Erik d'Ailly, male, 66

Ref 48304

Nationality: Netherlands
Currently based in: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 2000 ocean miles / 500 coastal miles
Ahoy! I'm interested in helping you out as crew member this spring and summer, if you feel we're compatible. I can be reached at 0031653943627. LATEST: I'm looking for an opportunity to cross the Atlantic by the end of 2022 or start of 2023. You will find me at the helm, in the pantry, hoisting sails, dropping anchor, handle mooring lines, plotting course, keeping watch, cleaning up, fixing bugs, swim and joke. I speak Dutch, German, French and a bit of Spanish. Oh yes, some English too. I joined Crewbay in may 2018, and recently Ocean Crew Link, to build up my mileage and also to find friendship and meet new people. In this post career phase of life (I was a graphics editor at a daily newspaper) I felt like I owed it to myself to find out what my old dream - a sailor's life - was all about. I've been on a few boats and yachts and sailed some blue water since 2018. Spain, Portugal, The English Channel, Northsea, Dutch inland waters. I had a 30ft sailboat for a while and sailed it on my own. I'm 66 years old now, but strong, healthy and have good stamina. I did some serious cycling for decades, love to play tennis and go hiking. I'm handy, very DIY, proactive and eager to learn. I love a good joke, try to be open, honest and respectful. I'm also a sensitive guy, trying to make others happy. I used to get seasick, but I found pills that work very well for me. I know a lot about sailing - but some of it is theory. 2018 In April, I finished a six day basic sea sailing course, doing MOB exercises, route/ tide/ current planning, cooking, motoring, mooring, sail changes and what not, on a 41ft Centurion, earning my CWO1 certificate (competent crew). In May, I boarded a Spirit 28 I found on Crewbay and started out to explore Danish waters. Unfortunately, the captain and I appeared to be incompatible (it happens), so I jumped ship after four days. In June, I sailed in a 43ft Benneteau Oceanis along the Spanish east coast (crew of five). In July, I crossed the North Sea from Stellendam to Harwich and back on a 43ft Koopmans (I was mate in a crew of five). 2019 In February, I joined a plastic cleaning mission on the Scilly Islands (UK). Our base was the 60ft/ 70tons former fishing boat Blue Linnet (no sails). The crossing from Falmouth to the Scillies was 'quite wobbly', especially at Lizard Point. In April, I worked for three weeks on SV Seeker, a steel 74ft steel research vessel under construction, being built from scratch, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was launched last month. I did some welding there and general construction. I want to crew there later on. Later that month, I helped out for a week in the build of Arabella, a wooden boat constructed in Granby, Massachusetts. Great experiences. Both projects can be found on YouTube. In May, I assisted an American skipper and his wife to negociate his mastless 34ft Pacific Seacraft through the French canals and rivers from Nancy to the Med, passing about 300 locks in three weeks. That really improved my docking skills. In December, I did a 4 day welding course to deepen the experience I got in the US. 2020 In Januari, I passed the exam for the RYA Short Range VHF course. In February, I bought a boat! I had to experience what it was like to be an owner and captain. The boat was a 30ft steel Wibo945, quite sturdy, not fast. Unfortunately it turned out I had to sail it alone, which didn't really satisfy me. I owned the boat four months (in covid-19 times) and learned how to handle her and sail solo, though only in the inland waters of Holland. I sold it, realizing I wanted to sail with others, not just on my own. 2021 In April, I passed for the CWO-II exam (Dutch version of the RYA Dayskipper Tidal). All navigating, sailing and motoring techniques in tidal circomstances were addressed, with an emphasis on the skipper-role, which means: leading a crew while day sailing. And that includes shopping, cooking and having a good time! In June I was one in a crew of three (and a dog) on a Rival 36 hopping the south coast of Portugal. Nice boat, good skipper, other crew member not so much. In August I crewed on the delivery of a 53ft Amel Super Maramu ketch from Almerimar (SP) to Medemblik (NL). We were a crew of five. The trip took two weeks with multiple overnights. 2022 The plan was to cross the Atlantic by the end of December on an Amel (once again), starting out from the Canary Islands with a mostly English crew, but in October the skipper had to postpone the trip one year due to family circumstances. Still, the passage from Spain to the Canaries I had arranged with the Spanish captain I sailed with in August remained unchanged. We sailed from Ayamonte (Sp) to Gibraltar halfway november, provisioned there, took on more crew and headed for Madeira. The crew went home and the captain and me sailed to Lanzarote just before Xmas. In January I went home again. There is a somewhat vague plan to do some sailing in May with the English crew on the Amel in Spain, but no hard dates are set.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: partnered
Dietary requirements: None
Languages: English; French; German; Spanish; Dutch
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Erik’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 4 to 9
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 2000 / Coastal: 500
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
2022 Carter 45 Ayamonte (Sp)/Madeira (Pt) 900 Crew 5
2022 Carter 45 Madeira (Pt)/Lanzarote, Can.Islands (Sp) 400 Watch-leader 2
2021 Rival 36 Lagos (Pt)/Faro (Pt) 200 Crew 2
2021 Amel Super Maramu 2000 Almerimar (Sp)/Medemblik (NL) 1700 Crew 5
2020 Wibo 945 (30ft) Monnickendam (NL)/Day sails 200 Captain 1
2019 Pacific Seacraft 34 Nancy (Fr)/Port-St-Louis (Fr) 450 Crew 3
2018 Spirit 28 Germany/Danmark 100 Crew 2
2018 Benneteau Oceanis 43 Valencia/Barcelona (vv) 500 Crew 5
2018 Koopmans 43 Stellendam (NL)/Harwich (UK) vv 250 Watch-leader 5
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