Profiles @ Crew4sail
Rob is a fun, active, friendly and capable qualified sailor waiting to bring his wide range of talents to your yacht whether it is private or charter; motor or sail.
He was born less than a mile from the sea on the South Coast of England (Brighton – East Sussex) and has never been more than a stone’s throw away from it since.
Rob is a qualified Civil Engineer, Web Site Designer & Computer Aided Design Specialist (AutoCAD) who used to work in the City of London (UK) as a manager for the London International Financial Futures & Options Exchange (LIFFE) www.liffe.com
He ran yachts in the UK for many years in his spare time through his involvement in LIFFE’s Sports & Social club.
Rob set up LIFFE’s sailing team from nothing, raising sponsorship and introducing beginners to the sport for free and teaching them to sail, building a team that has won many events. Many of those people then going on to take their yacht master qualifications themselves.
He took up sailing professionally in 1999 after a racing across the Atlantic Ocean (ARC) finishing 3rd overall in 1996 and 9th overall out of over 200 yachts in 1999.
From starting sailing at the age of six on dinghies, Rob moved on to larger vessels progressively over many years after his father purchased his first boat.
“He is as capable at the end of a spinnaker pole as up the top of the mast or behind the wheel.”
Rob’s experience includes a huge amount of successful racing on dinghies and keelboats. He also has experience as deckhand and delivery mate on a 28m Charter Ketch “Jasali”, crew on a 34 metre Brooks Motor Yacht “Kiring”, 85ft Maxi racing yacht “Kialoa 5”, various Swan yachts including “Golden Aura”, “Crackerjack” and “Evrika” and even Oyster Yachts including “Talisman” not to mention the Beneteau’s & Jeaneau’s of which there are too many to mention.
He was even part of the build team for the British Entry for the 2002 America’s Cup Challenge
Rob has over 50,000Nm experience including some 5000hrs of night time watch experience and some 1330 days aboard yachts in the past 4 years.
He never lost his passion for dinghies however, sailing 1720’s, fireballs, lasers, 505’s, Projection 762’s & 930’s, 18ft Skiffs & Hobbies cats with his brother and friends on the South Coast of the UK when he can.
Rob holds his Class 4 Master of Yachts Qualification after his final Exam on 21st December 2001, an intensive course that now allows him to captain vessels of up to 3000 Gross Tons.
This makes him as highly qualified as he can get in his field without joining the navy or the merchant navy! He’s at the top of the tree ensuring you and your family, friends and guests (not to mention your yacht) are as safe as possible at all times!
He is also a PADI Open Water scuba diver and a green belt in Ju-Jitsu. It has also been known for Rob to play the guitar and tell some pretty poor jokes as well as knocking up a mean chilli or cottage pie!
Rob is a hard working enthusiastic and conscientious skipper with a positive attitude. This, coupled with attention to detail, makes him ideal for running any yacht.
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Rob recently tied the knot with his lovely wife, Lucinda on Galleon Beach, Antigua.
Lu holds her yachts master qualification and sails regularly with Rob. Lu doesn’t sail professionally, but as a hobby, as she is involved with her own company building film sets, and is currently working on the latest Harry Potter movie at Pinewood Studios.
Rob is currently shore based, building some web sites and catching up with some much-needed R & R not to mention repairs to the house.
He is also in the process of purchasing another property so things (although not at sea) are still pretty hectic!
Rob is actively seeking his next placement and has had many interesting contacts so GET HIM WHILE YOU CAN !!!!!
Don’t delay – contact Rob Mclean today