DON’T FORGET THIS IMPORTANT DOCUMENT!

Photo appeared in Tampa Bay Times

So, you have finally fulfilled your dream of having a boat!  Or, you have been crew on your friend’s boats for several years.  If you own a boat you have the vessel registered with the U. S. Coast Guard, a port of call has been secured, and the boat has been insured. You have a ships log, i.e. trips, repairs, and more recorded in a notebook of some kind.  You know what PHRF stands for, and have a copy of the U.S. Sailing Rules of Racing. But do you have a sailing/racing profile?

Every sailor should have a document that cites their abilities to perform aboard a vessel when at sea, on a lake, or going down a river.  This comes in handing for pleasure cruising, boat transports, or for racing.

If you decide that your next winter trip is going to be a charter in the BVI, the Mediterranean, Belize or some other warm place, the charter company is going to require a resume that documents your capabilities.  Unlike buying a boat, they will require more than your ID and credit card.  They will need to know that you are an acceptable risk.

While there are multiple Internet sites out there seeking crew for boats, reputable and credible boat owners are going to want a guarantee that “you are what you say you are” when it comes to skills and experience.  In the case of a sailing/racing resume one document suits all….so to speak.

Sailing Resume Screen Shot

It is never too soon to create this document.  Once you have had a sailing experience; taken a course, bought a boat, sailed on a boat, start your resume.  Use a standard “resume” format and include a header with your contact information, (name, address, etc.) Below are some important areas to document.

1.   PROFILE
Include an overview about yourself and your global experiences, i.e., age, number of years sailing, number of years racing, times you have captained a vessel, knowledge/qualifications or courses to document your abilities as deck crew, tactician, navigator, ships steward, bow-swain, mechanical and/or electrical expertise.

2.   BOATS OWNED (Sail & Power)
List the boats, by name, and date of ownership, of all vessels. Don’t forget to include the make and model of each boat.

3.   BOATS RACED
List all boats on which you crewed during a racing event.

4.   BOATS CHARTERED
List all boats that you have chartered; both power and sail.

5.   Boats CAPTAINED and/or TRANSPORTED
List all boats on which you Captained or were crew during a transport.  Include your position for each.

6.   EXPERIENCE
List by year, races, transports, charters, etc. For example:

1999: Marblehead NOOD, Trimmer on J80, ”Blues Power”, Bob Lemaire, owner; Lake Winnipesaukee various races, Captain on J80, “Christina”, Dick Spilane, owner;   Newport to Block Island Mitchell Regatta, J40, “Resolve”, Rich Destrempe, owner; Challenge Voile Pour Tous, Bretagne, France, Beneteau First 40.7, Yvon Durant, Skipper.

Once you have compiled all of your information, use spell check and then save it as a PDF.  You want to make sure that no one can falsify your information. Most of the information can be “qualified” online by looking up boat ownership; PHRF listings, racing events, yacht clubs, etc.  But, if you want to include reference contact information for individuals, clubs, or organizations that can corroborate your data, make sure to confirm with them first, before listing.

No matter how much or how little you have sailed, now is the time to create that Sailing/Racing Resume!

Contributing sailor: Linda Spring-Andrews

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