Gate to Gate| Vancouver – San Francisco
Sept 10 – Sept 21 | $3450
If you’re looking for a taste of the cruising lifestyle, this trip has it all. We’ll spend the first few days inshore exploring Canada’s Gulf Islands and Washington’s Olympic Peninsula while everyone on board gets comfortable with sailing and handling Sea Dragon. Then, we’ll head out the Strait of Juan de Fuca into the open sea for an 800 mile passage down the coast to San Francisco. The weather could throw anything at us, but typically it should be a fast, fun downwind passage off the coast, full off migrating whales and dolphins.
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: $3450
- Date: Sept 10 – Sept 21, 2022
- Start: Coal Harbour, Vancouver, British Columbia
- End: Sausalito, San Francisco Bay, California
- Length: 12 days, 11 nights
- Focus: Coastal Cruising | PNW Exploration | Offshore Passagemaking
While we can’t guarantee that our protocol will 100% prevent a COVID infection onboard, we are hopeful that it will reduce the possibility of a severe COVID-19 infection far from 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 vaccination, 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 do not provide proof of vaccination, test positive on either the PCR test or your pre-boarding rapid test, or have a fever, 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.
Reserve your spot now with only a $500 Deposit! This deposit is non-refundable per our crew contract. However, it is transferrable or refundable if we are forced to cancel the trip.
I never had sailed in Blue Water. If you are looking to experience this, then sailing on the Sea Dragon with Eric Loss and Shanley McEntee is a MUST!!! Very competent two some that made the trip memorable and enjoyable.
Click on a heading below to learn more!Tentative Itinerary
Day 1: Afternoon Arrival on Sea Dragon
You’ll meet Sea Dragon on the dock in Vancouver at Coal Harbor Marina 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. After prep, you’ll have free time to explore the city, read a book or simply hang on board the rest of the night. We’ll stay the night alongside the dock.
Day 2: Sail to Prevost Island
We’ll wake up and have a hearty breakfast before casting off the lines and heading out under the Lion’s Gate Bridge out of Vancouver to our first destination, Prevost Island. Against the gorgeous backdrop of mountains, we’ll set sail for our first sail. After finding our way through some of the Gulf Islands, we’ll arrive in the afternoon, and we’ll spend the night on anchor. There’s nothing like a wonderful meal on deck at anchor at sunset!
Day 3: Island Exploration
After a delicious breakfast, we’ll explore ashore, from the orchards to the point. We’ll land in the dinghy and hike from the beach out to the lighthouse overlooking Trincomali Channel. After a delicious lunch, we’ll pop around the corner to Bedwell Harbour, keeping an eye out for whales as we go. We’ll spend the night on anchor.
Day 4: Sail to Port Angeles
In the morning, we’ll pick anchor and head through the islands making our way to Port Angeles. It will be a bit of a longer sail than our first, but everything will start to feel quite familiar as we make our way. Hopefully we’ll spot some good wildlife and if we are lucky, see the resident pods of Orcas! We’ll arrive in time to clear customs and immigration into the US and spend the night alongside on the dock.
Day 5: Olympic Peninsula Adventure
We’re much too close to the Olympic National Park to miss the opportunity of going for a rainforest hike before heading offshore for a few days. The possibilities are endless and there are options of hikes for all levels of difficulty. If this isn’t up your alley, take the opportunity to explore Port Angeles! We’ll spend the night alongside again.
Day 6: Departure for Sea
After breakfast, we’ll prep for going offshore and get off the dock before lunch. Settling into the watch and sailing routine, we’ll head out the Strait of Juan de Fuca to big blue. Fingers crossed once again for good wildlife viewing, as this region is full of it!
Day 8-11: Underway Offshore
We will all find our rhythm to life at sea, and the days will fade in and out upon big blue. No two days, sunrises, sunsets or watches will be the same. Good food, great company, and hopefully many stars will carry us south toward San Francisco.
Day 12: Arrival in San Francisco and Departure
After coming under the Golden Gate Bridge and coming alongside, it will be time to disembark Sea Dragon by 1600. We’ll all say so long, but not goodbye, and you’ll find yourself free to explore beautiful San Francisco.
– 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
Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from Vancouver and San Francisco
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
You will join the boat in in Vancouver between 1500-1700 on the first day. You will depart the boat in San Francisco at 1600 on the last day. Due to the vagaries of weather in the North Pacific, we may adjust our offshore passage timing – we could arrive as early as the 13th if weather demands us depart from the Pacific Northwest early. If we arrive early, you are welcome to stay aboard until the 16th to explore San Francisco!
Vancouver International (YVR) is about 20 minutes away by car and also easily accessible by rail. 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 it’s Emeryville depot, with trains to the rest of the country.
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 by air on the ESTA visa waiver program need a B1/B2 visa to enter by sea. If you are NOT from the USA, Canada, or Bermuda, you will likely need to get a B1/B2. An ESTA may be acceptable for entry into Washington – please contact us for details. 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, or contact us directly to discuss.
ANNA STRANG and MAGGIE KERR – Skipper and First Mate
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.