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  • Luka Marie

    • 56, British
    • England
    • Checked in 5 days ago

Watch: A little collage of video clips… from Portland tidal race English Channel, Biscay, Mediterranean and Atlantic.

Available for first mate/crew roles: offshore, coastal and ocean crossings.

RYA coastal skipper with a VHF marine licence, Yachtmaster theory, STCW First Aid, RYA marine engine maintenance. 14,000+nm logged.
Coastal: England, Channel Islands, France, Portugal, Spain, Sicily, Greece, Turkey, Canaries, Tasmania, Thailand.
Offshore passages: English Channel x4, Bay of Biscay x4, Mediterranean x3, Atlantic crossing east/west, North Atlantic: Spain, Portugal, Madeira, Gibraltar, Canaries , Cape Verde; several passage combinations.

References below.

With a passion for adventure, traveling and sailing, I have spent extended periods travelling and living overseas. The ocean is my happy place. I’m comfortable with and enjoy solo night watches (350+ hours), sail trimming, navigation and passage planning along with all other aspects of sailing, running a boat and working with crew. Being quite resourceful and solution focussed, I enjoy problem solving. In challenging situations I tend to remain pragmatic and level headed. I have a good degree of all round intelligence, and I’m able to hold the bigger picture whilst also having attention to detail. I’m hard working, courageous and in possession of a positive ‘can do’ attitude. If I don’t know something then I ask, researching and studying the interesting, useful and necessary.

For the past two decades I have run a successful business in South Devon as a Somatic Bodywork therapist and qualified yoga and mindfulness teacher. I’m also a dancer, artist, crafts woman, writer, gardener and rock climber. I am a strong swimmer. Having long ago been a chef/partner in a veggie restaurant, I’m a good cook (veggie/fish/low carb. No meat) and can do so whilst under way. When I was much younger, I learned how to work on motorbike and car engines and was a motorcycle instructor. I'm a mother of a grown daughter and have been self employed for all of my adult life. Relatively strong and fit, I can build structures and fix things. Which is helpful as I live a semi off an grid lifestyle in a tiny home when I’m at my place on a South Dartmoor farm, in Devon, UK. In Portugal, I live off grid on a Beneteau Oceanis 36 in a mooring field in an Algarve lagoon.

I’m quite quirky, youthful for my years and comfortable with myself. I enjoy socialising and having fun with others, and equally enjoy time alone. I don’t get bored at sea. I value integrity, kindness, openess and a strong moral and ethical compass. 

I’m keen to keep learning and growing as a recreational and professional sailor/skipper

Luka completed her Day Skipper Practical Sailing course with us in March 2022
During her time she showed great confidence in her approach to all aspects of the course, and has performed to an excellent standard to be awarded the “Day Skipper Sail” Practical Certificate
I am confident in her ability to perform her duties on any delivery.

David Masters
Portugal sail & power

Luka crewed for me on SY Bright Star for a day on my Beneteau 321, sailing from Dartmouth to Weymouth across Lyme Bay and around Portland Bill in a southerly Force 5, in September 2022. She was very capable both as a helm and as a crew, always thinking about how best to sail the boat, good communications and good company too. I'd be very happy to have her sail with me again.

William Brook-Hart
Hertfordshire. UK.

Luka joined me on my 'new to me' Etap 28. We sailed from Cattewater in Plymouth to Nos Mayo and back (via Rame Head/Cawsand)
Having never met each other, Luka was good to communicate with prior to our trip and subsequently was a pleasure to sail with. We spent the day learning from each other, taking it in turns to 'Skipper'. Conditions were good with a fresh F5 Easterly to navigate into on a fairly lumpy sea. Healing was fun as Luka's confidence enabled us to put my boat through waters I may not have negotiated on my own. Good tacking was required (and achieved) to get into Wembury Bay and the tricky entrance to the River Yealm. Our piloting skills were put to good use to round Misery Point an hour before low tide. Fore and (later) aft transit's were needed to guide us through 1.5m deep channel, not for the feint hearted with the stiff easterly testing the Etap's broad beam.
Following lunch on a mooring at Noss (allowing tide to go out and come in again over our exit bar), we set sail to run downwind towards Rame Head. Conditions were good through the day and Luka ensured our sail trim was kept in good shape as the Easterly subsided as the afternoon wore on.
A great days sailing with Luka culminated with us motoring back to my trot at Cattewater, where our good communication and close quarter skills made for a quick and simple mooring.
I'd happily sail with Luka again, not only was she competent and experienced, Luka was great fun to be sailing with.

Andy Deighton
'Darcy' Etap 28 owner
Plymouth, UK

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About me

  • Availability Available now

  • LocationEngland

  • NationalityBritish

  • Age56

  • GenderFemale

  • Fluent languagesEnglish

  • Basic knowledge ofFrench

  • SmokerNo

  • Visible tattoosYes

  • VISAs Portuguese residency.

  • Sea miles10,000+

  • Required position Competent Crew
    Delivery Crew
    1st Mate

  • Expected arrangement Professional / Recreational

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Experience log

    • Date: 1st January 2024

      Duration: 1 month

      Experience Type: Professional

    • 62ft Beneteau Oceanis. Initially in Mallorca and then from Arecife Lanzarote to Mindelo Cape Verde. Professional paid crew contract

    • Date: 1st December 2023

      Duration: 5 days

      Experience Type: Recreational

    • RYA Coastal Skipper ticket. Tenerife.

    • Date: 1st July 2023

      Duration: 9 days

      Experience Type: Voluntary

    • Torquay Yacht Club Offshore Rally week. Torquay England, Guernsey, Jersey, Granville France, St Cast France, Guernsey, Torquay England First mate. J105 35ft First Mate (Non racing return Guensey to Torquay with a Jenneau Sun Odyssey 34, crew)

    • Date: 1st May 2023

      Duration: 9 days

      Experience Type: Delivery

    • La Rochelle, France to Portimao, Portugal. Fontaine Pajot Isla 40. First Mate.

    • Date: 1st March 2023

      Duration: 25 days

      Experience Type: Delivery

    • La Gomera, Canaries to UK, via Madeira, Portugal, Spain, France. First mate on a 1987 Oyster 435. Two legs, Sines to Cascais, Portugal and Brest, France to Gosport, UK, were double handed.

    • Date: 1st January 2023

      Duration: 8 days

      Experience Type: Onshore

    • On the hard, working on a 1971 Swan 37 to get her sea worthy. Kerera, Oban, Scotland.

    • Date: 1st September 2022

      Duration: 1 day

      Experience Type: Voluntary

    • Dartmouth to Weymouth, UK. Beneteau 321.. Double handed.

    • Date: 1st September 2022

      Duration: 22 days

      Experience Type: Delivery

    • La Rochelle, France to Didim, Turkey. Fontaine Pajot Aura 51. Delivery crew.

    • Date: 1st August 2022

      Duration: 1 day

      Experience Type: Voluntary

    • Day sail Plymouth to Noss Mayo, UK. Etap 28.. Co Skipper

    • Date: 1st July 2022

      Duration: 17 days

      Experience Type: Delivery

    • La Rochelle, France, to Cartagena, Spain. Fontaine Pajot Samana 59.. Delivery crew.. Plotted the course from La Rochelle to Cascais.

    • Date: 1st May 2022

      Duration: 1 day

      Experience Type: Voluntary

    • Day sail Dartmouth, Devon uk,. Double handed.

    • Date: 1st March 2022

      Duration: 5 days

      Experience Type: Recreational

    • For RYA Day skipper ticket with Portugal sail and power in Vilamoura. Jenneau Sun Odyssey 46. I was the only student doing day skipper and skippered two complete passages.

    • Date: 1st November 2021

      Duration: 19 days

      Experience Type: Delivery

    • Atlantic crossing with the ARC from Gran Canaria to St Lucia. On a Fountaine Pajot Salina 48. Crew

    • Date: 1st October 2021

      Duration: 13 days

      Experience Type: Delivery

    • Palma, Mallorca to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria via La Linea and Arrecife, Lanzarote. Fountaine Pajot Salina 48. Crew.

    • Date: 1st September 2021

      Duration: 6 days

      Experience Type: Recreational

    • Plymouth - Scillies - Star Cross, on a Hallberg Rassy.. Short handed. Hand steering

    • Date: 1st June 2021

      Duration: 1 day

      Experience Type: Recreational

    • Overnight sail from Culatra to Cadiz on a sunbeam 44. . Short handed.

    • Date: 1st May 2021

      Duration: 10 days

      Experience Type: Voluntary

    • on a 45ft hand built performance catamaran in Faro/Culatra.. mostly cooking cleaning and doing repairs.... and a little sailing. Double handed.

    • Date: 1st March 2021

      Duration: 6 days

      Experience Type: Voluntary

    • Gran Canaria to and around Tenerife, working as 1st mate/cook on a 50ft Beneteau Sense. Short handed.

    • Date: 1st January 2021

      Duration: 4 days

      Experience Type: Recreational

    • Day sails and overnight trips around Gran Canaria.

    • Date: 1st December 2020

      Duration: 4 months

      Experience Type: Voluntary

    • Solo live aboard on an old slightly neglected 30ft Trapper, at the marina in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. Carried out repairs to the deck, companion way hatch and onboard water system, engine checks, general maintenance, interior cosmetic work, deep cleaning inside and out, installation of a new bilge pump and a switch.

    • Date: 1st November 2020

      Duration: 13 days

      Experience Type: Voluntary

    • Saltash, England to Brittany and at anchor in Camaret/Brest on a 50ft Dutch steel sailing boat. Double handed.

    • Date: 1st July 2019

      Duration: 3 days

      Experience Type: Recreational

    • Old 26ft monohull along the south Devon coast, England, Double handed

    • Date: 1st March 2019

      Duration: 8 days

      Experience Type: Recreational

    • Old 32ft catamaran sailing the east coast of Tasmania, Australia. Double handed

    • Date: 1st February 2016

      Duration: 3 days

      Experience Type: Recreational

    • 1980's Oyster 435 ketch, Andaman Sea, Thailand. Double handed. With Jamie Furlong on Esper from ‘follow the boat’ YouTube channel.

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  • Mar 2022 RYA Day Skipper Theory Complete

  • Mar 2022 RYA Day Skipper Practical Complete

  • May 2022 Short Range VHF / GMDSS Complete

  • Dec 2022 RYA Yachtmaster Theory Complete

  • Jul 2023 STCW 1st Aid Complete

  • Sep 2023 RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance Complete

  • Dec 2023 RYA Coastal Skipper Complete

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  • Provisioning
  • Cooking
  • Photo editing
  • Climbing
  • Swedish
  • Aromatherapy
  • Hot Stone
  • Deep Tissue
  • Reflexology
  • Route planning
  • Line handling
  • Watch-keeping
  • Sail repairs
  • Fore and aft trimming
  • Radio Operator
  • Weather planning
  • Navigation
  • Helmsmen
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Nutritionist
  • Photography
  • Teaching
  • Musician
  • General building
  • Varnishing
  • Polishing
  • Cleaning
  • Managerial Skills
  • IT Literate
  • Video editing
  • Rig maintenance/Set-up
  • Tender driving
  • Blogger/Writer
  • Cinematography
  • Fiberglass Repair
  • Carpentary
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Luka: First Mate on challenging month long passage, La Gomera to Gosport.


To whom it may concern, I was lucky to receive, Luka, as crew on a recent delivery trip, starting in La Gomera, Canary Islands, finishing in Gosport, UK via Madeira. We had a wide range of weather on this trip; force 8 winds, large seas, rain and hail. 3 blue water passages and a Channel crossing. A torn mainsail mid-Biscay, various breakages and problems to solve en route (old boat!). Luka handled herself, the crew and the boat with ease throughout, she was actually the only crew member to see it through until the end. Luka is a very competent sailor and importantly always asks questions if she has any doubt. She is not 'gung-ho', she is confident and methodical. She knows how to interpret weather forecasts, complete passage plans and has a great holistic understanding of boats and sailing. She is observant and if she see's something that needs to be done, she does it. She has a wide range of knowledge, experience and is a very thoughtful crew member. She can also comfortably take the lead managing crew during manoeuvres. On a couple of legs on this trip we double-handed, something I do not usually do, but due to an understanding of her ability I felt totally comfortable with it. We completed the trip as a pair and it was extremely smooth. I'd recommend her as crew to anyone and would definitely sail with her again. Given the chance she will exceed your expectations performing any task and is well on the way to becoming a fantastic skipper herself.

20th Apr 2023

Cook, first mate,


Luka is an excellent sailor. She attentive and on point always. We connected on Crewbay and we did a 6 days inter island run in the Canaries. Food was great too! Highly recommended…

10th Sep 2022

Sailor, crew and first mate.


To whom it may concern. I have sailed and travelled with Luka. We sailed together a couple of times in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. In the uk, we sailed to the Scillies from Plymouth and back to Star Cross, Exeter, spending time around St Mary’s and Tresco. We sailed together in 2021/2022 from Palma, Mallorca back to Las Palmas and from there across the Atlantic, to St Lucia, while I was first mate. She is a well versed and adaptable person. She brings to the table an incredible, eclectic and varied set of skills. She is both interesting and interested. She is immensely passionate about sailing, while good at following instruction, she is very able and experienced to be left alone, to sail and watch for both day and night. She is passionate about weather and routing. Her experience, natural intelligence, ability to problem solve are real assets. Her want to learn and willingness to be involved is exemplary. Sincerely Christian Ferree Skipper/Off shore yacht master

14th Jun 2022

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