Ken Russell, male, 69

Ref 49048

Nationality: New Zealand
Currently based in: Alicante, Spain
Looking for: Mediterranean & Black Sea;
Experience: 8000 ocean miles / 12000 coastal miles
Hello and thanks for looking at our profile, our names are Ken and Deb and we are an experienced sailing couple from New Zealand. We have spent the last four years living and cruising on our Beneteau yacht and are now looking for experience sailing in the Mediterranean and other locations, with the plan to eventually buy a boat in Europe. Our experience includes six ocean passages (Australia/Tonga/Fiji) and extensive coastal cruising of North and South Island of NZ, with ~ 20,000 nm in all conditions. We have had crew on passages and understand what is needed to keep everything running smoothly. Currently looking for crewing opportunities in Mediterranean or Canaries in late May & June, can board at any port I (Ken) have been sailing since I was 12. Crewed on cruising and racing yachts in New Zealand. I have been in crews on yachts up to 65 feet, including crewing on two ocean passages. Races up to 200km. I am capable with boat handling on yachts and power boats, navigation, passage planning and watch keeping, mechanically competent and can sort out most things. My partner (Deb) is 49, qualified outdoor instructor, advanced first aid qualifications, capable with boat handling, navigation, passage planning, watch keeping, provisioning and a great cook. We are both very sociable and friendly, and get along with people easily. We are keen and enthusiastic, quickly able to become familar with the yacht and be a reliable competent crew member. Apart from sailing we are keen hikers and touring cyclists, and love travelling and meeting new people.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: partnered
Dietary requirements: None
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Ken’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 8000 / Coastal: 12000
Nights at sea: 50+
I have experience as: Captain (Offshore)
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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
Outboard engine maintenancex
Using radarx

Other nautical or relevant qualifications

Qualification Awarding Level Year
Advanced Safety at Sea Coastguard New Zealand 2019
Boatmaster New Zealand Coastguard 2001
Outdoor PreHospital Emergency Care NZQA 5

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2022 Beneteau 50 Marlborough New Zealand /Bay of Islands New Zealand 500 Captain 2 None
2022 Beneteau 50 Bay of Islands New Zealand /Marlborough Sounds New Zealand 500 Captain 2 None
2019 Beneteau Tonga /Fiji 500 Captain 2 Pacific Island Rally
2019 Beneteau 50 Fiji /Bay of Islands New Zealand 1100 Captain 4 None
2019 Beneteau 50 Bay of Islands New Zealand /Tonga 1100 Captain 4 Pacific Islands Rally
2018 Beneteau 50 Monohull Mackay Australia /Bay of Islands New Zealand 1400 Captain 4 None
2018 Beneteau 50 Monohull Bay of Islands New Zealand /Southport Australia 1100 Watch-leader 6 None
2015 Gunboat 52 Catamaran Fiji/Auckland 1100 Watch-leader 4 None
2015 Custom 55 Catamaran French Polynesia/Cook Islands 1000 Watch-leader 4 None
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