Léon Veth, "Qualified yachtmaster offshore & ocean skipper"!

  "Responsibility for ship and crew are main issues in my way of sailing."


Available as first mate or skipper on sailing vessels up to 80 ft. Good in assisting an owner with sailing abilities who is looking for somebody to give practical advice, maintain the boat and skipper the boat if necessary. Also available as a charter skipper, sailing instructor and engineer.


Sailing experience

Started in 1987 in Greece as a crew member on a sailing yacht, I soon started obtaining my sailing qualifications in the Dutch (coastal) waters. Later sailed bareboat and as a flotilla leader for  years in Greece and the Caribbean with family and friends.  Bought my own 37 ft. sailing vessel in 2001 and did a lot of North Sea sailing around England and France. After selling this boat I became an offshore sailing instructor in the Netherlands. These instructions with various groups of students took place in the east coast area of England, west coast of France  (Channel Isles) and Irish waters.  In the meanwhile I did a lot of offshore racing, most of the time as a fore decker but also on the helm and sheets. Also done many deliveries on various types of boats.

In 2008 I crossed the Atlantic during the ARC on a swan 51 as a crewmember. On that same yacht I was watch-leader a year later during the Fastnet 2009.  Later sailed an Atlantic crossing from Lanzarote tot St. Lucia on a classic Nicholson with a crew of three. A few years later I was invited to work as a mate on a 70 ft performance cruiser during several deliveries in the med, Caribbean and USA. On this yacht I did my ocean master practicing. I continued developping my maintenance and technical (engine room) skills on this type of boat. In 2015 I was captain on  a Varianta 44 from Gran Canaria to st Lucia and in 2016 I sailed this boat back  to the Azores. Both trips with students. In between I worked as a fleet manager at St. Martin Yacht Charters. After hurricane Irma in 2017 I found new employment at local chartercompagnies, sailed another ocean crossing as skipper and recovered a Hanse 588. In 2019 I became a captain also on SY Lady Bizoe (Halberg Rassey 62). In that year i sailed them both from the US and SXM  to Portimao Portugal. During the covid lockdowns i stayed and maintained the boats in marina Portimao. Recently crossed the atlantic with a 44 ft Varianta and delivered the same type of ship from Amsterdam to Cascais Portugal.  My total sea mileages during the last years extend the 90.000 Nm.


·     STCW95 (refreshed 2020)

·     RYA Yachtmaster offshore commercial endorsed (sail)

·     RYA Yachtmaster ocean commercial endorsed (sail)

·     VHF GMDSS (marcom B)

·     PDIC diver

·     B1B2 visa

·     Zi3 (Dutch qualification) sailing instructor  


2021 - now

Captain on SY Philae (Beneteau 57). Assist owners for the upcoming season round atlantic.


Captain on SY Callisto (Hanse 588)  At the moment berthed in Portimao Portugal.

November 2021-december 2021

Skipper of SY Westwind, a Varianta 44 during an oceancrossing from Gran Canaria to Martinique via Mindelo with a crew of 6 students.

September 2021

Delivery SY Windshift a Varinata 44 from Amsterdam to Cascais with a student crew of 5.

March 2019- september 2021

Captain of SY Lady Bizoe, a classic Hallberg Rassy 62 ft sailing yacht.

January 2017 till summer 2017       Private ships

Maintaining & skippering two private owned sailing yachts currently docked in Marina Fort Louis in Marigot (st. Martin). A Discovery 55 (2014) and a Hanse 588 (2016)

January 2016 till summer 2017        St. Martin Yacht Charters

Fleetmanager at St. Martin Yacht Charters in marina Fort Louis (Marigot, St Martin). Maintenance, deliveries, chart breefings and occasionaly charters with guests.

November 2017                     SY  Westwind

Skipper on SY Weswind during atlantic crossing from Gran Canaria to Martinique via Cape Verdes with a student crew of 7

May 2016                              SY  Westwind

Skipper on Westwind with a crew of 7 students from Saint Martin to Horta Azores in 15 days. 

November 2015                     SY Westwind

Skipper on Westwind (owned by the zeezeilers van Marken) during the ARC2015 with a crew of 7 students. Atlantic crossing in twenty days and 3000 miles.

2011 till now                          SY Pure

During yearly deliveries on the med and Atlantic, sailing mate, watch leader and engineering mate on SY Pure. A 70 ft. Nordia van Dam performance sailing yacht. Deliveries went from Naples to France; Palma to las Palma; Bermuda to New York; St Maarten to st Lucia (including two weeks maintenance); St Maarten to Split Croatia; Split to Cannes and Palma tot Santorini Greece (Including preparing boat for superyacht show Palma)

2010 till now                          Zeezeilers.nl

On a regularly basis paid work during winter months in maintaining the sailing fleet of sailing school “Zeezeilers van Marken” 3 Centurions 41 and one Varianta 44. Anti-fouling, repairs, Mast trim, Engine repairs and service, etc.  Also sailing instructor in northern European coastal waters (England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, and Norway) with up to 8 students per trip. In 2015 I will be the skipper of a transatlantic charter during the ARC.

November 2012                       Swanilda

Co skipper on sailing yacht Swanilda (classic wooden 40 ft. Nicholson). Assisting the owner, sailing the boat from Lanzarote to St. Lucia. Also technical assist on engine 

Racing experience

-      About 15 years of offshore/ocean and round the cans club racing including Fastnet, Heineken regatta, BVI spring regattas, IJspegel regatta (north-sea), ARC

-      Member of RORC and Yachtclub Seaport Ijmuiden. 


Capt. Wijnand vd Boogaard, SY Pure, Mallorca

Capt. Marlies Sanders, SY Pure, Mallorca

Mr. Rob Bonte, Owner “Zeezeilers van Marken” (Sailingschool)

Mr Simon Field, Owner “Swanilda”, Cowes GB  

Mrs. Fanoula Roozendaal, St Martin Yacht Charters, Marigot

Mr. Tom Busher, owner SY Callisto of Southampton

Non sailing working experience

2006-2011 Interim manager at department for safety and security at Haarlem Government, the Netherlands.

1996-2006 Project manager social domain community of Haarlem, the Netherlands

1982-1996  Social youth worker, government of Utrecht, the Netherlands


1986-1990 Social Science, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

1981-1985 Social Academy, Driebergen, the Netherlands

1975-1979 Technical high school, Arnhem, The Netherlands


Sailing, Racing, Running (1/2 marathons), Reading and Cooking  

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