Sailing and Boating History - Richard Kastelein
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Richard Kastelein
Marine Industry Resume

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OBJECTIVE

To go cruising again with my wife to the Pacific  - once the kids grow up. Right now on sabbatical from sailing.

KEY SAILING SKILLS

Have sailing instruction qualifications and experience from the keelboat level to the Intermediate Coastal Cruising level of the American Sailing Association standards and the Basic Coastal Cruising level of the Canadian Yachting Association. Also completed more than 50 deliveries in the Eastern Caribbean for several charter companies and taught in the ‘Cruise and Learn’ format. Day Charter experience includes running ‘Gabrielle’, a Morgan 46, in St. Maarten for over a year. Am familiar with all facets of general boat and engine troubleshooting and repair and have owned three sailboats over 36 feet in the past ten years including a Morgan Heritage 38, a steel Joshua (of Bernard Moitessier fame) at 37 feet, and an Endurance 37. Over 20,000 offshore miles logged.

EDUCATION

CYA Basic Coastal Cruising Instructor, ASA Keelboat Instructor, ASA Basic Coastal Cruising Instructor, and ASA Intermediate Coastal Cruising Instructor. Diploma in Journalism and Photojournalism, Western Academy of Photography, Victoria, B.C., Canada.

INTERESTS

Writing, photography, graphic design, guitar, travel, good books, and my family.

SYNOPSIS

On top of working as a professional yachtsman, I also have six years experience in the marine industry as a marketing director for the two largest marine companies in the Caribbean, Budget Marine and Island Water World as well as working as an editor in the local media (I am a journalist by trade).
Duties included a complete re-branding of both companies giving them a new look, designing all the ads and fighting for premium placement, completing five 200-plus page catalogues, and creating successful marketing strategies such as a Megayacht Program and a Cruiser Discount Club/Card for Island Water World. Also designed and marketed both websites.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1999 – 2002 Marketing Director Island Water World
St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
• Spearheaded re-branding of company - a complete overhaul of Island Water World’s image and presentation to the public. Designed and led catalogue effort with over 20,000 products in 200 pages in print – and online in PDF at islandwaterworld.com. Implemented new marketing strategies focusing on the bigger boat market with a Megayacht Program and the strengthening of companies’ relationship with cruising yachtsmen in the form of a Cruising Club Discount Card Program.
2001 Delivery Skipper Tradewind Yachts
Tortola B.V.I.
• Delivery skipper for maintenance base in St. Maarten for Tortola-based Tradewind Yachts.
1998 – 1999 Marketing Manager Budget Marine
St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
• Upgraded and added to 300 page marine parts catalogue and designed website for leading chandlery in Caribbean. Also created all signage and handled basic merchandising duties for multiple stores in the Caribbean.
1998 Delivery Skipper S.V. “Hola Ola”
Dominican Republic – St. Maarten
• Private delivery of Endeavor 43 in Caribbean.
1997 Day Charter Skipper S.V. “Gabrielle”
St. Maarten, Dutch Antilles
• Ran Morgan 46 on busy daily snorkeling and lunch trips around the island. Duties included maintenance, hot lunch preparation and guided snorkeling tours. Included six-month refit in Trinidad.
1996 – 1997 Sailing Instructor Bay Island Yachts
St. Maarten, Dutch Antilles
• A.S.A. sailing instructor and charter captain on Hunter 31 and Sun Odyssey 51.
1995 – 1996 Charter Skipper Paradise Yacht Charters
St. Martin, French West Indies
• Delivery and charter skipper for Paradise Yacht Charters on variety of Beneteaus and Sun Odysseys.
1995 Delivery Skipper Sunsail Yacht Charters
St. Maarten, Dutch Antilles
• Delivery skipper for Sunsail on variety of Beneteaus and catamarans in the Eastern Caribbean. Over 40 deliveries.

1994 – 1995 Skipper S.V. “Sassafras”
Crete, Greece – St. Maarten, Dutch Antilles
• Delivery of own Morgan Heritage 38 from Greece to Caribbean. Six months and 6000 NM.
1994 – 1995 First Mate/Watch Captain Various Vessels
Ft. Lauderdale, Caribbean, Mediterranean.
• First mate on Atlantic 49 from Hurgada, Egypt to Mallorca, Spain
• Watch captain on Trinity 90 from Florida to Caribbean
• Watch captain on Little Harbor 75 from Florida to Caribbean
• First mate on Hinkley 40 from Florida to Alabama
1992 Sailing Instructor University of Victoria, B.C. Canada
1990 – 1991 Skipper/First Mate Vancouver, B.C. Canada/Caribbean
• Partner and charter skipper for You-Crew Day Charters in Vancouver, B.C.
• First mate on delivery from Antigua, W.I. to Venezuela on Prout 34 catamaran.
• First mate to Captain on 103 foot gaff rigged schooner (EST 1869) in Windward Islands, Caribbean
1989 Skipper/First Mate/Crew Various Vessels
Pacific Ocean
• Delivery skipper on CT 41 from Vancouver, B.C. to San Luis, Obispo California
• First Mate on 36-foot salmon fishing boat in British Columbia.
• Delivery crew on Camper and Nicholson 56 from Mackay, Australia to Vanuatu.
1988 Crew Various Vessels
Indian Ocean/Atlantic Ocean
• Crew on Formosa 56 in Thailand and Malaysia
• Delivery crew on Beneteau Oceanus 430 from St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles to Gibraltar.