Ian Watkins, male, 55

Ref 78003

Nationality: United Kingdom
Currently based in: Lymington, United Kingdom
Looking for: Caribbean; West Africa & South Atlantic Islands; Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands;
Experience: 500 ocean miles / 5000 coastal miles
I've been on the water all my life, and brought up sailing dinghies and on the family yacht. Since then, i have owned sailboats, powerboats and RIBS, and I spend as much time on the water as possible. I'm not into serious racing - i tried it once and I spilt my cup of tea! I go sailing to relax not get stressed out. I've never done any serious ocean sailing - I have done plenty of Channel crossings, and a delivery trip from the Red Sea to Sicily a few years ago, two-handed on a 54 foot yacht which I loved. I am a competent coastal and offshore skipper, but not ocean standard by any means. The ARC has always been on my bucket list - I have no wish to skipper my own boat or anyone else's for the first crossing of the pond, but would love to crew on a boat for the experience. I hold the IYT Master of Yachts (200) certificate which has now lapsed through lack of recent miles. I have gone through the STCW95 course twice, but that has now lapsed I have a current VHF Certificate I can cook a bit, and enjoy fishing so hoping to catch a few on the way across to supplement the crew diet! Available for training/shakedown trips this year, and for the ARC in Dec 24
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements: I can't stand celery
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Ian’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 500 / Coastal: 5000
Nights at sea: 11-49
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
Using radarx

Other nautical or relevant qualifications

Qualification Awarding Level Year
Master of Yachts 200 IYT 2008
Powerboat Level 2 RYA 2 0

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2008 Jeanneau 54DS Hurghada/Sicily 1000 Watch-leader 2 No
2007 Motor Yacht Vigo/Brighton 1500 Watch-leader 4 no
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