Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Seeking Crew for Tonga to New Zealand

We will be looking for an additional crew member for the Tonga to New Zealand leg in November. The advert for the passage is below. if anyone is interested:

SV Fluenta is looking for one crew member to accompany them on the 1100 nm passage from Tonga to New Zealand in November 2014. Fluenta is a Stevens 47 cutter with a family of five onboard: Max and Elizabeth and their children who will by then be aged eleven years, nine years and eleven months.

Details on their journey so far and on Fluenta herself can be found on their blog: SV-Fluenta.blogspot.ca

Crew duties on passage will consist primarily of standing watches in rotation with Max and Elizabeth although he or she is expected to help with any other boat chores as with the rest of the crew. Watchstanding duties will be tailored to the crew's experience and competence and the expected conditions.

The intention is depart Tonga in November when there is a favourable weather window. Fluenta has engaged Bob McDavitt as their weather router. If conditions are suitable, Fluenta will stop in Minerva Reef enroute. The intended destination is Whangarei but Fluenta may check into Opua if that makes sense at the time. Both are close to Auckland.

Fluenta will cover all costs onboard and as well as any restaurants ashore and any visa costs to enter New Zealand . The crewmember will be responsible for costs to get to and from Fluenta.

Crew accommodations will be the V-berth of the boat. However, if conditions make sleeping in the V-berth uncomfortable then there are also two sea berths available in the saloon. Fluenta is a non-smoking boat and is "dry" on passage (other than perhaps champagne at the halfway mark for example).

The Stevens 47 is a 1980's Sparks and Stephens design with a modified fin keel and skeg hung rudder. With her significant ballast ratio and moderate displacement-to-weight ratio she is a sea kindly passagemaker allowing reasonably swift passages.

Max holds a RYA Yachtmaster Ocean (with Master of Yachts 200GT commercial endorsement) certificate and is a Canadian Yacht Association (CYA) Advanced Cruising Instructor. Elizabeth is also RYA and CYA trained and has sailed over 10,000 sea miles. Both have completed various sea survival courses and Advanced Medical First Responder Training. Max's sailing CV can be found on the Linkedin website.

Whilst it will be impractical to conduct a formal sailing course during the time period, instruction in passagemaking will be provided as much as is practical and desired by the crew.
At 7/18/2014 4:41 AM (utc) Fluenta's position was 16°20.29'S 145°29.77'W

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  1. Hey there Max and Elizabeth! My name is Kila, I'm a 22 year-old from Canada looking to crew on a boat from Tonga to NZ. Currently I'm in Vava'u, and my captain is planning to leave his boat here for the cyclone season. Having crossed from Panama, stopping in Galapagos, Marquesas, Tuamotus, Society Islands, Palmerson, Niue, and now Tonga, I have gained a lot of experience on two different vessels and am looking to gain more knowledge as I continue to sail. Every ship allows such differences in learning and growth, with every captain having such different strengths and skills. I took a look at your blog and it is very interesting! You seem to be a very lovely family and I would be very honoured to be considered for the crew position. I love kids as well, I think they are magic, and such a gift to have around. Make sure to check out all the amazing caves and chasms in Niue and give Ira and Brian at the yacht club a big hug for me! They are wonderful, as are all the locals, you will have such a great time in Niue. Hope to hear back from you soon and begin the adventure! You can reply on here and I will keep checking the page, or email me at kilaa.kilaaaa@gmail.com. Fair winds to Fluenta and her smiling crew! Mucho amor. Sincerely, Kila. X

  2. Thanks all but we now have crew.

    Kila: We tried to send you an email but the gmail bounced it back. Ironically we are sitting in NYC with some of your friends. Please keep in touch as we will be seeking crew for the north bound trip next season and sound like you would be a great fit..

    Cheers, Max


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