Mark Deacon, male, 61

Ref 19238

Nationality: United Kingdom
Currently based in: Longfield, United Kingdom
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 2296 ocean miles / 7811 coastal miles
Commercially Endorsed Yachtmaster Coastal. I am 57 years old and have been sailing for about 9 years. I am very enthusiastic and have packed a lot in during this time. I have my own Bavaria cruiser. My sailing has been around British waters but also in the Aegean and Ionian, mainly as skipper but also as crew and watch leader. I have also completed a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean as watch leader in a crew of four. I have skippered numerous return trips across the English Channel to France, Channel Islands etc. I have passed my RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence. All my training has been completed with the Met Police Sailing Club, which is a great place to learn to sail safely. I am very sociable, friendly and easy to get on with. I like to have fun, but safety and doing the job properly is always my priority. I'm usually smiling even when under pressure... I can cook. I have recently retired from the police and am used to making good decisions whilst under pressure. I am a qualified approved electrician and build vintage race cars in my spare time. So pulling an engine apart and repairing it would be a normal days fun for me! I do all the repairs and maintenance on my own yacht. I keep my boat spotless and enjoy sailing with people with the same approach. I am used to working as a team player and have always got on well when under the command of a skipper. Equally i am capable of decision making when needed or circumstances dictate. I am very interested in doing the ARC or ARC plus, or similar voyages. I am looking to join a nice friendly, safe and civilised boat.....
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status:
Dietary requirements: N/A. Happy to eat and cook most types of food.
Languages: English;
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Mark’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 4 to 9
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 2296 / Coastal: 7811
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
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