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    • 57, English/Canadian
    • Tunisia
    • Checked in 3 hours ago
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  • Central Mediterranean Cruising 2024

    (This advert updated October 2023) We will leave Tunisia around March/April 2024 sailing to Malta. After that I am open to suggestion. Either NE to Greece or NW and the Balearics. Winter 2024 will be back in Tunisia again arriving October/November. Th...

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  • NationalityEnglish/Canadian

  • Age57

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Basic knowledge of French
    German

  • Qualifications 1st Aid
    CPR
    RYA Day Skipper Practical
    RYA Yachtmaster Theory
    Short Range VHF / GMDSS
    International Certificate Of Competency (ICC)
    PADI - Instructor Development Course (IDC)

  • Sea Miles 2,500 - 10,000

I am English but grew up in Canada and have dual nationality. I have travelled a lot, lived in 10 countries and visited or worked in more than 40 so far. I think travel gives you a broader outlook on life. I served in the British Army (Soldier, Helicopter Pilot, Communications Engineer), since then I have been an IT Consultant, Roadie, Sound Engineer, Cowboy and Scuba Instructor. I can be persuaded to tell stories about most of these experiences and some are even funny and interesting. I live on my boat and am wandering to find new places to explore and scuba dive. Life should be slow paced and relaxing, it is all about the journey and this journey is In a westerly direction and meandering.

I live on a sailboat because I wanted to slow down and go through life at sailboat speeds. Life has been full of ups and downs so far... but sailing life is definitely at the top end of the ups and is a beautiful and therapeutic way to live. I can comfortably sail my boat solo but I find it more enjoyable sharing the journey with someone that appreciates the beauty that is mother nature all around us.

I see an Atlantic crossing in a couple of years to start exploring the Caribbean and Bahamas for a while. I have friends who have crossed the Atlantic already who want to join the crew for the crossing so I won't be short of experienced help. I plan to be a team of 4 for the crossing.

I also want to explore the South Pacific but am not in a hurry to get there.

I can cook and enjoy doing it but am lazy about it when I am solo. I am not a vegetarian but don't need meat with every meal (the boat has been vegetarian and vegan at various times to accommodate crew requirements) I can juggle balls and am trying to learn to juggle clubs (difficult on a boat). I like to have music playing on the boat.

Marinas are for fuel resupply and emptying wallets, I prefer to stay on the hook in beautiful quiet bays.

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Vessel

  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • Make/modelOlympic Sea 42

  • Length12 metres

  • Berth4

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionA 1991 Olympic Sea 42. Furling sails with all lines back to the cockpit for safety and solo sailing, well maintained, a good set of electronics and she sails beautifully. 3 double cabins (but the 3rd cabin is for equipment and storage), new cooker in the galley and a new 45l freezer. 400Ah of batteries and lots of solar. 400 litres of water storage plus a watermaker and 230 litres of diesel. New mast, standing rigging and running rigging in 2016. Last surveyed March 2019. Liferaft, EPIRB, AIS, oversized Rocna for secure nights at anchor. Dinghy with Mercury outboard. Paddleboard.

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Safe space in the middle of the Med

5

I had the chance to crew for Mark in August and had the adventure of a lifetime! His yacht is a very reliable sailing vessel, making you feel at home right away and keeping you safe while on the journey. Mark has an amazing attitude, is very open minded and a lot of fun! He has a great sense of humour and countless of great stories to tell. His calm and unflappable attitude makes it easy to work through unexpected events together. He'd always explain situations and reassure his approach in difficult situations, keeping the crew in mind. We met as strangers and left as friends - I'll definitely be back as soon as I have the chance! Thank you for this journey, Mark!

30th Aug 2023

My first experience as crew

5

I have been on Elnath from the end of March until the end of June 2023. I felt at home and was happy to find a welcoming and caring Skipper, with a great sense of humor. Mark is knowledgable, explains his reasoning, communicates his decisions clearly, values your input and has a plan for almost everything ready, buuut all plans are written in pencil.

4th Jul 2023

Great skipper and boat!

5

Safe skipper, cool guy, great boat. After 3 chilled weeks onboard I definitely recommend ?⛵?✅✅✅.

23rd Sep 2022

Thank you Mark and Elnath

5

I crewed for Mark onboard Elnath mid-April until the end of June 2022. I joined them in Tunisia as a complete beginner sailor – no experience at all. We spent that first week in the marina getting to know each other and getting ready for our sail over to Licata Italy as soon as the weather granted. So, my first sail ever was cross continent, with a man I met on the internet! No lie, it takes a special kind of human for a young solo girl to choose to make this venture with. Luckily for me, Mark, from the get-go was an excellent captain and very patient. He made me feel straight at home onboard Elnath and during all our time sailing he took extremely good care of me and my good friend Cords when she later joined us. He always let me have more sleep on the crossings which was so great since I really needed it with some of my sea sickness in the beginning! He is Fair, honest, kind, direct and a great teacher! We sailed around the southeast coast of Italy up to Syracuse, from here over to Pylos Bay then we cruised the Ionian Sea for the lush majority. During this time, Mark taught me how to sail, anchor, do engine checks, navigate, steer, feel the wind and its direction, live on a boat! A fine art and practice that involves a lot of pumping the toilet flusher 17 odd times, washing dishes with saltwater and making friends with cockroaches (or more so screaming for Mark to kill them). Bless their little souls. We did have great fun though, visited so many beautiful places, met really lovely people and swam in such clear blue waters it was utter paradise. We even fitted a water maker! Credit where credits due, I was merely a nodder to his plans and a holder of tools his tools, whilst Mark carefully and cleverly constructed the system together. Another thing mark was always careful about planning was our voyages/destinations. By using the weather and various other apps, we were always sailing in safe weather and had solid anchorages. Plus, this way we were able to find some of the most magnificent spots! The trip was filled with laughter, storytelling, good food and rum cocktails! Cord and I even managed to drag Mark out for one night of wild fun in Zakynthos. Even here he was such an angel – waiting until the early hours of the morning after he’d gone back to the boat to come collect us both on his dingy. Mark will bend over backwards for his crew. I know he takes pride in that just as he takes pride in his crew. I feel very blessed to have had such a wonderful experience on a safe, sturdy vessel with a Captain equally as safe, and chilled. Though I am still very novice at the skills I learnt onboard; there’s one that way that can never be untaught, and that’s boat life. It’s safe to say Mark made a sailor of me and to this lifestyle I am hooked. Thank you mark. Thank you, Elnath. Thank you, fair winds, and sometimes following seas.

7th Sep 2022

Badass Skipper and Teacher

5

I hopped onto Elnath with Mark in Greece knowing nothing about boats or sailing. To say Mark was a patient, amazing teacher and friend is an understatement. I put all my trust in him in regards for my safety and I never once regretted it. Though we hit a few bumps along the road as all voyages do, Mark took them in a calm and calculated stride to protect his boat, crew and himself. Very grateful for the couple months I got to spend with him and learn on Elnath. Fair winds and following seas, Mark!

16th Feb 2022

Maiden Voyage

5

From Athens to Limassol, the maiden voyage had everything you could want. From calm serenity to some boystrous & challenging conditions, both Mark and his new home handled them within their stride. I felt comfortable and at ease with the capabilities of boat and skipper working together as one. We shared some good laughs, interesting debates and a democratic view on how we faced decisions, problems and i enjoyed the positive rhythmn that was created. I have skippered my own boat, delivered boats and sailed for fun on others boats, this is one boat i would return to without hesitation. Have an amazing summer, fair winds and fun new experiences.

6th Jun 2019

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