Paul Barker, male, 64

Ref 23774

Nationality: United Kingdom
Currently based in: Bury, United Kingdom
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 22000 ocean miles / 4000 coastal miles
Hi and thanks for looking at my profile. I have a qualified Competent Crew Certificate. I have a positive attitude and am a team player. My skills in the kitchen/galley are fair to good, I am not afraid to have a go at anything, I love being on board. I can tie knots, know how to set an anchor, tie up alongside a pontoon, I can plot a course, I have the basics of how a diesel engine runs and how to bleed it if it should run out of fuel. I can do basic checks for the likes of water in the fuel system and oil / water checks, if a filter needs changing then I can do that. I have recently completed a RYA St John Ambulance First Aid Course (exp 2020) and RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course, and have also completed my RYA SRC/VHF Radio course. In 2017 I have been sailing in the South Pacific, sailing from Brisbane to New Caledonia and Vanuatu then Fiji. I have done the E to W Atlantic crossing (3 times 2017, 2018 & 2020) and crewed around the Caribbean for 3 seasons. In Aug 2019 I sailed across the Bay of Biscay from north Wales to Morocco. I have sailed Cape Town to Grenada via Namibia, Saint Helena and Brazil (WARC 2019 / 2020) Whilst on COVID-19 lockdown in Grenada I crewed on 2 family boats until June 20. Jun 2020 I did W to E Atlantic crossing to the Azores on a Lagoon 450. I am now back in the U.K. and will be free to move to another location from mid Nov 22 I am quite an adventuress and a fun loving young 62 year old single man who wants to sail and learn a foreign language or two, I am honest, reliable and a hard worker, I am a non-smoker and only drink socially, I mix well with other people and can take and follow orders. I love music and films. I can swim and snorkel and have qualified as an advanced open water PADI diver, and am an enriched air diver. I would like to start my new life and travel as far as I can get whilst sailing. I am recently retired from my job as a driving examiner so have an eye for detail. I am clean and like a clean tidy environment, however I do understand that sometimes things are not always tidy. I like the idea that there is a place for everything and everything in its place. I like to think that I have respect for other peoples home and equipment so I try to be careful in what I say and do. I get on well with children, I can relate to them because I used to be one. Whilst being a landlubber my main sport was mountain biking and also rock climbing, if you need someone to climb the mast then I am your man. It would be fair to say that my experience of sailing is limited to about 11000 or so miles, I have some experience with using a para-sailor, I am very keen to impress and learn anything that I can to improve my skills and become a better crewman / sailor. I have also been a firefighter with Humberside Fire Brigade so I have a sense of self survival which inhibits me from doing anything too reckless. but that will not stop me from doing any risky tasks on and around the boat. I would like for someone to give me a chance to prove myself to them and be an asset to any boat that I sail on. Please give me a call/email to ask any questions that you may have. I have several references available if you require any further information. From March to April 2020, I spent time with an American family of 5 in the Caribbean who would be glad to give any references required.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: single
Dietary requirements: No restrictions
Languages: English;
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Paul’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 4 to 9
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 22000 / Coastal: 4000
Nights at sea: 50+
I have experience as: Crew
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Sailing Skills Experienced
I have done this many times and am confident to help others less experienced. I am happy doing this day
I am competent doing this in daylight, or if there is someone more experienced with me
I have only done this a few times, but I am willing to learn
I have not done this before
Steer a compass course x
Keep lookout/watch-keeping x
Trimming sails – mainsail and foresail/jib x
Reefing x
Working the foredeck – setting sails including spinnakers and cruising chutes x
Navigating with GPS and paper charts at sea x
Anchoring and handling anchors x
Cooking at sea x
Using dinghies with outboard motors x
Heaving-to and other heavy weather tactics x

Other nautical or cruising skills

Using VHF radiox
Diesel engine maintenancex
Outboard engine maintenancex
Repairing or making sailsx
Using radarx

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2020 Bavaria 50 Cape Town /Grenada 5600 Crew 3 World ARC 2019 2020
2019 Catalina 42 Feb/Mar 150 Crew 2
2018 Benetou 42 Jan/Feb 400 Crew 2
2018 Catalina 42 Feb/June 700 Crew 3
2018 Mono Oceanis 48 21 Oct 18/12 Dec 18 2800 Crew 5 ARC 18
2017 Colin Archer monohull May/July 750 Crew 2
2017 Mono hull May/May 200 Crew 2
2017 Ketch mono hull 08 Dec 17/05 Jan 18 3000 Crew 5
16 Monohull Du four Grand Solia Curaçao -> Panama inc Bocas del Toro, SAN Blas islands/ 900 Captain 2
January 0 Beneteau 532 Phuket Thailand, Malaysia /Batam island Indonesia 1200 Captain 3
January 0 Maple Leaf 42 Vancouver /Prince Rupert 900 Watch-leader 2
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