Crew List

Crew List

Have you just finished your navigation course and want to try out your skills, or perhaps you fancy the delights of cruiser racing. Perhaps you have had enough of being dunked in the water and needing a wet suit, be warned cruiser racing isn’t always warm and dry!

Skippers are frequently looking for crews.

If you wish to crew please send an email to the secretary with information you wish put on this page. Information will be cut and pasted from the body of the email and displayed until the end of the season or until requested to remove it.

Skippers, if you are looking for crew contact the secretary with details of what you require displayed on this page.

PYRA do not warrant the competence of skippers or seaworthiness of their yachts.

Crews should satisfy themselves of the competence of skippers and seaworthiness of their yachts

Crew Available/Wanted

31st May 2018

Local from Parkstone available for crewing opportunities on a casual or arranged basis. 

Hi my name is Steph, I am a local 27 year old looking to get back out on the water!

As a teenager I was a member of Parkstone and then Poole yacht club, where I crewed for smaller dinghies in races and had my own Laser. Since then I have sailed for a week as part of a crew of 4 on a 44ft yacht in Turkey and most recently, last November I crewed for a month for a friend on a 33ft yacht sailing from Colombia to Panama and around the San Blas Islands. I am looking to get back on the water a this season for fun or for racing.

I am pretty flexible availability wise. I could be free most evenings and weekends or even some times in the week days depending on work.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact me.

T: 07736671450


3rd April 2018

Andy Sands. Age 54. Looking for crewing opportunities.

I did Yachtmaster theory and Dayskipper Practical a few years ago, although haven’t put them into practice very much and am low on practical experience but willing and agile enough. I have a Hurley 24/70 at PYC. I have a Laser at PYC and join in the club racing occasionally. I have crewed as a guest on some 37/42ft Sunsail boats at Cowes Week over a number of years.

I live in Hemel Hempstead, but have a base in Hamworthy, so can generally be available at weekends.

More inclined to fun than competitiveness and shorter handed sailing for maximum involvement, but happy to go with the ethos of the boat and to fit in as needed.

Phone: 07980 856454. Email: andrew-sands @

24th January 2018 – renewed

Crew Available !

My name is Roy Gribbon and I am currently based in Ferndown. I have lived in the Poole area since 1984 and have sailed for many years around the Solent and dorset coast. I have also crewed in many races and a number of cross channel  cruises, I have also been on a number of flotilla sailing holidays in the med. A few years ago I passed a Day skipper course in Croatia. 

I really enjoyed participating in the Yarmouth and Lymington events last year and hope to do more trips this year !

I am available as a crew member for evening and weekend events. You can contact me by email at or by phone 

01202894347 / 07782482648.   

24th January 2018-renewed

I am looking for a place on a boat to race. I have had 2 years crewing for a friend in Jersey where we did both round the cans and passage races. With the emphasis on having fun rather than chasing honours. I’m 56 and reasonably fit and have a RYA Day Skipper practical ticket.

I can be available evenings and weekends.

Contact me at khawkes42 “at” or on 07746671821.


Kevin Hawkes

24th January 2018-renewed

I would like to crew. I have completed my day skipper theory and practical  at commodore  yachting in Gosport.

I have a some crewing experience  with the x boats.
Let me know if you know of anyone looking.
I have a place in bh14 but currently living in Hertfordshire  but visit every other weekend. I can do Saturdays. I’m an associate member  of  Parkstone YC.

I am a novice regarding racing and have raced about 10 times – kept me cool and had fun!

Diane             dianemillscurrie”at”                       (replace “at” with @)

5th February 2018 – renewed

Crew Available!

I’m a single guy, reasonably educated engineer with a methodical mind from the North but now living in Bournemouth. I have a fascination of the sea and really enjoy sailing even though I only started in 2016 after an opportunity for a social sail. I have my Comp Crew and VHF plus my Day Skipper (theory and practice). I have approx 1500 miles in my log including two trips across the channel to Cherbourg, Alderney, Guernsey and St Vaast last year. Later this year (2018) I plan on obtaining my first aid and coastal/ yachtmaster theory certificate. I believe this is like learning to drive that now I can really start to learn by offering my help as crew on board cruisers in return for varied experience of sailing both social sailing and also trying my hand at cruiser racing. I took early retirement some years ago so now am available most of the time at short notice.

Steve Whitnear

07971 594119

21st Feb 2017-renewed

Alan Bentall is available to  crew and would like to join the PYRA fraternity in some interesting and exciting racing. He may be contacted by email  “azb   at”

Sailing Curriculum Vitae Alan C. C. Bentall
September 2016
Alan is an experienced crew, helm and skipper of yachts (up to 40’) and dinghies in both cruising and race settings. He has had formal training and experience over many years in navigation. He has prior experience as a skipper in cruising yachts and skippered Deloitte ISC entries in 1999, 2006, 2007 and 2008, through the heats and Finals. He has also been No. 2 helm in many day and night-time races over a number of years, and some experience of coaching novice race crews to develop their skills, awareness and value as race-crew members.

Sailing Summary
1958 – 1962 Enterprise Dinghy: Crew and helm – pleasure and racing
1963 – 1967 CCF Naval Section: Navigation Courses
1963 – 1975 Annual holidays and weekend cruising on a number of yachts owned by my father, including 39’ Trimaran, sailing out of Whitstable and Hamble River. Numerous longer cruises, including night-time channel crossings; watch leader on many occasions. Some coastal skippering experience around Solent and English South Coast.
1976 – 1998 Occasional weekend cruising around Solent and South Coast; further coastal skippering experience around Solent and English South Coast.
1994 – 1997 Industry Sailing Masters – Crew with Ben Dillistone. Four entries.
1996 Cowes to Fecamp (Northern France) Race: Sigma 33 – Crew with David Dillistone.
1998 Round the Island Race: S&S – No. 2 Helm with David Conway-Hughes
2002 Round the Island Race: S&S – No. 2 Helm with David Conway-Hughes
1990 – 2005 Industry Sailing Challenge#1 – Beneteau 35S, SunFast 36, SunFast 37. Crew/No. 2 Helm with Ben Dillistone, Tom Davidson. Twelve entries, Eight finals;
ISC Winners 2004.
1999 Industry Sailing Challenge: SunFast 36 – Skipper (Heat and Final).
2006 – 2008 Industry Sailing Challenge: SunFast 37 – Skipper (Heats and Finals).
2003 – 2004 Sunsail Spring Series and Final; Runners-up 2003.
2007 Sunsail Autumn Series Final – 3rd Place.
2002 – 2010 Deloitte Sailing Regatta – Skipper – 2-Day weekend giving relative novices sailing experience;
2003 – 2014 Flotillas (five: four 1-week and 1 2-week delivery), Croatia/Greece (29’-36’) – Skipper;
2015 Round the Island, with D&B Dillistone, Dufour 34, Crew and No.2 helm;
2016 PYRA, Poole=>Cowes (not completed), with D&B Dillistone, Dufour 34, Crew, No.2 helm and crew coach.
#1 Industry Sailing Challenge: this was a race, set up by Clive Jacobs under the auspices of the Ocean Racing Association, open to crews made up exclusively of staff from a single company. It was originally configured as races (with heats and a final), in which each race was twice round the Isle of White (non-stop) with a time limit of 20 hours.

21st Feb 2017-Renewed

Do you need/want a new crew member for Poole YC or PYRA events.

Following ‘Meet the Fleets’ night at Poole YC on Wednesday evening, We have a small number of potential crew with mixed experience keen to race!

Please contact Roger 01258860008 or roger “at”




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