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  • Wiseoldsaltydog

    • 63, French
    • General (Europe)
    • Checked in 1 month ago

Looking for a Competent Crew, Cook, Captain or 1st Mate position

I'm a wise old salty dog, looking for a voluntary or paid position in the Caribbean this winter.
For many years, I have searched for wisdom, on sea and on land (I'm well travelled and have lived in a few different countries). I've also searched inwards: I practice and teach yoga and meditation whenever I can.
I've worked as a cruising instructor and delivery skipper in my younger days. 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 Caribbean well, having spent several weeks cruising between Grenada and Anguilla.
I will be in the Caribbean from January onwards, and I am looking for a voluntary or paid position as a skipper, 1st mate or cook.
I may also consider a crewing position on a boat sailing from the Caribbean to Colombia or Central America
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.

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About me

  • Availability 15th January 2023

  • LocationGeneral (Europe)

  • NationalityFrench

  • Age63

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languagesEnglish, French

  • Basic knowledge ofSpanish

  • SmokerNo

  • Visible tattoosNo

  • VISAs None

  • Sea miles10,000+

  • Required position Competent Crew
    1st Mate

  • Location preferenceCaribbean

  • Expected arrangement Professional / Recreational

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Experience log

    • Date: 1st January 2022

      Duration: 1 day

      Experience Type: Mile building

    • 3 transatlantic crossings, 2 of them as skipper 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 ocasionnaly as 1s mate or crew. I've owned a few boats too.

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  • Jan 2022 ICC Power/Sail Complete

  • Jan 1991 RYA Yachtmaster Complete

  • May 1985 Senior Instructor Complete

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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, but find it a bit 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. I particularly like full moon nights offshore, and sunrises at sea

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 are your sailing ambitions? What’s the next challenge?

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