Cruising the med
TLDR: Looking for novice crew for local sailing in Athens during April. 2021.
I have recently bought a sailing yacht in Athens, to be my home for the next couple of years. I work remotely, so my plan is to sail around and visit different countries while working. I've already moved in, and have been living aboard while waiting for travel restrictions to ease. Now that sailing is permitted again, I want to do some local sailing in Greece while I gear up for a trip to Italy and beyond.
I am looking for crew to help me manage the boat on the different legs of my journey. As I intend to stay put for a few weeks at each destination before sailing to the next port, I am looking for two main profiles. One would be short term crew that is up for day sailing or weekend cruises in the local area. The second would be more commited crew that would be interested in helping me do longer trips when I change my current location, like sailing from Greece to Italy. As these would be one-way trips, I would be willing to discuss expenses for air travel back to the original port.
I don't have a set itinerary, so I will keep this advert updated as my situation changes. Currently I need crew for local sailing in Athens, but I expect to leave for Italy sometime around the start of May.
About the crew: for local sailing, I'm open to novice crew looking to learn the ropes, without much or any experience. Their responsibilities will be helping with the lines when entering and leaving the marina, spotting hazards, and following directions. Willingness to cook (on weekend trips) is a definite plus. Motivation matters more than skill for this position.
For longer trips, which may require two or three days of continuous sailing, I require experienced crew that can safely control the ship unsupervised.
If you're interested, please let me know in your application when you would be available, how much prior notice you need to make your travel arrangements, and how long you would like to stay aboard for.
Regarding costs: for local sailing, I will not cover expenses to or from the vessel. I will cover any expenses related to running the boat (fuel, marina costs, etc), and provide food and beverages. Any additional external costs (such as renting scuba equipment at an appropriate location) will be the responsibility of each crew member.
For long trips, possibliy crossing national borders, I am willing to negotiate the expense of travel arrangements for the crew from the destination back to the departure port (or some other destination of similar cost). I will however give priority to those that don't require it. As before, I will cover all expenses related to running the boat. I will additionally cover expenses for customs, immigration, COVID testing, and similar requirements. This doesn't include renewal of personal documentation, I expect the crew to have up to date passports and other personal documents. The full extent of these expenses will be determined and agreed to before accepting the position. I will provide food and beverages for the duration of the crew's stay aboard, but as before, external costs will be the responsibility of each crew member.