Richard Bannister, male, 58

Ref 33554

Nationality: United Kingdom
Currently based in: Hatfield, United Kingdom
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 5000 ocean miles / 1000 coastal miles
Hello I am at that age when I am looking to take on new challenges and get the business to a level where I can afford the time to be away from it. Live at home with my wife Jacqui and the two children. Keen on keeping fit when i can, although not obsessed with it. I normally like to do at least one ultra marathon a year. I find that having a goal each year means that i will at least train to some extent in order not to let myself down on the day. I have been around dighies all my life really although I do live in land locked Hertfordshire. My father built a Sonata and then purchased a Westerly 33 back in the mid 70's, which I sailed with a few reservations I had to admit. However in 1987/88 I decided to pack in working and sail around the world. It did not really happen but I did a few deliveries around the Med and north America whilst also completing two Atlantic crossings before coming back to the UK after 2.5 years to find a girl to marry. Easy going chap, not great on confrontation, keen to get on with all personalities and do his bit and more for the team on any day in any condition. When asked "what are my interests?" I will also say sailing is No1 although I really don't do enough of it. As the T shirt says - " I would rather be on the water" Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements: Not too much really
Languages: English;
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Richard’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 4 to 9
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 5000 / Coastal: 1000
Nights at sea: 11-49
I have experience as: Crew
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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
Repairing or making sailsx
Using radarx

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
1989 150 Motor Vessel Fort Lauderdale/Ancona 0 Crew 8
1988 Swan 57 Palma /Barbados 2500 Watch-leader 5 ARC
1988 110 Mono Rodos/Rodos 1000 Crew 5
1988 60 mono Palma/Greece 300 Watch-leader 3
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