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First Mate – Cirdan Sailing Trust

First Mate

The Cirdan Sailing Trust is looking for a First Mate to work across our fleet.

The Trust, operating for 40 years, conducts sail training voyages for disadvantaged young people from a broad spectrum of backgrounds.

As First Mate, you will work closely with the Skipper and the rest of our crew and volunteers in the delivery of voyages and ensure the smooth operation of the vessel.

We are seeking someone with the motivation and energy to work with young people to develop their independence, resilience and confidence.

Although based in Essex, Cirdan’s fleet operate around the coast of the UK and occasionally venture further afield.

We are offering a fixed term contract for the successful candidate which will run until November 2024. This may be negotiable for the right candidate.



  • Yachtmaster Coastal with Commercial Endorsement

  • ENG1 Medical Certificate

  • Experience of working with young people (not necessarily in a sailing capacity)

  • A desire to help and develop junior members of crew and volunteers

 Ideally you will have experience of larger sailing vessels although the role is a good opportunity for someone wishing to make the step up from smaller boats.

All applicants will be subject to an Enhanced DBS and must have the right to live and work in the UK.


Other Information

Our crew operate a three week on, 1 week off rota during the sailing season.

Salary is dependent on experience.

Travel allowance during schedule leave periods.


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.

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