Emiel Maertens, male, 24

Ref 43170

Nationality: Belgium
Currently based in: Gent, Belgium
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 0 ocean miles / 300 coastal miles
Hello, I am a 23 year old Belgian. I used to work as a commercial pilot for a European airline however due to Covid19 I was made redundant. Because finding another pilot job will prove very difficult during these times, I would like to pursue my other dream and make a long sailing trip. Preferably even an Atlantic crossing. I have extensive sailing experience on catamarans <20ft. Being a sailing instructor on them for the past 7 years. However I do not have any experience on yachts, I am very eager to learn though. My pilot training gives me the advantage that I am no stranger to navigation, weather and communication but I know I have much to learn. Personally I love to laugh, Italian food and adventure. I am not a smoker or drug user and safety is an absolute priority for me. I also have some editing skills and would love to document the trips.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: partnered
Dietary requirements: none
Languages: English; French;
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Emiel’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 4 to 9
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 0 / Coastal: 300
Nights at sea: 0
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
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