Bob McDowell, male, 60

Ref 3016

Nationality: United States
Currently based in: Manchester, United Kingdom
Looking for: Worldwide opportunities
Experience: 50000 ocean miles / 100000 coastal miles
I am a delivery skipper for a European Lagoon dealer and had 9 deliveries scheduled for 2020. Having sailed for many years on various boats and waters after growing up on the Great Lakes and, spending 5 seasons as crew/helmsman on race boats, 3 seasons as a professional skipper sailing Lake Huron and the Georgian Bay/North Channel, charters and deliveries during the off seasons on the East Coast, Bermuda and Bahamas/Caribbean. USCG 100 ton Master with Sail endorsement and N/C OUPV(non-current) in 1985, ASA Instructor certification, RYA Yacht Master Ocean and Croatian Yacht Master CAT A. I am involved with a professional coaching group skippering a corporate and university "Leadership" training program and also mentoring/teaching offshore sailing to the YM Ocean level including celestial navigation, weather, provisioning and safety. I have done 14 deliveries in the last few years from the Atlantic coast (Bordeaux region) to Croatia for the Lagoon dealer, also have done multiple trans-Atlantic deliveries in the last few years. In the last 4 years I have been on the water sailing for more than 600 days. From 1990 to 2014 I stopped being a full-time sailor and became an IT Consultant for large international corporations working as a "Project Trouble-shooter" working directly for various executives and partners continuing sailing professionally whenever I had the time. We owned a 35' sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay and sailed the east coast from the Chesapeake to the Bahamas and I made deliveries on the east coast and the return trip from Bermuda 3 times. Then we had twin daughters, so our life changed. In 2002 we took our last trip from the Chesapeake to the Bahamas with the kids, twins three-year old's on a boat is hard work but very rewarding, then we sold our house and boat and moved to a small town in Southern Germany. I became a "stay-at-home" dad working part time as an IT consultant. Being a stay at home Dad was a rewarding but at times difficult job. The girls are now 21 in university and are very independent and both are sailing as professionals and have spent time sailing on tall ships in the US, Canada, Europe and the Atlantic crossing. I am always seeking opportunities to Skipper offshore. I am 59 years old, a non-smoker in good health and my wife fully supports my return to sailing so that she can join me on offshore passages when she has the time.
Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements: Cooking skills are good, I'm not a chef but I can produce good and hearty meals on a boat.
Languages: English;
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Bob’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: 10+
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 50000 / Coastal: 100000
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
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 a sextant for astro-navigationx
Using VHF radiox
Diesel engine maintenancex
Outboard engine maintenancex
Repairing or making sailsx
Using radarx

Other nautical or relevant qualifications

Qualification Awarding Level Year
Yachtmaster Ocean RYA YM Ocean 2018
ASA Cruising Instructor ASA 1991
USCG 100 ton Masters of Ocean and Inland Waters (old style license) USCG Masters of Ocean and Inland Waters 1982

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
2014 Multiple Atlantic and Medditerean /Charters, deliveries, leadership programs and training 100000 Captain 2
1990 Multiple East coast USA and Caribbean/Deliveries and sailing the East coast USA and Caribbean 15000 Captain 2
1979 Multiple Great Lakes USA/Racing, cruising, charter and delivery skipper 10000 Captain 2
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