Month: June 2017

Fishy Business

Fishy Business

by Max Patterson – Guest Crew 36 45N 43 11 W Atlantic Ocean These past few days the crew has enjoyed the privilege of the soft lullaby of a diesel engine to soothe us into a deep sleep. With the winds almost constantly, either too […]

Sailors, Storms and Smiles

Sailors, Storms and Smiles

by Rayenne Hale – Guest Crew Sea Dragon Who would have thought the most bruises would be amassed in the washroom or the heads as they are called aboard… Conveniently it is also a great place to gain arm strength as one has to pump […]

New Sailors born

New Sailors born

by Gavin Reid – Deckhand

Sea Dragon

We arrived in Bermuda this morning at 0900 local time. We were welcomed by a lovely squall passing over the island making the climate considerably cooler than what we had experienced the past week. A busy morning saw the crew working hard to get our chores done with the floors scrubbed, awning and cover on and RIB set up. We have already managed to get our laundry done thanks to Maya, Kate and Lisa. We only need to refuel, provision the boat and sort out the gas before we can set off again.

The past week has been tough with the crew getting used to the extreme heat, working in a watch, battling tired eyes and getting to know and work with different personalities and nationalities. However, new sailors have been born this week with everyone having learnt helming from several different wind angles and conditions and learnt how to cook phenomenal food in a small galley with limited ingredients. Knots have been learnt with Caleb (with his new pirate nickname of ‘Winch Handle’) successfully learning how to make a monkey fist knot in under a minute, whether he ever has need to use the knot is another matter.

Now that we are in Bermuda we should be able to get a bit of rest from life on the boat. We already have a trip to the land (as we are anchored up in the bay) lined up and a crew meal tomorrow evening as we say goodbye to Sophia and Rob, and hello to Rayenne, who will be joining us to Plymouth. Spirits are high on the boat with the last adventure being enjoyed and the next one being planned for departure on 18th June for the Azores.

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Life aboard Sea Dragon | Key West – Bermuda

by Gavin Reid – Deckhand Sea Dragon We are now into Day 4 of our voyage to Bermuda and it has happened swiftly. The watch systems have been established with three watches doing 4 hour on shifts and then 8 hours off with two 2 […]

Spaces still available for 2017..

September – December Are you interested in joining the crew? No experience needed. Passion for Adventure a MUST! Adventure with us, become crew on one or more of our Autumn/Winter expeditions. Live aboard Sea Dragon as we hop down the Iberian coastline, visiting Spanish and Portuguese islands. Learn how to set […]

One more sleep

by Maya Weeks – Guest Crew –

For the last three days, we have been making preparations for our passage from Key West. We have successfully managed to mend an anchor with a replacement part that came via FedEx, we’ve replaced immersion suits, tested a “Gumby” suit, checked lifejackets, rigged the forestay, and made beautiful meals while we still have fresh produce. We’ve been on shopping trips to town, cleared customs (for the non-US nationals), and done copious amounts of unpacking and repacking as we’ve gotten settled in our bunks–padded hammocks that hang against the side of the boat, endlessly more comfortable than they sound and a source of divine sleep.

We’ve covered emergency procedures, learned about Sea Dragon’s lines and winches, visited a local watering hole, and waded through Key West’s flooded streets. We have, with no shortage of laughter, begun to adjust to cooking in the galley and are hoping that we’ll get faster at it while we’re underway. Weather permitting, we depart today for Bermuda. We are preparing to sail for a day or so in the rain and then hoping for sunny skies. Word is that the easiest way to ward off seasickness is to take a seasickness tablet the night before beginning to sail, so odds are some of us are going to be doing that tonight. We’re ready!!! We are off 🙂

Weather permitting, we depart tomorrow for Bermuda. We are preparing to sail for a day or so in the rain and then hoping for sunny skies. Word is that the easiest way to ward off seasickness is to take a seasickness tablet the night before beginning to sail, so odds are some of us are going to be doing that tonight. We’re ready!!!