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Old 11-26-2006, 03:00 PM   #1
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here's what's going on.

I want to crew on any sailboat for a duration of at least a month I would prefer even longer. I live in San Diego CA. so if this boat was on the west coast that would be ideal. The problem is that I don't have any experience at all. I am athletic I am 23 years old. I was a guide at an Outward Bound school in Costa Rica. I do have a lot of guiding certs. I know water fairly well I am a sea kayaking guide in La Jolla San Diego. I just want to start sailing really bad. Can anyone help me figure out how to get on a boat, so I can learn how to sail. Someday I would like to be a Charter boat captain. I know this is a hard road. At least the starting is. Thank you and any info is much appreciated.


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Old 11-26-2006, 04:07 PM   #2
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It's very easy to get started. If you want to crew locally then ask at a yacht club or hang flyers at the local marina's also. That will get you out on the water.

If you want to crew on a cruise then you are probably going to have to do some travelling to meet your boat and then to return home. A month is good but pick a boat where you aren't just doing a long passage. Most skippers will train you, having a lack of experience is often a plus to some. Crew available/wanted forums like this are where you need to post your resume, giving information about what you want to do, where you want to go and dates available. I recommend you search for crew available postings and submit your name everywhere. Keep a notebook of where you post for crew available then go back and update those posts to keep them current.

Good luck.

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Old 11-26-2006, 08:05 PM   #3
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Go to the local West Marine, BoatUS to get Latitude 38, or get it on line. http://www.latitude38.com/LectronicL...tronicLat.html

It's free, and it's the sailing mag for the West Coast.

San Diego is a good place to find people looking for a crew member. Any yacht club that runs races will be a good place to get onto a boat. The bonus is you learn about racing, a very good way to learn to read the wind and a lot about sail handling, and the limits of a boat's capabilities. Work at it for a year and you will have most of the boats heading for Baja in there next October/November for the Baja Ha Ha where you should be able to pick up a spot.

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