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    • 70, British/Italian
    • Italy
    • Checked in 19 hours ago

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Looking for a Skipper position on a sailboat in the Mediterranean.

I am a skipper with an Italian all-seas licence for sailing and motorboats up to 25 meters, I started sailing many years ago with my uncle on a Grand Soleil 43' in the Tyrrhenian Sea but then I decided to enrol in the Caprera Miltary School of Sailing where I did 3 courses to establish the basics on smaller boats like J24.
In 2008 I bought a Beneteau First 40.7 which was a very technical boat and I kept her in Ravenna where I started racing in all the local regattas but then I moved up to long-distance regattas sailing from Italy to Croatia and back. I have sailed her 13/14 times from Ravenna to Trieste to participate in the Barcolana always arriving in the first 300 boats one particular year 2800 boats were participating and we finished 167th which is incredible for a standard sailboat with an amateur crew keeping in mind the first 200/250 boats were all professional.
I sailed every year with my family for summer holidays in Croatia or Venice and occasionally hired the boat with me as a skipper to international clients for daily trips.
After 15 years I decided to sell my boat and move on to larger and different boats becoming a skipper for private and charter companies therefore sailing different seas to different destinations. I skippered for a charter company with a brand new Grand Soleil 52' for a couple of years with a base in Genoa that had only international clients. We would sail from Genoa to the islands of Corsica and Sardinia including all the smaller islands. Sometimes we had clients in the winter months when things were much different.
For the past two years, I was the lead boat of 3 x 45' sailboats working for an American school that recruits kids from the ages of 12 to 17 years old from all over the world speaking only English on board The trips were organised to leave Nettuno near Rome and to sail to the Pontine islands for a week. This was for 3/4 weeks finally carrying a total of 80/100 children.

I was born in England but I have lived in Italy for over 30 years so I am bilingual and having travelled to France very often I also know basic French. I have a very calm character and I get on well with both children and adults. I have always exercised a great passion for navigation, sailing (not motoring) and the sea. I am currently retired so I can practice skipper activities with plenty of freedom. In my life, I have practised professions in commerce, sales and import of antique furniture from all parts of the world and in catering (participation in the management of family restaurants and ice cream parlours) in my younger days. For the last few years before retirement, I have worked as a manager in the export offices of different companies promoting their Made in Italy products internationally.

Having sailed for over 30 years and owned a very technical sailboat for over 15 years, I consider myself not only a skilled all-around sailor but also an expert in the management and maintenance of a sailboat. I believe I have the right experience to conduct various types and sizes of sailboats in the Mediterranean having sailed extensively both the Tirreno and Adriatic seas.
In my spare time, I do voluntary work helping in the cafeteria of the Caritas for the poor and homeless people. I am fully vaccinated for Covid 2019, I am very fit and strong practising daily yoga, meditation and cycling.
I recently acquired certificates for 1st AID and HACCP food.
Please feel free to contact me for more information, I use WhatsApp.

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  • Availability Available now

  • LocationItaly

  • NationalityBritish/Italian

  • Age70

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languagesEnglish, Italian

  • Basic knowledge ofFrench

  • SmokerNo

  • Visible tattoosYes

  • VISAs Schengen visa (or EU citizenship)

  • Sea miles10,000+

  • Required position Competent Crew
    1st Mate

  • Location preferenceMediterranean

  • Expected arrangement Professional / Recreational

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  • Apr 2024 1st Aid Progressing

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  • Watch-keeping
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