Crewing on Venom

Our philosophy

Our philosophy is that we want to enjoy our sailing whether it is racing, delivering, or cruising. We want
to win the races we enter, but not if by doing so we lose the respect of our fellow competitors. We don’t
cry over spilt milk and we recognise that we will all make mistakes. We want to build a supportive and
inclusive team where everyone can develop their skills and share their experiences. We believe in gender
equality so encourage female sailors to apply.
We want to be excellent representatives of the CYCSA and South Australian sailors wherever we go.

The sailing plan

CYCSA weekend and Wednesday twilight races with a focus on the longer races (coaster / offshore series)February each year – King of the Gulf Regatta and Adelaide Pt Lincoln race

Crew numbers

We normally race with 5-7 crew depending on the type of race involved.
Due to the extensive sailing program we need a significant number of additional crew to be available depending on the event, crew capabilities and availability.
Having a relatively small crew means that each crew member plays an important part on the boat and
will need to be able to perform multiple roles (including helming on longer voyages).

The Owner/skipper

Is Bob Dunn who has 25,000 +ocean miles of experience in a wide variety of monohull and multihull
classes. Winner of 2 Australian Offshore Multihull Championships, one Australian Short Handed Sailing
Championship and runner up in the multihull division of the Australian Sailing Championships. Two
overall second placings in the multihull division of the Hamilton Island Race Week Regatta.

Crew selection

Essential criteria

Enthusiasm for sailing
Good interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to learn
Willingness to participate in crew training and safety drills

Desirable criteria

Preference will be given to people with significant sailing experience – particularly offshore racing experience.
Previous multihull sailing experience is not necessary as the relatively small differences between crewing on Venom
and a similar sized modern racing monohull are easily learned. Experience in high performance racing
boats of any type is desirable, but not essential.
Crew with little sailing experience will also be considered if they are keen, get on well with people and
are willing to learn.

Preference will be given to crew who are able to commit to a substantial part of the sailing program.
Preference will be given to crew with SA/RYA Sea Safety Certificates, first aid certificates, marine radio
operator’s licence etc.), or those who are willing to gain appropriate experience/qualifications for
offshore racing and deliveries.

How to apply

If you think you might be interested in sailing on Venom, please get in touch with us by emailing with:
• a brief summary of how you meet/might meet the selection criteria listed above
• your preferred role(s) on the boat
• your likely availability

All expressions of interest are in confidence and will not be taken as any form of commitment.
We will get in touch with you as soon as possible after receiving your expression of interest to have a
We look forward to hearing from you.

Bob Dunn
Owner/skipper Venom