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Old 03-05-2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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We are a couple looking to crew from Bay of Islands, New Zealand or east coast of Australia to Tahiti. We are looking to work with, and learn from, an experienced skipper. We are able to depart from April 2010. From Tahiti we will aim to crew to Hawaii, and then only mainland US/Canada.

This is a slight change to our earlier posting (January 2010).

  • are in our late 20s
  • live in Brisbane, Australia (but are able to travel to New Zealand at short notice)
  • have relaxed, easy-going personalities
  • are fast learners, willing and able to work hard
  • are open-minded
  • have travelled extensively (Fiji, Cambodia, Canada and the US, Philipines, Mexico, Central and South America, Spain, Australia)
  • love music (all kinds, but with a particular love for folk tunes)
  • have adventurous spirits (we love bicycle touring and hiking)
  • are avid readers
  • regularly practice yoga
  • love cooking, and are very creative in the kitchen (or galley)
  • prefer to eat vegetables, but are open to enjoying freshly caught seafood while at sea (Emma has a red meat allergy)
  • speak Spanish (at an intermediate level, I'd guess)
  • have both studied permaculture and are passionate about growing our own food without chemical inputs
Emma is a geographer and educator, and is most at home outdoors. Emma:
  • has completed a RQYS Introduction to Sailing, and RQYS Introduction to Yachting
  • is Wilderness First Aid trained
  • has limited recreational (inshore) sailing
I am an environmental lawyer at a community legal centre. I
  • am RYA Competent Crew certified
  • am an Advanced Open Water PADI certified diver
  • have limited recreational yacht racing (inshore)
Our intention is to travel from Australia using wind power only. We want to travel slowly, respecting the diversity of people and places, immersing ourselves in the landscapes. We want to learn the arts of sailing from an experienced skipper. We want to work for our adventures, developing a strong connection to the natural systems. Our plan is to arrive in North America, and then cycle overland to Mexico to study Spanish, with a view to becoming fluent (having both lived in Spanish speaking countries, we both speak at an intermediate level).

As we do not have any real yachting experience we cannot identify the size or class of sailing vessel we are seeking.

If you think we may be suitable crew please contact me scott.sellwood@gmail.com

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Old 04-15-2010, 10:52 PM   #2
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Hi everyone,

A further update: We are now camping a short walk from Opua, NZ. We will be refreshing our sailing skills between 18 - 24 April, with a local sail training school. Ready to depart NZ for Pacific (Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Tahiti) after this time, with full kit (wet-weather gear, harness/PFD, EPIRBS), recipes, and sense of humour. Our cell number in NZ is 022 697 3785.

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Old 04-17-2010, 11:36 AM   #3
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I know this has come up again and again on these boards, but just one more time ...

Are you sure you really want to go this way? For the most part of the journey any sailing vessel heading out on the track you're planning will be sailing upwind. Especially through the trade winds belt that's going to be a really nasty and unpleasant journey, bashing into headwinds most of the way, hitting seas on the bow or the beam at best, and facing many squalls that are at best going to ask you to hove to, and at worst you'll just have to run with it (and that's assuming you do manage to avoid all of the cyclone season).

You do find some delivery skippers taking crew that way, but 'tis the hardy and the hard working alone who are prepared to take that journey. You could learn a lot from a capable and experienced skipper going that way, but why?

I admire your desire to travel by wind alone, but a journey of that distance upwind is going to rely heavily on the iron topsail.

Why not go the other way? Find a vessel heading north to Indonesia (you may just catch the run up the Australian East coast with the end of the cyclone season), head for Phuket or Langkawi, catch a boat from there across the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea and up to the Mediterranean and on to Gibraltar, or if running "Pirate Alley" doesn't appeal then go via South Africa and up the West Coast of Africa, across the Atlantic and into the Carribean. You'll make landfall in central America almost as quickly, and it will be a much more pleasant journey.

If you really want to go W to E across the Pacific then try looking at some professional crewfinder boards who are more likely to be populated by paid delivery skippers taking boats back to the USA from Australia and willing to take on mile builders such as yourselves for the trip. I know one went that way from near where I am in Sydney early last year, they took a 75 footer to the USA via the roaring forties and then up the west coast of the Americas, but from what I heard from two of their crew who went part way on that trip it wasn't a pleasant journey.
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:59 AM   #4
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Dear Delatbabel,

Thanks for the post. Your advice is definately appreciated - it cooroborates much of what we are hearing first hadn from skippers here in NZ, who are beginning their northward passages towards Tonga, Vanuatu and Fiji.

At this stage our priority is to build up our sea-miles and skills, so are really focussing on the first leg, NZ to the Pacific Islands. We're hoping this will open up some more pathways, and we're certainly open to the most peaceful, safe passage that we can.

Your the first one who has been able to offer insight into timing: comparable timing to the Americas from the south Pacific, regardless of East/West passage. Although we are certainly not beholden to time, we're strong advocates for slow travel, we were looking for a shorter passage, as our introductory steps.

Again, thanks for your advice.


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