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Yachtmaster Ocean | Bermuda to Azores

$2,100/ £1,694
Jun 16th – 30th, 2017

Depart: St. Georges Habour, Bermuda
Arrive: Horta Marina, Horta, Azores
Length: 15 days 14 nights
Focus: Adventure Sailing/ YM Ocean qualifier


Ever dreamed of crossing the Atlantic?

Join the crew of Sea Dragon for an awesome sail from Bermuda across 2000nm of the North Atlantic Ocean, to arrive in the lush volcanic islands of the Azores.  You will experience every aspect of life at sea as we navigation the Atlantic,  learning, honing seamanship, sailing, and passage making skills.  If you’re working towards your Yachtmaster Ocean, this passage is for you – as it is a YM Ocean qualifying passage, our seasoned crew will help practice your celestial navigation and involve you in the daily routines and watch standing on board.

*This trip is a YM Ocean qualifying passage.  Please contact us for details if you are interested in joining us to meet the requirements for your Ocean Yachtmaster. There is a $650 deal to be had if you combine this leg and the Key West – Bermuda leg.*


Harry Robinson – Skipper

Harry has grown up as an avid sailor starting off in the Sea Scouts on the South Coast of the UK. A true waterman & a huge passion for engineering. Harry built a jeep at the age of 16 which took him and a couple of friends on a few surf trips throughout Europe. After getting a degree in Marine Engineering in 2008, Harry taught Design & Technology at a secondary school. Whilst at school & university, he volunteered his time at a Sail Training Organisation. Loving teaching but wanting to spread his knowledge further he decided to take up for sailing as a profession in 2010 so got his MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Ocean & MCA/RYA Cruising Instructor he also holds his MCA Ships Captain Medical and is now working towards his MCA Master 200.

Harry has a recently got a workshop on the south coast of the UK, restoring traditional boats & building bespoke wooden surfboards. He has covered many miles all over the world & built up an extensive knowledge and passion for environmental issues, his heart lies within the ocean; sailing, surfing & kitesurfing.

Oliver Machell – First Mate

Ollie spent most of his childhood on and around boats, completing his first two Atlantic crossings at the age of 10. During his youth he was a keen dinghy racer, competing in Lasers at international level. He then continued his passion for sailing with the aim to become a professional skipper, crewing on many ocean passages. During the last two years, he has been working as a freelance yacht delivery skipper and yacht rigger, holding his RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore. Protecting the environment is of huge importance to him, having seen the consequences of pollution around the world. Age 21 with over 35000 nautical miles under his belt, if he´s not on a boat, he can be found kitesurfing or surfing.

Max Patterson – Guest Crew

Born and raised in Canberra, Australia, Max has always loved traveling! Bitten by the travel bug since his first trip to the USA in 2006, he has made it his life’s goal to travel, see and experience as much of the world as possible.

Having recently finished Year 12 and deciding academia was no longer for him, he embraced his passion for travel and exploration. Looking to the oceans for his next series of adventures, Max, having never sailed before, signed up for an extended Sailing trip with Rubicon 3, enrolled in a night time navigation course and a day skipper course.

These experiences have ignited a desire in him, to spend all his time sailing, learning how to work as part of a crew and gaining the experience he needs to make working in the Marine Industry a career choice.

Maya Weeks – Guest Crew

No stranger to the ocean, Maya grew up on the pacific coast around the San Fransico Bay area and is an avid surfer and keen sailor. Her sailing experience encompasses a broad range of vessels from day sailing dinghies and ketches, in and around local waters to sailing expeditions aboard the tall ship S/V Antigua in Svalbard where she helped as crew.

As a writer and artist, with a BA in Language studies and an MFA in poetry. Maya’s current work focuses on marine debris, climate change, gender, and logistics from an environmental justice perspective, especially with attention to how marine debris disproportionately affects bodies sexed female at birth.

Maya’s main goal for this expedition is to observe first hand, just how much marine debris is visible during the passage from start to finish. To experience the North Atlantic Gyre and to compare her own observation with the available literature on pollution in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Niklas Schroder – Guest Crew

Niklas first experience of sailing was during a family holiday, around the Aeolian Islands. Living aboard a 100-year-old wooden windjammer and helping as a deckhand, for the entire holiday; sparked his enthusiasm for sailing, adventure, and exploration.

It is this enthusiasm and sense of adventure that has led him to join Sea Dragon, on this amazing Atlantic journey. We predict, at the end of this journey, sailing will very firmly be in Niklas’s veins.

Having just graduated high school, Niklas has embraced his wanderlust, travelling and working his way through Canada and the States. Along the way, helping to build an ice castle in Edmonton.

Our young intrepid explorer on completing his journey with us, hopes to continue onto higher education in his native Germany, where he will study Computer Science in Berlin, armed with stories of his amazing summer experience.

For Niklas, this voyage is about, great opportunities,  making new friends, and to learn more about the ocean and sailing itself.

June 16: Crew joins the boat at 1400 in St.Georges Harbour, Bermuda.

Afternoon, Safety briefings, introductions and boat familiarizations and trip preparations.

June 17: Depart Bermuda

June 18 -28: Underway to Horta, Faial, Azores

 June 29: Arrive at Horta, Faial, Azores

June 30: Crew can depart the vessel by 1200

Contribution Includes:
– 14 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals, snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear

Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from Bermuda and the Azores
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port



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All crew members will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to Bermuda and the Azores. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea: www.travel.state.gov/visa.