J'Sea Crew - Mediterranean Sailing Charters from Marmaris, Turkey

John Cuzner, the skipper of the J’Sea, has been sailing since 1985. He first took up boating and sailing on the West Coast of Canada, and spent countless hours navigating the famous Gulf Islands in the Juan de Fuca Strait, then the Caribbean (twice), Atlantic Ocean (twice), Mediterranean Sea (twice), Black Sea and the Middle East in 2005, Caribbean and Mediterranean in 2006/2007. He sailed in the 2003 & 2007 ARC to Europe Rally (across the Atlantic) and has participated in the Med-Red Rally in 2008. For info about upcoming rallys and races, see the Home Page and Adventures Pages.

1. Canadian Power & Sail Squadron

Boating Skills 1987 - Certificate #078354CUZ

2. Basic Sailing Skills

Maple Bay Yacht Club of BC 1994.

3. St. John's Ambulance

Marine First Aid 2003, upgraded Feb. 09,
Class #1-104221175 Certified First Aid - CPR-C with AED, Class #1-95104319 Marine Basic First Aid.

4. Ship Licence 2003

Ship Licence #4945590
Call Sign: CFG7411

5. MED - Marine Safety STCW-95

Certified March 4, 2009
Cerficate #A0074784Z-200910-76682
• Marine Firefighting
• Marine Basic Safety

6. Amateur Radio Operator

John Cuzner (+)
Certified March 30, 2009
Cerficate #20090000639
Call Sign: VA7JEC

7. Offshore Weather Course

Certified April 2009
4 day Intensive - Understanding weather forecasts & reading weather maps. Basic meteorological theory giving sailors the knowledge why weather patterns develop and how to react to them.

In addition, John is certified in First Aid, with a Marine Certificate, providing his clients with an environment of competence and safety.

It’s debatable whether it’s his passion for sailing, his enjoyment of people, or just his general good nature that makes John such a gracious host off or onboard the J’Sea. He is a great conversationalist and very knowledgeable about the areas where he sails the waters.

John has a great sense of humor, and is very accommodating of his passengers, so feel free to communicate with him about any needs, requests, or just to chat.

John is participating in Rallys and Races and is looking for crew members and guests to join him in the upcoming rallys for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Click on Adventures in menu bar for details.

2008 Med-Red Rally

For 2008, John Cuzner and the J’Sea participated in the Med-Red Rally 2008. He joined about 100 yachts and explored sailing along the shores of the Eastern Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Sinai Peninsula. They transited through the Suez Canal, stopping to experience the wonders of Egypt, Israel and Turkey.

There were numerous land tours, sailing the Nile on a traditional felucca, or visiting ancient sites such as Luxor, Cairo and Jerusalem. Click here to visit the official site of the Med-Red Rally.

Click here for a synopsis of the adventure.

Right is the plaque that John received for his participation in the Med-Red Rally, is a plaque that was awarded to John for his first 1000 miles offshore, which was completed in 2003.

2005 Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally

J’Sea participated in the EMYR Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally, from May 5, 2005 to June 25, 2005. In total, they visited about 15 ports in six countries, travelled about 1800 nautical miles in total with about 80 other yachts. It was a grand adventure!

2004 Black Sea Rally

In 2004 John participated with 37 boats in the Black Sea Yacht Rally. It took 65 days and covered 36 ports of call in 6 countries: Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and back to Istanbul, Turkey. A fabulous time was had by everyone and details can be seen in the photos above and in the Photos section.

2003 ARC Rally

Always one to improve his skills, John Cuzner challenged his yachting abilities by entering the 2003 ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) from Antiqua, Caribbean to Bermuda to Horta, Azores to Lagos, Portugal. It is one of the largest transoceanic sailing events - North American to Europe.

John Cuzner, on the J’Sea, did very well, placing 4th in the longest leg (2000 miles), out of 14 boats.