Meet the Crew
Sarah Parry, Captain
Captain Sarah spent her early years as a member of the Royal Australian Navy diving team. After leaving the Navy, she worked as a joiner, became involved in set design and construction, and eventually became a production designer and art director. In 1984, she found the plans that would eventually become the Windeward Bound, and began a 15-year construction process. For the last 15 years, she has served as the Managing Trustee and Captain of STV Windeward Bound. Sarah holds a Master <35m certificate, with square rig and sail endorsement, MED 3 certificate, and is a British Nautical Institute, Square rig and sail endorsed Master. Sarah also holds an international STCW 95 watchkeeping certificate as a Master Less than 500 Gross Tonnes for distances up to 600 nautical miles from the coast.
Susie Graney, Mate
Susie is a born and raised Tassie local with a long association with the sea and sailing. She was born in Hobart the middle of three daughters and if photographic evidence is to be believed was at sea with the family soon after. She attended Blackmans Bay Primary School then St Michael’s Collegiate School in Hobart graduating in 1997. In January of 1998 she joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Seaman Officer and spent the next 18 years living and working in all states except South Australia, and serving on a range of different vessels including STS Young Endeavour, Patrol Boats, Frigates and Replenishment ships with several operational deployments. In September of 2016 Susie left the RAN to take up her new role as the Mate on board Windeward Bound, she brings with her a passion for youth development and teaching and a keen love of sailing and all things maritime.
Bill Burrell, Mate
Bill grew up in the Chesapeake Bay area of the United States, and has spent the last ten years working with tall ships and sail training. Bill holds a Master <24m certificate, and came to Windeward Bound after several years with the Tops'l Schooner Enterprize. When asked what he loves about being on the water, Bill says: "'And the sea shall grant each man new hope,' -Christopher Columbus. Says it all...just add the other half of our species!"
DONOUGH BENSON, MATE
Donough is originally from Ireland, and spent his youth sailing, and is an experienced boat-builder. He is a qualified maths and sciences teacher, and has held a Skipper 1 certificate since 1972 (certificate number 21!) He has served as Chief Mate on Windeward Bound voyages for the past 7 years, and is especially known and appreciated by trainees for his sextant tutorials. Donough holds a Master <35m certificate, with square rig and sail endorsement, and a MED 2 certificate.
Sam Yousofi, Mate
Sam was born a long time ago in a place far away. He has studied Mechanical Engineering and Music, worked in South Africa as a university lecturer (in music), and in Australia as a Senior IT Professional, Aviator, Aviation Safety Analyst (CASA), Public Servant (ABC), and University Lecturer, to name a few.
He started his association with Windeward Bound as a Deck Hand and worked his way up through the ranks. After more than 1,000 days on Windeward Bound, he now holds square rig endorsed Master <35m and MED 2 certificates, and is a full time lecturer at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston. He is also a favourite joke- and story-teller of the ship's crew whenever he is able to join a voyage!
GREG DENNIS, Mate
Interested and intrigued by the stories of Patrick O’Brien and the tales of Hornblower, Greg left suburban Melbourne and joined the ship initially for 6 months in 2015 and ended up staying for 2 years as a live aboard crew member. He completed the ship’s cadet program, earning his Master 5 and MED 2 tickets, and is thoroughly at home on the deck of Tall Ships throughout Australia.
Scott Suffling, Mate
Scott is based in Western Australia where he completed his cadetship onboard the STS Leeuwin II.
He has served as Mate on several voyages on the Windeward Bound since 2017.
Support Crew & Staff
Jennie Kay, "Ship's MothER"
Jennie works as a pharmacist, but in her spare time is always tending to the ship's needs, coordinating whatever requires coordinating, endeavouring to sell berths or merchandise to the unsuspecting public, answering the Captain's phone, and reminding everyone how important they all are to this fabulous project. Her greatest talent is being able to convince everyone adventure sailing is always ‘the experience of a lifetime’ and that they will never regret it.
Kate Hoorweg, Cook
Kate is based in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. She has many years catering experience and enjoys escaping to the sea to join our programs.
Kate is a member of the Rotary Club of Huonville and assists greatly in promoting our programs throughout the region.
Lily Donovan, Cook
Lily is the newest cook onboard, she had previously spent time as a voluntary liveaboard crew member on the Windeward Bound. Her home base is in Wagga Wagga, NSW but she travels around Australia undertaking work in both the hospitality industry and also in theatre and set production.
Megan Quill, Cook
Megan used to be own and run Hobart's Tricycle Cafe Bar and restaurant which was located in the Salamanca Art Centre.
You will now see Megan working at events around the Hobart City area, including the 2018 Taste of Tasmania.
James Baird, Cook
James wholesome and hearty meals always win compliments from our passengers. James got into cooking with a four year apprenticeship at the Royal Scot Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has worked as a chef on and off for the last 35 years.
Jordan has eight years experience sailing on the Schooner Enterprize, he has joined the Windeward Bound crew wanting to learn as much as possible about working on a Tall-Ship.
Jordan would like to gain sea-time towards maritime qualifications while he is onboard.
Adam is a qualified software engineer, looking to enter into the maritime industry. He's hoping some experience as a live aboard crew member will put him a step closer to his goal.
He's also quite the musician and a very capable rock climber. He's hoping both of those skills will be put to good use during his time aboard.
Jake has always enjoyed being at sea, and he hopes to persue a career at sea in the future.
Jake has decided to join the voluntary liveaboard crew for enjoyment and to gain experience and hours for a future career at sea.
Alvaro has joined the Windeward Bound all the way from Spain, looking to improve his skills and gain more time at sea.
He’s especially interested in learning more about rigging maintenance and the brigantine sail plan. Whilst his skills as a software engineer are unlikely to be called upon, his previous experience aboard tall ships in Europe will be invaluable to the crew.
Milly has a love of sailing and enjoys learning manual skills such as woodwork and repairs.
She joined the crew hoping to learn how to sail aboard a large vessel, understand how the crew functions as a team, as well as to explore some of Tasmania!
Casual Crew & Past Liveaboard Crew
LEARN WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK ON A BLUE WATER, WORKING SQUARE RIGGER
Run away to sea - Build up your seatime - Fulfil your dream - Begin a career - Reach your potential
We now have the following positions vacant on the Brigantine Windeward Bound, Tasmania's largest sail training tall ship:
Are you seeking a career in the Maritime Industry?
Interested in halving your seatime requirement, or earning Coxswain, Master <24 or MED 3 certificate of competency?
We have a limited number of opportunities for live-aboard volunteer deckhands, male or female. Experience not necessary. Full board and lodging provided. Scholarships for maritime licensing and certificates are available to Australian permanent residents; eligibility depends upon performance and length of commitment.
Age range from 18 to 35
Must be average weight for height
Must be a NON smoker
Must be a non drug user and drug free
Must be able to work at heights
Must be reasonably fit
Must be able to comfortably lift own weight
Minimum 6 month commitment required
Preference will be given to applicants who currently hold a General Purpose Hands certificate or an Elements of Shipboard safety certificate. Those applicants not already holding these certificates may still apply as training will be provided.
If you would like to join the Windeward Bound Crew please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.