Laine LaPasha UK, female, 62

Ref 48130

Nationality: United States
Currently based in: Raleigh, United States
Looking for: Caribbean; West Africa & South Atlantic Islands;
Experience: 1000 ocean miles / 1000 coastal miles
I am 62 years old and have been sailor almost all my life one way or another. I grew up racing keelboats and have sailed for years. I sailed 270's in college, have owned and restored my own 22ft Pearson on Lake Lanier near Atlanta, and have done month long singlehanded cruise on a 33 ft Ketch. I have my International Offshore Safety at Sea and an (expired) USCG Masters License, (100 miles near coastal). I have also bareboat chartered in a variety of locations. Additionally I developed a sailing team building program for executives as one of the many offerings of the Leadership/Team Development company that I have run with my husband for the last 29 years. Most of our programs are classroom or typical team building, but I always enjoy when we get to go sailing... My kids are grown, and I have always wanted to do a trans-Atlantic trip. I am happy to crew, good at taking orders and doing whatever is needed. I am easy going, flexible, a good galley cook, and hope to make the voyage easier on everyone. 30 years ago I got my USCG Masters license (100 ton, near coastal), but over a lifetime of raising a family and running a business with my husband, it has expired. The knowledge is a bit rusty, but still there. In June 2021 I completed the “International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training” through World Sailing and US Sailing to be a better prepared. A little about myself, my interests and my plans - I am a confident swimmer, rarely/unlikely seasick, good listener, good communicator, no body piercings, no facial piercings, no tattoos at all, travel light (little luggage), respectful, clean & tidy, committed, eager to learn & work, fit & healthy, friendly, polite, LGBTIQA+ respectful, diligent, positive outlook, skilled, organized, discreet, trustworthy, open minded, enthusiastic, easy going, sense of humor, can pay own expenses, available on my own, enjoy cooking, don't mind cleaning, can follow orders, enjoy teaching and helping others. I have a lifetime of sailing experience, both racing and cruising, but have never crossed the Atlantic. As I mentioned above, I am happy working hard and doing whatever is needed. I like a boat that is fairly well organized and people who are both fun and respectful. Sailing the Atlantic has been a lifelong dream and now seems an ideal time in my life to do it. I assume the ARC is the easiest way to do that, but I am not tied to that. I am able to take 4-5 weeks off to do this, but do not have a huge amount of time flexibility other than that. The November to December 2021 timeframe seems ideal. My husband and I have our own business and have worked together for the last 30 years. We run a management/leadership development and training company and know how to work with a wide variety of different people. We have about 5 employees and about 20 independent contractors. I take work seriously, but try not to sweat the small stuff. I have two grown boys, and an amazing husband who is supportive of this trip, and now seems a great time for me to have another adventure of my own. When I was 21 I took 18 months off after college and backpacking around the world on my own, visiting over 40 countries. It was an amazing experienced and this would be a great way to recapture some of that adventure and to step away from the hectic pace of life for a bit - no phones, emails, etc. I expect to work hard and know through past experience how to manage the quieter pace of sailing. My motivation and reasons to crew on a boat - I already know how to sail and have sailed most of my life - racing and cruising, but am looking to have a new and challenging experience by crossing the Atlantic as crew. After all these years, I want to do something that takes me out of my usual comfort zone. I am happy to work on either a racing or cruising boat, and I want to make this a great trip for myself and for everyone onboard. I think getting along with the other people on the boat is important and can make or break a trip. To that end, I believe that being respectful and considerate of others goes a long way as does being willing to communicate openly. Saying what you think, but then being willing to take orders and get over any disagreements and move on is another key to a happy voyage. I hope to learn from others and share my experience as well. I work hard at work, and I look forward to a different, more fun kind of “working hard.” Being out on the water always brings me happiness, and a 3 week trans-Atlantic trip seems both challenging and rewarding, not to mention “getting away from it all.” I also look forward to meeting new people and stepping back and enjoying nature, a different pace, and making some new friends. I have a variety of sailing experience including: 30 years ago getting my USCG Master’s License, which has since expired. I have single handed a 33foot ketch down the US east coast, owned my own boat, grew up racing keelboats on inland lakes, and well as bareboating trips with the family. This would be a great addition to all of that and an experience of a lifetime! I think I would be a great addition and look forward to finding the right fit.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements: none, like to eat healthy
Languages: English;
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Laine’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 1000 / Coastal: 1000
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
International Offshore Safety at Sea World Sailing/ US Sailing US Sailing International Offshore Safety at Sea 2021
Masters License US Coast Guard Master up to 100 GT, Near Coastal 0

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2018 Monohull Tortola BVI/Tortola BVI 250 Captain 4
2016 monohull Tortola, BVI/Tortola, BVI 225 Captain 4
1995 80 ft Ketch St John, USVI/Tortola, BVI 50 Crew 12
1990 Various 30-50 ft keelboats Caribbean, Florida, USA East Coast, etc/Caribbean, Florida, USA East Coast, etc 50 Crew 4
1989 33 ft Ketch Ocean Isle, NC (and back) /Amelia Island, FL 1500 Captain 1
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