Malcolm Ducker, male, 71

Ref 93779

Nationality: United Kingdom
Currently based in: Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 2500 ocean miles / 7500 coastal miles
I am a friendly sociable, fit and healthy 71 year old who started sailing around 1978. I completed a Day skipper course in 1981 at the now defunct NSC at Cowes when the great Tom Cunliffe was one of the instructors. I have since sailed as crew and captain on a number of boats starting with a Trapper 500, a Contessa 26 across the Bay of Biscay - before the delights of GPS! An Elizabethan 33 crossing the Channel a number of times, I then bought a Cheoy Lee Taipan 28', followed by a Tania 55' motor cruiser which I lived on with my family in Hong Kong, having sold that (not the family!) I purchased a Prout 45 catamaran, sailing it around the islands of Hong Kong and a trip across the South China Sea to the Philippines. On returning to the UK I bought a Hallberg Rassy 352 sailing across the North Sea to Holland on 3 occasions and around the East coast of the UK. I downsized to a Rival 32 in 2014 and after a complete refit sailed to Oban via the Caledonian canal. I then spent 3 wonderful years sailing off NW Scotland mostly singlehanded. I hold a MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate obtained in 2017. When eventually the weather got to me I and 1 crew member sailed the Rival to Southern Brittany from where every year I sailed to Northern Spain. I very reluctantly sold her last June 2023. I am willing and able to travel anywhere to meet your boat and crew in whatever position you desire. I can cook and am a dab hand at boat maintenance having looked after my boats as and when required. Unfortunately my reduced financial circumstances mean I am unable to share expenses.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements: Good wholesome food!
Languages: English; French;
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Malcolm’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 2500 / Coastal: 7500
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
Repairing or making sailsx
Using radarx

Other nautical or relevant qualifications

Qualification Awarding Level Year
Yachtmaster Offshore RYA 2017
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