Sargasso

Gulf Stream Exploration | Palm Beach to Bermuda

now $1,495
May 22 – May 30, 2015

Depart: Palm Beach, Florida
Arrive: Bermuda
Length: 9 days, 8 nights
Focus: Adventure Sailing the Gulf Stream

JOIN

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. Every night at sea you will participate in learning sessions about safety at sea, sailing, the weather, currents, and history of the area, and how the water you are sailing across acquired a fearsome reputation as part of the Bermuda Triangle.

May 22: Guest crew will join Sea Dragon in Palm Beach at 4PM. Everyone will have an opportunity to settle into the yacht, and put away their personal belongings. The captain and first mate will give crew a safety and expedition briefing, followed by basic safety training.  After dinner the crew will spend the night aboard.

May 23:  Sea Dragon will set sail from Palm Beach towards Bermuda

May 24-28:  Sea Dragon will be underway from Palm Beach to Bermuda.

May 29:  Sea Dragon will arrive in Bermuda in the afternoon or evening.

May 30:  The crew will be free to leave Sea Dragon by noon.

Levent Dagasan

Background & Expertise

Biotechnology
, marine biotechnology, microbiology; fermentation wine, alcohol yeast technology; waste water treatment system; sailor and boat owner; nature photographer

Education: University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA (1981-1985), PhD & MSc. in Microbiology, Biotechnology , Marine Biotechnology

Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey (1974-1979), B.S. in Biology

Expedition Goals

Self improvement, Open water sailing experience, Marine science lower.

Mindy Pistacchio

Background & Expertise

I have a Master’s in Environmental Education, and have taught basic marine ecology to school age children for about 5 years. I have been living in Grand Cayman for the past seven years, where I have working on my yoga teacher training. I now have over 400 hours of teacher training and over three years of teaching experience. One of my favorite classes to teach is paddleboard yoga, so that I can be out on the water as well as getting a little work out. I would call myself a jack of all trades rather than an expert!!

Expedition Goals

I’ve always wanted to do a sailing adventure. This just happened to come up at the right time. I am just hoping to learn as much as I can about the gulf stream currents, the marine environment and the boat. Afterward, I hope I can share the experience in a community setting.

Lorraine Dietz

Background & Expertise

B.Sc.(Food Science) McGill University
Registered Massage Therapist (CMTO, Canada)
Fitness Instructor (land & water)
Lifeguard (NLS)
CPR & First Aid

Interests: Sailing, kayaking, swimming, water skiing, fitness, triathlons, tennis, biking, running, skeet, trap & sporting clay shooting.

Expedition Goals

Gain more sailing experience
Chance to work in a TEAM
Experience Adventure on the Water
Challenge myself, learn new skills & obtain sense of accomplishment
Make new friends & have life lasting memories
Have FUN, inspire others & be inspired
Fulfill travel dreams & build confidence

Geoffrey Loss

Background & Expertise

I am a junior at Columbia University, majoring in computer science with a minor in history. I fence and have been on the US Cadet and Junior National Teams for the past four years. I am Sea Dragon captain Eric Loss’s brother and also his notorious rival, not to mention a super cool dude!

Expedition Goals

I am looking forward to learning more about sailing and enjoying the beautiful Sargasso Sea. I am also looking forward to besting my notorious rival Captain Eric Loss in a high-seas, high-stakes, extremely cinematic duel to the death in Sea Dragon’s rigging during a mighty thunderstorm.

Laura Le

Background & Expertise

Laura graduated from Boston University with a BS in biology and specialization in marine science. Currently enrolled in the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, she is getting her Master of Professional Science degree in the Marine Conservation track.

Expedition Goals

Laura’s main goal for anything in life is to never stop learning and to never stop exploring. For this expedition, I hope to use sailing as a way for me to figure out my next path.

 

Bill Fuse

Background & Expertise

My name is Bill, I am 19 years old. I am currently enrolled at Dalhousie University in Canada and I am studying a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. I have many years of experience in dinghy sailing, as well as keel boats: 2011 420 Canadian National Champion; 2011 420 Ontario Sailing Grand Prix Winner; 2012 Ontario Sailing Team 29er; 2013 Ontario Sailing Team 29er; 2013 Canada Summer Games alternate 29er crew for Ontario; 2013 Ontario Sailing Grand Prix Winner; 2014 Ontario Sailing Team 29er Quest for Gold Athlete; Race night crew on C&C 99 for 2 years (all positions including bow); Race night crew on C&C 27 for 4 years (all positions including bow); Trimmer on 1D35 for 2 years; Oakcliff, New York Grade 3 invitational 2014 (Match Racing) Trimmed; Headsail and Spinnaker on Swedish Match 40’s; and taught sailing at National One Design Sailing Academy on Flying Tigers.

Expedition Goals

Being a part of the crew is a dream come true as it merges both my passions; sailing and science. I aim to learn as much as possible during my time on the boat and i look forward to meeting all of you!

 

Eric Loss – Skipper

A native of California, Eric has been on the water since an early age. He has sailed more than 55,000 offshore miles, and has sailed everything from windsurfers to 115′ schooners, and recently he completed a single-handed circumnavigation by way of the great capes. He enjoys teaching all aspects of sailing, from boat handling and dinghy racing to navigation and seamanship. He is always eager to share his knowledge of celestial navigation. Eric has been involved in sail training for most of his life, and is an US Sailing instructor. He holds an IYT Master of Yachts Ocean with commercial endorsement and a USCG 100 ton master’s license. Eric is also an experienced diver and PADI Divemaster.

Shanley Mcentee – First Mate

Shanley was born and raised in San Diego, CA and graduated with a BA in Environmental Policy and a minor in Environmental Science from Western Washington University. Having grown up by the sea, she holds a deep passion for Mother Ocean and our ever-growing need for protection and awareness of the problems our environment is facing. She enjoys anything having to do with the sea, from surfing to scuba diving to sailing, and loves offshore passages. She is PADI Rescue Diver certified and holds an IYT Master of Yachts Offshore with commercial endorsement.

Katie Jewett – Deck Hand

Katie grew up in Mill Valley, California and worked her first job as a summer deckhand aboard the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry on San Francisco Bay. She later joined her college sailing team and ever since has enjoyed learning how the wind can take her all over the world. Katie earned her degree from Stanford University in Human Biology with a concentration in marine policy and science communications. She now spends her winters in Colorado and summers living and working on the water. She loves storytelling through writing and film, and hopes to increase ocean literacy by connecting even the most landlocked, mountainous populations with the beauty and importance of the ocean environment. She holds her Wilderness First Responder and a Merchant Mariner Credential (AB-Special).

Travel documents:

Crew will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to the Bermuda and the United States. There may be specific visa requirements for travelers from countries outside of North America. For specific visa information, contact the Bermuda Immigration Department or US Customs and Border Protection.

http://www.immigration.gov.bm/

http://www.cbp.gov

Contribution Includes:

  • 9 night’s accommodation onboard Sea Dragon
  • Services of experienced crew
  • All meals, drinks, and snacks on board
  • Sailing instruction
  • Safety and foul weather gear

Payment does not include:

  • Transportation to and from Palm Beach & Bermuda
  • Transportation to and from the dock
  • Meals and drinks when ashore
  • Travel insurance & vaccinations
  • Visas (if applicable)

Kit List
Please see our Travel Kit List.