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Watch: Me at the helm of my Lightning on Puget Sound, Summer 2018 with friends. Love a stiff breeze! :)

Seeking crew position in November... South Africa to Brasil or French Guiana.

Update: Now actively searching for a skipper needing crew sailing from South Africa to... Brasil or French Guiana. Next, after crossing the South Atlantic, I will be seeking crew position(s) around South America clockwise: Brasil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile (round Cape Horn), Peru, Equador & Columbia. It would be an honor to sail with you. **************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** ~~_ ~~_/) ~~~ ~~~ ~~ ~~ ~~~ I’m Robert Brett. I am responsible, cheerful, outgoing, hard working, fit, competent sailor. Ready to stand watch, navigate, go aloft, organize, prepare delicious meals, repair & maintain your boat, teach sailing, or do anything that needs to be done. *** Life time of experience & love of sailing primarily cruising & racing in the greater Puget Sound region. ****************************************************************************************************************************** RESUME *** BOATING/ SAILING/ MARITIME EXPERIENCE: * Over 40 years experience sailing sail boats of all sizes as large as 70 feet: Racing & Cruising - ** 70’ Meridian – Ultra Light Racing Sloop designed by Bob Perry & Chuck Schiff --- 1982 – 2012; ** Puget Sound, Lake Washington, British Columbia --- 1965 - Present; ** C&C 43, Epic - Puget Sound, Lake Washington, British Columbia --- 1975 – 1982; ** Cal 43, Mischiff - Puget Sound, Lake Washington, British Columbia --- 1972 – 1975; ** Cal 40, Mischiff - Puget Sound, Lake Washington, British Columbia --- 1965 – 1972; ** Cal 30, Moea – Crewed in the Gulf Islands & Desolation Sound, B.C --- 2 week vacation in 1965; ** Thunderbird – Crewed in American & Canadian San Juans --- 2 week vacation in 1964; ** 19’ Lightning, Bicent – Skippered, owned & crewed: Lake Washington & Puget Sound --- 1976-present; ** 19’ wooden Lightning, Crewed on Lake Washington --- 1970 - 1976; ** 8’ El Toro catboat – Sailing lessons --- 1965; ** Crewed on many other sailboats up to 40’; ** Also an experienced kayaker & wind surfer. ********************************************************************************************************************************************************************* I am eager to earn and secure any and all sailing/ maritime classifications as you desire. My experience and knowledge has been garnered via the school of hard knocks and teaching others how to sail. ********************************************************************************************************************************************************************* WORK EXPERIENCE: ** Policy Solutions (2/07 – 4/19) Contract Lobbyist - Develop & maintain professional relationships with legislators, governors, staff, lobbyists & other stakeholders. Intimately familiar with the legislative process; Advocate on behalf of clients to: gain passage of bills into law, amend or stop legislation, secure funds from state budgets; Clients have included: Mountains to Sound Greenway – secured $7.1 million from the state Capital Budget; Washington Landlord Association; Northwest University; and assisted representing the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers, Sprint Nextel, & others. ** Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Attorney General Aide (1/07 -2/07 Temporary position) ** Washington State Legislature, Chief of Staff for Senate Majority Floor Leader (5/99 – 12/06) Managed the senator’s legislative office. ********************************************************************************************************************************************************************* EDUCATION: * University of Washington, Seattle – BA in History (Dean’s list). 1984 * George Washington University, Washington, D.C. – AA. 1982 * Studied Russian, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese & Spanish languages.

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About me

  • Availability 10th November 2019

  • LocationSouth Africa

  • NationalityUnited States

  • Age61

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languagesEnglish

  • Basic knowledge ofFrench, German, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese

  • SmokerNo

  • Visible tattoosNo

  • VISAs B1 / B2 visa (or American citizenship)

  • Sea miles2,500 - 10,000

  • Required position Competent Crew
    1st Officer
    Chef
    Sailing instructor

  • Location preferenceSouth Atlantic

  • Expected arrangement Professional / Recreational

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Experience log

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    • Date: 1st May 2019

      Duration: 6 days

      Experience Type: Mile building

    • Terrific sail aboard German Skipper Thomas Kern’s Hanse 400 from Tortola, BVI to St George’s, Bermuda. Assisted in following the North Star on a fast broad reach for the first half then close hauled most of the second half. Now preparing to set sail across the Atlantic to the Azores.

    • Date: 1st May 2019

      Duration: 13 days

      Experience Type: Mile building

    • Trans-Atlantic Crossing: Bermuda to Azores on a fast beam reach most of the way, only 38 hours motoring. When not on a beam reach or close hauled, we often sailed wing & wing. Our best day was 204 miles, a record for the boat, a Hanse 400. Challenges included our wind vane rudder fell off making it inoperable during the last half of the voyage & our Simrad auto pilot got drenched at one point during this same time rendering it inoperable for ~9 hrs. During this time I really loved hand steering

    • Date: 1st May 2010

      Duration: 18 days

      Experience Type: Mile building

    • Assisted in bringing up an Atlantic 47 motor yacht from Ensenada, Mexico to Benicia, California. Seven days at sea offshore. An additional 11 days were spent at anchor in Avalon, Catalina Island, CA riding out a storm assisting with maintenance, cleaning and supplying of the yacht. Experienced a near crash with a sailboat at night off Santa Barbara, CA. After arriving at Benicia, Assisted in sanding, cleaning, painting and placing new zincs to hull upon take out.

    • Date: 1st April 1981

      Duration: 14 days

      Experience Type: Mile building

    • Worked passage across the Atlantic aboard a break bulk freighter - Santos, Brasil – Rotterdam, The Netherlands: 12 hours a day, 7 days a week – Chipped the rust off the deck and topside surfaces, cleaned & painted. German officers, Spanish crew, I was the only American aboard. Experienced hurricane conditions in the English Channel. Additional week spent working in port in Santos, Brasil.

    • Date: 1st August 1979

      Duration: 1 month

      Experience Type: Mile building

    • Sailed a 36’ sloop from Edmonds, WA to Acapulco, Mexico. As a crew member, served on watches including at night. Ran with the wind to San Diego, California then beat all the way to Acapulco. It took one month including a layover in San Diego, August – September (Entering the heigth of hurricane season)

    • Date: 1st June 1978

      Duration: 5 months

      Experience Type: Mile building

    • Navigated a 19’ dory (w/ a 50 hp outboard), the Black Jack with Jay Pyles, across the United States from Fort Benton, Montana; down the Missouri & Mississippi Rivers to Cairo, Illinois. Up the Ohio River to the Golden Triangle at Pittsburg; up the Monongahela into West Virginia past Morgantown; portaged across the Appalachian Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay; down the Intercoastal Waterway to Key Largo; back up and across Lake Okeechobee; around the Gulf of Mexico to New Orleans.

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Qualifications

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  • Jul 2006 1st Aid Complete

  • Mar 2016 CPR Complete

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Skills

  • Galley Assistant
  • Silver Service
  • Provisioning
  • Cooking
  • Microsoft office
  • Photo editing
  • Waterskiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Tennis
  • Climbing
  • Fishing
  • Route planning
  • Line handling
  • Filing & Fairing
  • Watch-keeping
  • Whipping and splicing
  • Sail repairs
  • Rig maintenance/Set-up
  • Rigging
  • Radio Operator
  • Weather planning
  • Navigation
  • Helmsmen
  • Crane Operation
  • Nutritionist
  • Flower arranger
  • Blogger/Writer
  • Cinematography
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Photography
  • Marine First Aid
  • Teaching
  • Tender driving
  • Carpentary
  • Plumbing and Heating
  • General building
  • Varnishing
  • Polishing
  • Cleaning
  • Managerial Skills
  • IT Literate
  • Sailing a boat for maximum speed in light, moderate and strong winds.
  • Reefing the mainsail
  • Trim sails
  • Fly spinnaker
  • Sail to a mooring and anchoring
  • Set a reaching (outboard) lead
  • Steering with the sails
  • Set the spinnaker or whisker pole.
  • Raise, lower and stow sails
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Q: What is it about being on the water that makes you tick? I love being out on the water, making a boat sail well by nothing but nature… by the winds & the current and my ability to trim the sails, appropriate weight & reduce drag. I love the excitement of a gale or a squall but also the peace & challenge of light winds.

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