Not a Race to Alaska | Victoria – Ketchikan
July 21 – August 10 | $3950
Join us in the height of summer as we explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We’ll be visiting Canada’s Gulf Islands on our way north to Alaska! We’ll hike, explore some of the beautiful towns of the region, and keep a sharp lookout for wildlife. The last time we were here we saw humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, and seals. We’ll navigate the famed tide rips and channels of the inside passage before crossing Queen Charlotte Sound and explore the Haida Gwaii before arriving in Ketchikan. If you’re interested in sailing but not sure if some of our open ocean voyages might be too intense, this trip is a good fit. We’ll teach you the basics of sailing Sea Dragon while spending almost every night on anchor, day sailing and traveling in relatively flat water.
Ardent Training is offering a significant discount on the RYA Day Skipper Theory online course to anyone signed up for this trip. If you’re interested in taking the course, let us know when you sign up!
- Cost: $3,950
- Date: July 21 – August 10, 2022
- Start: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
- End: Ketchikan, Alaska
- Length: 20 days, 19 nights
- Focus: Coastal Cruising | Introduction to Sailing | Coastal Exploration
While we can’t guarantee that our protocol will 100% prevent a COVID infection onboard, we are hopeful that it will reduce the risk of a serious COVID infection far from advanced medical care.
Everyone on board the vessel for this trip MUST provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose ocurring at least 15 days prior to boarding.
14 days before trip: I agree to take maximum precautions to minimize my risk of infection with COVID-19 by following CDC guidelines.
72 Hours Before Boarding: I agree to take a PCR covid test at my own expense. If a testing site is available that can provide results in less than 72 hours, I agree to get tested as close to the date and time of boarding as is consistent with receiving results before boarding.
Day of Arrival at boat: We will take your temperature and administer a rapid antigen test to you before you come in close contact with the rest of the crew. With proof of a negative PCR result, a temperature of under 100.4 F, and a negative rapid test, you will be able to board Sea Dragon. Once everyone is on board, we will fall into the normal routine for trip operations. We’ll become a “bubble” with no masks required on board. You’ll choose your bunk, we’ll have a group dinner on board and go through safety briefings for departure.
In the event that you test positive on either the PCR test or your pre-boarding rapid test, you will not be allowed aboard the vessel, and we will be happy to transfer your payment to a trip of your choosing at a later date.
This trip is fully booked! However, there is a possibility that someone may drop out between now and July. You can sign up for the waitlist with a non-refundable $50 deposit that can be applied to the cost of the trip if a space becomes available, or transferred to another trip if not. Please also review our crew contract.
As a first time participant, I really did not know what to expect. I must say, that each aspect of the journey was well thought out and adaptable to maximize developing conditions to enhance the voyage. The ship and the crew were impeccable and made me feel at home. Instruction and safety are obviously paramount to this organization and they do a great job at modeling their respect and love of the environment. I can without reservation recommend this experience to anyone with a love of sailing.
Click on a heading below to learn more!Tentative Itinerary
Day 1: Afternoon Arrival on Sea Dragon
You’ll meet us on the dock in Victoria anytime between 1500 and 1700 and come on board to settle in. Everyone will come together for our first dinner on board, so we’ll all start to get to know one another. 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 20: 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 Ketchikan Further.
– 19 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 Victoria and Ketchikan
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
You will join the boat in in Victoria between 1500-1700 on the first day. You will depart the boat in Ketchikan at 0900 on the last day.There are numerous ferries to Victoria and Sydney (about 20 minutes north of Victoria) from Seattle, Port Angeles, Anacortes, Vancouver, and Tsawassen, provided by the Victoria Clipper, Black Ball Line, Washington State Ferries (not currently operating), and BC Ferries. You can also travel via seaplane from Vancouver or Seattle with Kenmore Air & Harbour Air, or fly Air Canada into Victoria International Airport (YYJ), which is about a 20 minute drive north of the city.
The Ketchikan International Airport, KTN, is just across the water from Ketchikan if you want to fly home. If you haven’t had enough boat time, you can board the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry from Ketchikan back to Bellingham.
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 many nationalities which can enter the US via cruise ship or airplane on the ESTA waiver program cannot do so on a private vessel. If you are not a citizen of the US, Canada, or Bermuda you will likely need a B1/B2 visa for this voyage. If you do not have a B1/B2, please contact us to discuss further before making any travel arrangements or making a deposit. 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, or you will not be allowed to board. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea, or contact us directly to discuss.
Anna and Maggie met as Skipper and First Mate on a 74ft science expedition yacht, sailing from the UK to Tahiti researching ocean plastic pollution.
Anna, born in 1990 was taught to sail in the Cadet fleet in Poole harbour, UK, by her grandfather at the age of 6. From a competitive dinghy racing background, she became an RYA Yachtmaster instructor and has worked full time in the industry for 14 years; teaching a range of ages in all aspects of watersports.
Alongside her professional sailing career, Anna also gained a BA in Architecture from Brighton University. However, having grown up on a farm in the south-west of England, living and working outdoors, she chose to pursue a passion for the outdoors and adventure.
Anna has worked in most areas of the industry from race Captain on luxury yachts in the Maxi Worlds, to teaching and managing an RYA Training Centre. She has sailed over 75,000nm in the Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean and Caribbean. She loves being offshore and has competed in many ocean crossing races with teams of novice crew which she thoroughly enjoys. She first sailed Seadragon in 2017 across the Atlantic and then again across the Pacific in 2018.
Maggie, born in 1992 grew up in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. She started racing sabots from the age of 5, then progressed to pacers and lasers later in her youth. She coached her school sailing team which is where she developed a passion for teaching sailing. Maggie completed a Bachelors degree in Business Public Relations but chose a career offshore with an undying passion for ocean sailing.
Maggie started her career as a teenager, working in her family business which ran adventure sailing charters. Every school break, when she wasn’t competing in dinghy regattas, she spent her time working on a traditional square rigger, classic schooner and ex americas racing cup racing yacht. In 2013 she sailed to Antarctica and rounded Cape horn and fell in love with ocean sailing.
In 2017 Maggie left Australia to travel and continue sailing. She worked in the Mediterranean on a range of luxury yachts between 28 and 92m. She has sailed over 30,000nm all over the world in the Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic and Southern Oceans.
When they are not sailing, they enjoy travelling by land in their yellow camper-van which they converted themselves. They also love to dive and are currently learning to kite-surf.
Anna is an Ocean Yachtmaster with commercial endorsement, an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, a PADI Open Water Diver, and holds her STCW endorsed Proficiency in Medical Care at Sea. Maggie is an MCA Master of Yachts < 200 tons, MCA Officer of the Watch to 500 tons, Australian Master Class 5, and holds a certificate in Advanced First Aid & CPR.