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Royal Navy to SY Captain?
CustomTenders
Posted: Saturday, November 7, 2009 3:44 PM
Joined: 02/10/2008
Posts: 1


Hi everyone, Hope you are all well? I am interested in history and in the Royal Navy and that led me to wonder and if there are any Captains that make the switch from Royal Navy or such like to super yachts or the private sector? It must be an interesting life both sides of the coin regardless, but for someone who is primarily a landlumber the life of a Captain often seems a romantic one... or perhaps I watch and read too much! Olivier
fivestarsolution
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:40 AM
Joined: 11/08/2008
Posts: 2


I know an ex-engineering officer who would be a reliable source of feedback. Drop me a line at: Phil@rivieraasset.com I will forward your mail. Phil Walker.
English Andy
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:53 AM
Joined: 17/09/2008
Posts: 93


Olivier,  I'm one of these people that you are looking for!  I spent 6 years as an engineer, then got promoted to "drive" submarines as a deck officer which I did for 12 years........ I made the switch into yachting as I raced ocean yachts whilst in the RN and loved the lifestyle!  Ironically, am now Captain and Engineer on a 40m M/Y (qualified for both!!) in the Middle East, and have turned down three offers of skippering "round the world racing yachts" (Clipper ventures, BT Global Challenge etc) to concentrate on motorboating!  Many M/Y Captains can't say that LOL!!! If you would like more information, contact me at Yacht_captain@live.com 

Nearly forgot, there are approximately three other ex-RN deck officers driving yachts that I know of; and even a ex-WEO as Captain!  However, there are far more engineers (approx 18) populating the mega yachts than ex-deck officers!

If any ex-RN guys read this, then please drop my a "maily" to my email address!

Regards

Andy 


Clive C-W
Posted: Monday, December 7, 2009 11:43 AM
Joined: 25/09/2008
Posts: 12


Andy, I know of  at least 5 ex-Seamen Officers driving Yachts, plus others in the Brokerage game.  This is proably not the forum for naming individuals but I'll drop you an e-mail.  When did you sling your hook?  I left this year after 31 in the mob and was lucky enough to get a job straight away.

English Andy
Posted: Monday, December 7, 2009 12:45 PM
Joined: 17/09/2008
Posts: 93


Hi Clive! 

I've been pout 6 years now and am loving the yachtie lifestyle -  ironically, I've seen more of the world in the last 6 years than I ever did whilst in Boats! 

Drop me a "maily" and we'll chat!

Andy

 

 

 


English Andy
Posted: Monday, December 7, 2009 12:47 PM
Joined: 17/09/2008
Posts: 93


Hi Clive! 

I made the break for freedom six years ago and am lovin' the yachtie lifestyle - ironically, I seen more of the world in the last 6 years than I ever did in boats! LOL Drop me a line to my email addy and we'll chat!

Regards

Andy

 


samjeffs
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012 12:11 PM
Joined: 21/01/2012
Posts: 1


I am currently in the process of 'jumping ship' and aligning all my qualifications from the RN to those required by the MCA. I have about 18 months left in the RN which is also the same length of time it will take me to do the switch over. Hopefully I can leave the RN and not be out of work too long before I can bring everything I've learnt from the RN over into the yachting industry. Aiming to first qualify as an OOW Unlimited before attempting the Master (Yachts less than 3000gtn) oral board, this was the best route recommended to me by MCA Seafarer Training to get the most out of RN qual's. Hopefully I will see many of you out there within the next 2 years, so any helpful tips or friends I can gain along the way would be fantastic! Sam samjeffs@hotmail.com
 
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