Sailing experiences - John Campbell





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In February 2010 I joined Ligaya. The plan is to explore South East Asia for the next year. Click on the picture to see our latest news
November 2008 to summer 2009, Captain of the 45 meter Vitters ketch Timoneer. East coast to and from Caribbean. Sadly after a great season the owner died, so the job came to an end. Timoneer sailing

December 2005 to November 2008. Captain Laymar II, a 35 meter Codecasa. Based in the central and eastern Mediterranean. Please click the picture for more details

September 2004 to December 2005. Captain 35 meter Ortona-Navi Magdalus Terzo. Chartering winters in the West Indies and summer in the Mediterranean. Please click the picture for more details about the boat.
Summer 2004. I spent the summer dashing about the Eastern Mediterranean at 30 knots in a high-speed Sunseeker, Pebble IV.
2002 - to Spring 2004. Captain/engineer of Moon 'n Star, a sister to Mayflower. We sailed almost 10,000 miles in two seasons, covering the length and breadth of the Mediterranean and Aegean.

1998 - 2002. Captain of Seaflower - 40 meter Feadship. I was the build Captain/Project Manager, overseeing every aspect of her construction. After the commissioning, as Captain, I sailed her for some 2,000 miles in her first season. Seaflower was awarded the Superyacht Society Award for Best Motor Yacht under 43 meters, and also got the award for the best engine room of any vessel.

Some friends of ours are now publishing a nautical newspaper called

The Triton. Lots of news and useful info.

Click here to visit them

Prior to the building of Seaflower, I ran the Owner's previous vessel, Mayflower, a 28 meter Moonen. We completed three busy seasons, covering almost 30,000 miles, exploring most of the Mediterranean. We did a very comprehensive refit, both mechanical and cosmetic, before selling her as the new boat began to take shape.
1996 - 98 Captain/engineer of Brave Mollie - 27 meter classic motor yacht built in 1892. I did a partial rebuild of her 50 year-old Deutz engine, and ran her in private service in the Balearics.
1995 Captain of Anny von Hamburg - 38 meter three-masted gaff schooner. I took over Anny at short notice, when we sold our previous Owner's yacht for him. I ran her for a busy charter season in the Balearics, before laying her up for the winter and her pending sale.
1988 - 95 Captain/engineer of Gulliver - 20 meter ketch. We did three Atlantic crossings. Sailed extensively in New England, with trips to Nova Scotia one year, and the Bay of Fundy to New Brunswick another year. Two other summers were spent in Greece, Turkey, Malta and Tunisia. Most winters were spent in the Eastern Caribbean, but one winter we explored Honduras and Mexico.

1986 - 87 Captain of Thalassi - 26 meter ketch. We crossed from Spain to Brazil and down to the Falkland Islands. From there we went round Cape Horn and up through the channels of Patagonia. We then returned to England by way of the Galapagos, Panama, San Blas, West Indies and the Azores.
1985 Captain/engineer Shona of Cornaa, a 24 meter ketch, for one of our former charter guests. Sadly after just one season in northern Europe, the Owner was forced to retire from yachting.
1978 - 85 The Moorings Ltd. Captain/engineer Redhead IV, a 20 meter schooner, in charter service for three seasons in the West Indies. I oversaw the building of the boat and her five sisters, before delivering her to St. Lucia for The Moorings. One of our charter guests persuaded us to go and buy a yacht and run it for him.
Prior to that we worked for The Moorings in the Virgin Islands for four years. I was manager in charge of maintenance for a fleet of over 80 charter boats. I made frequent trips to the US to oversee the building of new yachts at Morgan, Gulfstar and Mariner yacht companies, attended courses at Perkins Engines in Detroit, and worked closely with Adler-Barbour developing a new refrigeration system for charter-yachts.
1973 - 78 During this period I worked on a variety of boats including:-
Cariad - 35 meter gaff ketch, as engineer/mate, chartering in the West Indies.

Romance - 35 meter brigantine, as engineer, West Indies, Galapagos, Pitcairn and Polynesia. During this voyage I made three films for a UK TV station
America - 33 meter gaff schooner, as engineer for refit in UK. We then sailed almost 200 miles up the Gambia River, before crossing to the West Indies, Chesapeake and New York.
Lana and I also designed and built our own 11 meter junk-rigged schooner in England, and sailed her to the West Indies.
In 1973 I completed a single-handed transatlantic crossing in Kylie, my own 8 meter sloop.
When I first left university, together with two friends I bought, restored and sailed a 13 ton gaff cutter, that had been built in 1908

MCA Class 4 yachtmaster to 3,000 tons, unlimited voyages.
British RYA/Dot Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean certificates.
US Coastguard motorboat operator's licence.
GMDSS General Radio Operator's certificate.
US and British Ham licences
MCA Command Proficiency in Survival Craft.
Dot Sea Survival certificate.
Dot Ship Captain's Medical Certificate
Dot Class 2 Fire-fighting Certificate
Royal Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross
US Red Cross CPR certificate
Caterpillar Electronic engine management certificate
SCUBA diving Open Water Certificate
Private aeroplane pilot's licence.

Reasonable Spanish and a bit of schoolboy French.

Watersports - sailing, rowing, windsurfing and canoeing.

Photography - have had some three hundred photographs published over the years in various magazines and books, including the British Admiralty Pilot for Ireland. Have had film shown on four TV programs in the UK and in the US.

Ham Radio - I enjoy using the radio to stay in contact with friends and to find information about new places we might be visiting.

Computers - I organised and maintained a network on board Seaflower, and have enjoyed making several websites for people, as well as using the Internet for research.

Writing - I have had over a hundred articles published, mainly in the sailing press of the UK and US. I have also had four books published - one about sailing rigs and sail handling, one about Charles Darwin, and our experiences following his route on the Beagle around South America. The other two are text books - one about the International Collision Regulations, and the other, which has been adopted by two Marine Academies in the US, about the GMDSS marine radio service.

Flying - when there is not the opportunity to fly full-size planes, I enjoy building and flying radio-controlled model aircraft as well.

Articles Please click here to see a list of articles that we have had published about some of our various cruises.


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