Sea Staff full-time

This page has profiles of our full-time professional sea staff. See below for a selection of the volunteer and relief staff.

Sea staff

Sea staff profiles

This page has profiles of our full-time professional sea staff. See here for a selection of the volunteer and relief staff.

Staff skipper, Constantinos Jensen

Constantinos "Gotch" Jensen

Constantinos (aka Gotch) joined as Prolific’s Staff Skipper in January 2024.

Constantinos is a very experienced Yachtmaster Instructor who came to us after some years instructing at UKSA, who describe themselves as “the world’s leading provider of maritime training”. Constantinos had been skippering their Farr 65, running Yachtmaster training. He has 12 years’ experience in the sailing industry, including time spent as a sailmaker as well as training and coaching racing sailors in events from the Clipper round the world race through to the Fastnet Race.

It was this last experience that sparked his interest in sail training. Many of you will know of our regular voyages with Greig City Academy in Haringey, which, through the Scaramouche sailing trust, has a remarkable reputation for giving sailing opportunities to inner-city young people, and back in 2017 realised an ambition to become the first state school to compete in the Fastnet race. Constantinos coached the Greig City Academy crew for the 2019 Fastnet and has seen the difference that sailing has made to their lives. He has also worked with the SeaChange Foundation at UKSA – all of which convinced him that the most fulfilling next step in his career would be to become a full-time sail training skipper.

On being appointed to the role, Constantinos said:

“Dear all,
I am very excited in taking on the role of Staff Skipper on board the incredible Prolific.  I am really looking forward to sharing this adventure with all of you.
Sailing has always been much more than just a job for me, I have made some lifelong friendships through it and I have seen people discover strengths they never knew they had.
What I’m most looking forward to is creating an environment where our young sailors can pick up not just sailing skills but also life skills that will stay with them such as teamwork, resilience, and adaptability. I am also just very excited to sail Prolific, she seems like a perfect boat for the voyages we are on. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun, build friendships and ignite a lifelong love for the ocean.
Fair winds,
Constantinos Jensen”

Staff engineer, Josh Caudrey

Josh Caudrey

Josh did several voyages as bosun during his marine engineering apprenticeship. By the time he was a fully-qualified marine engineer, OYT South was making the transition from John Laing to Prolific, a larger and more complex vessel. Once we decided that we should employ an engineer rather than a bosun, Josh was our only choice for the job. He has been sailing with us full-time since the start of the 2016 season and is an immensely experienced second mate as well as a skilled engineer who knows Prolific inside and out.

Staff mate, Lauren Mackenzie

Lauren was a dinghy instructor and came to OYT South to do her DofE Gold residential at the age of 16. She was invited to return as a volunteer and sailed as a bosun on a number of voyages before qualifying as a third mate on the first oppportunity after her 18th birthday, and being upgraded to second mate later that season. Meanwhile she was completing a maths degree. At the end of 2022 she passed her RYA Yachtmaster exam and went on to pass her First Mate assessment, at the age of 22 – and might have got there even sooner if we hadn’t lost a season and a half to Covid! She joined us as Staff Mate at the end of 2022.

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