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Andy Verras 

Position: Ordinary Seafarer (Deckhand) 

Certifications: Merchant Mariner Credential

When did you first fall in love with sailing? I got on my first boat - the Brig Niagara - the day after my college graduation in mid 2015. I haven't stopped working on tall ships ever since.

What's the best part of your job? Seeing the trainees start knowing nothing about the ship, and by the end, becoming confident and effective sailors.

Favorite place you've sailed to: Isle Royale - a solitary island of thick forest in northern Lake Superior. The most untouched place I've seen.

What's your definition of a salad? One of the following must be true:
1. The major ingredient is chopped up and mixed with much mayonnaise.
2. The major ingredient is green, leafy, and cold. 

More about Andy: Hopes to go build a rocket one day.