Gulf Stream Adventure

$1,750/ £1,412
Jun 5th – 15th, 2017

Depart: Key West
Arrive: Bermuda
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.*


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, 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

Rob has lived and travelled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico,Belize, Thailand, parts of Europe, West Indies and Antarctic. He holds a BFA, MFA, which took him back to his country of birth, Canada as an artist and collaborative printmaker. But it his diploma in natural resources, and an applied degree in conservation enforcement, that now facilitates him living and working in the Canadian Artic, employed by the Gov’t of Nunavut (Canada) as a Conservation Officer.

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

Sophia has been an avid  traveller from a young age, travelling extensivley through Europe, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Peru, and Thailand. Born in South Africa, she has lived in South Africa, Portugal and has slowly made her way far north, to live in the Canadian artic with her husband Rob. Holding a M.Sc.in Chemistry, Sophia has worked in the environmental sector for over 12 years now, initially as a consultant and now as a senior technical advisor for an Institution of Public Government (IPG).

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 futher her experience, ready for her Yacht Masters in the near future.


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

Contribution Includes:
– 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.