What our Guests have to say about sailing with us:
This trip far exceeded any expectation I had. It was an amazing week hosted by amazing people. I had never sailed before so had absolutely no knowledge of how a sailboat worked but with the crew of Sea Dragon that did not matter. Shanley, Eric and Meret patiently instructed everyone, regardless of skill level, how to work safely and were always close by to step in and help if necessary. I was not afraid to ask any question even if I had already asked it. The meals these guys cooked are some of the best I have ever had and that includes any 5 Star resort I have stayed at. They were sensitive to any food issues and made sure all aboard followed procedures so cross contamination did not occur. Due to the friendly, easy manner that these guys have, this trip felt like a week on a friend’s sailboat. I highly recommend a sail on Sea Dragon to anyone, I hope to be back next year.
– Bev C.
In 2021-2022, Sea Dragon will do explore the far corners of the North Pacific. We start the season off in December 2021 with an awesome transpac crossing from Ensenada to Hawaii. From there we’ll loop south, almost to the equator, visiting Palmyra, Fanning, the Phoenix Islands, and Kiritimati before returning to Oahu. We’ll do another trip to Palmyra, then Then back through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the North Pacific Gyre, to Victoria, BC. Our big new adventure for the year is Alaska, so from Victoria we’ll sail up the inside passage to Ketchikan, then back down to Vancouver, exploring all the island, fjords, glaciers, and anchorages, and hopefully seeing lots of bears, whales, and ice! From Vancouver, it’ll be back down the coast to San Francisco, Monterey, the Channel Islands, and Ensenada to end the 2022 season. Our 2022 voyages are focused on adventure, exploring off the beaten path, blue water sailing, science, learning, and exploration – although, as always, our ecological mindset will be incorporated into all our trips.
Alessandra’s for the ocean started very early… when she was a kid she spent all her summers in the water! Her activities were from fishing to swimming, from snorkeling to the first freediving, from kayaking to simply playing with the waves. Her confidence with the water and my sensitivity towards the ocean and all kinds of creatures in and outside the water started growing during these early years and is what has drove her to my working choices and lifestyle.
Alessandra started sailing late, when she was 18yo, but immediately fell in love with it. She has worked in a sail loft specializing in canvas repairs, and also did charters and deliveries in the Med as a deckhand, cook, and mate while working full time as swimming instructor, specializing in working with people affected by disabilities (physical and mental) during the winters.
So, when her second and last dog had died for old age she decided to leave for an Atlantic crossing in 2016. After arriving in the Caribbean she kept going west, and has been working on super yachts and sailing in the Pacific ever since.
Luke grew up surfing along the South Coast of the UK, and always wanted more time on the water. He has worked as a watersports instructor throughout Europe. Harriet got hooked on sailing as a teenager after racing a tall ship in the Baltic. Together they have worked extensively in the hospitality industry while continuing to sail. After getting their captains licenses (Harriet was yachtmaster of the year!) they worked as a captain/mate team in Greece, but longed for bigger waters, which they got on a voyage from the UK to Singapore.
Sea Dragon is an extremely tough 72ft steel yacht that has circumnavigated the world twice – going upwind – or in sailing terms “the wrong direction”. She is designed to keep amateur crew safe in the roughest of conditions for months at a time, and is a great platform to learn on. While no boat is truly comfortable going upwind, Sea Dragon was built for it, and is the most comfortable boat going to windward in a gale that we’ve ever been aboard.
Sea Dragon is a working expedition vessel and we aim to enable everyone on board to fully participate in all aspects of our voyages – from helming to sail changes, swimming to socializing, cooking and cleaning. We provide a hands-on and immersive environment for learning, adventure and connecting with your fellow voyagers. Our cuisine is delicious and hearty vegetarian food, and we’re excited to share recipes with you. When we’re at sea, we eat lunch and dinner as a group, this means we can all connect, sharing stories and plans for the day. Breakfast is an individual affair, powered by freshly ground coffee or loose leaf tea. Each crew member gets their own bunk (they may be simple but are extremely comfortable) and storage cubby in a shared cabin. While we’re at sea, we expect everyone to stand watch for 3 hours out of every 9, then have 6 hours of free time to sleep, read, chat, or just watch the ocean. On anchor or in port things are a bit different depending on where we are but we can always guarantee some adventure – whether we provide opportunities to snorkel, hike, or explore ashore around scheduled meals.