Merima Jaferi joined George on Moonshadow in McKay, Australia in April of 2005 and has since sailed her for 12,000 miles or roughly half way around the world. A native of New Zealand, Merima began sailing on P-Class as a child as part of her school curriculum and spent holidays cruising on friends yachts over the years. Although she studied foreign languages in University and is fluent in Italian, French and Spanish and knows a bit of Croatian, her career is in television production. She works during the New Zealand summers for TVNZ. Over the years she has fully embraced the cruising lifestyle and has attained the rank of Admiral aboard Moonshadow.
In addition to being the highest ranking officer on board, she also has the following responsibilities:
Medical Officer-In charge of keeping the crew, healty and happy and maintaining the medical kit.
Snacktician-In charge of all provisioning and meal planning, as well as being head chef.
Vessel aesthetics-Makes sure that the crew keeps the vessel clean and tidy, and decor is up to muster.
Official translator-Interfacing with all foreign officials.
Bosun’s Mate-Looks after the maintenance of sails, awnings and crew apparel.
George Backhus has been cruising and racing yachts for more than 30 years and has logged more than 75,000 ocean miles, most of it as skipper of Moonshadow, which he purchased in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in July of 1994. He is a U.S. Coast Guard Licenced Master and has a Commercial Launchmaster ticket in New Zealand. He is also a US Sailing Association Certified Instructor.
George’s responsibilities on board include:
Maintenance and repair of all mechanical and electrical systems
Dive master/bottom cleaner
Catching and cleaning fish
Langkawi, Malaysia 2006
Malacca waterfront, 2007