Benno Weber, male, 54

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Nationality: Switzerland
Currently based in: Zürich Wollishofen, Switzerland
Looking for: Caribbean; Mediterranean & Black Sea; West Africa & South Atlantic Islands; Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands; Antarctica & Sub-Antarctic Islands;
Experience: 20000 ocean miles / 10000 coastal miles
Here is my sailing CV: My first steps on the water were on optimists when I was 8 or 9. But I only caught the bug at the age of 20 with a trip between Ireland and France together with some friends, and then a few trips in the Baltics. Five years later, I had earned my Swiss Yachtmaster certificate. From 2005 to 2007, our family (together with my wife and two small kids), sailed around the Atlantic in a 35ft sloop. In addition to this, we have been chartering in the Baleares, Italy, Turkey and the Caribbean. And we still own our little yacht. She is now based in Croatia for 12 years and we know pretty much every island there. A couple of years ago I also started dinghi and cat sailing - including a bit of foiling - on Lake Garda and Menorca. Here in Switzerland, I own an RS aero and go out on the lake whenever wind and weather permit. I also hand-built a 14ft boat that I sail in light winds (and row when there is no wind at all). Finally, we own a little sailing school for children with a hand full of Optimists and RS Teras in the heart of Zürich. In 2020 I participated as crew on a big monohull in the ARC, sailing from France via Canary Islands to Antigua. Summer 21 & 22, I spent two months on our yacht in the Adriatic. Other life: I have quit a management job in 2020 and started studying Music Research in 2021 (I'm also a Alphorn player). Spending the summer on our own boat, I look for crewing opportunities between Sep-May. My main insterest is in longer offshore time (crossings). I love the emptiness of the ocean, the changing colors of day night, the sounds of the sea, the balanced boat taking care of itself... My wife works as a sailing teacher; so, if you are looking for an experienced couple, let me know. If you accept me on board, you will probably find me to fit in just fine. I'm not the big party guy, but I can be serious fun. I definitely try to be a good citizen on board: I help in the kitchen, I can cook decently, I do the washing-up, tidy up my stuff, leave the bath in good conditions behind me etc. On a person-to-person level, I'm interested in people, especially what's hidden behind the first impression. I'm generally very open minded, but for the sake of transparency: if you are dogmatic catholic, a sexist or racist, or if you are a friend of right-wing populists - any of these - we will probably not get along. As I have owned and built a boat, I know how to fix a few things. Beyond the basics like changing a diesel filter I'm not really great with engines and I'm horrible with finishing jobs, but I'm used to find a fix for everything serious. Some logistics: According to my latest medical checkup, I'm in great health. I'm happy to travel to wherever a good trip leads me. As I do have a fair bit of experience as a skipper, I can jump in if needed, even if my preference is for crew positions.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements: omnivore
Languages: English; French; German; Spanish;
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Benno’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 20000 / Coastal: 10000
Nights at sea: 50+
I have experience as: Captain (Offshore)
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Competent
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Basic
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None
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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 a sextant for astro-navigationx
Using VHF radiox
Diesel engine maintenancex
Outboard engine maintenancex
Repairing or making sailsx

Other nautical or relevant qualifications

Qualification Awarding Level Year
Swiss Yachtmaster CCS Offshore 2000

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2021 Open Maxi 78ft France/Antigua 3000 Watch-leader 6 ARC
2005 Monohull 35ft Cape Town/Portugal 15000 Captain 4
2000 Monohulls Various Charters/Med/Baltics 10000 Watch-leader 2
January 0 Monohull 35 ft Croatia/Croatia 10000 Captain 2
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