John Lankford, male, 51

Ref 48004

Nationality: United States
Currently based in: Naples, Italy
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 3600 ocean miles / 6900 coastal miles
Lieutenant Commander J. Spencer Lankford, U.S. Navy Reserve Education: Georgia Institute of Technology Bachelor Degree Electrical Engineering - March, 1994 Southern Polytechnic State University Master of Science Electrical Engineering – December, 2008 Employment: Currently stationed in Naples, Italy on active duty but approaching retirement and ready for the next chapter of life. Objective: After retirement I will have the freedom to fly and sail as much or as little as I like. I’ll take it as it comes. Flexible and willing to serve as skipper, mate, or crew for the right situation. Experience: Sailing Instructor • Seven years as an active duty Navy sailing instructor at United States Naval Academy Offshore Sail Training Squadron (OSTS). • Awarded the Navy Sailing D-Offshore Skipper (D-OS) Qualification (ASA108 Equivalent) OSTS is a rigorous training pipeline including practical and academic evaluations (with annual refreshers and testing) in the following 15 topics: Charts/Publications Communications Man Overboard Electrical & Power Electronics Emergency Situations Engineering First Aid General Seamanship Heavy Weather Sailing Rules of the Road Safety Sailing Theory Weather Practical Navigation Exam Additional training in: CPR/First Aid Operational Risk Management Radio Communications Navy 44 Systems Watch Organization Deck Seamanship Damage Control Situational Awareness Preventative Maintenance Correctional Maintenance Dead Reckoning Coaching Techniques Team Leadership • Excellent troubleshooting skills • Attended Safety at Sea Seminar in Annapolis Maryland three times • Extensive experience instructing novice and inexperienced sailors • Extensive experience in leadership at sea and ashore • Extensive experience as a classroom instructor in electrical engineering and other technical topics • Trained over forty prospective skippers for the Navy Offshore Sail Training Squadron and cruised offshore with novice crews of Midshipmen on seven, three week long cruises • I have never been sea sick - in fact, I’ve been the only person on a Navy 44 (with ten crew) who wasn’t seasick in rough weather on multiple occasions OSTS is a training and leadership laboratory which prepares midshipmen to go offshore as part of their summer training. Although I have done a little bit of racing, OSTS is not about racing. Explore OSTS (and get involved in this amazing program if it appeals to you) here. They have many civilian volunteers and the satisfaction of taking a novice crew from zero to offshore passages in incredible! Check it out if you are in the Annapolis area! Nothing keeps your skills sharp quite like being an instructor. Sailing History: Four multi day offshore cruises as Skipper, two as XO aboard the Navy 44’ sloop Sail Training Craft. Six DELMARVA (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) circumnavigation cruises. Well more than 10,000 miles total. Highlights include: • Over 20 overnights on the Chesapeake Bay and more than 15 overnights offshore • 4 DELMARVA cruises as Skipper, 2 as XO (375 nm) • Annapolis - Charleston Round Trip as XO (1120 nm) • 2x Annapolis – Stamford Yacht Club, Connecticut as Skipper (outside Long Island outbound and East River/New York Harbor inbound) (860 nm) • Annapolis – Black Rock, Connecticut as XO (outside Long Island outbound and East River/New York Harbor inbound) (840 nm) • Annapolis – Mystic, Connecticut as Skipper (outside Long Island outbound and East River/New York Harbor inbound) (820 nm) • Annapolis – Bristol, Rhode Island as Skipper (outside Long Island outbound and East River/New York Harbor inbound) (940 nm) • Four passages through New York Harbor and East River as Skipper • Extensive experience on the Chesapeake with heavy traffic both day and night as Skipper Other fun facts: • Pretty damn good sense of humor – in fact, probably the best in the galaxy • Sailed with a freaking astronaut • I’m a pretty darn good cook and have catered for as many as 80 people (just for fun) • If your boat has a grill hanging off the back, we will get along • If you’re a vegan, please don’t waste my time • Prefer to eat breakfast for dinner but willing to compromise • No drugs / Non smoker and prefer the same • Not sure what I want to do when I grow up so I’ve been avoiding it Other interests Private pilot (Instrument rated) with over 400 hours flight time and owner of a Vans RV6 home built aircraft, PADI Certified scuba diver, fly fishing, snow skiing, woodworking, amateur machinist, guitar, author of two books. Military Decorations Defense Meritorious Service Medal Joint Service Achievement Award Navy Commendation Award x2
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: single
Dietary requirements: Don't eat bugs
Languages: English;
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John’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 4 to 9
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 3600 / Coastal: 6900
Nights at sea: 11-49
I have experience as: Instructor (Ocean 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
Competent
I am competent doing this in daylight, or if there is someone more experienced with me
Basic
I have only done this a few times, but I am willing to learn
None
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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 VHF radiox
Diesel engine maintenancex
Using radarx

Other nautical or relevant qualifications

Qualification Awarding Level Year
U.S. Navy DQual Offshore Skipper Director, United States Naval Academy Sailing 0

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2017 Navy 44 Annapolis, MD/Stamford, CT (round trip) 860 Captain 10 U.S. Naval Academy Offshore Sail Training Squadron
2016 Navy 44 Annapolis, MD/Bristol, RI 940 Captain 10 U.S. Naval Academy Offshore Sail Training Squadron
2015 Navy 44 Annapolis, MD/Stamford, CT 860 Captain 10 U.S. Naval Academy Offshore Sail Training Squadron
2014 Navy 44 Annapolis, MD/Mystic, CT (round trip) 820 Captain 10 U.S. Naval Academy Offshore Sail Training Squadron
2013 Navy 44 Annapolis, MD/Black Rock, CT (round trip) 840 Captain 10 U.S. Naval Academy Offshore Sail Training Squadron
2012 Navy 44 Annapolis, MD/Charleston, SC (round trip) 1120 Captain 10 U.S. Naval Academy Offshore Sail Training Squadron
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