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  • Marek Wilk

    • 34, Polish
    • Spain
    • Checked in 3 months ago

Looking for a Delivery Crew, 1st Mate, Deckhand or Competent Crew position

Hello sailors! My name is Marek, a 33 years old sailor from Poland. I'm interested in finding a position as a Delivery Crew, 1st Mate, Deckhand or Competent Crew and also develop myself as a Skipper/Captain. I am currently in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.
I am a certified Yacht and Motorboat Skipper who is looking for opportunities to gain more experience in the sailing world.
I've been sailing since I was 16 but gained most of my open ocean/sea experience during:
2018 Plymouth, UK to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on 37 foot slup,
2019 Porticello, Sicily to La Linea de la Concepcion, Gibraltar on 39 foot ketch,
2021 Cartagena, Spain to Ibiza, Spain and back on 82 foot slup,
2021/2022 Mallorca, Spain to Guadeloupe, Caribbean on 54 foot catamaran,
2022 Guadelupe-St.Marteen-St.Barth-Martinique doing yacht deliveries,
2022 Martinique to Panama on 40 foot slup,
2022 Vilamoura, Portugal to Combarro, Spain on 72 foot ketch, there season around Galicia, Vigo, Baiona, Sanxenxo, Santradan, Aldan, then back to Vilamoura,
2022 Combarro to Cascais on 57 foot slup.
Total over 10 000+ miles.

My certificates:
- PYA Certificate of Competency of Yacht Skipper No. C/96
- PYA Certificate of Competency of Motorboat Skipper No. 040341
- STCW Basic Safety Training Certificate:
1. Personal Survival Techniques
2. Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
3. Elementary First Aid
4. Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
No. GUM-5425-164536-16390/2022
- STCW Certificate of Proficiency in Security-awareness
No. GUM-1350-164536-16410/2022
-SRC Certificate issued by UKE Gdynia No. GS-33594
-Open Water Diver Certificate ID No: 735142Z6544443740633-PT
-ENG1 Medical Certificate No. 4227/22
-ESTA (for USA)
I can provide a photo of every document listed above.

While sailing my duties were to take day/night watches, (I have experienced many night crossings, port navigation and entry), set, reef and trim sails, radar and radio operating, navigation, assist engineer and carpenter, fibreglass repairs, steering, operate moorings, cleaning, setting table, serving guests. I've been climbing masts, diving under the hulls and into engine chambers. I am not afraid of bad weather but I know it is more important to plan and avoid it.
I am available for delivery, even long ones like Atlantic crossing. I am also interested in 1st mate, watch-keeper or deckhand, preferably on sailing vessels.
I am applying solo but there is a friend of mine, Captain with 20 years+ experience with whom we make a great team.

My previous job was inter-media technician in a theatre in Warsaw. I did light, sound and video there. My other interests are: music, I play drums and piano, analog and digital photography (strong edit skills - Lightroom) (https://www.behance.net/marekwilk), videography (camera operator and basic edit - Premiere Pro). I also did visuals (VJ) and I am a rollerblader:)

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About me

  • Availability Available now

  • LocationSpain

  • NationalityPolish

  • Age34

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languagesEnglish, Polish

  • Basic knowledge ofSpanish

  • SmokerNo

  • Visible tattoosNo

  • VISAs Schengen visa (or EU citizenship)

  • Sea miles10,000+

  • Required position Delivery Crew
    1st Mate

  • Expected arrangement Professional

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Experience log

    • Date: 1st May 2022

      Duration: 5 months

      Experience Type: Charter work

    • Preparing 72 feet ketch for a season in Vilamoura, Portugal then sailed to Combarro. In Galicia spend 3 months sailing around with guests. Vigo, Baiona, Sanxenxo, Santradan, San Cibran. Then went back to Vilamoura with 3 weeks stop in Porto. 1st Mate

    • Date: 1st January 2022

      Duration: 7 days

      Experience Type: Delivery

    • Martinique, Caribbean - Puerto Lindo, Panama, 1st Mate

    • Date: 1st December 2021

      Duration: 7 days

      Experience Type: Delivery

    • Short deliveries on Caribbean Islands: Guadelupe - St. Marteen - St. Barth - Martinique, 1st Mate

    • Date: 1st November 2021

      Duration: 1 month

      Experience Type: Delivery

    • Bali 5.4 catamaran from Mallorca to St. Marteen, 1st Mate

    • Date: 1st March 2021

      Duration: 7 days

      Experience Type: Charter work

    • Cartagena - Ibiza - Cartagena 82 feet slup 1st Mate

    • Date: 1st June 2019

      Duration: 1 month

      Experience Type: Professional

    • Sicily - Gibraltar, 39 feet ketch Crew, Helmsman

    • Date: 1st July 2018

      Duration: 2 months

      Experience Type: Professional

    • United Kingdom - Gran Canaria, 37 feet slup Crew, Helmsman

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  • Aug 2019 PYA - Yacht Skipper Cert. Complete

  • Jun 2022 PADI - Open Water Complete

  • Oct 2022 STCW 95 Fire Fighting Complete

  • Oct 2022 STCW Medical First Aid Complete

  • Oct 2022 STCW 95 Personal Safety and Social Responsibility Complete

  • Oct 2022 STCW 95 Basic Safety Training Complete

  • Oct 2022 Short Range VHF / GMDSS Complete

  • Oct 2022 ENG1 cert. Complete

  • Oct 2022 STCW 95 Maritime Security Awareness Complete

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  • Photo editing
  • Video editing
  • Route planning
  • Line handling
  • Filing & Fairing
  • Watch-keeping
  • Fore and aft trimming
  • Weather planning
  • Navigation
  • Helmsmen
  • Cinematography
  • Photography
  • Musician
  • General building
  • Varnishing
  • Polishing
  • Cleaning
  • Galley Assistant
  • Provisioning
  • Scuba diving
  • Rig maintenance/Set-up
  • Rigging
  • Radio Operator
  • Tender driving
  • Fiberglass Repair
  • Microsoft office
  • Marine First Aid
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Q: What’s your favourite boating experience? Night starry sky, being offshore and see nothing but sea around, sunrises and sunsets, visiting new places and meet new cultures.

Q: What’s your worst boating experience? Volvo Penta MD17 Diesel engine;P

Q: How long have you been boating and what made you start? I've started on lakes when I was 14 or 16. Then suddenly in 2018 it happened for me to join 2000+ miles delivery and that's how it started. Now I need at least few moths on seas to stay sane;)

Q: What are your sailing ambitions? What’s the next challenge? One day I want to do the Big Circle with Cape Horn and Cape of Good Hope. If it goes bad it would take 2-3 years, if it goes good it would take 20+ years;)

Q: Where’s your favourite boating destination? Where water is warm and drinks are cold.

Q: What is your favourite boat and why? I love to sail on Ketch type boats because they are easy to balance with front (Stay, Genoa) and Mizzen sail.

Q: What is the longest passage you’ve completed without stops? It was 17 days from Tenerife to Guadelupe on 54 foot catamaran.

Q: What’s your funniest experience? It was pretty funny when flying fish flew to crewmate cabin;P

Q: What is it about being on the water that makes you tick? It's pure essence, you need to do what is necessary to survive and there is no "it can't be done" on the sea. Great test for character and social competences.

Q: Gin and Tonic in a beautiful anchorage or trimming the sails to get an extra half knot? I am not a racer;)

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  • Confirmed

    From: Tomasz Piotrowski

    Relationship: Oficer Of the Watch/Delivery Crew

    Date: 21 Dec 2022

  • Letter of reference. To whom it might concern. Marek Wilk joined s/y Nellas, a 17 meter Bali 5.4 catamaran, on November 18, 2021 as a watch officer during yacht delivery from Palma de Mallorca to Saint-Martin. We started our cruise after preparations that included checking all systems, getting ready sails and deck, tidying engine room, checking navigation instruments connections, mast climbing and sorting halyards and provisioning. During the cruise we covered 4266.5 miles (611.5 hours, 517 under sails). We were sailing in fog (using horn signals and AIS), winds up to 45 knots and seas level up to 5. Marek performed very well as day and night navigation watch officer and was very helpful with repairs at sea like removing Diesel (Sea) Bug. He was operating the ship's dinghy and VHF. Marek was responsible for filling in the Ship's Log Book. He also participated in kitchen watches. Sailing with Marek onboard as watch officer was safe and fun, he remained reliable in deteriorating weather conditions, was inventive, quick and precise. He is very capable and eager to learn more about sailing. However he stays professional as situation requests, he is easy going and a nice person. I would recommend Marek Wilk to any Captain and I am sure he will add great value to any crew. Yacht Captain Tomasz Piotrowski KAPITAN JACHTOWY Patent nr 737 Tomasz Piotrowski

  • Confirmed

    From: Jakub Zamyślewski

    Relationship: 1st Mate/Delivery Crew

    Date: 20 Dec 2022

  • Letter of reference. To whom it may concern. Marek Wilk joined s/y Leeloo, 37 foot slup on July of 2018. The cruise begun in Plymouth, UK and ended in Las Palmas, Spain. He was part of 3 person crew and performed very well during difficulties like malfunction of steering gear and remained reliable on rough waters of Biscay Bay. Marek is a good helmsman, navigator and day/night watch keeper. His other duties was to set and read radar, communicate via radio, read AIS as well as setting, trimming and reefing sails, operate with moorings. Marek is a trustworthy sailor and I would recommend him to any captain/owner, he is also very outgoing person easy to get along with. Jakub Zamyślewski Email: sailingclub.bydgoszcz@gmail.com

  • Confirmed

    From: Enda Connellan

    Relationship: 1st Mate/Crew

    Date: 20 Dec 2022

  • Wife Of Pi, Portimao 14/9/22 To whom it may concern. I have known Marek Wilk for the summer of 2022 when "Wiife Of Pi" and "Orchestra" cruised in company from Vilamoura to Combarro and the rias and back to Lisbon. marek is a very competent sailor and watchkeeper and very attentive to his duties at all times. Signed E.P.Connellan master mariner and owner of Wife Of Pi. Endaconnellan@gmail.com

  • Confirmed

    From: Michael Craughwell

    Relationship: 1st Mate/Crew

    Date: 20 Dec 2022

  • To whom it may concern. This is to certify that Marek Wilk joined the yacht Orchestra, a 20 meter Jongert ketch on April 21 2022 as first officer (mate). From that date to 1st of June he was involved in familiarisation of the yacht systems, preparing her for a cruise from our winter port Vilamoura Portugal, to our summer port, Combarro in Galicia. The preparation covered everything including sails, deck prep, engine room, navigation instrumentation, reorganising the ships storage plan, mast climbing to sort halyards etc. During this time he completed a SSI open water diving course successfully. This proved to be very useful on at least one occasion when we had fouled a redundant chain from a disused mussel raft. During the cruise we covered 1281 miles (160 hours), 4 overnights as watch leader, multiple anchoring and dockings, sailing in fog using AIS and Radar, winds up to 35 knots and seas up to 3.5 mtrs. He was able and willing to prep, cook and present food at sea. He was in charge of launching the ships RIB, transporting guests to and from beach landings and islands. He also used the ships VHF to communicat with marinas etc. Marek is a fine capable young sailor. He intends making a career at sea. He shared quarters with his fellow crew and they worked very well as a team. He was well liked by guests and all involved with our 2022 cruise. I would be happy to have Marek with us again and have no hesitation in recommending to any prospective yacht captain or owner. I wish him well with his future career. YACHT Michael Craughwell (Capt / Owner) Yacht Orchestra Irish Cruising Club Tel: +353 87 8114310 39 Threadneedle Road, Salthill, Galway, Ireland Email: yatorchestra@gmail.com GALWAY IRELAND OFFICAL NUMBER 403729

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I recommend Marek to any captain, he is a very good, communicative sailor. With Marek at the helm you can sleep peacefully.

21st Dec 2022

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