Cruising Crew Available

Please use this page if you wish to make yourself available to crew aboard a boat owned or operated by a Club member. You should give brief details of your requirements and experience (lack of any experience is not necessarily detrimental). You should give contact details such as a telephone number. Please also check the Crew Wanted page in case there is already a skipper looking for crew.

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Cruising Crew Available — 18 Comments

  1. Hi,

    I live locally in Kilmarnock. I haven’t sailed for a couple of years so i’m a little rusty. I have my RYA Cosatal Skipper Practical certificate.

    I am also flexible with regards to time.

    My contact number is 07814313686.


    Stephen Walton

  2. Hi
    I’m 65yr old retired businessman living in Darvel. I have RYA ocean yachtmaster and have completed transatlantic crossing (ARC).
    Interested in crewing possibilities

    Tel 07768 267567

  3. Hi

    I am 57 year old, retired, live near Ayr and got into sailing over the past couple of years. I have experience sailing in Greek islands and west coast of Scotland. Completed RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper theory. Will complete the DS practical over the next few months.

    Flexible and interested in crewing opportunities. My telephone number is 07747 007191


    Bill Brown

  4. I am a dinghy sailor & have ‘RYA practical day skipper’ qualification.
    Probably a bit rusty, but keen to somehow get back out yacht sailing.

    I live in Kilmarnock and have flexibility built into my work life.
    I’m generally easy going and hopefully of some use as a crew.

    Easiest contact is via my mobile :- 07733 401283.



  5. Hi,
    Hi all,

    I’m 34 years old, Prestwick-based, and have my competent crew ticket. I haven’t had the chance to do my day skipper yet due to a busy year (will hopefully get the theory and practical done over the summer), but I have around 1300 miles under my belt. Lots to learn yet, but very keen to do so. I pick things up quickly, follow instructions well, have good safety awareness, and have a knack of getting on with everyone. Please contact me by email or mobile (07841479472) – just leave a message if I don’t answer, as I may be at work, and I’ll get back to you by the next day. Although I’m working, I am able to be quite flexible.

    I look forward to hearing from anyone in need of crew for any purpose. I don’t know if it’s expected, but I can supply character references as necessary. I’m also PVG checked (cleared to work with vulnerable groups – same as a criminal background check) due to my current job.



  6. Hello I have sailed 5 times (with a certain club member-Mr Andrew) I am extremely keen to get out on the water as often as possible I participated in a race, and although we didn’t win, I had a blast, staying over and sleeping on board- Bliss!

    Green but keen

    I can cook and sing/play guitar (simultaneously if required)

  7. PS my mob is 07442019869

    I live 30 secs from the club, so I can be on hand at short notice Thank you John

  8. Hi my name is Dave.

    I have an RYA day skipper both practical and theory along with VHF certificate.

    I will be staying in Ayr during a the summer into autumn months and if anyone needs an extra pair of hands or just company as I am keen to sail and get to know the sailing community around here please contact me on 07739610219.

    Kind regards Dave

  9. Hi,

    I have limited experience (4 or 5 day sails). Planning to do Day Skipper course later this year but very short of time on water as I travel a lot with work. Extended period at home ahead over school holidays so putting feelers out for Saturday day sailing opportunities. Can also make some weekdays but need a day or two’s notice to arrange work leave, and also because I’d be travelling from Aberdeenshire.

    Soon to be 50 male, late to sailing, but enthusiastic to do lots more.

    Alan 07766208795

  10. Completed my practical day skipper about 4 years ago and plan to do a recap over the next few months.

    Would be keen to find an experienced skipper who may be able to pass on some of his or her knowledge.

    Ideally weekends where possible.

    My name is Billy 44 years old and good company if nothing else!

    • Hello Billy,
      I wonder if you are still interested in sailing. The 2018 TCC sailing season has just begun and we have an informal short race each Wednesday evening and there will most likely be some members there who will be willing to take you out for a sail. So, if you’re still interested please come along to the clubhouse on a Wednesday around 6pm with your sailing kit and make yourselves known to those members in the clubhouse who will be preparing themselves for a sail. Don’t worry if you don’t have a life jacket, we have spares at the club which you can borrow.

    • Billy,
      If you are still interested in yacht cruising experience, perhaps you could get in touch. A Hebridean cruise in a Bavaria 30 is planned for June-July 2019. Crew inputs could be from 3 days to the full 3 weeks. See entries on the Cruising Crew pages of this TCC website. A mobile contact would be useful.

  11. Hi my self and partner are looking to get hour’s on the water just. completed day skipper coarse and compedent crew coarse this March this would help us get more experience before we get our own yacht.

    • Hello George and Marianne,
      May I suggest that you come down to the TCC clubhouse with your sailing kit around 6pm on a Wednesday evening for a chance to sail with some of our members. We have an informal short race each Wednesday evening and there will most likely be someone there who will be willing to take you out for a sail. Please make yourselves known to those members in the clubhouse who will be preparing themselves for a sail. Don’t worry if you don’t have life jackets, we have spares at the club which you can borrow.

  12. Hi
    Retired businessman living in Darvel. Completed RYA Ocean Yachtmaster and VHF licence course many years ago (planning to do DSC this year). About 5000 miles over 30+ yrs. including one Atlantic crossing. Some limited experience of sailing the Clyde and West coast. Probably a bit rusty having not sailed much over last years but still enthusiastic, and I make a mean ham and cheese toasty!!

    Thanks in advance

    David. 07768-267567

  13. I am looking for crew for a cruise to The Hebrides in June/July 2019, in a Bavaria 30, out of Largs marina. A 3-week hire is planned, but crew could join this little ship for any period, from 3 days to 3 weeks, as convenient.
    Mid-summer provides the chance of long days under sail, and greater passage distances in daylight hours. Overnights are more likely to be in quiet remote anchorages, rather than in marinas.
    The hope is to traverse the length of the eastern shores of the Outer Hebrides, before crossing to the mainland coast for the passage south – rounding the Mull of Kintyre in both directions. Likely calls should include the Small Isles, the Shiants, and Handa
    Island. As skipper, I am familiar with these waters, from many summertime cruises through them in small yachts, over the past 20 years.
    All crew members should be good swimmers, and non-smokers, aged between 5 and 95, and of either gender. An enthusiasm for sailing, and a willingness to learn, would be valuable qualities.
    Crew will be expected to make a contribution towards the yacht charter fee, and their share of the costs of ship’s stores, marine diesel, and any harbour or mooring fees incurred.
    Mainland pick-up / drop-off points could include Oban, Mallaig, or Kyle of Lochalsh/Plockton. Crew changes in The Hebrides might utilise Barra, Benbecula, or Stornoway.
    The west coast scenery is splendid, the dolphins are wonderful, and there are no midges at sea. Plus the possibility of sighting minke, or basking shark.

    • Hi Graham,

      Received your txt and WhatsApp thanks. I could manage 3-7 days in the period, fairly flexible over which 3-7 so maybe best determined by embarkation / disembarkation points that best suit the rest of your logistics and how rest of your crewing pattern pans out.

      I’m still Aberdeenshire based, so mainland on/off’s probably most convenient, though I don’t mind jumping a ferry if either an on or off has to be on an island.

      Since I initially posted on here I’ve completed Day Skipper (though I ended up doing that in 2018 as work got in way in 2017) and sailed a wee bit more on a Hanse 342, and am likely to have done quite a bit more by time June comes around. My Competent Crew (March 2018 in Canaries) and Day Skipper (May 2018 in Scotland) were both on Bavaria’s (37 as I recall).

      Alan D

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