Your friendly Captain, Ran Franco has always had a love for the sea, ever since he was a young child. After Ran left the military, he travelled and sailed the world living with different cultures and learning the ways of the ocean.
Ran has spent many years sailing Australia, the Caribbean, the Med and the Red Sea. Captain Ran has sailed the Panama Canal to navigate the Pacific. Ran is back sailing the most beautiful waters in the world, Tonga.
Captain Ran is certified by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as a commercial offshore ‘Master of Yachts’ for vessels up to 200gt.
Ran is also certified by the Professional association of diving instructors (PADI) and Scuba Schools International (SSI) as an advanced diving instructor.
Your friendly Host and First mate. Laurel has grown up with yachting and has been sailing the islands of South Pacific for the past few years. She is drawn to the yachting industry for her love of the ocean, meeting people from around the world and her keen sense of adventure.
Through her past roles in hospitality, she thrives on showing people a good time and sharing her passions for the outdoors, cooking, travel, and culture.
Laurel is STCW 95 certified, First Aid and CPR trained, she ensures safety onboard is a top priority. Additionally, Laurel speaks French and Spanish. She takes pleasure in ensuring our guests have a memorable experience and looks forward to having you aboard Sv Alizé to explore the beautiful islands of Vava'u.