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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
Roger grew up with boats and yacht racing around the Isle of Wight. After eight years in the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer Officer aboard aircraft carriers, he moved across to the yachting industry with his wife, Lisa.
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
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 traveled 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 traveler from a young age, traveling extensively 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 arctic 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 further her experience, ready for her Yacht Masters in the near future.
Rayenne Hale – Guest Crew
Rayenne hails from Southern California and will enter her fourth year at Niagara University upon return from this voyage on the Sea Dragon. She majors in Psychology with minors in Statistics, Sociology, and Philosophy. Pursuing a life of deep spiritual connection and mindfulness Rayenne enjoys prayer, reading, cooking, and poetry, exploring nature and actively engages in both indoor and outdoor athletics.
Caleb Bach – Guest Crew
Caleb’s background is serving his community, church, and his family.
His main goal is to learn every aspect that is involved in sailing and becoming a valuable crew member on this expedition. Caleb hopes to begin the steps needed to attain whatever international sailing certifications that these nine thousand nautical miles will permit. With this lengthy trip away from campus and his family, he plans on becoming more independent and self-sufficient upon his return.
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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
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– 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.