Michel Patrick

Patrick Michel


Name:Michel Patrick
Date of birth:2 August 1973
Address:22A, route de Drize, 1227 Carouge, Switzerland
Phone:+41 79 615 7030

+34 694 423 245

I started sailing at the age of 6 on Lake Geneva, and have since sailed on many different boats leisurely and professionally. I recently reoriented my career from IT to yachting. I am a calm, open-minded problem-solver who easily gets along with people in 3 languages. I am highly responsible, reliable, flexible, and always eager to learn new things. I am mechanically handy, very technology-savvy and skilled in IT and electronics, in particular NMEA networks.

Professional Experience (Sailing)

June 2010-present

1. Sailing Instructor

Geneva Sailing
  • Created my own English sailing school on the family boat (Dehler Optima 98).
  • Providing group and private sailing lessons to beginner expatriates.
  • Preparing students to pass the Swiss Lake license.

2. Captain

S/Y Malenka, Fontaine-Pajot Lavezzi 40 catamaran
  • Charter skipper for the ARC 2014 with 5 German guests.
March 2014-September 2014

3. Captain

S/Y Malisi Outremer 64' Catamaran
  • Charter skipper in the Caribbean March-April 2014.
  • Preparation for Transatlantic crossing with the ARC Europe 2014.
  • Transatlantic crossing from BVI to Canaries via Bermuda and Azores (3250 miles) with guests onboard.
  • Maintenance of all mechanical and electronic equipment.
  • General running of the yacht, and communication with owner including accounting.
April 2013-May 2013

4. Mate

S/Y Summer Star, Jeanneau 54 DS
  • Delivery crew from BVI to Portugal (4630 miles).
October 2012-December 2012

5. Mate

S/Y Sweet Emotion, 80ft luxury sailing yacht, André Hoek design
  • Supervised a 1-month refit in Barcelona.
  • Delivery crew from Barcelona to Antigua (4300 miles).

6. Captain

S/Y L'Argentella, 72ft Scorpio Ketch
  • Supervised end of refit of the boat in Sanremo, including coding inspection.
  • Maintenance of all mechanical and electronic equipment.
October 2011-December 2011

7. Watch Leader and Electro-Technician

Idea of London, 78ft racing maxi
  • Helped refit the boat during a month, including all electronics.
  • Watch leader during crossing Trieste to Gibraltar (~2500 Miles)
May 2011-August 2011

8. Skipper and Mate

S/Y Sweet Emotion, 80ft luxury sailing yacht, André Hoek design
  • Assisted the captain during private cruise from Naples to Croatia with several guest turnovers.
  • Assisted the captain in the delivery from Palma de Mallorca to Nice.
  • Took over in Naples as Skipper for one week.
March 2010-April 2011

9. Skipper, Event Manager, Skipper Manager

The Yacht Week
  • Skipper of charter sailboats (38′ to 50′) in the BVI and Croatia in flotillas of 10 to 70 boats.
  • Designed and administered flotilla sailing destinations in Turkey, Croatia and the BVI, from sourcing the boats to bookings and payments (600+ charter weeks).
  • Organised and managed the “Skipper Academy” in Croatia for 60+ skippers.
June 1995-August 1995

10. Camp Counsellor and Sailing Instructor

Cape Cod Sea Camps, MA, USA

Professional Experience (IT)


1. IT Back-Office Support & Global Operation...

Tetra Pak, Switzerland
  • Provided Level 1&2 Helpdesk support for 500 Division users and 19 sites NT4/2000 network.
  • Oversaw the technical operations of Scala, the Division Enterprise Resource Planning package, SQL 7.0/2000 and Citrix Metaframe 1.8, including Euro currency conversion and upgrades.
  • Involved in the technical implementation of iScala (ERP) for 50 Tetra Pak companies (2000 users).

2. IT Helpdesk Tech-support (volunteer)

Everyone's Internet (ISP), Houston, TX, USA
  • Provided Level 1 telephone technical support to customers.

3. IT Network Administrator and Office Coordinator

Process Consulting Services, Houston, TX, USA
  • Administered a Windows NT 4.0 Server LAN Network with 15 workstations.
  • Implemented a large database of technical articles and other media forms.
  • Organised the company’s installation in its new offices.



1. PMI and IPMA

Project Management certifications

2. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer


3. Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and German Studies

4. Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen, Germany

Tufts University Exchange Program