California Coast | San Francisco – Ensenada
Sept 29 – Oct 11 | $3450
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! Click on the drop down menus below for more information.
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 29 – Oct 11, 2022
- Start: Sausalito, San Francisco, CA
- End: Marina Coral, Ensenada, Mexico
- Length: 12 days, 11 nights
- Focus: Coastal Cruising | Coastal Exploration | Offshore Sailing
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. COVID Protocol:
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.
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.
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 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, or contact us directly to discuss.
ALESSANDRA PEPARINI – Captain
My passion for the ocean started very early… when I was a kid I spent all summers in the water! My activities were from fishing to swimming, from snorkeling to the first freediving, from kayaking to simply playing with the waves. My confidence with the water and my sensitivity towards the ocean and all kinds of creatures in and outside the water started growing during these early years and is what has drove me to my working choices and lifestyle.
I start sailing late, when I was 18yo and I have immediately felt in love with it. At 20yo, together with a friend, I owned a 7m boat which we totally rebuild inside. After some time working at a sail loft specializing in canvas work, I started doing charters and deliveries in the Med as a deckhand, cook, and mate while during the winter I continued working full time as swimming instructor, specializing in working with people affected by disabilities (physical and mental). After several years of doing this and working on custom composites with Carboway I decided something was missing in my life.
So, when my second and last dog had died for old age I have decided to leave for an Atlantic crossing in 2016. Even though I had a ticket back to Europe, I never used it and I kept on sailing until I arrived in the Pacific, where I worked freelance on superyachts and doing deliveries.
I really enjoy long passages and being in remote places, I feel 100% part of the nature around me. And when I am not on a boat I love going up the mountains hiking or climbing, otherwise freediving. I am excited to be working on board Sea Dragon because I enjoy heaps teaching how to swim and be in the water to people, transmitting my passion, I would like to give back to the ocean, which is in need, using Sea Dragon as a way for teaching people how to be respectful and minimize their impact on nature around them.
Alessandra holds her Yachtmaster Offshore with Commercial Endorsement, a CMAS Advanced Diver, an AIDA Advanced Freediver, and holds her STCW endorsed Proficiency in Medical Care at Sea.
LUKE DACOSTA – First Mate
From a young age I’ve surfed along the south coast of England, always wanting more from being on the water. After graduating University in Leeds from a graphics degree I began to want something more.
I began teaching watersports all over Europe, visiting places I fell in love with and meeting people that became good friends and also gaining a partner in life. We both caught the windsurfing bug and are still hooked on the sport today. In the winters we would go to France and run Chalets with me as the Chef of which I have a passion and several years experience under my belt and Harriet as the manager/ host.
Harriet and I returned to the south coast of England to train for our yacht master on the Isle of Wight getting very familiar with the Solent waters. Not long after we found ourselves wanting to maximise our experience and this took us to different corners of the world, Harriet in the Bay of Biscay and myself on a delivery on route to Singapore across the Atlantic and the Pacific which as been my biggest achievement in the sailing world so far. Completing the “Coconut Milk Run” going west got me hooked on ocean sailing and of course wanting to explore more of the Pacific.
Amongst other sports, free diving has become a passion of mine. Exploring what lies beneath in such a natural way is something I want to pursue through my voyages especially in the Pacific.
We both returned to Europe to work as a team through a season as Flotilla skippers in Croatia and doing private skippering in Greece but always wanted to head back to bigger waters. Deepening our need to explore more of the waters around the world we will be on the move for the next few years exploring as much as we can. We have a lot to see and are very happy to be on Sea Dragon to experience a section of the Pacific with a company with great values.
Luke holds his Yachtmaster Offshore with Commercial Endorsement, is an SSI Open Water Diver, and is a windsurfing, dinghy, and powerboat instructor.
HARRIET AVERNS – Watch Leader
Harriet is from Kent in the South East of England and grew up doing a variety of sports and spent a lot of time in the water competing as a club swimmer. She took part in the Tall Ships Race on board a 73ft sail training vessel in the Baltic at the age of 16 and absolutely fell in love with being at sea. After finishing school she went on to train to become a water sports instructor and spend 3 summers in the Mediterranean. She taught windsurfing, dinghy sailing and powerboating as well as progressing to teach Wind foiling and did her open water scuba diving course. During the winters she ran ski chalets in the French Alps alongside her partner Luke. Harriet completed her Yachtmaster Offshore in the Solent in 2020 and went on to volunteer for non-profit marine conservation organisation Sea Shepherd. She took part in their dolphin bycatch campaign in the Bay of Biscay working as a deckhand and rib driver. She then returned to the Med in summer 2021 to run flotilla holidays in Croatia. She has also recently been awarded Yachmaster of the Year for her performance in her Yachtmaster exam. Harriet is really excited to explore the pacific and experience the freedom of ocean sailing.
Harriet holds her Yachtmaster Offshore with a commercial endorsement, is a PADI Open Water Diver, and is a Windsurfing, Dinghy, and Powerboat Instructor.