Hans De Leenheer, male, 41

Ref 48177

Nationality: Belgium
Currently based in: Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Looking for: Central & North America; Mediterranean & Black Sea; Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands;
Experience: 0 ocean miles / 0 coastal miles
Just turned 40 last year I have written down the dream of doing a single-handed (or with 1 partner) crossing of 'a' ocean passage in about 5 years from now. I've been told joining a couple of ocean crossings as a crew member is the most efficient way if you are a quick study. Professionally I'm a technology strategist and help investors and startups building their product-market fit. In my personal life, I love taking on as many different types of adventures as possible. I'm a Drum Major in a wind band with the entire family, I played and coached American Football over a decade ago but am currently most passionate about cooking/hospitality where I have a competitive barbecue team and I give cooking workshops. I was born and raised in Ostend, Belgium at barely 15 minutes of cycling from the North Sea. Since my youth, I moved land inward and this adventure is my way of going back to my roots. The saltwater never left my veins. I am looking for captains that want to pass on their experience and knowledge and to take on a crew member that doesn't necessarily has a lot of experience yet, but is an extremely quick learner, is not afraid of making his hands dirty, up to taking leadership when appropriate.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements:
Languages: English; French; Dutch
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Hans’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: less than 1
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 0 / Coastal: 0
Nights at sea: 0
I have experience as: New to sailing
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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

Other nautical or relevant qualifications

Qualification Awarding Level Year
VHF SRC BIPT [Be] VHF incl. DSC 2021
International Certificate For Operators of Pleaser Craft (EU) Belgium ICMS 2021
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