Working at SAILING-CLASSICS

Become part of the Sailing-Classics family

Sailing-Classics cruises with 16-28 guests (cabin charter), combining authentic sailing without fixed schedule with great comfort and high-quality service (4 meals a day, good cuisine), water sports, tender service, shore excursions, etc. On regular cruises we sail between 3-6h every day. Guests are welcome to help with handling the sails and navigation. We operate year-round (apr. 15 days of maintenance period per year), and cruise the Mediterranean Sea in summers and the Caribbean in winters. One vessel usually stays around the Atlantic islands for a few weeks during the Atlantic crossings.

Life on board requires a certain lifestyle.The international crew (mostly European) speaks English amongst each other, while guests are 90% German speaking (German, Swiss, Austrian, some Dutch). We sail with guests, so every crew member represents the Company and is responsible for guests’ well-being. Workdays are intense and long. With no fixed cruising schedule, working hours stay flexible. Working periods are 2-3 months in continuous daily service on board. Travel days are paid.

Sailing-Classics is looking for long-term working relationships that both sides can build and plan on. When you show motivation and get to know the vessel, climbing up the ladder is absolutely possible. We are happy to provide one-year contracts with 6-8 months on board and 4-6 months off.

Because we are sailing under Dutch Flag, the following is important:

  • Dutch Social Security number (BSN or Sofi-number)
  • Dutch Health Insurance

Sailing-Classics CV is based in the Netherlands, but there is also a sales office in Stuttgart, Germany

For all matters related to crewing, please contact crewing@sailing-classics.com.

Responsibilities:

The Captain is responsible for the safe manning and operation of our sailing ship(s) and a host at all times to our guests. All crew members fall under his/her command, and he/she is therefore responsible for their well-being and performance on board, while executing the Sailing-Classics Board Rules.

He/she manages the owner‘s asset and ensures all guests on board have an enjoyable experience. The Captain operates the yacht under international rules and regulations. His responsibilities are all encompassing and his position can be, to some extent, compared to that of a CEO on land.

Duties amongst others are:

  • To guard company standards at all times, manage on board and inform/ advise in case of casualties. This also includes monitoring and managing service in all disciplines Sailing-Classics facilitates.
  • Contact with guests, informing them about daily/weekly schedule; weather, shore excursions, transfers from and to the ship, safety regulations, and rules on board.
  • Responsible for the official welcome and farewell/ captain’s dinner on last evening, (see Introduction Guests Manual). Contact with authorities, agents, harbour masters
  • Contact with shore-office/owner, relating guests arrival / departure, technical issues, crew, guests experiences, financing, and other (Ship to shore communication Manual)
  • Organize and manage crew and vessel during charters and shipyard periods.
  • Applying and knowledge of Board Rules amongst all crew members.
  • Oversee onboard stock of food / beverage
  • Organize ongoing maintenance, working accordingly with program Marad. Delegate / outsource tasks when necessary.
  • Safe navigation, route planning according to tour plans (office).
  • Navigational watches during sailing.
  • Tender driving with guests and crew.
  • Paperwork, certificates, guest lists, crew lists
  • Accountancy and ship's cash register, sales, credit card payments, crew tip & share.
  • Anchor watches according to schedule.
  • Train and drill crew according muster list with safety equipment
  • Make suggestions for improvements, notify office/owner about complaints.

Safe Manning related requirements:

In order to comply with the safe manning, you need to have the following certifications:

Chronos / Rhea

  • Dutch Sailing Endorsement
  • Medical Certificate
  • Seaman book
  • Basic Safety
  • Marcom A
  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Crowd Management
  • Medical First Aid + Medical Care
  • CoC: Master Sailing vessels (>40m area unlimited)
  • Radar Navigator Management Level
  • (Proficiency Survival Craft)

KAIRÓS

  • Dutch Sailing Endorsement/RYA
  • Medical Certificate
  • Seaman's book
  • Basic Safety
  • Marcom A
  • Medical First Aid + Medical Care
  • Radar Navigator Management Level
  • (Proficiency Survival Craft)

Personal Job Skills Requirements:

In addition to the requirements stated above, we expect the following skills to be Captain on our yachts:

  • Hospitable attitude
  • Good communications and organization skills
  • Excellent navigational skills
  • A “can-do” attitude
  • Energetic personality
  • Excellent leadership, etiquette and communication skills
  • Maintenance /engineering experience or understanding
  • Good grasp of accounting and IT

Responsibilities:

The First Mate is capable of full command in case the captain becomes incapacitated. The Captain relies heavily on the First Mate to supervise and coordinate day-to-day activities of deck crew, also during sailing and maneuvers and maintenance.

Depending on the captain in charge, your tasks will be, amongst others:

  • Contact with and at service for guests
  • Tender driving with guests and crew
  • Navigational watches during sailing paperwork concerning, certificates, guest lists, crew list, MLC2006
  • Anchor watches according to schedule
  • Navigation, routing, charts & publications
  • Handling sails, anchors, ropes, fenders, etc.
  • Cleaning deck, hull, tenders, and the whole vessels’ exterior, polish stainless steel
  • Painting and varnishing, maintenance of vessel & deck equipment according to maintenance software MARAD
  • Assisting the engineer when needed
  • Garbage Management (galley, bar, exterior)
  • Assisting in galley (dishes, food preparation), in service (with guests’ luggage), with shopping
  • Training and drills with safety equipment
  • Knowing your task on the muster list
  • Make suggestions for improvements, notify captain about complaints
  • Notify captain what you do when going on break or to shore
  • Be present during the introductions and farewells of our guests

Safe Manning related requirements:

In order to comply with the safe manning, you need to have the following certifications:

  • Seaman’s book (Monsterboekje)
  • Medical certificate (ENG1)
  • Basic Safety certificate (STCW’95)
  • CoC Stuurman/Officer of the watch (unlimited/ up to 500 GT)
  • Medical Training
  • (Crowd management)
  • (Advanced firefighting)
  • (Radar Navigator Operational Level)

Responsibilities:

As engineer you are in charge for all technical items on board, amongst others: the main-engine, outboard-engines, all generators, pumps, all electronics, air-condition, refrigeration, general reparations and maintenance.

During daily operations you will be working largely independently. You organize and supervise the crew in all maintenance related items, but you also need to be capable to help and understand the routines on deck during maneuvers.

Work close together with the captain to organize the general daily maintenance, to order spare parts in advance and plan shipyard- and maintenance-periods in advance, and have good administration and communication with ship and shore.

Your tasks will be amongst others as follows:

  • Contact with guests
  • Tender driving with guests and crew
  • Anchor watches according to schedule
  • Handling sails, anchors, ropes, fenders for mooring, etc.
  • Cleaning deck, hull, tenders, and the whole vessels’ exterior
  • Organize and clean up engine room, general maintenance all vessel
  • Maintenance of all technical systems on board; main-engine, outboard-engines, all generators, all pumps, all electronics, air-condition, refrigeration, fresh-, grey-, and Blackwater systems, general reparations and maintenance

Depending on the captain in charge and the crew on board your will be amongst others:

  • Organize and supervise crew in all technical maintenance tasks
  • Organize and order spare parts and tools, and have good administration
  • Organize and planning maintenance during shipyards
  • In consultation with captain outsource technical jobs/reparations when necessary
  • Working with maintenance computer program MARAD
  • Assisting in the galley, in service, with shopping when necessary
  • Assisting service crew with luggage from guests to bring to their cabins
  • Maintenance of all deck equipment, all vessel
  • Painting and varnishing
  • Training and drills with safety equipment
  • Know your task on the muster list
  • Make suggestions for improvements, notify captain about complaints
  • Notify captain what you do, when going on break or to shore
  • Be present during the introductions and farewells of our guests

Safe Manning related requirements:

In order to comply with the safe manning, you need to have the following certifications:

  • Seaman’s book (Monsterboekje)
  • Medical certificate (ENG1)
  • Basic Safety certificate (STCW’95)
  • Certificate of Competency (CoC) Rating Deck (180 days)

Responsibilities:

As rating deck (whether Bosun or Deckhand) you are under the command of the captain and first officer and mainly responsible for the deck, maintenance and sailing manoeuvres. You should have good technical and maintenance skills. Maintenance and repair work is carried out during the charter period.

 

As Bosun you will take a leading position and lead the 1-2 deck hands to organize the work and maintenance on Deck/Board. Depending on the captain in charge and the crew on board, your tasks will include among others:

 

  • Contact with guests
  • Tender driving with guests and crew
  • Anchor watches according to schedule
  • Handling sails, anchors, ropes, fenders for mooring, etc.
  • Cleaning deck, hull, tenders, and the whole vessels’ exterior
  • Organize and clean up engine room, general maintenance all vessel
  • Maintenance of all technical systems on board; main-engine, outboard-engines, all generators, all pumps, all electronics, air-condition, refrigeration, fresh-, grey-, and Blackwater systems, general reparations and maintenance

Depending on the captain in charge and the crew on board your will be amongst others:

  • Organize and supervise crew in all technical maintenance tasks
  • Organize and order spare parts and tools, and have good administration
  • Organize and planning maintenance during shipyards
  • In consultation with captain outsource technical jobs/reparations when necessary
  • Working with maintenance computer program MARAD
  • Assisting in the galley, in service, with shopping when necessary
  • Assisting service crew with luggage from guests to bring to their cabins
  • Maintenance of all deck equipment, all vessel
  • Painting and varnishing
  • Training and drills with safety equipment
  • Know your task on the muster list
  • Make suggestions for improvements, notify captain about complaints
  • Notify captain what you do, when going on break or to shore
  • Be present during the introductions and farewells of our guests

Safe Manning related requirements:

In order to comply with the safe manning, you need to have the following certifications:

  • Seaman’s book (Monsterboekje)
  • Medical certificate (ENG1)
  • Basic Safety certificate (STCW’95)
  • Certificate of Competency (CoC) Rating Deck (180 days)

Responsibilities:

Depending on the captain/team/region, your tasks may slightly differ.

Generally, the duties of the Host include:

  • Act as host together with captain and responsible for guest comfort and satisfaction
  • Organisation of land excursions and dinner
  • Knowledge of sailing area and provide tourist information to guests about the region
  • Responsible for guest transfers
  • Responsible for smooth everyday operation together with captain
  • Organise activities both on ship and on shore
  • Daily briefing on program together with captain and display on the blackboard
  • Daily presentation on topic of interest (10 min)
  • Ensure meal service runs smoothly and that somebody is always available for guests
  • Helping other departments when necessary (e.g. with lines / fenders / cleaning/drink and meal service etc.)
  • Present and promote the company and other Sailing-Classics tours
  • Responsible for marketing material and inventory
  • Notify captain what you do, when going on break or to shore 

 

Job Skills requirements:

  • Energetic and flexible personality, thriving in teamwork with a positive and pro-active can-do attitude
  • Good communications and organization skills
  • Background in tourism and knowledge of sailing areas is a strong asset
  • Multitasking, the ability to work under stress
  • Discretion
  • The ability to overcome seasickness
  • Fluency in German is a strong asset
  • Hospitable attitude and attention to detail

Recommended papers / nice to have:

  • Seaman’s book (Monsterboekje)
  • Medical certificate (ENG1)
  • Basic Safety certificate (STCW’95)
  • (STWC Certificate of Competency (CoC) Rating Deck forming part of Navigational Watch)

Responsibilities:

 

Depending on the captain and the team being on board, your tasks may differ a little. Generally speaking, the chef will be in charge for galley, service and provisions for up to 36 persons, 3 meals a day and several courses.

Generally, the duties of the Chef include:

  • Contact with guests (the most important!)
  • Provisioning of all food items
  • Guest and crew meals and nutrition (in any case, guests go before crew with serving and preparation)
  • To be prepared daily

    • Breakfast (buffet style)
    • Lunch (2 courses)
    • Daily fresh cake/cookies/tarts
    • Dinner (3 courses)

  • Prepare hors d'oeuvres for guests’ arrival
  • Prepare Captains’ dinner for guests’ last Dinner on board
  • Comply to dietary and special request
  • Comply to Food safety and storage standards
  • Inventory management of all galley items and food
  • Galley safety and sanitary standards
  • Comply to budget and make administration of purchases
  • Registration and reporting of new suppliers to office
  • Garbage management
  • Shopping of provisions, drinks, cleaning products, and other necessary items
  • Management of Crew Alcohol
  • Helping other departments when necessary
  • Supervise Stewardesses during meal times
  • Inform (Chief)-Stewardess about necessary table settings
  • Support Service crew wherever necessary
  • Knowing your task on the muster list
  • Make suggestions for improvements, notify captain about complaints
  • Notify captain what you do, when going on break or to shore
  • Be present during the introductions and Farewells of our guests

 

Job Skills requirements:

Following on what is stated above we require the following skills of our chefs:

  • Vast knowledge of produce and ability to provision in obscure parts of the world
  • Ability to provision to a budget
  • Knowledge of nutrition, diets and allergies, food safety and storage
  • Menu planning, varied repertoire (and wine knowledge is a big plus)
  • Excellent creativity and presentation skills
  • Excellent communication skills and positive attitude
  • Organized time management and adaptability
  • Accounting and computer skills
  • Ability to overcome seasickness

Recommended papers / nice to have:

  • Seaman’s book (Monsterboekje)
  • Medical certificate (ENG1)
  • Basic Safety certificate (STCW’95)

Responsibilities:

Depending on the captain/team on board, your tasks may slightly differ.

Generally the steward(ess) is in charge of:

  • Contact with guests (important!) and providing overall guest care
  • Responsible for smooth everyday operation of service/hotel department, incl. housekeeping services, laundry /wardrobe management, inventories, food and beverage service, clean-up
  • Protecting, maintaining, and caring for interior items and surfaces, such as dishes, glass, linens, woodwork, and others
  • Maintaining hotel/service stocks and inventory management, regular communication to office
  • Collaborate with chef regarding meal service, table setting, meal times, wine recommendations
  • Assist galley with cleaning, food preparation
  • Planning of and quality service during meals Keeping all interior storage areas organized, hygienic, maintained and sea tight
  • Registration and control of new supplies
  • Helping other departments when necessary (e.g. with lines / fenders on deck)
  • Knowing your task on the muster list
  • Make suggestions for improvements, notify captain about complaints
  • Notify captain what you do, when going on break or to shore
  • Being present during the introductions and Farewells of our guests

Job Skills requirements:

  • Hospitable attitude, displaying knowledge of international etiquette in service
  • Good communications, organization skills
  • Vast knowledge of service, housekeeping, drinks (and wines is an advantage), restaurants and activities in cruising areas, table decorations and table arrangements
  • Energetic and flexible personality, thriving in teamwork with a positive and pro-active can-do attitude
  • Attention to detail (cleaning, service)
  • Multitasking ability to work under stress
  • Discretion
  • Ability to overcome seasickness

Recommended papers / nice to have:

  • Seaman’s book (Monsterboekje)
  • Medical certificate (ENG1)
  • Basic Safety certificate (STCW’95)