Meet tripp & kiera
from apparent winds
Say Hello to our newest Cruisers Academy crew!
While cruising in Mexico, a beautiful 75' sailboat, 'Resilience', caught our eye in the anchorage. We dinghy'd over to say hello, and were met by a friendly Captain named Tripp. He explained they primarily use the vessel as a platform for their non-profit to conduct their own research, accommodate scientists, create films, and bring others along to learn.
We hopped aboard and Tripp, along with his girlfriend and business partner, Kiera, gave us a tour around their small ship. As they shared their mission, values, and beautiful boat with us- we looked at each other with a huge smile. We'd been asking the universe for the right sailors to show up to help us grow Cruisers Academy, and here they were!
Tripp grew up in waterways of South Carolina, which is what fueled his passion for the water. He been has been a sailing instructor since he was 15 years old , is a natural and professional teacher, wooden boat builder, experienced cruiser and now Captain of a badass expedition vessel. First mate Kiera is also a Marine-Biologist who runs the research side of their vessel, has volunteered on shark and whale research boats, and even has experience as a stewardess and deck hand on private yachts.
After spending a few days (and long nights) getting to know each other, we all strongly agreed that our shared values, passion for teaching, and over all attitude towards life meant it was time to collaborate. We don't take this decision lightly, and putting our stamp of approval on these two means we know they are capable in every aspect.
In addition to bringing Cruisers Academy students on their own boat in Maine this summer, Tripp and Kiera will be captaining the second Cruisers Academy catamaran in the Odyssey Sailing Festival this December.
Both Cruisers Academy Catamarans will be moving together as a duo, hanging in the evenings, and acting as one big crew spread across two boats.
Get to know Captain Tripp & Kiera below in the videos below...
Check out this brief boat tour with Captain Tripp when we hopped aboard his beautiful boat in Mexico.
Tripp & Kiera's non-profit, Apparent Winds, is dedicated to collecting and sharing stories of hope. They are focused on environmental and cultural preservation around and throughout the world. Their mission is to share these stories through film, educational outreach, and the written word. Check out one of their episodes below.
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This is the first of many seasons of offshore sailing for Cruisers Academy, so stay tuned. We thank you for your interest and we hope to sail with you in the future. To be the first to hear about whenever we release new dates, be sure to join our offshore waitlist list here or click below to check our current available dates.
If you haven't already joined us for our flagship CA-1 course in Tahoe, you can learn more about this 4-day consecutive course below. Summer 23' dates are now open!