Iain McCreary, male, 53

Ref 49433

Nationality: United States
Currently based in: Tucson, United States
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 4000 ocean miles / 7000 coastal miles
Returning to sailing after a long break. Former tech entrepreneur, venture capitalist, consultant, and one-time nuclear physicist. Came of age living in 6 countries (albeit mostly US/Europe). Speak increasingly bad French and Spanish. I've dabbled in everything from standup comedy (including mainstage DC Improv. I'm a great source of bad puns and old jokes) to skydiving (competed 2012 US Nationals). Voracious reader. History lover. Easy going, tidy, quiet, amiable, able to sleep anywhere, get along with most people. Hard worker. Never panic. Good in an emergency. Looking for time on the water with friendly crews. Prefer task-oriented performance sailing and longer offshore passages to island hopping (I love seeing new places, but one beach looks al lot like another after a while). ARC? World ARC? All possible if we get along, and joining an existing crew/boat might be more fun than setting out solo. SAILING THINGS ASA 108 'Offshore Passage Making' cert. (the *far* less rigorous US cousin to 'RYA Yachtmaster Ocean'). Competent old-school navigator, including cel. nav. USCG 'Marine Radio Operator' and ham/amateur radio operator licenses. Strong at repairs and general fix-it, including carpentry, fiberglass, plumbing, electrical, etc.,. Grew up dinghy racing. Experienced diver. One-time firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician including improvised/"wilderness medicine" training. Fledgling pilot and licensed US (FAA) commercial drone pilot. My last offshore passage was 1,900 sea miles (nm) from Newport RI (US) to BVI in a 35ft cat with a crew of four. Dodged one hurricane. Typical minor mechanical hiccups en route (at night, in rough seas, of course). Otherwise recent sailing has been in Sea of Cortez - a admitted nice change from England / New England, where I learned.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: single
Dietary requirements: none
Languages: English;
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Iain’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 4000 / Coastal: 7000
Nights at sea: 11-49
I have experience as: Captain (Offshore)
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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 a sextant for astro-navigationx
Using VHF radiox
Diesel engine maintenancex
Using radarx

Other nautical or relevant qualifications

Qualification Awarding Level Year
Coastal Navigation (USCG std) Starpath 2020
Celestial Navigation Starpath 2020
Offshore Passage Making ASA 108 2020
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