Gulf Stream Adventure
Depart: Key West
Length: 11 days 10 nights
Focus: Adventure Sailing
Join the crew of Sea Dragon for an exciting sail through the Sargasso Sea to the beautiful island of Bermuda. You will experience every aspect of life at sea as we rush across the Atlantic. We’ll leave Key West and ride the moving carpet of the Gulf Stream current past the Bahamas and Florida before setting out towards Bermuda. We’ll arrive just as the America’s Cup activity is kicking off in Bermuda!
*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 Bermuda – Azores leg.*
Roger Guy – Skipper
Since 1998 they have run a string of yachts from 80 to 62 feet and have sailed to the Baltic, United States, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Pacific Islands and New Zealand. Roger is a qualified Yacht Master Ocean and also holds an MCA Certificate of Competency as an Engineer (Y3), allowing Roger to also spend time at sea as the Chief Engineer aboard super yachts up to 56 metres.
Lisa Guy – First Mate
Lisa started sailing when she could crawl and now races for fun. Starting out with the ethos of sailing is better than using an engine, in dinghies. Spending 8 years working in shipping recruitment, bunkering, and port agency.
Since 1998 working on yachts and sailing to New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Caribbean, United States and around the Med. She also more recently managed to build 2 houses in her hometown of Cowes. Loving scuba diving, snorkeling, cooking, horse riding, hiking. Exploring new places and seeing new cultures. Whether human or animal, highlights have been swimming with humpback whales in Tonga and playing with seals whilst snorkeling in Galapagos Islands.
Gavin Reid – Deckhand
Gavin, born in the UK, has lived all over the world including locations such as Kuwait, Belgium and USA. It was this early experience of travel that inspired him to explore the world including some projects in Tanzania and India. Having initially decided on a career in International Development he ended up working behind a desk in London for 2 years.
To reignite his passion for traveling, Gavin signed up for the 2015/16 Clipper Round the World Yacht race, seeing it as an opportunity to learn a new skillset as well as a different angle to view the world.
After successfully completing the 11 month, 47,000 mile circumnavigation he was inspired to continue sailing and has since completed his RYA Day Skipper qualification. Becoming a deckhand with Pangaea Exploration is the next step as Gavin looks to develop upon his sailing experience to convert it into a career in sailing..
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
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
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, traveling 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.
Rob Harmer – Guest Crew
An incredibly seasoned sailor, having been trained in traditional sailing & navigation during his time served with the Canadian Navy. Rob currently holds certification in ASA (basic keel101, basic cruising 103, bareboat 104). CYA (basic cruising standard, intermediate cruising standard, coastal navigation standard). Pleasure Craft Operators Card (Cdn). Restricted Operators Cert with DSC.
He joins Sea Dragon with his wife Sophia, to bump up his mileage and strengthen his experience with a desire to complete his RYA Yacht Master Ocean, having purchased their own boat in 2011.
Below is a link to their blog, detailing their adventures in Nunavut and their plans to sail the Ocean.
Sophia Granchinho – Guest Crew
An already skilled sailor, Sophia holds her ASA (basic keel101, basic cruising 103, bareboat 104), ISPA (competent crew, day skipper, coastal navigation), Pleasure Craft Operators Card and a Restricted Operators Cert with DSC. She joins Sea Dragon to further her experience, ready for her Yacht Masters in the near future.
Kate Pollock – Guest Crew
Kate eventually moved out to the Olympic Peninsula, in Washington state, where she completed high school. From there, the original plan was to study oceanography and environmental science at UH Manoa, but life took me in very different directions. Instead, she lived for a while in Peru, Germany, and Sweden, and many places around the U.S., including a small stint in Alaska. Somewhere during that time, she completed a SEA semester program as well.
It wasn’t until her time at the University of Minnesota that she discovered her passion for design. As of now, Kate works as a user experience design intern, and will have a BS in Product Design and Technical and Scientific Communication.
In her free time, Kate enjoys producing art, playing sports (mostly volleyball and soccer), latin dance, and hiking. She is currently learning photography and *attempting* to be a better cook.” Kate is currently plotting her next steps, beforeI officially moving out of Minnesota. She wishes to continue her design studies – most likely at the University of Washington – but is not quite sure what she would like her full career to look like. Having always been passionate about storytelling, the natural world, and exploration, with a particular appreciation and awe of the sea; As a product designer, she believes she can make an incredible impact by communicating and finding ways to repurpose plastic in the ocean.
Kate feels that getting back out on the ocean and seeing everything that, for the past few years, has seemed so theoretical, is the best move she can make right now if she wants to form a creative career with a specific focus on the environment. As helping with scientific research is something she is particularly excited for (especially neuston tows!).
Kate is looking forward to meeting with other creative and adventurous minds on board Sea Dragon – “hearing the life stories of fellow explorers is such a learning experience”. From her previous sailing experience, Kate knows that the bonds made at sea can be life changing.
June 5: Crew joins the boat at 1400 in Stock Island Marina, Key West
Afternoon, Safety briefings, introductions and boat familiarizations and trip preparations.
June 6: Depart Key West
June 7- 13: Underway to Bermuda
June 14: Arrive at Bermuda, St Georges Harbour.
June 15: Crew can depart the vessel by 1200
– 10 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 Key West and Bermuda
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
Tropical Kit List with some warmer clothes.
All crew members will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to Bermuda. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea: www.travel.state.gov/visa.