Stuart Kirkham, male, 63

Ref 30839

Nationality: United Kingdom
Currently based in: Salisbury, United Kingdom
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 25000 ocean miles / 15000 coastal miles
I have sailed the South and West coast of the UK, the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Baltic, North Sea and the Atlantic. I have completed about 45000 nautical miles and I am qualified to RYA yachtmaster offshore ( I was a RYA Cruising Instructor for 5 years). I have completed the usual array of courses amongst which is the Long Range Radio course (SSB), yacht maintenance and the Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course. I owned my own yacht, Khaleesi, a Wauquiez 43 PS and experienced and enjoyed life as a live aboard yachtie together with my wife, Allison. I also have good experience on catamarans. We / I have completed the Atlantic circuit (ARC Portugal, ARC and ARC Europe), lived in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean on Khaleesi. I completed the ARC again in 2018 on a catamaran (Lagoon 400) when I helped a family of four (two young boys) achieve their dream and helped deliver a number of other yachts to various destinations, including a Lagoon 46. I am currently skipper of a 72’ ketch based in Spain, but I will relinquish this appointment later this year. My philosophy for sailing is to have fun whilst being safe. Enjoyment is my aim and the reason I sail, and I want to help others get the maximum enjoyment from their time on the water whilst helping to develop their skills if I can as well as developing my own. I enjoy the social aspect of sailing and meeting new people. I and my wife are both triple vaccinated for Covid. I look forward to joining you and the sailing adventures ahead :)
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements: None.
Languages: English; I am currently learning Spanish
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Stuart’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 25000 / Coastal: 15000
Nights at sea: 50+
I have experience as: Instructor (Ocean Sailing)
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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
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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
Cruising Instructor RYA n/a 2010
Yachtmaster Offshore UK MCA & RYA n/a 2009
Long Range Radio SSB UK MCA 0

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2021 72” Robert Clarke ketch Spain/Spain 600 Captain 8 Independent
2021 Halbert Rassy 46 Athens/Gibraltar 1500 Watch-leader 3 Independent
2020 Deerfoot 62 Antigua/Bonaire 600 Watch-leader 4 independent
2019 Lagoon 46 Les Sables D/Tenerife 800 Watch-leader 4 Independent
2019 Benetaeu Oceanis 42 Horta, Faial/Scheviningen, Netherlands 1700 Watch-leader 3 Independent
2019 Oyster 885 Lepsoy, Norway/Southampton 750 Crew 5 Independent
2019 Island Packet 485 Southampton/A Coruna via Plymouth 650 Watch-leader 4 Independent
2018 Wauquiez 43 PS Tortola, BVIs/Lagos, Portugal via Bermuda and Azores 3500 Captain 4 ARC Europe 18
2018 Lagoon 400 Gibraltar/Las Palmas 700 Watch-leader 6 Independent
2018 Lagoon 400 Las Palmas, Gran Canaria/St Lucia 2900 Watch-leader 6 ARC 2018
2017 Wauquiez 43 PS Southampton/Balearics 1700 Captain 4 ARC Europe Rally and Independent
2017 Wauquiez 43 PS Gibraltar/Las Palmas via Madeira 900 Captain 3 Independent
2017 Wauquiez 43 PS Las Palmas, Gran Canaria/St Lucia 2950 Captain 4 ARC 17
2014 Wauquiez 43PS Torrevieja, Spain/Portsmouth, UK 1700 Captain 5 Independent
2008 Sadler Starlight 35 Portsmouth/Lisbon, Portugal 750 Watch-leader 4 Independent
2007 Sadler Starlight 35 Dartmouth, UK/Majorca 1700 Watch-leader 6 Independent
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