Jessica Todd-Marrone

Position: Deckhand / Foc'sle Mom / Hydration Officer

Certifications: (LOTS of cert's that dont matter on a US flagged ship!)   RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail & Commercial Endorsement), RYA Day Skipper, RYA/MCA GMDSS Short Range Radio, RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance, MCA STCW Basic Combined Training, RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA Personal Watercraft Proficiency, RYA Small Craft Radar, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), US Sailing Level 1 Instructor, US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor/CoNav, and PADI Advanced Diver.

When did you first fall in love with sailing? Her name was Bubblegum and it was love at first sight. I was six or seven and she was a shiny new Opti with pink interior.

What's the best part of your job? The best part of my job is creating a moment in time each day for our shipmates that they will never be able to recreate. Those moments strung together throughout a program will hopefully impact who they become as they grow from teens to adults.

Favorite place you've sailed to: My favorite places to sail are the BVI and the Solent. I love BVT because of the ease in navigation and the culture that accompanies the islands. I love the Solent because every moment brings a new challenge, whether it be tidal calculations for secondary ports, Bramble Bank and drying heights, or high traffic regattas in narrow channels; every moment in the Solent is exciting. 

What's your definition of a salad? My definiton of a salad is a tasty rainbow on my plate with oil and vinegar on the side.