Reliable, hard working, and a very competent sailor. These are a few words that come to mind to describe working with Mr. Hoeksema. A young man with quality experience, any Skipper or owner would find themselves lucky and gracious to have Connor aboard their vessel. We’ve sailed over 1500 nm together on charters and deliveries and he’s always willing to take the dirty job, whip up a quick meal when no one else can, and keeps a cold clean head when faced with a challenge. Totally trustworthy on watch. Not to mention he’s a hell of a helmsman, and his demeanor under pressure is both thrilling and reassuring, which speaks to his experience as a sailor and a pilot. I personally witnessed him sail into a slippery inlet and onto dock with 30kts of wind, cross current, with breakers and rip rap on either side. He’s pretty fun to hang with also, especially if you enjoy a bit of marlinspike. He’s going places and you’d be lucky to hire him.
21st Nov 2023