby.) Most recently she was back in Tasmania traveling and sailing on more ships.
Sailing is Molly’s life, she couldn’t imagine doing anything else.