sailing or a paid position wanted
Position (1st): Amateur crew
Position (2nd): Masseur
Location: South Africa
Last logged in: 12 hours ago
El: My name is Elena and I would love to find a boat + nice people to sail & to have some great & fun time with!
I am very flexible with destination, and I have got plenty of time on my hands, though I might need a little time to plan ahead, depending on my current commitment.
My sailing experience comes down to a few day trips in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, on lakes in Germany and I sailed 22 hours from Estepona to Barcelona in Spain/Catalunya. I was on a boat for four days and nights sailing around Italy. I have got no blue water experience. No crossing oceans experience. I got seasick once (on the 22 hour trip, on the 4 days trip I was ok). I lived on a dutch barge in London, I lived for a few weeks on sailing boats in NZ and for a couple of weeks on a Catamaran in Grenada/Caribbean.
I am a social worker by profession and a massage therapist, and have managed crèches (early childhood education/day nurseries) for 10 years in Germany. I also had a massage clinic where I gave treatments and counseling besides my full time job. I enjoy my massage occupation very much.
I decided to give up my "secure life" and leave Germany to make a dream of mine come true - traveling the world - and one part of that dream was & is sailing/being on the water.
I have been traveling since April 2014 now, through the Middle East, Africa, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, USA, back to Germany, and then to Mexico, to Grenada, to Florida and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the States, and I am now in Cape Town, South Africa - and... I feel that it's time to go crossing oceans now ;)
When I first started my trip, I thought that having no plan was a good plan. Now I think having a good plan is a better plan!
I love singing (sometimes), playing the guitar (sometimes), cooking (most of the times), reading, dancing, I enjoy all sorts of sports (especially capoeira and salsa dancing), I love yoga, I am passionate about the health field, including massage, nutrition and exercise, I am very interested in buddhism and eastern philosophies and I practice meditation daily. I enjoy water in many different ways, in, under, on and out, good and interesting conversations, being with people, sharing life stories, sharing laughs, sharing silence, I love looking at a night sky and watching the sunset or sunrise and having nothing but the sound of the ocean and a breeze around...
For 4,5 months, I was working as a vegan chef/kitchen manager in a Yoga & Meditation Centre in Mexico.
The most important detail to me is the fit. I am neither interested in commercial sailing nor in sailing with somebody who is looking for a partnership. So please do not contact me if that is the case. Respective the emails that I have received so far, I want to make this very clear.
I am very handy, helpful and quick in learning, and I am looking forward to contributing to a pleasant trip.
I eat an exclusively vegan diet and try to live as eco-friendly as I can without going too extreme. I love living a healthy, happy and simple life.
I will gladly supply further information.