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    • 36ft Najad 360
    • France
    • Checked in 1 week ago

Looking to make nautical friends sailing: Nice-Israel-Sicily

I’m looking for fun friendly and relaxed crew (shared costs basis: €30 per day) to join me for a week this winter to see how we get along and also get to know the boat in preparation to return for longer trips (2 - 6 weeks) to sail part of the voyage east from Nice to Israel, and then back west to Sicily, setting off this year in May 2021.

I will be spending this winter in Nice Port doing maintenance on the boat so this is a great time to visit and get to know each other.

I can sail Nikaia on my own and have sailed her with crew from Denmark to Nice around Gibraltar so I have some experience.

So if you have a basic knowledge of boats & sailing (night watch experience would be good) and enjoy relaxing in beautiful bays and exploring coastal towns and villages as well as doing passages at sea learning about the safely of the vessel & navigation, send me a message and we can chat on Skype.

Fair winds and stay healthy

Debbi

PS. I’m passionate about food so if you can cook keeping the kitchen super clean you will definitely catch my attention :)
- Nikaia is strictly no smoking & no drugs.
- Due to lack of space, no couples.
Instagram: @sailing.nikaia

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Position

  • Crew positionCompetent Crew

  • Availability 1 Nov 2020 for the foreseeable future

  • Expenses to/from vesselPaid by crew

  • Expenses onboardPaid by crew

  • Team / SoloNot important

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Vessel

  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • ClassificationDhoni

  • Make/modelNajad 360

  • Length36 feet

  • Berth4

  • Sailing from France , Nice

  • Sailing to Israel , Tel Aviv

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionVHF DSC Fixed & Handheld Radio EPIRB AIS 6 Man Liferaft Offshore Flare Pack Fire extinguishers Smoke detector Jack stays, life lines & lifejackets

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Skipper

  • NationalityBritish

  • Age42

  • GenderFemale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Qualifications CEVNI
    ICC Power/Sail
    RYA Coastal Skipper
    RYA Yachtmaster Theory
    Safety at Sea/Sea Survival

  • Sea Miles 2,500 - 10,000

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Highly recommend sailing experience

5

Crewing with Debbi was my first trip through Crewbay and exceeded all of my expectations! I had zero sailing experience but Debbi was kind enough to take me on board anyways, as I brought the right motivation and was keen to learn. She’s a great teacher with lots of patience and takes her time to explain everything needed. Debbi lives full time on her boat so I felt very fortunate and grateful that she took me into her home and made me feel welcome at all times. From sailing along the picturesque coast of southern France to anchoring in beautiful Calanques along the way and cooking delicious dinners while sharing stories from our lives, I quickly realized I’m not only having an absolutely amazing trip but i’m also gaining a new friend I can keep sharing my sailing adventures with. Not to forget all the turning heads we got as two female sailors “alone” on a 36ft sailing boat - absolutely priceless!

30th Jul 2020

Went for a week, stayed for a month

5

I’ve been crew and piloted our family boat and thought I knew a thing or two until I met Debbi. I went back to rookie level, man did I learn so much from her and enjoyed learning from her experience. During the first week, she taught me the ins and outs of Nikaia, from the avalanche cupboard to raising, lowering, and storing sails. It felt very natural with her, we were in flow after that week, our daily routine was synchronized from enjoying our coffee&tea in the morning to siestas in the late afternoon. Enjoying sundowners with her cocktails and snacks then me cooking her dinners under the stars. Nikaia is solid, from her sleek teak decks, comfy galley and lounge. I am used to cruising in large motor yachts and Nikaia was just as comfy and cozy. Could have easily spent more months were it not me having to go back to work. Sailing Nikaia was the experience I was searching for, as I took the helm she took me for a ride a couple of times and I experience what sailing is about, hard going back to motor yachts. And Finally, none of this would have been as great as I describe had it not been for Debbi, she was warm, caring, and fun to be around. I felt as I knew her for a lot longer then I did and look forward to sailing with her again.

10th Apr 2020

Great week on Nikaia

5

I had a great week with Debbi. Her boat is immaculate and very comfortable whilst sailing and living aboard - lots of beautiful teak below deck. I had the aft cabin to myself. She’s a very capable skipper, can sail Nikaia single handed, but is looking for crew ultimately to join her as she circumnavigates. She was extremely patient with me as I’m just returning to sailing after 30 years ashore. She explained everything clearly from safety equipment/procedures and weather patterns to how to install a frig/toilet/solar panels! She was thoughtful and found great places to swim and anchor away from the madding crowd even in the height of summer.

21st Feb 2020

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