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Mate – Cirdan Sailing Trust

Cirdan Sailing Trust vessels

First Mate

The Cirdan Sailing Trust is looking for an experienced First Mate to work across their fleet of traditional sailing vessels.

The Cirdan Sailing Trust conducts sail training voyages for disadvantaged young people from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. Due to this they are seeking a candidate with the motivation and energy to work with young people to develop their independence, resilience and confidence.

Cirdan’s fleet generally operate around the coast of the UK although occasionally venture further afield.

As First Mate, you will assist the Skipper in the delivery of voyages and help ensure the smooth operation of the vessel.

Cirdan’s sailing season starts from the beginning of April and so candidates must have the relevant skills in order to assist with the winter refit programme.

The contract for the successful candidate will begin in February 2024 until November 2024. This may be negotiable for the right candidate.



  • Yachtmaster Offshore with Commercial Endorsement
  • RYA Level 2 Powerboat
  • ENG1 Medical Certificate
  • Experience of traditional / large sailing vessels
  • Experience of working with young people (not necessarily in a sailing capacity)
  • Experience of vessel maintenance
  • A desire to help and develop junior members of crew and volunteers


Desired Qualifications / Attributes

  • MCA Approved Engine Course
  • RYA Cruising Instructor
  • Experience of sail training


All applicants must have, or be able to obtain, an Enhanced DBS and must have the right to live and work in the UK.



From £24k pa pro rata. (Dependent on experience)


Application Process

Applications can be made by sending a CV and covering statement by email to [email protected]. The covering statement should include why you are interested in a role with the Cirdan Sailing Trust.

Closing date is 1700 Friday 1st December.

For more information about Cirdan Sailing Trust, please visit their website – The Cirdan Sailing Trust (

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