I attempted to send you a reply several times but my message was never delivered to you (I had waited too long sending it so cruisersforum[dot]com logged me out and my message was not to be found after that). So here it is again.
Your itinerary would suit me very well. There is no particular time by which I need to be back home in Holland
. I, too, like a more leisurely pace of travel; I am interested in history
and enjoy doing some sightseeing in the places I visit.
Now for my experience: my sailing experience in Holland
has been mainly in inland waters. Although I never owned a boat I sailed with friends on lakes on several occasions on open boats such as the Valk (6.5 meters (ca. 20 ft.). My sea/ocean-going experience was mainly in the UK. The latest trip I took before my current
position as bosun on the Half Moon was in northern Scotland
(Glasgow to the Shetland Islands) during the Tall Ship Races in July 2011, when I was one of the crew members on the Maybe ([see: maybe-sailing [dot] com), a 22 meter (ca. 70 ft) two-mast ketch
. We were in a storm with 6 Bft winds for approximately four out of the ten days we were on board, sailing day and night. Before that, in 2010, I sailed on the Atlantis (see: tallship-company[dot]com[slash]the-ships[slash]atlantis), a 57 meter (ca. 170 ft) three-mast barkentine from northern Germany
to Lisbon in Portugal
, also a ten-day trip. In 2003 I spent a few summer weekends sailing in UK coastal waters on a Vancouver 36 yacht. My sailing course in southern California
in the early 90s was taught on small open sailing boats in laguna waters. In view of this in my view still limited sailing experience I would not want to be seen as the most experienced person on board, and would appreciate the presence of a more experienced sailor beside me.
A bit more about myself: I am 48 years of age and have been an office worker for most of my life. Apart from the Netherlands
I have lived mainly in the UK and the US. I have no allergies and having a cat on board would not be a problem for me. I am not a habitual smoker. I am a vegetarian (no meat or fish), which I hope would not pose a problem.
A few questions about the boat to get an idea of the type of vessel: is it equipped with AIS
and a conventional radar
? Does it have depth-logging equipment
or SART and a life raft? What type of engine
does the boat have and would you expect any engine
repair knowledge from me? Do you have updated charts
, especially large-scale ones for the coastal zones to be sailed into? How many night sails
in a row do you expect to be making? Lastly, would you have any pictures of the boat you could send me?
If you would like to take this further I could try and contact you using Skype, to which I recently signed up.
Kind regards, Robbert