Skills: Captain, Expedition Leader, Wildlife Guide, Preparateur

 

Hayat Mokhenache 

 Qualifications: Master 200, commercial endorsement

 Age: 33 
Professional Sailing Experience: 11 years 
Seasons in Arctic: 6
 Nm Experience: approx 150.000 
Ocean Crossings: 11 
Languages: English (fluent), French (fluent), Spanish (basic), Italian (basic) 
Favorite areas: West Coast of Greenland, Canadian Arctic
Passion: Wildlife, Arctic landscape, Inuit culture, Music 

  Hobby: Photography, Climbing

Most valuable sailing skills:

  • ice navigation – reading the ice, impressive driving skills
  • navigation in uncharted areas / making a recki (discovering places not described in any pilot books)
  • heavy weather sailing, both offshore and inshore
  • approaching marine wildlife closesly (whales, seals, polar bears, arctic foxes, musk ox, raindeers, birds and others)
  • approaching enormous glaciers with the yacht
  • organising the technical storage space on board (packing up the yacht for 8 months long expedition in a way that everything is reachable when needed)
  • sailing yacht engineering
  • rigging repairs – advanced know-how of dyneema splicing
  • deck hardware repairs / maintenance
  • food management (provisioning for 8 months long expedition, planned for tailor-made menu, knowing which products are easily available at different stages of the expedition, and the price/quality differences in different countries) and food storage management

 

Expedition Sailing Experience: Approx: 70.000 Nm   Polski Hak, 100ft expedition schooner

September 2015 – October 2017, Co-Skipper, Expedition Leader and Project Manager of Sailing Explorers Ltd

film project "Aquarela" (directed by Victor Kossakovsky) – two weeks in Disko Bay, 3 weeks on the Atlantic crossing from Portugal to Greenland, film crew working on the cinematographic film with approx 1000kg of equipment stored on board

film project "From the sea to the summit" / "De la mer aux sommet" (directed by Ugo Benghozi) – two weeks in Nuuk Fjord with 3 times world champion in freeride – Aurelien Ducroz

6 weeks long expedition: Disko Bay – Upernavik – North West Passage (eastern part)– Nuuk

numerous tailor-made cruises in the area of Disko Bay

Atlantic crossing Cannaries - Greenland

Atlantic crossing Greenland - Iceland - France

Atlantic crossing Portugal - Greenland

Atlantic crossing Greenland - Iceland

 

 

 

June – November 2011: First Mate

Refit / optimising freshly launched prototype yacht onto expedition yacht that is fit for long - distance sailing

La Louise, 60ft expedition schooner

February - September 2014, First Mate

Atlantic crossing France–Iceland with Thalassa TV show (directed by Jérôme Mignard Nicolas Cennac)  https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x17gf3s

Skiing season in Iceland in March

Skiing season in Nuuk Fjord in April / May

Film project "Peak Performance -  Between places" (produced by Pixl Family): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt6gehJGvPk

Numerous tailor-made cruises in the area of Disko Bay, Umanaq, Upernavik, Baffin

Atlantic crossing Greenland - France

March - October 2013, First Mate

Atlantic crossing France - Iceland

Skiing season in Iceland in March

Skiing season in Nuuk Fjord in April / May

Film project Iceberg Climbing (produced by GoPro Media Team, Zak Shelhamer and Justin Whiting) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg58KaXjCFI

Film project "Sedna" (directed by Laurent Jamet): https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sedna

Numerous tailor-made cruises in the area of Disko Bay, Umanaq, Upernavik, Baffin

Lille Polaris, 45ft sloop

March - May, August - September 2012, Captain

skiing season in Arctic Norway: Lofoten and Tromso

refit - general overhaul

 

Billy Budd 2, 115ft Royal Huismann sloop

April - June 2011, Delivery Crew

technical preparations to season in Arctic

sailing from Italy to Greenland

Cruising Experience Approx: 65.000 Nm

Polski Hak, 100ft expedition schooner

 

September – October 2016, First Mate

6 weeks of cruising with owner, his family and friends

Portugal – Spain – Baleares – Sardegna – Baleares

Swan76 Silandra V, 76ft all-carbon cruiser/racer

October 2014 – September 2015, First Mate

cruising and racing with owners in Philippines
charters in Philippines
shipment of the yacht from Hong Kong to Italy
busy charter season in Med
short maintenance / refit periods in Philippines, Italy and France

 

 

December 2013 - February 2014, First Mate

cruising and racing with owners in Thailand

 

charters in Thailand

Bradley, 100ft catamaran

April - September 2010, First Mate

technical preparations to the season

 

charter season in Med

Less, 83ft catamaran

April - September 2009, First Mate

technical preparations to the season

 

charter season in Med

Deliveries: (Approx 15.000Nm)

Swan75RS, February 2013, Brasil to Caribbean

Beneteau43, January 2013, Singapore to Malaysia (Borneo)

 

Oyster601, October – December 2010, Med – Cannaries – Capo Verde - Brasil

Other sailing experience:

2008-2006, 3 seasons as a Technician on the charter fleet in the Caribbean