Bonjour Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Eric Treu and I will be your captain for the remainder of this trip. Sit back, relax and let me make sure you have a safe and fun sailing ride.
Before you embark on a vessel and trust your life into someone's hands, you need to know a bit about the person in charge, in other words, the captain.
I have sailed since I was 12 years old and never stopped since. My best memories as a teenager are made of many moments spent with friends in the main cabin around a warm meal and red wine or solo sailing at the wheel in 30 knots of wind and the sun rising. Memories like sailing with a broken rudder in 30 knots of gusty winds, diving to untangle the rope caught on the propeller or a fishing net around the rudder and many more tribulations too long to list here. I have sailed the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the Caribbean and many places along the Eastern U.S seaboard. Since 2004, I have a USCG 100 mile offshore captain license. For an extensive resume of my sailing experience, see PDF below.
By the way, I am French but also speak fluent Italian and basic Spanish. I am working on Portuguese :)
The point is that sailing is not something you learn in a book or in a classroom, you have to put in the hours and slowly but surely you will learn something every time and gain that experience and respect for the sea. If there is one simple lesson I have learned in my 45 years of sailing experience it would be that the sea is unforgiving. If you make one mistake, one way or another, you will pay for it. Which brings me to safety.
My main concern when sailing with guests or students is safety first and foremost.
My second most important goal is to insure that my guests and students enjoy their sailing experience to the fullest. Sailing is supposed to be fun and I will make every effort possible to make it so.