This trip far exceeded any expectation I had. It was an amazing week hosted by amazing people. I had never sailed before so had absolutely no knowledge of how a sailboat worked but with the crew of Sea Dragon that did not matter. Shanley, Eric and Meret patiently instructed everyone, regardless of skill level, how to work safely and were always close by to step in and help if necessary. I was not afraid to ask any question even if I had already asked it. The meals these guys cooked are some of the best I have ever had and that includes any 5 Star resort I have stayed at. They were sensitive to any food issues and made sure all aboard followed procedures so cross contamination did not occur. Due to the friendly, easy manner that these guys have, this trip felt like a week on a friend’s sailboat. I highly recommend a sail on Sea Dragon to anyone, I hope to be back next year.
– Bev C.
This year we’re again running a loop around the Pacific. We’ll sail from San Diego to Ensenada and Guadalupe Island before sailing the transpac route to Oahu. From there we’ll loop south, almost to the equator, visiting Palmyra, Fanning, the Phoenix Islands, and Kiritimati before returning to Oahu. Then back through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the North Pacific Gyre, to Victoria, Seattle, and Vancouver. From Vancouver, it’ll be back down the coast to San Francisco, Monterey, the Channel Islands, and Ensenada to end the 2020 season. Our 2020 voyages are focused on sailing, science learning, and exploration – although, as always, our ecological mindset will be incorporated into all our trips.
Eric and Shanley have more than 195,000 nautical miles at sea between them from the Arctic to the Southern Ocean, and have sailed Sea Dragon throughout the Atlantic and Pacific for the last six years. They are enthusiastic teachers, extremely safety focused, and have a strong track record of providing a great experience to their guest crew. Both Eric and Shanley are medically trained; working with an on-shore team of doctors to take care of any medical emergencies efficiently and effectively.
Sea Dragon is an extremely tough 72ft steel yacht that has circumnavigated the world twice – going upwind – or in sailing terms “the wrong direction”. She is designed to keep amateur crew safe in the roughest of conditions for months at a time, and is a great platform to learn on. While no boat is truly comfortable going upwind, Sea Dragon was built for it, and is the most comfortable boat going to windward in a gale that we’ve ever been aboard.
Sea Dragon is a working expedition vessel and we aim to enable everyone on board to fully participate in all aspects of our voyages – from helming to sail changes, swimming to socializing, cooking and cleaning. We provide a hands-on and immersive environment for learning, adventure and connecting with your fellow voyagers. Our cuisine is delicious and hearty vegetarian food, and we’re excited to share recipes with you. When we’re at sea, we eat lunch and dinner as a group, this means we can all connect, sharing stories and plans for the day. Breakfast is an individual affair, powered by freshly ground coffee or loose leaf tea. Each crew member gets their own bunk (they may be simple but are extremely comfortable) and storage cubby in a shared cabin. While we’re at sea, we expect everyone to stand watch for 3 hours out of every 9, then have 6 hours of free time to sleep, read, chat, or just watch the ocean. On anchor or in port things are a bit different depending on where we are but we can always guarantee some adventure – whether we provide opportunities to snorkel, hike, or explore ashore around scheduled meals.