Emma Heathcote, female, 54

Ref 15977

Nationality: United Kingdom
Currently based in: Cowes, United Kingdom
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 5000 ocean miles / 1000 coastal miles
You will find me incredibly positive about everything!! I love life, love sailing and feel very privileged to have known so many lovely people in the world. I sail with my 16-year-old daughter, who is an asset to any sailing boat. Together we crewed trans-Atlantic in 2016, we have our own yacht, and we sail together regularly along the UK south coast. We laugh a lot, keep happy and healthy, and are committed to all crewing responsibilities. Our aim is to leave the UK in Autumn 2021 to crew around the world, and to crew some shorter journeys before then. I consider myself to be resilient, positive, decisive and considerate, and generally respond calmly in challenging situations. I am exceptionally well-traveled as a result of many years travelling internationally, for both work and leisure, and I’m quick to adapt to new cultures and environments. I am receptive to different languages with a good understanding of conversational French, and some Dutch and Chinese. In relation sailing, I consider myself to be stoic and resilient. I can sleep standing up, I think quickly and can think on my feet. I am competent in most aspects of sailing, from sail-set to navigation. I also make some great ‘one-pot’ meals which are tasty, filling and nutritious, and which may be cooked in small galley kitchens. I originally trained with the RNLI and worked for 5 years on pager-service as a volunteer crew member on both the D-class and B-class lifeboats. In Borth in Wales, I crewed on the D-class lifeboat for 2 years (2014-2016), and then transferred to Cowes on the Isle of Wight where I crewed on the B-class (Atlantic 85) lifeboat for a further 3 years (2016-2019). Maritime Certificates: • VHF Radio Operators Licence (SAROC Search & Rescue Radio Operators Certificate 2015) • RNLI Casualty Care Certificate (5-day training course 2017) • MCA First Aid Certificate STCW 95 (2017) • Sea Survival, Search and Rescue (3 x 5-day training courses 2014-2015) • RYA Yachtmaster’s Theory • RYA Level 2 Powerboat Certificate (2014) RNLI Competencies: • Fire Fighting (2014) • Emergency Survival (2014) • Pyrotechnics (2014) • Lifeboat Equipment (2014) • Launch & Recovery (2014) • Anchoring (2014) • Watch-keeping (2014) • Towing (2014) • Rope Handling (2014) • Mooring & Berthing (2014) • Boat Handling (2014) • Helicopter Operations (2015) • VHF Communications (2015) • Chart Navigation (2015) • E-Navigation Plotter & Radar (2015) • Operating Equipment (2015) • VHF Maritime & DSC (2016) • IRPCS (2016) • Veering Down (2016) • Helming the Lifeboat (2016) • Helicopter Operations (2016) • Locate & Assist Casualty (2016) • Dynamic Risk Assessment (2016) • Navigation: Tides & Weather (2016) Physical Health & Fitness: • MCA Seafarer Medical ML5 Certificate (2019) Sailing Experience (approx. 6,000 sailing miles) • Gibraltar and the Mediterranean 2011, 2012 & 2013 (Out of the Blue, Hallberg Rassy, with Skipper John Parsons) • ARC Trans-Atlantic 2016 (Alderman, Alan Mummery design, featured in the book 'Taming of the Crew', with Skipper Brendan Treacy) • Caribbean Lesser Antilles 2017 (Zwerver with Skipper Renato Franco) • Round the Island 2017, 2018 & 2019 (Jemima Puddleduck,1962 Peter Duck ketch, Skippered by Me) • France at weekends 2017-2019 (Orena with Skipper Tony Baxter) Social Welfare Certificate • CRB Clearance (for working with children and vulnerable young people)
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status:
Dietary requirements: Vegetarian (I eat fish, cheese and eggs)
Languages: English; French; Basic Dutch (Flemish) and Chinese (Mandarin)
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Emma’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 4 to 9
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 5000 / Coastal: 1000
Nights at sea: 50+
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
Repairing or making sailsx
Using radarx
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