My CV

MELISSA WILLIAMS
RYA YACHTMASTER and Cruising Instructor

D.O.B: 14/01/1985
Nationality: British
B1/B2 American Visa, ENG1 Medically approved,
Full British Driving license

Profile
A hard working, enthusiastic personality who works well under pressure. A team worker who relishes challenge and has had management success in her sailing career. Experience on traditional and modern vessels in charter and racing.

Longer term career objective in the marine industry is to build on qualifications and experience so she can continue to skipper her own vessel.

Professional Qualifications
Offshore miles logged: 40,000+ 330 days sea time
MCA Approved Engine Course – February 2013
RYA Cruising instructor- June 2012
RYA Diesel engine – December 2010
RYA Radar – December 2010
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster (Offshore) – November 2010
STCW 95 Elementary First Aid – April 2013
STCW 95 Personal Survival Techniques – September 2010
STCW 95 Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting – September 2010
STCW 95 Personal Safety and Social responsibility – September 2010
GMDSS/DSC Short range radio license – June 2009
RYA Power Boat Level 2 – June 2008

Currently studying for RYA/MCA Yachtmaster (Ocean)

Education
British Offshore Sailing School – RYA/MCA Yachtmaster (Offshore) – August – November 2010
University of East Anglia, Norwich –BA (Hons) History of Art – 2.1 – 2003 – 2006
Combe Bank School, Sevenoaks, Kent, 3 A levels, 1 AS Level, 10 GCSE’s – 1996 – 2003

Relevant Experience and Employment

The Tresanton Hotel – Skipper June 2013 – Present
Vessel – Pinuccia, 48ft Classic “8 metre” sloop
Providing guests of this elegant up-market hotel safe, enjoyable and interesting full and half day charters from her base in St Mawes, Cornwall. Responsible for complete management of the vessel, support RIB and crew, day to day maintenance and repairs, greeting and entertaining of guests and promotion of the charter programme.

Classic Sailing – Skipper. February 2013 – May 2013
Vessel – Eve of St Mawes, 51ft Luke Powell Pilot Cutter
Fully responsible for the safe running of the vessel at sea, running 3 to 6 day charters for all levels of experience from complete beginners to seasoned sailors. Key responsibilities: providing enjoyable holiday experience while instructing all on board on how to sail, ensuring maintenance of the boat comply with code and victualling and cooking for the guests while on voyage. In addition also completed winter re-fit and maintenance.

The Island Trust – 1st Mate. March 2012 – November 2012
Vessels – Moosk, 58′ Gaff Yawl, Pegasus,74′ Gaff Bristol Pilot Cutter, Tectona, 80′ Gaff Ketch
Working with the skippers on all three boats to deliver fun and engaging sail training andpersonal development to young people. Based in Plymouth passages have ranged along the south coast from London Docklands to Falmouth and involved participation in the 2012 Tall Ships race to Portugal. Key task is ensuring the safety of the young people while on-board and instructing them how to sail. Further responsibilities involve victualling boats for each charter and daily and periodic maintenance, making sure the boats are kept in working order.

Gordonstoun School – 2nd Mate April 2011 – February 2012
Vessel – Ocean Spirit of Moray, 80’ Oyster Ketch
Helping to deliver the schools busy schedule of sail training voyages on the West coast of Scotland, including participation in the Tall Ships Race 2011. Ensuring the safety of all the trainees during their time on board and taking control of a watch to instruct them in sailing the boat and making sure that domestic jobs below deck are carried out. During the winter I gained valuable refit experience and traditional small boat sailing while teaching the schools seamanship course. A very rewarding and satisfying role which allowed me to further develop my communication, management, teaching and sailing skills.

Clipper Ventures – 1st Mate – Freelance July 2010 – Present
Vessel – 68′ Ocean Clipper
Ensuring that all corporate guests, irrespective of their knowledge, have a rewarding, safe and entertaining day out on the water.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Watch Leader June 2009 – July 2010
Vessel – 68′ Ocean Clipper
Competed in the 09/10 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and completed a full circumnavigation. A two year “project”, including training. Developed from a raw sailing novice to one of two watch leaders for the final half of the race. Trained as sail maker and on top of normal sailing duties was responsible for all sail maintenance and repair at sea and on land during stopovers. Promoted to watch leader for the legs from China, across the Pacific (which included being rolled and dismasted), a Panama transit, up the East Coast of the USA and Canada and then back across the Atlantic to the UK, via Ireland. This entailed me having complete control of the 68′ racing boat while on watch and managing my watch of 9 crew, despite being the youngest on board. The experience helped me to develop leadership, team management and motivation skills along with sailing performance management.

Deliveries
Vessel – California Clipper, 68′ Ocean Clipper. Skipper plus 12 crew. Gosport – Hull. September 2009
Vessel – Alcyone of Appledram, 46′ Grand Soleil. Owner + 2 crew. Gosport – Benodet, West Brittany. August 2009
Vessel – Buccaneer, 72′ Motor Yacht. Skipper + 2 crew. Palma, Majorca – Split, Croatia. July 2009

Hobbies and interests
Art – Drawing and painting.
Visiting galleries and historic houses
Climbing
Walking
Kite surfing

Skills summary

  • Accomplished sailor
  • Experienced skipper and mate
  • Capable team manager & motivator
  • Trained sail maker
  • Skilled performance manager
  • Adept communicator
  • Seasoned hospitality professional
  • Traditional boat experience

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