meet the crew

Captain Kusuru in Rangiroa, Tuamotu

Captain Kusuru (aka Captain KuKu)

Aloha and 'Iorana!  I am your captain, sailing instructor and story-teller during your time onboard.  A San Francisco native, I've sailed and lived onboard my own boats for over 35 years. Joining the Pac Cup in 2014, I sailed to Hawaii and cruised the entire Hawaiian island chain, as well as French Polynesia. My hobbies are astronomy, Afro-Cuban drumming and salsa dancing. As a USCG licensed captain and member of the Ocean Cruising Club, I look forward to welcoming you onboard and making your sailing experience a safe and memorable one. (Photo taken in Rangiroa, Tuamotus)

Chef Ina chilling on deck near the equator, Pacific Ocean

Chef Ina

I'm your Chef, First Mate and Activity Director. Born in Australia, my love of the Big Blue began with my first blue water passage from Australia to California at 3 months old. As a private chef, my gypsy soul has sailed me throughout French Polynesian, Samoa, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico and Alaska.  While onboard, you'll learn how to prepare easy, scrumptious dishes from all parts of the globe using fresh, local ingredients. I hold a STCW95 certification, CPR/AED/First Aid, and I'm a member of the Ocean Cruising Club. My hobbies include photography, Hawaiian hula, and salsa dancing. (Photo taken somewhere in the Pacific Ocean near the equator)


SV Papillon

Welcome aboard! I'm a classic Dickerson 41-foot ketch-rigged sailing yacht built for the owner of the Dickerson Boat Builders Yard. Step aboard and enjoy a spacious, shady cockpit large enough for 6 complete with classic teak seating and a spoked wooden helm. My interior is decorated in vintage Hawaiiana and is richly outfitted in mahogany, cherry and teak with a cozy salon that feels like a living room. Designed for comfortable, long distance sailing with two staterooms, bathroom, and shower, you'll feel at home whether on an afternoon sail or an overnight stay.  I am U.S. Coast Guard certified and maintain all required safety equipment.   (Photo of race day in Chesapeake Bay)