Donald Mackinnon, male, 61

Ref 49316

Nationality: Canada
Currently based in: Toronto, Canada
Looking for: Caribbean; Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands;
Experience: 0 ocean miles / 10000 coastal miles
*** Interested in ARC 2022 *** Please note I am part of a couple. My partner has limited sailing experience and would join me as part of any crew I join. We are taking delivery of a Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42 in Fall 2023 and would like to experience an Atlantic passage before we do it ourselves. I started sailing when I was 8, over 50 years ago. Since then, I've owned keel boats ranging from 30 to 43 feet and still have a 15 foot dinghy that I sailed 40 years ago. With the exception of once chartering a 38 foot catamaran in the BVIs, I've always sailed in the Great Lakes of Canada. I've taken courses on sail trim, VHF radio operation and basic navigation. I'm comfortable using GPS chart plotters, anchoring, leaving and coming back to dock (in a monohull), and reefing sails. I am an engineer and can do basic maintenance on diesel engines and electrical systems. As examples, in the past I've replaced boats' instrumentation, changed our boat's head to electric flush, installed tank monitors, replaced mast wiring and I always do my own annual maintenance on our engine, transmission and water systems. All of my experience has been coastal sailing - no overnight passages. Also, I do not have keel boat experience handling large fore deck sails such as spinnakers.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: partnered
Dietary requirements: None
Languages: English;
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Donald’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 0 / Coastal: 10000
Nights at sea: 0
I have experience as: Coastal Skipper
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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
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