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  • Wiseoldsaltydog

    • 64, French
    • General (Europe)
    • Checked in 1 week ago

Looking for a Captain, Cook, or 1st Mate positions for 2024

I'm looking for a voluntary or paid position starting sometimes in 2024.
I've worked as a cruising instructor and delivery skipper in my younger days and had a French merchant navy qualification then (now well out of date). I have been maintenance manager for a fleet of seven cruising boats, the biggest of them 12 m, and I've owned many boats, so I'm pretty good at boat repair and maintenance.
I am a good cook (vegetarian / vegan) with extensive professional experience in this field (I still part own a small vegetarian restaurant).
I know the coast of Europe from Scotland to Gibraltar pretty well. I have also cruised extensively in the Caribbean between Grenada and Anguilla as well as in the Western Mediterranean.
I am looking for a voluntary or paid position as a skipper, 1st mate or cook from anywhere in Europe.
I'm very adaptable, easy going and kind and will fit well in most crew, but I will not sail with smokers or heavy drinkers. Being a father of two (now grown up), I'm fine with kids.
I'm perfectly bilingual French and English, and I am currently learning Spanish.

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About me

  • Availability 8th February 2024

  • LocationGeneral (Europe)

  • NationalityFrench

  • Age64

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languagesEnglish, French

  • Basic knowledge ofSpanish

  • SmokerNo

  • Visible tattoosNo

  • VISAs Schengen visa (or EU citizenship)

  • Sea miles10,000+

  • Required position Captain
    1st Mate

  • Location preferenceEurope

  • Expected arrangement Professional

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Experience log

    • Date: 1st January 2024

      Duration: 1 day

      Experience Type: Mile building

    • worked as a professional skiper / cruising instructor in my 20s and early 30s, then moved on to other (mostly tourism related) pursuits, but continued sailing on my own boats, as well as, occasionally on other people's

    • Date: 1st January 2022

      Duration: 1 day

      Experience Type: Mile building

    • Several cruises and deliveries on sailing boats up to 22 m between Scotland and the Canaries over the past 40 years, mostly as skipper, but occasionally as 1st mate or crew. I've also sailed extensively in the Caribbean between Grenada and St Martin. Four summer seasons as a cruising instructor in France and in Ireland on boats up to 40 feet. 5 transatlantic crossings, one of them solo. I've owned a few boats too. Excellent cook (vegetarian/vegan) with professional experience in this field.

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  • Jan 2022 ICC Power/Sail Complete

  • Jan 1991 RYA Yachtmaster Complete

  • May 1985 Senior Instructor Complete

  • Apr 1981 1st Aid Complete

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  • Galley Assistant
  • Provisioning
  • Cooking
  • Microsoft office
  • Photo editing
  • Waterskiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Aromatherapy
  • Route planning
  • Line handling
  • Watch-keeping
  • Whipping and splicing
  • Sail repairs
  • Rig maintenance/Set-up
  • Fore and aft trimming
  • Rigging
  • Radio Operator
  • Weather planning
  • Navigation
  • Helmsmen
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Tender driving
  • Blogger/Writer
  • Teaching
  • Diesel engine repair
  • Fiberglass Repair
  • Carpentary
  • General building
  • Varnishing
  • Polishing
  • Cleaning
  • Managerial Skills
  • IT Literate
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Plumbing and Heating
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Q: Where’s your favourite boating destination? West coast of Ireland. Beautiful, uncrowded, safe anchorages, friendly locals, and usually plenty of wind for sailing. I also like the Caribbean, as the sailing conditions are great there, but it's way too crowded.

Q: What is the longest passage you’ve completed without stops? Guadeloupe to the Azores, two-handed with my then 16 years old son on a 42 foot catamaran

Q: Gin and Tonic in a beautiful anchorage or trimming the sails to get an extra half knot? trim the sail. I rarely drink, and certainly not G&T.

Q: What’s your favourite boating experience? Too many to mention any particular one. I especially like full moon nights offshore and sunrises at sea. And downwind sailing in the tradewinds.

Q: What’s your worst boating experience? Sailing through thunderstorms single handed between the Canaries and the Azores. Thunder and lightning all around the boat, it was like being on a battlefield, not knowing if the next hit is for you. Very frightening.

Q: What is your favourite boat and why? The one I'm on. The other ones are just memories or fantasies

Q: What are your sailing ambitions? What’s the next challenge? Sailing in the ice. I love wild and remote places, so the East coast of Greenland, or may be Antarctica, look like places I would like. The North West passage would be a nice challenge.

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