The crew

Matching the strength and swiftness of the Grayhound we have an international regular crew of dedicated and experienced sailors who are eager to make your voyage a memory for a lifetime. As the guest crew you will learn to sail, handle and maintain a privateer lugger from 1776, and you will always feel safe and most welcome. Every year we take on five full-time crew: a skipper, a cook, two watch-leaders and a deck-hand. We carefully select the team for each voyage to ensure we have the right mix to provide an amazing experience – both for our guests and our crew.


Crew season 2021

Wille

Owner and watch-leader

Wille has been sailing all his life and has been the driving force behind countless enormous projects. Wille is a circus artist, rigger, producer and writer. There is not much he cannot fix with his stubbornness and a bent screwdriver

Oskar

Owner, deck-hand and guide

Oskar is a puppeteer and a performer. He is also a playwright and a published writer. On his travels he gathers forgotten myths, magical artifacts and new stories about strange sea creatures. 

Guillaume

Skipper

Guillaume is one of our skippers. He is a Grayhound veteran, and has a lot of love for the ship. Since he wasn’t very comfortable with job interviews, but had all the necessary diplomas, we hired him and hoped for the best.   

Eliaz

Skipper

Elias is one of our skippers. An experienced sailor with a Capitaine 500 Validé… He was on a three year round-the-world sail when we saved him from Corona boredom and made him skipper on Grayhound.

Noémi

Cook

Noémie is one of our cooks. She specialises in vegetarian cooking. She is the kind of cook that can serve up home-made burgers with newly-baked bread, followed by a fantastic tiramisu, after almost two weeks at sea. 

Nick

Watch-leader

Nick is one of our watch-leaders. He has spent his entire life on the sea. Being a descendant of the Isle of Wight he is actually the only British citizen on this UK flagged ship.   

Ewan

Watch-leader

Ewan is one of our watch-leaders and a veteran on board Grayhound. He is an experienced and devoted sailor who is willing to go anywhere in the world… As long as you tell him you’re going to Cape Verde. 

Constanze

Deck-hand

Constanze is one of our deck-hands and a skilled and enthusiastic rigger. So far we haven’t found anything that could dampen her good mood. Except from making her wear shoes.   

Jonne Walstra

Deck-hand

Jonne is one of our deck-hands. She has sailed some of the most respected tall ships in the business. She has a background as an elite sprinter, a skill she uses occasionally when it’s time to get out of her bunk for night watches.


Voyage Crew

The other important part of the crew is YOU!

Grayhound has berths for up to 12 guest crew and full training will be given. No experience is needed but if you are an experienced sailor and want to learn more about lugger sailing, ocean passage making or traditional seamanship and maintainence then you have come to the best place.

“The humor, kindness, patience, understanding differences, acceptance and caring was really something rare to experience. This is really important, since in critical moments you need to know that everyone will do as instructed, no guessing, no improvising – follow the order given. All done with kindness and gentleness and respect.” – Christian Wilse

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