Our all-volunteer crew includes 33 volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds including a sheet metal worker, a line-boat handler, doctor, miner, Marine crane driver, high school teacher and Antarctic expeditioner (among others). Of these, twelve are local and regular; the remainder are from across Australia, New Zealand and the UK and join the ship as crew when they are back in Tasmania; studying or on holiday. The youngest is nine, the oldest 73. Being crewed by volunteers helps create an atmosphere where all who crew aboard, do so for the love of sailing and keeping the Rhona H story alive.
To join the crew:
We like potential volunteer crew to sail with us at least once as a regular guest on one of our cruises. This allows you to experience the “Rhona H way”. Once you’ve done that have a chat with the crew and we will explain the process. Most of our sails are on weekends and in summer we do some twilight sails. We ask crew to obtain a Working with Vulnerable People card if they don’t already have one (volunteer) and to do a basic food service certificate (free and online). Previous marine experience isn’t essential, the main requirement is to work as part of the Rhona H team.
The benefit is gaining traditional sailing skills, (skills that are transferable in many areas of life) sailing with an awesome team and for those wanting to gain maritime qualifications, an opportunity to gain sea time.