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Sailing School Student Spotlight: Pacific Adventures With Rusty

“On the worst day, we had 35-40 knot winds and 15-18 foot seas. I loved it! It was uncomfortable in an exhilarating way. Like riding a roller coaster.”

It’s difficult to sail when you live in the Rocky Mountains. But that doesn’t stop Rusty Croom from getting on the water. Rusty found Bluesail in 2019 and participated in a week-long mileage-building and training course with Captain Tyler on a beautiful Jeanneau 479. He came back to Bluesail in May 2022 to obtain his NauticEd SLC license on a Dufour 382 GL and, since then, he’s been taking every opportunity to get on the water. And boy, does he have some stories to share!

Although Rusty does not currently own a boat (mountain living problems), he hops on casual charters as crew or he charters boats on his own. His most recent journey took him to the South Pacific, where he sailed from Tahiti to Fiji with two strangers on a 46’ Bavaria sailboat. Wild, right?

Let’s dive into some questions about Rusty’s sailing adventures.


How did you find this opportunity to sail for two weeks in the South Pacific?

A man at the helm of a sailboat