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Happy New Year! Ellie is Riding out Tropical Storms and Preparing for a Cyclone!?!

Ellie rung in the new year last night by riding out 45+ knot winds from Tropical Depression 07F. Unfortunately news came in that a boat went up on the reef. We hope no one was hurt. Ellie is fine and our trusty resident pirate, Bruce, is checking on her and keeping a watchful eye. Thanks Bruce!! We are all bracing for the imminent arrival of cyclone Ula, which is a day and a half away from Fiji and is moving across Vava’u Tonga early tomorrow. Our thoughts go out to any humans or boats in her path. We are hoping she slips south of the Fiji Islands. A couple of the models show her entering the Koro sea before turning south. Hope she heads away from Ellie! If you have a personal relationship with the man upstairs please go ahead and put in a good word!

Wishing all our friends and family a Happy New Year. Alyssa and I will be celebrating an incredible 2015 that culminated in us getting engaged on Christmas! And we will be toasting to our plans for an epic 2016 and beyond. Thank you all for your continued love and support. 

Here are some weather maps of what’s going on, cyclone forecast tracks and pics from damage in Savusavu. Cheers

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Always sad to see someones home in distress. Hope she floats with minimal damage.
Always sad to see someones home in distress. Hope she floats with minimal damage.
Looks like this furler came open. Glad it didn't take down the rig.
Looks like this furler came open. Glad it didn’t take down the rig.
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Let’s Get Paid to Sail! I got my Captains License!

It’s official, this just in, I am now a commercially licensed yacht Captain! After a fairly grueling two week course and half a dozen written exams, culminating with a practical exam at sea, I can happily report that I passed! I obtained my MCA Master of Yachts 200 Gross Ton Limited Captains License through Professional Yachtmaster Training in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This is the UK ticket similar to the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. I am still training this week to obtain an additional endorsement for Master of Yachts 200T Unlimited; an Ocean endorsement to allow navigation in all oceans of the world. I am deep into reducing celestial sights and playing with sextants. The class concludes after the 4 hour exam this Saturday. I am really looking forward to the finish line. 

The beautiful Mermaid is out here in Fort Lauderdale visiting for the weekend and getting our name out there with the crew agencies. We still plan to go back to Fiji this season so we are just doing intros and making contacts. We are looking to run a boat up to about 70 feet or join as First Mate and Stew on a larger vessel. If you have any delivery or crew opportunities or know of any please pass along the below link to help us get started! I am available for deliveries or temp work this spring before we return to Fiji.

Hope everyone is having a great week. Cheers

www.ridethetrades.com/crew/

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