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  • Wiseoldsaltydog

    • 64, European
    • General (Europe)
    • Checked in 6 days ago

Looking for a skipper, 1st mate or cook position from mid September

I'm looking for a paid or voluntary position from mid-September onward
I'm a former yacht master instructor and professional skipper with many offshore passages to my name, including a solo transatlantic crossing. I have sailed about 50 000 miles, mostly as skipper or first mate on a variety of monohulls and catamarans up to 65 foot. I know the European Atlantic coast between Scotland and Gibraltar very well, and have also worked in the Med and the Caribbean. Having been the maintenance manager for a fleet of about forty boats, I'm pretty good at boat maintenance.
I'm now coming back to sailing after a long break to raise a family, and I'm in the process of getting my professional qualifications (Yactmaster offshore commercially endorsed) revalidated. This will be done by mid september.
I have also extensive professional experience in the catering and hospitality trade (I still part own a vegetarian / vegan restaurant), so a position as a cook or chef (vegetarian / vegan preferably) could also suit me well.
I'm perfectly bilingual French and English and I speak some Spanish.

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About me

  • Availability 15th September 2024

  • LocationGeneral (Europe)

  • NationalityEuropean

  • 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

    • about 50 000 miles mostly as skipper, cruising instructor or first mate, on boats up to 65 foot, in Europe and the Caribbean. 5 transatlantic crossings, 4 of them as skipper

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  • May 2024 STCW 1st Aid Complete

  • Apr 1984 VHF Radio Telephony Complete

  • May 2024 STCW Basic Safety Training Complete

  • Sep 2024 STCW Proficiency in Medical Care Progressing

  • Sep 2021 ICC Power/Sail Complete

  • May 2024 MCA Sea Survival Complete

  • May 1985 RYA Senior Dingy Instructor Complete

  • Feb 1986 MCA /RYA Approved Engine Course Complete

  • May 2024 ENG1 cert. Complete

  • May 2024 Short Range VHF / GMDSS Complete

  • Apr 1991 RYA Yachtmaster Complete

  • May 2024 Safety at Sea/Sea Survival Complete

  • May 2024 STCW 95 Compliant Progressing

  • Jul 2024 STCW Medical First Aid Progressing

  • May 2024 STCW Fire Fighting Progressing

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  • Cooking
  • Windsurfing
  • Route planning
  • Teaching
  • Carpentary
  • Provisioning
  • Microsoft office
  • Photo editing
  • 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
  • Marine First Aid
  • Diesel engine repair
  • Fiberglass Repair
  • General building
  • Varnishing
  • Managerial Skills
  • IT Literate
  • Blogger/Writer
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Q: What is your favourite boat and why? The one I'm on. The other ones are just memories or fantasies

Q: What’s your favourite boating experience? sailing offshore with a fair wind. Give me the tradewinds anytime.

Q: What are your sailing ambitions? What’s the next challenge? Sailing in the ice. Arctic or Antarctica. The NW passage.

Q: Where’s your favourite boating destination? West of Ireland: uncrowded, beautiful, well sheltered anchorages, and friendly local. Usually plenty of wind for sailing.

Q: What is the longest passage you’ve completed without stops? Distance: Guadeloupe to Terceira (Azores), 2 handed with my then 16 years old son on a 42 foot catamaran (2900 miles) Time: Guadeloupe to Horta (Azores) Single handed on a 35 foot sloop (23 days)

Q: Gin and Tonic in a beautiful anchorage or trimming the sails to get an extra half knot? The extra speed. I'm not a racer, but I like sailing well . Besides, I rarely drink and certainly not G&T.

Q: What’s your worst boating experience? Sailing through thunderstorms on a single-handed passage from the Canaries to the Azores. Thunder and lighting all around the boat. It was like being on a battlefield, not knowing if the next hit is going to be for you. Andthe wind was all over the place.

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