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The Rubicon 3 skippers and mates

When people ask us what's the hardest part of running Rubicon 3, the answer is not maintaining the boats, planning the routes or managing the logistics. It's finding the right skippers and mates. They have to be hugely experienced, independent, knowledgeable and genuinely kind and patient. That is a very rare combination indeed.

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Stuart Cook - yacht skipper
Emily Caruso - yacht skipper

Stuart Cook

Stuart brings a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from adventures all over the world. Learning to sail in dinghies he then transferred to yachts and worked on a local 78’ sloop. After a spell in the Caribbean and some other delivery trips he returned to Scotland to skipper the 78’er for 4 years. Some worldwide travelling then saw Stuart spend time teaching sailing in New Zealand and Greece with other spells skippering a cetacean research vessel, co-skippering an exploration voyage to Greenland and running a catered chalet in the alps. Being from Scotland it is well known that Stuart is fond of haggis and Irn Bru but lesser known is he also makes a mean cake on-board too.

Emily Caruso

Emily Caruso is an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and Yachtmaster Instructor from Somerset in the UK. Emily has worked as a Freelance professional for over 10 years and has skippered yachts of all sizes across the globe. Her passion for sailing and instruction combined with a commitment to encourage greater accessibility to the sport are evident in her style of skippering and are second only to her sense of fun and obvious love of the environment in which she works.

Brian White - yacht skipper
Alex Ruiz first mate on sailing yachts

Brian White

Australian Brian White began sailing dinghies as a young boy and as an adult, built racing yachts resulting in successful campaigns in Australia. After developing a sailing school in the Whitsundays, Brian went off to work for charter companies in Australia, the Caribbean and finally the UK. The last decade or so has seen Brian delivering yachts all over the World, crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. As a Yachtmaster Instructor (power and sail) he has several UK circumnavigations under his belt and has in depth knowledge of across Europe and the Mediterranean. Brian’s technical and practical expertise in keeping boats afloat is second to none (self declared! - ed). A former fisherman and foodie, there is good humour, good food and sailing to be had.

Alex Ruiz

Alex, from Barcelona, has somehow always been related to the ocean and if not sailing you could always find him searching for waves in Indonesia. Brought by it by the passion of his parents for the sea, Alex started sailing at the early age of 4 and developed good skills in dinghy sailing before moving to bigger boats. After a period living abroad he decided to fulfil his dream and sailed around the world. With a fair amount of experience delivering all kind of vessels and teaching in big boats, he is now based in the United Kingdom and brings his experience and adventurous spirit to Rubicon 3.

Kirstie Rowe sailor
Ricky Chalmers sailor

Kirstie Rowe

Kirstie is an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Cruising Instructor. Having sailed on both small and large yachts, racing offshore, crossing oceans and exploring new places is what she lives for. Her other great passions involve almost anything adventurous and outdoors and she has spent the last 10 years teaching and instructing outdoor education in the UK and overseas to people of all ages in centres and schools. Kirstie feels most alive and inspired when immersed in nature, learning new skills and making memories with others.  A natural teacher she enjoys nothing more than helping others to develop and achieve their potential.

 

Ricky Chalmers

Ricky discovered sailing late in his life and used the Global Challenge in 2004 and the Clipper Round The World Race in 2007 to refocus his life on ocean sailing, racing and sail training, away from 25 years of corporate IT and project management. He is passionate about sailing and enjoys the challenge and satisfaction of sharing what he knows with others. He is an Ocean Yachtmaster, Powerboat, First Aid, VHF, Sea Survival and ISAF Instructor and enjoys a mixture of Ocean, Offshore and Inshore racing as well as training and exploring the world's oceans. He has 260,000+ miles experience on a range of yachts, and runs an RYA Sailing School in Conwy, North Wales. Ricky 'relaxes' by walking, climbing and running in the mountains of North Wales and is learning to surf, kayak and skateboard...

Patrick Van Der Zijden yacht skipper

Patrick Van Der Zijden

Patrick van der Zijden is the Dutchman in the team, born in Holland. He escaped the wet and flat for a sunnier place in Europe and now lives in the Algarve. That is reflected in his laid back but serious attitude. With a history in the merchant navy and carpentry he is not afraid to tackle an issue when it arises. As a freelance skipper he has been sailing and driving different boats in and to various places on the globe. He circumnavigated the world as skipper on one of the twelve Clipper Round The World racing yachts.

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We operate a strict no smoking policy

The smoking of any form of tobacco is forbidden on board or on the dock next to the boat. We also very strongly discourage the smoking of any tobacco at any time between the start and end date as the smell comes on-board into confined living space. The use of e-cigarettes is fine.

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The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for WZ Lmited t/a Rubicon 3, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following: 1. non-flight packages and 2. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the EU, which are sold to customers outside of the EU. ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if you are abroad.  Please note that bookings made outside the EU are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Rubicon 3. In the unlikely event that you require assistance whilst abroad due to our financial failure, please call our 24/7 helpline on 01702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company. You can access The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 here.

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More information about the yacht skipper and mate
Emily Caruso - yacht skipper
Brian White - yacht skipper
Alex Ruiz first mate on sailing yachts
Kirstie Rowe sailor
Patrick Van Der Zijden yacht skipper
No smoking sign
ABTOT logo RYA traiinng centre logo
More information about the yacht skipper and mate
Emily Caruso - yacht skipper
Brian White - yacht skipper
Alex Ruiz first mate on sailing yachts
Kirstie Rowe sailor
Ricky Chalmers sailor
Patrick Van Der Zijden yacht skipper
No smoking sign
ABTOT logo RYA traiinng centre logo
More information about the yacht skipper and mate
Stuart Cook - yacht skipper
Emily Caruso - yacht skipper
Brian White - yacht skipper
Alex Ruiz first mate on sailing yachts
Kirstie Rowe sailor
Ricky Chalmers sailor
Patrick Van Der Zijden yacht skipper
No smoking sign
ABTOT logo RYA traiinng centre logo
More information about the yacht skipper and mate
Emily Caruso - yacht skipper
Brian White - yacht skipper
Alex Ruiz first mate on sailing yachts
Kirstie Rowe sailor
Ricky Chalmers sailor
Patrick Van Der Zijden yacht skipper
No smoking sign
ABTOT logo RYA traiinng centre logo