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Flotilla Skippers

Company:
Seafarer Holidays

Location:
Greece, Croatia & Turkey

Benefits:
Competitive Salary plus benefits

Start:
April / May 2015

Duration:
Full Season

Description

Seafarer Cruising & Sailing Holidays are looking to recruit skippers to lead our Mediterranean flotillas in Greece, Turkey and Croatia. Depending upon location, positions are from April / May to September / October 2015.

As a Seafarer Flotilla Skipper, you will be responsible for running a flotilla of up to a maximum of 12 yachts. Assisted by your lead crew, you will lead initial and daily client briefings, covering all aspects of their holidays, including technical yacht briefings, safety matters, navigation, and cruise itineraries.

Our Flotilla Skippers are our local managers, ensuring all aspects of clients holidays are delivered to the highest standard. This is much more than just a sailing job; we’re looking for people with personality, management skills, and the ability to use their initiative to get things done and resolve local issues.

You will assist clients with berthing and departing port, and ensure their satisfaction and welfare throughout the trip, including leading social events. This is very much a “hands-on” role, and you will organize and co-ordinate yacht turnaround at the beginning and end of each flotilla.

You will manage local expenditure to budget and submit weekly accounts and management reports to Head Office.

We offer a comprehensive package, including return air travel from a London airport to resort, uniform, training, competitive salary, medical insurance, accommodation whilst abroad and a subsistence allowance whilst on flotilla. You can also benefit from friends and family discounts on beach club and flotilla holidays.

Initial interviews will begin November / December 2014 and candidates should be available for interview in London.

Requirements

You will be qualified to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore level, with Commercial Endorsement, preferably with previous professional skippering experience. You must have a sound working knowledge of practical sailing skills and yacht systems (including engines, sails, rigging and general yacht maintenance), with an ability to share this knowledge clearly. The position includes responsibility for ongoing maintenance of all the flotilla yachts whilst away from base.



Seafarer Holidays are widely recognised as leading specialists in Flotilla and Beach Club holidays. We also offer a wide range of bareboat and skippered charters, and learn to sail courses, including RYA yachting courses through our Seafarer Sailing School. For those that don't wish to sail themselves we offer cabin charter on yachts and on our Small Ship cruises, as well as land based holidays through our sister company Best of Travel.

Our Flotillas in Greece, Turkey, Croatia and the Caribbean provide our guests with the chance to sail their own yachts with support from our Lead Crew. Our crews provide briefings, mooring assistance and social events, as well as helping to prepare the yachts for each trip. Guests can sail at their own pace and can even head off on their own for a few days. These holidays appeal to everyone from the less experienced crews (though as responsible sailors ourselves, we don't let complete novice skippers sail alone) to round the world sailors looking for an easy way to explore a new area or meet new people.

The Clubs cater for a maximum of 60 Seafarer guests, enabling us to offer the friendly relaxed atmosphere that is our hallmark Equipment ranges from beginners' dinghies to Dart catamarans, with a variety of windsurf boards and rigs, and yachts also available. A range of other activities such as tennis, crazy golf and swimming pools are also available. The Clubs are sited close to our flotilla bases, making combines Beach Club and Flotilla holidays a popular choice.

To make all this happen, we need top quality staff. Our guests are from diverse backgrounds, spanning all age ranges, and with differing expectations. So you'll need to personalise the service you give them and be good at dealing with people, both the easy going and the more demanding. We aim to keep the holiday atmosphere informal and flexible, which means you'll have to be organised and self disciplined. Those who like creative problem solving, and who prefer taking responsibility over passing the buck, will enjoy the opportunities we offer.

You'll be working closely with our team in the UK, and with our local suppliers, with great opportunities to learn about local life and enhance your technical, business and sailing skills. Job specific training is provided at the start of season. Our staff make the difference between our guests having a good time, and a great one. The work can be hard but is rewarding and great fun. And you'll have the reassurance of knowing you're not just a number to us, but part of a close knit team.

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