David Decker, male, 56

Ref 43773

Nationality: United States
Currently based in: Antwerpen, Belgium
Looking for: Mediterranean & Black Sea; Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands;
Experience: 258 ocean miles / 1241 coastal miles
* All mileage experience listed are in Atlantic blue waters. (Not swell protected shores of England) * I am an American living in Belgium for nearly 20 years so I'm more European than from USA. * In September 2020, I completed 998NM journey as part-time skipper with 1 other crew and owner with dog taking over 3 weeks. * Interested to build miles as crew, watch leader or part-time skipper for owners sailing around Northern Europe, MED and to the Canaries. * I'm a resourceful engineer with hands on work ethic, very athletic, and very safety conscious, adventurous and open mind toward others. I have a global travel history with cultural stories to tell those wanting to hear them. * Received RYA Atlantic Ocean sailing training in Canary Islands. Have not counted years of safe sailing experience with Regatta flotilla or decades of traditional watercraft on mighty Mississippi River as this pales in comparison to blue water sailing in the Atlantic. * I can team with my wife, Hilde who is a day skipper. Unfortunately, she is only available during summer and holiday periods. * I look forward to hear from you with questions and opportunities. Stay safe. David
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements: No restrictions and eat everything. I'm best at cooking all meats, fish and veggie wraps on a BBQ outdoors. Otherwise, Woks, omelets or pancakes on the stove is preferred as I'm better at hiking to get the proper list of groceries.
Languages: English;
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David’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 1 to 3
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 258 / Coastal: 1241
Nights at sea: 11-49
I have experience as: Watch Leader
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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

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2020 Bavaria 51 Gran Tarajal (Fuerteventura)/Puerto Calero (Lanzarote) 97 Captain 6 Independent
2020 Bavaria 51 Puerto Calero (Lanzarote-Canary Islands)/Gran Tarajal (Fuerteventura) 100 Captain 6 Independent
2020 RIval 36 Sines, Portugal/Lagos, Portugal 78 Crew 3 Independent
2020 Rival 36 Figueira da Foz, Portugal/Sines, Portugal 154 Crew 3 Independent
2020 Rival 36 Porto, Portugal/Figueira da Foz 65 Crew 3 Independent
2020 Rival 36 Baiona, Spain/Povoa de Varzin, Spain 51 Crew 3 Independent
2020 Rival Povoa de Varzin, Spain/Porto, Portugal 18 Crew 3 Independent
2020 Rival 36 La Coruna, Spain /Baiona, Spain 118 Crew 3 Independent
2020 Rival 36 La Palais, France/Gijon, Spain 258 Crew 3 Independent
2020 Rival 36 Gijon, Spain/La Coruna, Spain 143 Crew 3 Independent
2020 Rival 36 Lesconil, France/Doelan 26 Crew 3 Independent
2020 Rival 36 Doelan, France /La Palais, France 33 Crew 3 Independent
2020 Rival 36 Le Camaret, France (Brest)/Lesconil, France 56 Crew 3 Independent
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