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Captain & Crew Volunteers

We are always looking for compassionate, experienced people who embody the skill and the personality to have the great honor of serving and hosting our guests aboard S/V Gypsy Wind. Below, find the descriptions, requirements, and form for signing up. There are three levels of crew: Captain, Crew 1, and Crew 2.

CAPTAIN

The Captain of Gypsy Wind, is responsible for the safety and well-being of both the crew and passengers, and the safe and efficient operation and management of the vessel.

Captain Responsibilities:

– SAFE OPERATION OF THE VESSEL.
– Decision-making in all aspects of operation from cancellation and postponement of programed sails.
– Training crew in all aspects of vessel operations including the safety, program, public relations and community.
– Managing the crew in such a way as to create a strong, cohesive team.
– Working to maintain positive relationships among S/V Gypsy Wind dock master and other vessels.
– Prompt written and verbal incident reports to the Executive Director.
– Vessel maintenance.
– Maintaining clear communication with the Education Director, to ensure the best quality respite program.

Qualifications:

– Ideally, a current USCG license (aux. sail)
– An understanding of the Healing Winds Vermont organization, mission, and structure.
– Experience as the Captain of Gypsy Wind or a sailing vessel of similar size.

CREW 1

The Crew 1 (First Mate) of the sloop Gypsy Wind, is responsible for the safety and well-being of both the other crew and passengers, and the safe and efficient operation and management of the vessel.

Crew 1 Responsibilities:

– Ensuring compliance with all federal, state and local safety regulations with special regard to the US Coast Guard
– Managing the vessel and passengers while sailing
– Maintaining a close relationship with the Lead Captain and Captain of the sail.
– Maintaining a close relationship with Execute Director of Healing Winds Vermont
– Work to maintain a positive relationship between the boat, passengers, Captain and City of Burlington waterfront
– SAFE OPERATION OF THE VESSEL
– Preparing to get under way & docking
– Understanding various wind conditions
– Start engine
– Conduct man overboard procedures
– Raise and take down sails
– Read charts, compass, nautical equipment
– Know the ‘rules of the road’ – who has right of way
– Know what various navigation aids mean
– Attend to the skipper
– Respecting and following out the decision-making of the Captain in all aspects of operations
– Complete training in all aspects of vessel operations including the safety, program, public relations and community
– Work together to create a strong, cohesive team
– Help with vessel maintenance

The Crew 1’s skill level requirements on S/V Gypsy Wind include but are not limited to:
– COMPETENT, Confident Sailor with prior sailing experience on board vessels of 25’ or longer in length.

Qualifications:

– Ideally, a current USCG license (aux. sail)
– An understanding of the Healing Winds Vermont organization, mission, and structure
– Experience as the Captain of Gypsy Wind or a sailing vessel of similar size