Rodney Ward, male, 62

Ref 49656

Nationality: Australia
Currently based in: aitkenvale townsville, Australia
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 1000 ocean miles / 2000 coastal miles
Retired July 2021. Past Heavy Equipment Diesel Fitter, Marine Engineer, Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager. Travelled a fair bit, worked in China and South America. (un poco Castano) First water taste when 11 years old. Step father built a 19 foot Hartley power boat. My family had the power boats - Haines, Rivera, mates family had the sailing boats - RL24, Blazer (best of both worlds). Mate skippered his 12 foot Thorpe me crew, early years, lots of laughs and fun, "get that spinnaker up". On the team that built Ska 37 foot Crowther Shockwave...wet wet boat but went like a rocket. Coastal racing and yes we did get dis-mastered in one race, 8 hours ahead of the fleet. Boating in North Queensland, Whitsundays, Hinchinbrook and north mainly. Later years work work and more work, but got ahead, little sailing, WAGS sailing Moreton Bay on Rogers 10.5m cat, lots of fun. Live between Townsville Aus and Lima Peru (wife Peruvian). Been checking for suitable sail boats to buy, but not quite ready, something holding me back maybe lack of others to use with currently....I do not smoke, do drink (not over the top), enjoy music, seeing new places / locations enjoy meeting new people new cultures....not sure about the vetting and 4 weeks? at sea with others....I suppose I did it before on KFV Fisheries 90 foot prawn trailer....(but could get off if you really needed to....i didn't, it was a great time), Very much willing to check it out and likely give it a go...thankful for opportunity.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements: nil restrictions - like to eat healthy when i can - fish is good
Languages: English; Spanish;
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Rodney’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 1000 / Coastal: 2000
Nights at sea: 50+
I have experience as: Coastal Skipper
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Basic
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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
Radio Communications Certificate 1987
Marine Engine Drivers Certificate 1982

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
1990 37 Racing Catamaran - Ska Townsville/Hamilton Island 500 Crew 6 Townsville to Hamilton Island Yacht race
1980 90 foot prawn trailer Gulf of Carpentaria/Gulf of Carpentaria 1 Engineer 7 n/a
1970 power and sail Whitsunday Islands, Hinchinbrook, North Queensland coast /Whitsunday Islands, Hinchinbrook, North Queensland coast 2 Captain 4
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