Sam Nicholls, male, 32

Ref 48227

Nationality: United Kingdom
Currently based in: Hampshire, United Kingdom
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 3000 ocean miles / 10000 coastal miles
Hi, I’m looking for a boat and people to sail the ARC with this year, I have been sailing all my life and as a delivery skipper and engineer I bring some strong skill sets. I currently work as an engineer and as a previous sailing centre manager / chief instructor I know how to work as a dependable member of a team. If you’d like to discuss please let me know, I’m happy to travel to you to meet face to face. Many thanks Sam (English, 32 years old, non-smoker) A bit more detail about my experience: Delivery Skipper: Australia to Papua New Guinnea, Lagoon 40 Greece to France, Moody 28 UK to Ibiza, Sealine 53 Greece to Italy, Jenneau Sun Odyssey 54 DS Many other as crew, mostly domestic UK, Greece & Australia. Sailing miles over 13,000 Sailing Qualifications: Yacht Master Offshore Sea Survival (RYA & MCA) Keelboat, multihull and dinghy race coach VHF, ICC and other basics…etc Technical Knowledge About 10 years ago I worked for 2 years as a self employed marine engineer, I have lots of experience with marine diesel engines (servicing, fault finding, and complete engine replacements), I also worked lots with marine electronics, rigging, structural GRP and gel coat finishing. I have a BEng degree in Electronic Engineering Sail Racing I have raced dinghies, yachts, and multihulls since small child. I came 3rd at the UK Hurricane Nationals in 2017, previously I raced at national and international events in 420, RS800, RS500, 49er, Laser 2. I have raced yachts in RORC and JOG races, including the very rough Fastnet 2007, I’ve also raced double handed. Main boats raced: Starlight 39, Sigma 38, J105 and Dragonfly 800. In Australia I helmed an Adams 11 for Geelong week and came 3rd in our class with me as helm. I own Dragonfly 800 (26ft trimaran, very fast, 26 knots) based UK. History Working in Sailing Centres Abroad Chief instructor at sailing centres in London, Greece, Australia Lived Greece 4 summers Lived Melbourne 6 months Working at these centres taught me a lot about being part of team, also running teams of staff up to 30 numbers, it made me reliable and dependable My goals: Sailing the Atlantic is a life long dream In the next year I want to start my own yacht delivery company based in the UK, I already have 2 deliveries arranged. Why I’m contacting you with such late notice for the 2021 ARC I run a successful business with my girlfriend, our main project for November and December has been delayed into 2022, so this seems like a perfect time to grasp this opportunity and achieve a life goal of sailing the Atlantic.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: partnered
Dietary requirements: none
Languages: English;
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Sam’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 3000 / Coastal: 10000
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
Competent
I am competent doing this in daylight, or if there is someone more experienced with me
Basic
I have only done this a few times, but I am willing to learn
None
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
Yacht Master RYA 2010
Powerboat Instructor RYA PB2 2010

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2018 Motor Yacht Uk/Ibiza 2000 Captain 4 None
2016 Monohull Yacht Greece/Italy 800 Captain 2 None
2015 Catamaran Yacht Australia/Papua New Guinnea 500 Captain 3 None
2012 Monohull Yacht Greece/France 1300 Captain 4 None
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