Crew Bank

Postings from previous sailing seasons been removed. All skippers and crew are asked to re-register at the beginning of a new sailing season. For reference only, here is last year's Crew Bank.

Let’s connect skippers and crews who want to race or cruise at our club.


There are many skilled sailors in the crew bank, and many people that we would love to introduce to our sport. They’re looking for weeknight and weekend racing and cruising, both dinghy and keelboat. Keep checking this list! Or post your crew needs; there are people searching for a boat who haven’t posted here.


With NSC's active weeknight and weekend racing program, there are lots of opportunities to get out racing -- check out NSC's Racing Program Overview. Other boat owners may be looking for crew for weekday, weeknight, or weekend pleasure sailing.

Alternatively, you may wish to drop down to the club on a race night and hang out at the Crew Table. Skippers will occasionally look for crew if they are short, particularly on windy evenings. Best time to be there is 5:00 - 5:30 p.m., as boats usually leave the dock 5:30 - 5:45 p.m. Ask skippers walking to their boat if they need any extra crew. For dinghy and catamaran racing on Wednesdays, a Crew Table is in the tent next to the sailing school.

Another idea is to come to the bar any night after racing (the boats usually start coming in around 7:30 p.m.), and ask around. You might find a boat looking for your help and skills the following week, or for a weekend race or cruise. At the very least, you will find a happy and noisy crowd, and some great food and beer. For the racing schedule see the Calendar in the Sailing Instructions, or the NSC Google Calendar.

If you have found a regular crewing position, or no longer wish to have your name on the Crew Bank, please send an e-mail to Ted Ceelen, the Crew Bank Coordinator, and he will remove your post.

NSC Membership

Non-members are welcome to register on the Crew Bank. However, those who crew regularly are expected to become NSC members. The current (2019) annual fee for a crewing member is $182.82 + HST (no initiation fee). Skippers, please remind your crew of the need to support the club and NSC's racing program by becoming an NSC member. For more information, contact the Membership Director.


When committeing to a crew or skipper, be sure that you have a good understanding of the other's expectations. For cruising/pleasure sailing, your outing will usually be weather dependent. However, races are run rain or shine; for the Frostbite series, even snow is not cause to cancel racing. If there are active thunderstorms, racing will normally be postponed ashore, but often such storms move through quickly, allowing racing to proceed after some delay. So even if there is a torrential thunderstorm at 4:00 or 5:00 p.m., it does not mean that racing is cancelled for the day. If there is no wind, keelboats will almost always head out regardless, and often enough wind fills in to run a race. Hence, most skippers expect all of their crew to show up at the club, regardless of the forecast or actual weather.

Remember to wear non-marking, close-toed shoes; you may also want to bring a water bottle, and your own foul-weather gear and life-jacket if you have it, though many skippers have gear that you could use. Depending on the weather, and especially for dinghy crews, a dry change of clothes in the car is recommended.

Crewbank Form

Crew Bank Rosters

Crew Bank Entries are posted in the order received, most recent on top.

Skippers Looking For Crew

John Otterspoor, johnotterspoor at gmail dot com, 613-795-8743
I am new to the club this year. I have the use of a Mirage 24 (Azura) and would like to get out cruising during the day on Wednesdays regularly and other days as arranged. I am retired, so quite flexible about timing. Let me know if you're interested. Cheers, John.. (8 July 2019)

James Banks, jk4play at bell dot net, 613-800-2330
Looking for a crew for recreational sailing on my Sandpiper 565. (7 July 2019)

Leszek Nowosielski, leszekn at rogers dot com, 819-319-7619
Looking to build a crew roster for 2019 spring/summer/fall season for Thursday night one-design racing aboard Escape, a C&C 27 Mk3. We have a small core group but need a larger roster including one or two regular crew to account for summer vacations. Experience in racing or on foredeck (spinnaker) helpful. (6 Feb 2019)

Crew Looking For A Boat

Veronica Hitchlock, Vhitchlock at gmail dot com,705-957-7324
Hello! I'm a first year student at University of Ottawa studying Commerce and Law looking to crew this fall while I'm in Ottawa. I have 8 years of sailing experience, 4 of which I raced Laser Radials during, 2 as a CANSail 1&2 instructor at the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club and another this past summer as a sail specialist at Camp Tamakwa in Algonquin Park! I'm most experienced in dinghies but I'm keen to improve my keel boat sailing as well. I'm available Wednesday mornings, Friday evenings and weekends given some notice. I'm most easily contacted by phone so if you're interested feel free to give me a call! (24 August 2019)

Monika Siniarska, mrsmomo01 at gmail dot com, 613-286-5063
I just completed CanSail course and am very eager to continue sailing and practice my new skills. If you are looking for extra pair of hands please contact me. Happy to fill in as the occasion arises. (22 August 2019)

Tyler Wilson, mr.tyler.wilson1 at gmail dot com, 902-579-2529
Moved to Ottawa from Halifax last summer. I'm looking to race on a weekly basis with a fun and fast crew. Bow/Mast/Pit/some Trim/ or just rail meat, count me in! (22 August 2019)

Tayler McLean, tpmclean at gmail dot com, 613-296-0578
Hello! I passed the basic cruising course with Advantage Boating in the spring, and I would love (and appreciate!) the opportunity to log hours and contribute on a skipper's boat. While new to sailing, I have a lot of experience with various types of motorboats so I'm comfortable on the water, maneuvering, etc. Availability: Evenings are good with a day or two notice. Same day is possible but I have a young family so sometimes same day can be touch and go :). (14 August 2019)

Maria Treskov, m.treskov at gmail dot com, 613-883-6121
I just finished the Advantage Boating basic course and would like to sail with more experienced crew members. Usually, I'm free Mondays, Tuesdays, and Sundays. (12 August 2019)

Ashok Gupta, ashok8631246 at gmail dot com, 613-863-1246
Have completed the basic cruising course and exam for skipper. I am still a novice at sailing and would now like to gain experience and confidence to build my skills. Am more interested in keel boats, but I understand racing is a good way to learn. I work in Vanier and am available most evenings and weekends. Contact by email is preferred. (12 August 2019)

Andrea Reid, andrealreid at gmail dot com, 613-700-4899
I grew up sailing on west coast and have recently gotten back into sailing. I recently completed Can Sail 2 certificate with advantage Sailing Dinghy course. I'm looking to gain experience crewing on racing boats. I'm looking to join a crew and am also happy to spare. (30 July 2019)

Colin Smith, cxs100 at gmail dot com, 613-219-6160
Looking for a regular position on a racing keelboat (Tuesday or Thursday) or most any time for cruising. Often available on short notice. Text is preferred means of contact. Many years of experience, including jib/spinnaker trimming, foredeck, etc. (19 July 2019)

Kelly Crothers, kelly_sterling at live dot ca, 613-262-1740
The quickest way to get ahold of me is to text 613-262-1740. I usually can respond fairly quickly. I took my sailing course at KSC 3 years ago, but have haven't been out on the water that often. I'm looking for crewing opportunities for leisure/non-competitive sailing this season to get out to meet other NSC members and to learn from experienced sailors. I'm 47 yrs old, live in Barrhaven and work shift work, around the corner at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, and no kids, so I have lots of extra time during the week to sail. I am also interested in a sailing vacation this winter/spring 2019/2020 in the Bahamas or BVI, if anyone needs crew/company or has any information on sailing groups/trips going south this winter. I am looking for as many opportunities as possible to get out on the water and brush up on my sailing skills, so plase contact me if you are in need of crew this summer/fall! (17 August 2019)

Jackie Damini, Jadamini at gmail dot com, 613-878-9729
Hi, I am very interested in getting out on the water to race and learn. I have my CanSail levels (2018), Basic Cruising (2018) and Intermediate Cruising (Skipper, 2019) standards as well as Basic Coastal Navigation certification (2019). I raced Albacores when younger. Last summer I crewed on a variety of keelboats on race nights. (Shark, C&C 27, Hobie, J80, Tanzer 22). I live very close to the club so am readily available most evenings and weekends. I am 53, a fast learner and in good physical condition. Please text me. (17 July 2019)

Caroline Schulz, Carolinemarieschulz00 at gmail dot com, 613-314-3685
Just completed my Basic Cruising course with Advantage Boating! Keen to get out on the water and gain some experience this summer. Both racing and cruising on keelboats is of interest to me. I am available most weeknights and weekends, often on short notice. Email or text anytime. (17 July 2019)

Chris Williamson, cwilliamson108 at outlook dot com, 613-485-4339
Interested in both racing & cruising, dinghies or keelboats. Available weeknights and weekends, but not on short notice, as it takes me an hour to get to NSC. New to NSC, and am considering becoming a member. 52 years of age; have been sailing since I was 5 years old. Experience includes both keelboat racing and cruising (C&C 26 and C&C 34) on Lake Huron and dinghy racing (470, 505, Laser, International Fireball) on Lake Huron and Lake Wabamun in Alberta. I live in Smiths Falls, so 1 hour to get to club after work for weekdays, and available anytime on weekends. Preferred means of contact: Phone/Text Message. (14 July 2019)

JP Santini, jpsantini at gmail dot com, 819-329-4823
Interested in both racing and cruising on dinghies/keelboats (main, genoa and spinnaker trimmer). Available on short notice most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays after 2 pm and Saturdays all day. American Sailing Association Certifications 101/103/104/105 (Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising and Coastal Navigation). 12 years of race experience (including 2014 Swiftsure Yacht Race and 2010/2011/2019 Round Saltspring Race), and cruising experience in Gulf Islands and around Santa Catalina Island. New to Ottawa, 55 y/o fit male. I have just become an NSC member. Email or text me. (11 July 2019)

Brodie McDowell, brodiemcdowell4 at gmail dot com 613-322-8131
Natasha Luburic, NatashaLuburic at gmail dot com 613-983-0717
Husband/wife couple interested in keelboat racing and cruising. We have just completed the Basic Cruising course with Advantage Boating. Available evenings and weekends, often on short notice. Invite us either individually, or both of us together. We are both beginners looking to gain as much experience as possible. 30 & 28, in good physical shape and willing to sub as required, or commit to a crew on a regular basis. (11 July 2019)

Irene Gonneau, irenegonneau at gmail dot com, 250-808-8581
Interested in racing on Mon, Tue or Thu, as well as general cruising. No position preference, would be happy with any position. I am local; I just never changed my number from when I lived out west. Raced in LOWISA 2018 on Lake of the Woods ( on a Hinterhoeller Niagara 31. I am new to racing but perfectly fine with intense instruction; I am resilient and comfortable on deck, and I am willing to learn and grow my skills. Qualifications and sailing courses taken: Completed Basic Cruising Course in June 2019 and therefore I am knowledgeable of points of sail. Working on my knots nightly to get them down. Completed VHF course. Owned a Hinterhoeller Niagara 31 in 2018. Sailing level is beginner. Comfortable on deck as I lived-aboard for a year (2015/16) in the Gulf Islands, although that was on a motor boat. Look forward to sailing with you. :) (08 July 2019)

France Dagenais, francodag at yahoo dot ca, 613-620-2727
New to sailing! I love water! I am a yoga teacher, massage therapist, 42 going on 20! Lol! I love life and new experiences so interested in racing and/or cruising. I'm hands on and a fast learner! One of my dreams would be to own (or join) a sailboat and travel the world. Available weeknights and all day on Mondays and Thursdays, and some weekends. I'm almost an hour distance. Texts are best way to reach me. (04 July 2019)

Renee Cormier, reneecormier at rogers dot com, 613-867-8634
Just completed the Basic Cruising course at Advantage Boating and would love to get out and help. Interested in keelboat racing or cruising. I am reliable, hard working and can follow directions. Available evenings and weekends, often on short notice. I have some dinghy experience, female, 50’s, relatively fit, can do all jobs. I'm an NSC member; a weekly crew spot would be great but happy to take anything to help out and learn. Please text, call or email me. (04 July 2019)

Mathew Simpson, mathewsympsun at gmail dot com, 613-297-3926
I'm interested in both racing and cruising on dinghies or keelboats. Available weeknights and most weekends, often on short notice. For short notice texting is the best way to get a hold of me. I'm 37 years old and sailed dinghies as a teen at summer camp. Although I prefer cruising, I'm interested in racing because most of my sailing has been offshore deliveries between Rhode Island and the Caribbean, and there isn't much sail trimming or tacking that goes on during a trip like that. I'm eager to learn more about sail trimming and spinnaker would be nice. I've got a bit of racing experience on a Swan 48 in the Heineken regatta twice and Antigua Race Week once, back in 2007/08 (I was the grinder and helped on the foredeck a bit). I've done about 5000 miles of coastal sailing between Florida and Nova Scotia and up the St. Lawrence. I also have been involved with lots of maintenance periods in boatyards in Sint Maarten and Newport, RI. I'm keen to get to know some sailors here in Ottawa and would like to join the NSC if I can find some boats to sail on. I'm interested in any and all opportunities to get out on the water! (04 July 2019)

Beth Woloski, bethwoloski123 at gmail dot com, 613-260-8667
I have just completed Advantage Boating's Basic Cruising course (received skipper certification and also passed the written exam). I do not have sailing experience beyond this, but am very eager to get out on the water and put my new skills into practice. I am available anytime, as well as on short notice, and interested in both racing and cruising. I am more interested in keelboats, but open to dinghies as well. I can be reached by phone or email. (01 July 2019)

Katrin Nagelschmitz, nagelschmitz at rogers dot com, 613-804-2853
Looking for evening and weekend crewing, including racing. Also interested in helping with maintenance and repair work. Experience crewing on keelboats, as well as dinghy sailing. (20 June 2019)

Thai Le, robergelet at gmail dot com, 613-462-2132
I used to windsurf and sail on a 15' catamaran. I now own and skip a MacGregor 26X cruiser. I would like to crew to gain some experience in racing. I can be available on Mon, Tue, Wed, or Fri. I'm fit and can help in any position (except for the spinnaker). I completed the Basic Cruising with Advantage Boating and have been sailing my boat for a year. (15 June 2019)

Diane Cestnik, cestnik at rogers dot com, 613-883-2552
Crew looking for boat. Completed my basic cruising June 2018 and sailed the BVIs last February. Interested in getting experience cruising or racing. Available anytime except Mondays and some Saturdays. Ok for short notice July and August as traffic is lighter coming from East end. Please contact me by text. (10 June 2019)

Renee Whittaker, renee.whittaker3 at gmail dot com, 613-809-7676
I'm a university student at Carleton. I've spent most of my life sailing keelboats with my father on lake Ontario and have also sailed dinghy boats. I have never participated in racing but I have extensive dance training and thus know how to take instruction under pressure :). (04 June 2019; e-mail update 28 Jun 2019)

Ben Laserson, benlaserson at hotmail dot com, 613-863-7379
Eager to cruise or race keelboats evenings, or weekends. I'm a good listener and a fast learner. Completed basic cruising (skipper) cert in August 2018, and hoping to gain more experience. Active 2019 BYC member. (28 May 2019)

Chris Allore, c1014031 at gmail dot com, 613-899-4134
I have most been sailing Dinghy (Albacore, Fireball) for racing. Even though I have not been on a keel boat in a while. I would not mind crewing on a keel boat either. (27 May 2019)

Joelle Nadeau, joelle.nadeau at gmail dot com, 514-795-9508
Hi all! I'm interested in both racing and cruising on keelboats, and am available on weekends and weeknights (all except Wednesdays), sometimes on short notice too. I am fairly new but have some experience (did basic cruising in summer 2018, a flotilla in Feb 2019, and sailed some dinghies here and there over the last few years). If you're looking for an enthusiastic and versatile crew don't look any further! (27 May 2019)

Eric Brisebois, brisebois.eric at gmail dot com,
I have been racing at the RYC for the last 2 years on our C&C 29 . Looking to crew and get experience. (21 May 2019)

Angie Hinz, angiehinz1 at gmail dot com, 613-322-7229
New to sailing . Have basic cruising and went sailing in the BVI. Looking to gain experience. Retired and free any day except Tuesday and Thursday mornings. (21 May 2019)

Derek Greenwell, derek.greenwell at hotmail dot com, 613-315-0150
I am new to racing but I have completed the Basic Cruising course at Advantage Boating. I am reliable, friendly, team oriented and competitive. I want to learn! (21 May 2019)

Aaron Heidt, aaronheidt79 at gmail dot com, 613-322-0555
I'm new to keelboat sailing this year with experience dinghy sailing 10 years ago. I'll be 40 this year, so I want to make it a good one. I live near Fitzroy Harbour with my wife and two kids that I hope will like sailing too. (16 May 2019)

Francois-Xavier B, beaulieu.fx at icloud dot com, 613-614-0066
I'd love to be a part of a regular crew or a substitute as needed. I completed CanSail 1 and 2 last summer and crewed a few times for Wednesday, Thursday nights. I will be taking basic cruising this summer. (16 May 2019)

Luke Boguski, lukeboguski at gmail dot com, 204-390-0242
Experience racing Tartan Tens and Sonars, as well as some experience on various other keelboats. I will be teaching CanSail 3+4 at NSC throughout the summer, and have competed in national Laser regattas. (14 May 2019)

Valerie Proctor, valerie.j.proctor at gmail dot com, 613-241-3849
Eager to race. Four summers experience on various boats: C&C 27, Shark 24, Catalina 34, Hunter 35, Olson 30, Kirby 30, Tanzer 22, on jib and main. I am reliable, calm, punctual and competitive. I enjoy learning and love being out on the water. Available anytime to race or just cruise. Call or email me and I will be there! (05 May 2019)

Angela Smith, afoster862 at gmail dot com, 613-862-3458
Hi my name is Angie Smith and started sailing in my early 50's. I have been racing for the last 4 years in Kingston at KYC and in Ottawa out of Nepean Sailing Club and Britannia. In Ottawa, I raced on Thursday evenings in the JAM series (Tanzer 26) while in Kingston my position was mid-deck on the main sail and assisting with spinnaker and jib (Beneteau 29). I would like to spare for crew on Thursday evenings or weekends and also would be available for cruising. (27 April 2019)

Gillian, gillian.mccracken at rogers dot com, 613-400-1842
Looking for opportunities to crew. Interested in both racing and/or cruising - have never raced before, but am willing to learn. Sailing experience is on tall ships. Available on weeknights and some weekends. (15 April 2019)

Liliana, lilicifuentes at hotmail dot com, 613-355-3816
Interested in both racing and cruising. New to sailing and want to learn as much as I can about boats. Will be more than happy to help out to get the boats ready to go in the water. Available some weeknights and weekends.(09 April 2019)

Derek Valencia, dereklvalencia at gmail dot com, 613-266-2301
I am a brand new sailor looking to increase my experience both in racing and cruising keelboats, with the ultimate goal of owning my own sailboat. I am 30 years old and available most evenings and weekends. (05 April 2019)

Benoit Laliberte, benoit_laliberte at hotmail dot com, 819-588-8729
Hello Skippers! Experienced crew here (sailed in Canada, Bahamas & Norway), looking to get weekly regatta experience. I just purchase a Mirage 24. I'd prefer to be in a slightly more competitive crew, but as long as I get the opportunity to sail and set that spinnaker, I'll be happy. Will gladly enjoy the beer afterwards and wish to be a regular. I work as a conservation biologist and I'm new in the area. Takk! (03 April 2019)

Cindy McGann, cindymcgann1 at gmail dot com, 613-799-0961
New crew member at NSC. I passed my Basic Cruising in February 2019 (BVIs) and sailed with Advantage Boating in the Flotilla (also in the BVIs) for 10 days immediately following the course. Very physically fit and willing to learn!! Happy to sail in any weather and would love to crew on a regular basis. Interested in cruising on keelboats. Available weeknights/weekends and some weekdays (not Tuesday or Wednesday). Sometimes available on short notice (I live 25 minutes away). Preferred means of contact: Email/Text Message. (25 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Russ, sylvia.russ at ymail dot com, 613-668-2008
I have experience sailing, have taken 2 of the Nepean and Britannia four day sailing courses and I'm very interested in being on the water and sailing. I'm happy to provide picnic lunches and dinners! (18 Mar 2019)

Dena, gladewoods at icloud dot com, 613-769-6497
Looking for opportunities to crew for the upcoming season. Interested in both racing and/or cruising on keelboats. Available often on weeknights and most weekends and on short-notice, but not Thursday nights. Willing to help with other tasks. This is my third season of sailing. First season was Lasers and CL16 only. Have taken Basic Cruising, Mileage Builder, Basic Coastal Navigation and VHF courses. Crewed for 2.5 weeks bareboat Feb 2019 from Antigua through BVIs. No racing experience. In my 50's and active, semi-retired so have daytime availability.(17 Mar 2019)

Gina, at hotmail dot com, 613-890-8810
Looking for opportunities to crew for the upcoming season, either racing or cruising. (11 Mar 2019)

Gerry Davies, heartwood_ at sympatico dot ca, 613-859-8956
Looking to crew Thursday night, spinnaker boat. Have done all positions on shark. Helmed on Kirby and C&C 27. (07 Mar 2019)

Ian and Joan Grant, ian.grant12 at gmail dot com, 613-252-4466
RYA day skipper tickets + 8 years double handed dinghy sailing, looking to get involved in weekday small keelboat racing. (27 Feb 2019)

Jean-Pierre Levac, levacjeep at gmail dot com, 613-791-4862
Hi there, looking to crew during the week. I am 30yrs old in good shape. I have my own boat at the NSC that I use for cruising, but she's not a very good racer. I've crewed for racing a few times, but I'm definitely a newbie when it comes to racing. Looking for a crew that likes to have some fun and doesn't mind showing me the ropes :). Often available on short notice since I work and live close to the marina. Please text me for a fast response. I would be interested in finding a regular crew. (26 Feb 2019)

Tim Coates, tim.coates1 at gmail dot com, 613-894-3523
Interested in both racing and cruising on keelboats. Available often on weeknights and most weekends, even for all the less glamorous parts like launch, mast stepping, haul out etc. Preferred means of contact: Email/Text Message. Raced out of Brockville every week for 3 seasons on a 25ft Mirage (whitesail) including a few long distance races as well as 3 times a year out of Trident Yacht Club in Gananoque on a 30ft Mirage (whitesail) including the 2018 EYC Regatta in Kingston. No flying sail experience. Moved to Ottawa area in September of 2018, I am 53, physically active and fit and looking to join NSC if I can get a regular opportunity to race/sail. (26 Feb 2019)

Crew Bank list updated 2019-08-24.

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