With 150,000 nautical miles of combined sailing experience, these pirates in crime are excited about empowering YOU to start your sailing journey!
CAPTAIN BRADY TRAUTMAN
More commonly known as Señor Brady, this salty pirate has been cruising around the globe for over a decade across the Pacific, Indian, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.
As a seasoned captain, trusty weather man, certified dive instructor and lover of burritos, he has sailed over 75,000+ nautical miles, exploring 45 countries.
Brady holds his US Coast Guard 100 Ton captains license and has worked on vessels ranging from 48-150 ft.
You can always count on Brady for a
good time, cool head and the inside scoop.
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CAPTAIN ALEX BLUE
Alex, aka Blue, was led to the ocean by her love of photography and traveling. She lives to share the ocean's beauty both above and below the surface.
Her sailing adventures started with a rag tag crew in South America, which eventually led to a career and obtaining her US Coast Guard Captains License. Along with being a dive enthusiast, filmmaker, avid snowboarder and cowgirl, she has crossed the Atlantic Ocean three times racking up 25,000 nautical miles.
Blue's natural ability to teach with patience and kindess creates an atmosphere that is both engaging and fun!
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Phoebe grew up splashing on the shores of Lake Tahoe and exploring this magnificent basin that she’s called home for her whole life. She started racing sailboats in North Lake in 2018 as crew on a Melges 24 and has fallen deeply in love with the sport ever since!
She brings many years of experience as an outdoor educator to our crew and has a zest for connecting people with the outdoors. Phoebe is an environmentalist at heart and is energized by using outdoor connection and people-nature relationships to inspire us to protect the places we love and also to deepen our connections with ourselves and others.
When she’s not whipping around on fast boats in the summertime, you may find her rock climbing, zooming on her mountain bike, or thru-hiking in the High Sierra- but good luck, because she typically prefers to wander off-trail!
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CAPTAIN sean westoby
Sean is an experienced off-shore Captain who has a whole lot of love and respect for the ocean. He is most at home on the water, sharing his love of interpreting weather and nature to those around him. His mechanical knowledge matched with his creativity means he loves building and fixing anything he can get his hands on.
He has spent over 45,000 nautical miles on the high seas on boats ranging from 48-100 feet, holds a commercially endorsed RYA 200 ton Yachtmaster Ocean ticket, is avid surfer, and the guy you want around when sh*t hits the fan.
Sean is a natural teacher, explorer, leader and all around amazing South African bloke!
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CAPTAIN BEN SOOFER
Ben’s life has been shaped by a passion for sailing, people, and adventure travel! Since learning to sail at the age of eight, Ben has smashed 35,000+ ocean miles while crisscrossing the globe as a sailing-based outdoor educator.
Outside of the summer sailing season, Ben teaches college-level environmental study and leadership courses in the wilderness as a NOLS field instructor.
Ben’s patience, communication skills, and growth-oriented mindset make him a fun, approachable, and caring instructor out on the water.
Ben holds his 100-Ton USCG Captains License, 200-Ton IYT Yachtmaster Ticket, PADI Divemaster, and is an active NOLS Instructor. Ben is also a Wilderness First Responder.
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