Commercially Endorsed skipper, YM coastal, looking to join company or individuals with their own boat 2020.
Hello, I've got to the stage in life with no dependents that going to work is starting to feel more and more like groundhog day. At the age of 56 life is becoming too short to miss out on what the world has to offer. I'm well aware that I may not have the fitness in 15 years time, so I'm intending not to miss out. I'd rather be standing at the bar in my 70's talking about where I've been rather than where I should have been. I'm a civil servant and have been working for the MoD for the past 24 years as a specialist instructional officer. However, if the right opportunity comes along I may consider semi-retiring. This isn't going to keep me in the lifestyle I have been accustomed too hence why I will have to find some work. I intend to sell up in UK and put my furniture into storage (I can stay with a friend when returning for short periods). Therefore, with no dependency on the UK I'm looking forward to the future. I am also considering with my lump sum from the civil service buying a small boat like an old Moody and use that as a base or live-a board. I'm just juggling the options right now. I have been sailing for the past 6-7 years and within my first month of learning to sail I went from a total amateur to Day Skipper (practical) within a month, I say that to hopefully show you that I have a genuine passion for sailing. Since then I have passed relevant courses associated... However, I still need to do my YM offshore, my cruising instructor, plus radar and diesel, although starting out as a mechanic many years ago I'm no novice to engines. I have chartered twice abroad; once on a flotilla in Turkey and secondly a bareboat charter in Croatia. I jointly skipper/race a 32ft (SJ 320) yacht in the UK from a port called Scarborough and have competed in the North Sea Race to Holland 2017 & 2019. Currently my experience has been gained from over 3000 miles racing mainly on weekends on coastal and bay races. I'm more than happy to take night watches or partake in general maintenance. I don't get sea sick, one of the lucky ones, I'm more than happy to go from the helm, winches, main or standby the galley cooking a meal on the passage. Also just as happy to help plan or take my stint at the chart table. I have done some cruising on a catamaran in 2018, sailing down from Corsica to Sicily as part of a holiday with a member from Crewbay fraternity and again in 2019 sailed on 52ft Oceanis down the west leg of Italy. Thank you for looking at my profile and if you think I can help out in anyway then please get in touch. Dave.