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Mink van Opstal

phone: +31 6 81 10 22 17 email: minkvanopstal@gmail.com web: skipperservices.com

skype: mink.van.opstal

qualifications and certifications

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore (commercially and STCW endorsed) STCW: Sea Survival Techniques, Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR) ENG1 Seafarer Medical Certificate (unrestricted, valid until 02/07/15) International Certificate of Competence (ICC) PADI Advanced Diver

employment history
Deckhand / Operations & Activities Manager
ISail Whitsundays Airlie Beach, Australia Southern Cross Sailing Adventures Airlie Beach, Australia Feb - Sep 2012 Sep - Dec 2012

Deck work, maintenance and engine room duties aboard performance racing yachts: British Defender (77 ft. 97 kW), Iceberg (50 ft. 55 kW), Hammer (75 ft. 118 kW), sailing catamaran On Ice (46 ft. 2x29 kW) and cruising yacht Blizzard (50 ft. 56 kW) Water sports instructing, supervising and tender operations, up to 28 guests Sea service (full-time days, partially smooth waters): 155 days

Windwalker, private yacht delivery Aug - Nov 2011

Owner-assisted delivery of 40 ft. schooner from Papeete, Tahiti to Opua, New Zealand Passage planning: weather analysis, stock and provisions management, hiring crew, etc. Watch keeping and crew supervising during three 10 to 12-day passages Sea service (offshore mileage): 2625 nm

Deckhand / Assistant Engineer

Sarav, private yacht delivery May - Aug 2011

Delivery of 55 ft. sailing catamaran from Auckland, New Zealand to Papeete, Tahiti Watch keeping during 16-day passage Maintenance: wiring, engine services, plumbing, sail repairs, etc. Sea service (offshore mileage): 2390 nm
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Engineer / Assistant Director

Bay of Islands Kayak Cruises Paihia, New Zealand Feb - May 2011

Purchasing and retrieving 30 ft. commercial vessel for new adventure tourism business Refitting purpose vessel: woodwork, fiberglass, wiring, antifouling, etc. Pre-launch marketing assistance: website, brochures, signage, social media, advertising Relief skipper position upon start of tourism season, Nov 2011 - Jan 2012

Senior Deckhand / Operations & Activities Manager

Bay of Islands Rock Cruises Paihia, New Zealand Oct 2009 - Apr 2010

Supervising team of six, crew hiring and training Helm control on 100 ft. 180 HP main vessel and 23 ft. 70 HP tender, associated maintenance Water sports instructing and supervising, up to 38 guests (kayak tours, snorkelling, etc.) Sea service (full-time days, partially smooth waters): 176 days

personal statement
In recent years, I have worked for various marine tourism operators in New Zealand and Australia, offering sailing and/or diving charters. I also found employment as delivery crew on a number of private yachts crossing the South Pacific from New Zealand to French Polynesia and back. Obtaining my Yachtmaster Offshore certificate and the desire to further my skills in yachting has led me to the Mediterranean with the prospect of working on international waters in the coming years. Passion for the business, high adaptability, healthy perfectionism and a profound urge to excel in all things I undertake has made me a valuable asset to companies in the past, and I will continue to provide the same for my current and future employers.

hobbies and interests

sailing scuba diving (PADI Advanced Diver) freediving music (guitar) surfing inline hockey (The Netherlands U19 national team, 2007 - 2009) snowboarding/skiing

Luke Mairs Peter Honey Jonathan Greener Andre Campos Michael Silliman Owner/Skipper ISail Whitsundays web: isailwhitsundays.com web: kayakcruises.co.nz web: rocktheboat.co.nz Owner/Skipper Bay of Islands Kayak Cruises Owner/Skipper Bay of Islands Rock Cruises Skipper Sarav, private yacht Owner Windwalker, private yacht

phone: +61438240976 email: info@isailwhitsundays.com phone: +64219981908 email: petehoney@gmail.com phone: +64212383927 email: jonny@rocktheboat.co.nz phone: +64211380320 email: campos.andre@hotmail.com phone: +642102206203 email: msillima@yahoo.com